Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University and WESST, a statewide small business development and training organization, have announced their first WE Mean Business women’s entrepreneurship conference to be held in Las Cruces.

WE (Women Entrepreneurs) Mean Business brings together innovators and change-makers to share personal strategies, stories, and transformational wisdom. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at the NMSU Center for the Arts. Tickets are $35.

In May, Arrowhead Center co-sponsored the Las Cruces Women’s Career Success Conference with U.S. Senator Tom Udall. The conference had more than 100 attendees who expressed a desire for continued support and expanded resources for women entrepreneurs in New Mexico. In response, Arrowhead Center and WESST will bring together a powerhouse lineup of experts in workshops and panels that aim to provide insight and experience to early-stage and aspiring women entrepreneurs.

Along with main stage talks, the conference will feature two tracks of afternoon breakout sessions, the “I Have an Idea Track” and the “I’m in Business Track.” The conference will conclude with a Mentor Connect Networking Mixer, designed for participants to forge new partnerships, discover mentors and expand their client base. The Networking Mixer is open to all participants and local entrepreneurs and business owners. The mixer is preceded by a crash course in speed networking, a whirlwind three-minute opportunity to share ideas and create connections.

Co-hosts Arrowhead and WESST hope to build a stronger network of women entrepreneurs in New Mexico, as well as an increased awareness and support for women throughout the state. The event is an initiative of and funded in part by the U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center for Regional Commercialization.

For more information, visit or contact Zetdi Sloan, director of the Arrowhead Technology Incubator, at For tickets, visit