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 …

Synthia Jaramillo speaking at meeting

Hub Policy Change

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Business, Policy Change, Racial Equity

The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce lobbies to change how our government supports small business—and for the better Over the past two years the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce has been toiling away behind the scenes, 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 …

Robin Brulé speaking with two people

A City In Bloom

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change

The Albuquerque Integration Initiative was paid a visit from Living Cities last week to connect on our work together to help Albuquerque “bloom” into a desirable place to live, work and prosper On Tuesday, August 9th, members of the Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative met with national Living Cities leaders to discuss the results of the Initiative since Albuquerque was selected …

Community Development flyer

Co-Op Capital and the Fed

City Alive Business, Capital and Financing, Finance, Policy Change

Robin Brulé, Nusenda’s Senior Vice President of Community Relations and Assistant to the President shares Co-op Capital Concept at the fed’s regional symposium On Wednesday, June 15th, Nusenda Credit Union participated at the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Regional Symposium hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. This invitation-only symposium in Memphis Tennessee targeted CDFI practitioners across the …

Robin Brulé speaking at Investment Connection

Co-Op Capital Meets the Sharks

City Alive Capital and Financing, Co-Op Capital, Connecting People and Places, Finance

Nusenda presents success-driven case for co-op capital Late last month, Robin Brulé of Albuquerque’s Living Cities Integration Initiative, Frank Mirabal, Director of Collective Impact at the Mayor’s Office, and Jennifer Riordan, AVP of Community Relations at Wells Fargo Bank presented to 50+ investors at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Investment Connection event. The three Albuquerque Living Cities Integration …

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 …