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 …