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

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

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

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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 …

Synthia Jaramillo

Albuquerque’s New Economic Development Director: A Familiar Face

Thema Blog, Policy Change, Racial Equity

By City Alive staff | February 7, 2018 By City Alive staff | February 15, 2018 By City Alive staff | February 15, 2018 Mayor Tim Keller announced Synthia Jaramillo as the City’s next Economic Development Director. A familiar face to City Alive, Synthia’s new role will continue to align efforts around homegrown job creation and racial and income equity …

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What is Co-op Capital?

Thema Blog, Capital and Financing, Co-Op Capital, Racial Equity

By Sandra Ortsman | February 15, 2018 By Sandra Ortsman | February 15, 2018 By Sandra Ortsman | February 15, 2018 What is the goal of Co-op Capital when it comes to entrepreneurs? Co-op Capital expands access to affordable loans. Many promising entrepreneurs in Albuquerque face barrier after barrier in securing capital to start or expand their businesses. Co-op Capital …