Youth Entrepreneur Program Seeks Mentors


Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) in conjunction with UNM-LA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is providing a unique opportunity to youth in the communities of Los Alamos, Jemez Springs, Espanola and Pojoaque to experience the rewards of starting a business.

The Youth Business Grant Program will provide up to $400 to enterprising young business people, ages 13-19, who want to start a business this summer.

Will You Support the Youth Business Grant Program? This program relies on the support of local business people. We are seeking volunteers to support the program by becoming a mentor to the young entrepreneurs over the summer. As a mentor, you would need to be available (usually by phone or email) to provided your experience and expertise to help these new entrepreneurs succeed. If you are not able to be a mentor, any and all financial support to help us fund these grants will be greatly appreciated.

More than 240 summer businesses have received grants since the program started in 1985. These young entrepreneurs have learned valuable lessons that have helped them in their future endeavors. Over the years, several recipients’ have continued to operate and grow their businesses turning it into a career. Will you help teach our young entrepreneurs skills they will use tomorrow?

If your business is interested in supporting the Youth Business Grant Program, contact Katie Stavert at (505) 661-4805. You can send a check to the LACDC, Attn: Katie Stavert, P.O. Box 1206, Los Alamos, NM  87544. Please let Katie know if you, or someone in your organization, are interested in being a mentor. For more information regarding the program, visit

Please help the youth of our community become outstanding future business leaders.

Thank you to past supporters: New Mexico Community Foundation, SMSI, Los Alamos Retiree Group, Plateau Property Management, Zia Credit Union, TRK Management, Los Alamos National Bank, Lorraine Hartway, The Coffee Booth, Neptune and Company, The Decadent Table, REMAX of Los Alamos and SMPC Architects.

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