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 …

Mayor Richard Berry speaking to two people

All Boats Rise: The Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

The Albuquerque Community Foundation just closed their application period for a new grant, and this one is a little different. The Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship–built out of a partnership between the City of Albuquerque, the Kauffman Foundation, and the Albuquerque Community Foundation–funds nonprofits that are contributing to Albuquerque’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. The prize, which amounts to a total of $200,000.00 this …

Angelo Gonzales, Executive Director of Mission: Graduate

The Chicken and Egg: Mission:Graduate and the Albuquerque Workforce

City Alive Business, Connecting People and Places, Education, Talent and Skill Development

Here is one of those ‘chicken or the egg’ moments: what comes first, a skilled workforce or jobs to employ that workforce? This burning question is at the core of a strong partnership that has developed between Mission: Graduate and the Albuquerque Integration Initiative. Mission: Graduate is a cradle-to-career education partnership that boldly aspires to add 60,000 new college degrees …

Shelle Sanchez speaking to guest

Shelle Sanchez: Continuing the Conversation

City Alive Art, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

The members of the Culture of Entrepreneurship and Inclusion table agreed, whether or not Albuquerque ended up being invited into the second phase of the Living Cities Integration Initiative, their members would continue their conversations. Though officially disbanded, “[the table] was an honest representation of the community and its perspectives. It was an interesting place to have these conversations about …

ART

Interconnection: Albuquerque to break ground on a transformative transit system

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Policy Change

This month the City of Albuquerque announced plans to break ground on ART, Albuquerque’s new rapid transit system. The announcement came after news that ART received recommendation of a Federal Transit Administration Small Starts Capital Grant and is included in President Obama’s budget proposal to congress this year. Once approved through the congressional budget process, the grant—along with money set …

Jennifer Riordan of Wells Fargo talking

Jennifer Riordan On Moolah, Dough, Dinero

City Alive Business, Capital and Financing, Entrepreneurship, Finance

Since 2013, Albuquerque’s Living Cities Integration Initiative has been working on creating more jobs and prosperity in Albuquerque, from the ground up. Here’s where Albuquerque stands. It may start with an idea. It may evolve around resources. But it always comes down to capital. So goes it for Albuquerque. So goes it for the businesses that we need to employ …

Pilar Westell, Zendo’s owner

Coffee Is Life: Pilar Westell’s Zendo

City Alive Art, Business, Entrepreneurship

Thinking back, one of the most curious things about the ‘90s was the coffee shop that stood backdrop to so many scenes in TV’s Friends. Aside from Monica’s apartment, the friends would cascade into the Central Perk coffee shop to talk the latest gossip, commiserate with each other on whatever that week’s plot point was, and altogether socialize. I mean, …

Adam Duarte of Al’s Upholstery standing in front of his business

Reupholstering a Neighborhood: An Interview with Adam Duarte of Al’s Upholstery

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship

A new pair of shoes, a haircut, a newly reupholstered driver’s seat—these are some of the makings of that refreshing, clean slate state of mind. The feeling of beginning anew is a powerful product, especially when it leaves clients more likely to, say, get that big break. And this is precisely what Al’s Upholstery provides: a new seat, a clean …

Randy Asselin holding an iPad, soda and hotdogs

The Roots of a Tech Business

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Technology Commercialization

Randy Asselin is the founder of Bubandu, a platform that exists in the cloud and allows companies to interact with consumers by sending app-like content from the cloud to their mobile devices. If you are not part of the technology in-crowd, this might sound mysterious and vague. It also might have you wondering how exactly it is people start technology …

Rob DelCampo of Innovation Academy at desk

On Being Innovative

City Alive Education, Entrepreneurship, Talent and Skill Development

Many will say that higher education is based on systems that don’t provide the most inspiring experiences for students. But the University of New Mexico’s new Innovation Academy is taking a step outside of the often mechanical mindset that prevails in higher education. The man behind the monkey wrench? No other than Rob DelCampo, former Associate Dean of the UNM …