UNM-G REI - Our History

The UNM Gallup Rural Entrepreneur Institute (REI) formally got underway in fall 2009 with generous funding support from the Johnson Scholarship Foundation of West Palm Beach, Florida and the state of New Mexico. REI was established in response to the increasing number of local entrepreneurs who, with needed support and resources, can take greater advantage of the opportunities available to them as small business owners.

REI relies on a host of volunteers from the greater Gallup area for consultation and advice in building up its resource capacity. With assistance from the REI Advisory Team (REIAT), numerous projects have been identified and accomplished. Among the notables have been the Entrepreneur Expo, Business Outlook Forum, Revised Entrepreneur Curriculum, and Business/Entrepreneur Scholarships.

The greater Gallup service area of REI encompasses 50 miles radius of land-base that include federal, state, counties, and tribal lands where 23 communities thrive and composed of nearly 70,000 population, mostly American Indians - mainly Navajo and the Pueblo of Zuni.