The Go-Girls pose with Mayor Richard Berry

The Go Girls: Hautepreneurs is empowering women CEOs

City Alive Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

Both Lisa Abeyta and Jessica Eaves Mathews are not only good at seeing potential for economic growth in Albuquerque, they are good at harnessing it, and, like the serial entrepreneurs they are, building from it. Lisa and Jessica are the masterminds behind Hautepreneurs, New Mexico’s first and only women-focused business accelerator. Hautepreneurs offers education programs, networking opportunities, and events that …

Gary Oppedahl, Director of the Economic Development Department speaks to crowd at Tractor Brewing

Pedal to the Metal

City Alive Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

Albuquerque welcomes its sixth business accelerator Two years ago in Albuquerque the word “accelerator” probably conjured images of fast cars and open roads. But those days are numbered as Albuquerque welcomes its sixth business accelerator into a growing entrepreneurship ecosystem. Soon the word “accelerator” will be synonymous with the quickened pace of growing start-ups. The most recent addition to the business accelerator cohort …

Global Ties ABQ members

ABQ Going Global: Building Bridges to the Global Marketplace

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship, Talent and Skill Development

Global Ties ABQ, previously known as the Albuquerque Council for International Visitors, is dedicated to building bridges between New Mexicans and emerging leaders from around the world. Their international exchange programs, local educational programs, and international community-building activities have brought more than 5,000 international visitors to Albuquerque over the past 30 years. something a little different. The nonprofit will implement …

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 …

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 …

Picture of the Brothers Alvarez

The Refreshing Qualities of the Brothers Alvarez

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship

Pop Fizz is one of the most colorful paleterías to ever grace Albuquerque’s scene. Lorenzo and Carlos Alvarez started the business in 2013, opening up shop on the threshold of the South Valley. Carlos always wanted to own a business. He’d gone to school for it, but prior to Pop Fizz, he found himself working for a technologies company. Similarly, …

Picture of Arellana Cordero of Cocina Azul

Behind the Scenes, Ahead of the Times: Arellana Cordero of Cocina Azul

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship

She’s camera shy. That’s about as shy as Arellana Cordero gets. Though her father, Frank Barela, started Cocina Azul in 2009, Arellana has boldly made it what it is today. Her strengths? Day- to-day operations, marketing, organizing, policies and procedures. She emits audacity and cool composure. Arellana and her family have been called ‘serial entrepreneurs’; they’ve had insurance agencies, moving …