First, Fix the Roof

Olivia Aligned Contributions, Blog, Business, Capital and Financing, Entrepreneurship

For many entrepreneurs of color, the first step to owning a business begins long before applying for a business loan. It begins with a roof repair. It begins with a new timing belt. It begins with finding reliable, affordable childcare. The barriers to business ownership for entrepreneurs of color are staggering—and overcoming these obstacles starts before incubators and seed funding—it …

Why Big Organizations Support Small

Olivia Aligned Contributions, Blog, Business, Capital and Financing, Entrepreneurship

Square, CNM, Nusenda are part of a new wave of entrepreneurial support To be successful, a startup needs to be profitable, marketable and scalable. It also needs to be attractive to qualified employees, pay competitively, have solid financial backing and access to liquid capital. Easy, right? The high cost and high risk of startup entrepreneurship is enough to discourage even …

Small Business and the Health of Our City

City Alive Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Racial Equity, Talent and Skill Development

As a lifelong resident of New Mexico, I’ve been a web designer/developer professionally for the past 20 years. Last spring, I embarked on the wondrous journey of software entrepreneur with my new company Hangerang. I knew I needed help. So I’ve made a conscious decision to reach out to the local tech/entrepreneur community for guidance which included getting engaged with …

What happens when an accelerator and incubator collide?

Thema Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Education, Entrepreneurship, Talent and Skill Development, Technology

By T.J. Cook, ABQid | July 17, 2018 It takes a lot to create a successful business: capital, relationships, talent, connections and guidance. Some people have this knowledge and these connections right out of the gate. But most don’t—and this often keeps them from going all-in on their idea. ABQid and WESST have served thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs by providing …

7 Ways CNM Is Stoking the Entrepreneurial Spirit

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By Diane Harrison-Ogawa, Director of Community Partnerships and Systems, CNM | July 5, 2018 We know that our community needs to embrace, nurture and support the entrepreneurial spirit right here in Albuquerque. That’s why CNM has created an environment where aspiring entrepreneurs are welcomed, encouraged and supported throughout their journey. As a partner in the City Alive initiative, CNM has …

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The Street Food Institute – Welcoming a New Group of Entrepreneurs

Thema Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Talent and Skill Development

By Tina Garcia-Shams, Executive Director, Street Food Institute | July 5, 2018

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Sandia Labs Offers NM Small Businesses Opportunity to Thrive

City Alive Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Talent and Skill Development

Michael J. Baker| June 7, 2018 Michael J. Baker| June 7, 2018 Michael J. Baker| June 7, 2018 Judy Ortiz Rizek is owner and president of The Circuit Shop in Albuquerque, a small, woman-owned business that has contracted with Sandia National Laboratories. Businesses such as The Circuit Shop could qualify for the 5 percent preference under Sandia’s recently launched plan. (Photo …

The Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Innovate ABQ

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June 5, 2018 June 7, 2018 June 7, 2018 Innovate ABQ, a seven-acre campus located at Central and Broadway, is something most in Albuquerque have heard of but few really know. Envisioned as a home to more than 600,000 square feet of laboratories, apartments, startup offices, makerspace and business incubators, it is a key part of the vision for Albuquerque’s …

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A New Incubator Model: People First, Business Second

Thema Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Talent and Skill Development

By Josue Olivares, Executive Director, South Valley Economic Development Center | May 22, 2018 By Josue Olivares, Executive Director, South Valley Economic Development Center | May 22, 2018 By Josue Olivares, Executive Director, South Valley Economic Development Center | May 22, 2018 Excited startup owners of all ages and ethnicities come through our doors at the South Valley Economic Development …