Emprendedores graduates

ABQ Program For Immigrant Entrepreneurs Receives National Funding

City Alive Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce’s Emprendedores Program receives national funding. The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce’s nationally recognized entrepreneurial training course, Emprendedores, was awarded funding this year from the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Wells Fargo Bank. The Emprendedores program, which kicked off in 2014, was the first of its kind in the state. Emprendedores focuses on …

Elspeth Kirkman, BIT

Three Behavioral Barriers To Accessing Capital

City Alive Capital and Financing, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Policy Change

The Co-Op Capital Program is taking the behavioral sciences into account with the support of the Behavioural Insights Team, Bloomberg Philanthropies and What Works Cities. This year, Albuquerque’s Integration Initiative has been lucky to work on honing the Co-op Capital program to best serve its intent with the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), a social purpose company based out of the …

People at a meeting

Encuentro’s Business Training by Immigrants for Immigrants

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Racial Equity

Encuentro is working to create long-lasting resources for immigrant entrepreneurs This year, with help from The WK Kellogg Foundation, Encuentro has launched Apoyando Empresarios Immigrantes (Helping Immigrant Entrepreneurs), a 14-month fellowship program that mobilizes young immigrants to become experienced business instructors and consultants. Janette Peñuñuri, Small Business Development Program Manager at Encuentro, says the organization recognized a demand in the …

Sythia Jaramillo of ABQ Hispano Chamber of Commerce

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce on Racial Equity

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Racial Equity, Video

Over the past two years the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce has been lobbying to create more economic opportunities for local minority, women and veteran owned businesses as well as small disadvantaged businesses. Their main strategy, the HUBDO Program, proposes that historically underutilized businesses—or hubs—gain better access to city, county and state procurement opportunities.

Artistic rendition of the future Lobo Rainforest

Second Major Tech Commercialization Entity Confirmed at Innovate ABQ

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Education, Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Technology Commercialization

The Air Force Research Laboratory will be the relocating their Technology Engagement Office to the UNM Rainforest, making it the second major technology commercialization entity to locate at the site. The ground is broken and construction is clamoring to build the UNM Rainforest Building, the first building on the new Innovate ABQ site. And a new tenant of the Rainforest …

View of Downtown Albuquerque

Data: Tracking Impact and Results

City Alive Capital and Financing, Data, Video

Olivia Padilla-Jackson, Deputy Director of Administration and Finance at the City of Albuquerque, discusses the importance of data collection in the Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative’s long-term effort to impact job creation and economic mobility in Albuquerque.

Lis Kuuttila

STC.UNM Helps Albuquerque Startups Gain Momentum

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places, Education, Entrepreneurship

STC.UNM is playing a crucial role in business, job and wealth creation in Albuquerque. STC.UNM, the University of New Mexico’s technology transfer and economic development organization, has been around for more than a decade, but according to Lisa Kuuttila, CEO and Chief Economic Development Officer, the past four years have been a time of rapid growth and development – for …

Rick Rennie

Closing the Gaps: Teaching to Fish

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places

An interview with Integration Initiative I3 member, Rick Rennie, Asset Manager for HDIC Rick Rennie, I3 Table Member and Asset Manager for the Historic District Improvement Co., is no stranger to economic development and revitalization in Albuquerque. In addition to his work with Albuquerque’s Integration Initiative, Rick works with HDIC, managing lofts and business spaces downtown and using real estate …