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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.

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14 Highlights from 2016

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places

A year in review – 2016 2016 was a year for us to remember, and we haven’t come this far to simply come this far. We are in this for the long haul. This work of changing systems and the ways they support people is a long-term challenge, but it is well worth every ounce of effort. We are already …

Synthia Jaramillo teaching a class

Closing the Gaps: Bringing Inclusiveness to Entrepreneurship

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change

An interview with Integration Initiative I3 member, Synthia Jaramillo, Chief Operating Officer of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce For the past few years, Albuquerque has received national attention for its growing entrepreneurial ecosystem and growth in small business. But if you ask Synthia Jaramillo, COO of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and I3 Leadership Table member for Albuquerque’s …

Kei Tsuzuki making textiles

The Craft of Giving Back

City Alive Art, Capital and Financing, Entrepreneurship

Kei and Molly Textiles LLC is not only a highly successful and growing creative business; their social enterprise model supports refugees and immigrants with training, employment and benefits For Kei Tsuzuki and Molly Luethi, giving back to the community was a business priority from the very day they founded their textile printing studio in 2010. United by a shared sense of social …

Immigrant entrepreneurs holding up their certificates for the Emprendedores program

Out of the Shadows

City Alive Business, Education, Talent and Skill Development

Hispano Chamber graduates over 50 immigrant entrepreneurs On October 20th, 2015 the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce held an event to honor 52 immigrant entrepreneurs who had completed their Emprendedores program, a Spanish language entrepreneurship training program that the Chamber introduced last fall. The Emprendedores program–currently taught by CNM Stimulus Center professor Marvin Lozano–is offered in Spanish to immigrant business …