Central New Mexico Community College is offering qualifying businesses free marketing and design services.
CNM’s Rio Rancho campus partnered with the Sandoval County Office of Business Development to establish digital media courses that teach students how to design logos, write slogans and more.
Students work through the fall, spring and summer semesters to complete projects for businesses in the community, Stark-Romero said.
In a webinar, CNM instructor Victoria Stark-Romero informed business how to apply for these free services.
“It successfully benefits our students by providing education benefits, and it is helping and supporting our local businesses in Sandoval County,” she said.
Local business owners are asked a series of questions describing their services, products and vision. Businesses then select from the following list what they need assistance with:
• Web design or development,
• Logo design,
• Promotional video,
• Mobile software application,
• Mobile app development,
• Digital game development,
• Database development,
• Custom computer software development,
• Product testing/development, and
• Technical advice.
If entrepreneurs have something in mind that is not on the list, they can email medialab@cnm.edu with questions.
Online-based businesses receive priority, then service reverts to a first-come, first-served basis, Stark-Romero said.
The application and more information are available on cnm.edu by selecting “Programs of Study” and then “Business & Information Technology,” where a tab called “Digital Media Lab’’ is available.
Stacy Sacco attended the webinar, saying the media lab was a great resource for small businesses, especially during COVID-19 times.
“Everybody is hurting right now,” he said. “Our whole family tries to buy takeout everywhere we can.”
Offering online ordering and services is a beneficial feature for any business, Sacco said.
A directory to support local business and Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce members can be found under the “Membership Directory” at rrrcc.org, Stark-Romero said.

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