Solving small business challenges through laboratory expertise

The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program provides New Mexico small businesses facing technical challenges access to the unique expertise and capabilities of Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories. At no cost to the business, small businesses can seek assistance from lab scientists and engineers to solve challenges and overcome barriers to company success. 

Since 2000, the two national laboratories have provided $71.7 million in technical assistance to 3,135 businesses, enabling 9,710 jobs to be created and retained across the states's 33 counties.



Does your company qualify?

  • Are you a for-profit business?
  • Are you located in New Mexico?
  • Is your company a small business? [US SBA guidelines]
  • Is your company US owned and operated?
  • Does your company pay/file gross receipts taxes to the State of New Mexico?

If you answered yes to all of these questions,
you can qualify for researcher hours:

  • $40,000 if located in a rural county
  • $20,000 if located in an urban county (Bernalillo & Santa Fe counties)

Earth Traveler Teardrop Trailers of Santa Fe brings the recreational experience not only to the RV and teardrop trailer, camping enthusiast community, but also to the general public. Their lightweight teardrop trailer lets owners tow with any standard size or small vehicles, and the design allows owners to go from compact form to pop-up for expanded interior space. Already utilizing high-tech materials like carbon fiber-Kevlar-Corecell to produce sub-300 pound trailers, the company is now turning to a different lightweight manufacturing material: chicken feathers.