Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments

Improving the quality of life in southwestern New Mexico

 Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments

 The Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments (SWNMCOG) is a regional planning commission formed to provide project and grant management, grant writing, and technical assistance in the areas of economic and community development, transportation, housing, and legislative assistance to member municipalities, head start, school districts, university, soil and water conservation districts, and other special districts in Catron, Grant, Hidalgo, and Luna counties to improve the quality of place for the residents of southwestern New Mexico by securing funding and everlasting partnerships.


CO.STARTERS offers a 10-week cohort based program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action.

What’s Covered

During this 10-week program, participants develop and fine-tune their ideas, critically examining every part and determining next steps through real-time feedback from people in the community.

The CO.STARTERS program is structured in weekly three-hour sessions covering the following topics:

WEEK1: Knowing Yourself

Assumptions, Working Styles, Team Building, Obstacles

WEEK2: Knowing Your Customer

Customer, Problems. Alternatives ,Idea Testing

WEEK3: Finding the Right Solution

Solution, Benefit, Advantage, Starting Small, Brand Identity

WEEK4: Getting the Relationship Right

Marketing & Message, Getting, Keeping, & Growing Customers

WEEK5: Building Blocks

Distribution, Revenue, Typical Offering, Price

WEEK6: Structures & Systems

 Lega & Accounting Considerations 

WEEK7: Discovering the Bottom Line

Startup & Ongoing Needs, Fixed & Variable Costs, Break-Even Point

WEEK8: Financial Modeling

Break-Even Point, Sales Projections, Cash Flow, Raising Capital

WEEK9: Planning for Growth

Growth Plans, Goal Setting, Celebration Prep

WEEK10: Celebration Night

What Participants Get Out of the Program

Participants in the CO.STARTERS 10-week program with:

A deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable business, i.e. a process for figuring out whether or not an idea is good and how to change to make it work.

The ability to articulate how their businesses work.

The next steps needed to move forward.

A community of peers, mentors, business services, and a global network of support. 


Catron County starting April 12, 2022

Register Here 

Any questions that you may have please contact Kitty at [email protected] or at 575-956-1292.

Our Team

Our Members

Priscilla Lucero

Executive Director

[email protected]

Emily Gojkovich 

Economic Development Planner

[email protected]

Cerisse Grijalva

Transportation Planner

[email protected]

Jessie St. Clair

Administrative Assistant

Kitty Clemens

Economic Recovery Specialist

[email protected]

Special Districts

Hidalgo SWCD

Grant County SWCD

San Francisco SWCD

Gila Regional Medical Center

Tyrone Home Owner Association

Rancho Grande MDWCA

Hanover MDWCA

Casa Adobes MDWCA

Lake Roberts MDWCA

Arenas Valley MDWCA

Quemado WDWCA

Southwest Solid Waste Authority



P.O. Box 2157

Silver City, NM 88062


Main: (575) 388-1509

Fax: (575) 388-1500



Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Sat-Sun: Closed