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)

NMSBA client and NMSU AgSprint participant Wildlife Protection Management, Inc. (WPM) is a leader in shepherding innovative methods for humanely controlling and maintaining the health of horses and other wildlife. Thanks to a recent $256,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), WPM will work with New Mexico State University faculty to manage the data they've been collecting. Roch Hart, WPM’s CEO, used NMSU’s entrepreneur and business incubator Arrowhead Center services to work through the NSF grant application process. WPM had already grown by using several of the Arrowhead Center programs, and realized the potential of WPM's technology with no-cost technical assistance through the New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program.