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 …

Man speaking at podium

Civic Tech: Big plans at Albuquerque’s City Accelerator

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change

In May of 2015, Albuquerque was selected by Living Cities as one of the six U.S. cities to implement a City Accelerator program. This program seeks to inspire innovative methods of creating economic opportunities for low-income populations across the country. Initially, the City Acceler- ator in Albuquerque focused on the business climate for local immigrant entrepreneurs. But in true “listen, …

Immigrant entrepreneurs holding up their certificates for the Emprendedores program

Out of the Shadows

City Alive Business, Education, Talent and Skill Development

Hispano Chamber graduates over 50 immigrant entrepreneurs On October 20th, 2015 the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce held an event to honor 52 immigrant entrepreneurs who had completed their Emprendedores program, a Spanish language entrepreneurship training program that the Chamber introduced last fall. The Emprendedores program–currently taught by CNM Stimulus Center professor Marvin Lozano–is offered in Spanish to immigrant business …

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 …

Jennifer Riordan of Wells Fargo talking

Jennifer Riordan On Moolah, Dough, Dinero

City Alive Business, Capital and Financing, Entrepreneurship, Finance

Since 2013, Albuquerque’s Living Cities Integration Initiative has been working on creating more jobs and prosperity in Albuquerque, from the ground up. Here’s where Albuquerque stands. It may start with an idea. It may evolve around resources. But it always comes down to capital. So goes it for Albuquerque. So goes it for the businesses that we need to employ …

Pilar Westell, Zendo’s owner

Coffee Is Life: Pilar Westell’s Zendo

City Alive Art, Business, Entrepreneurship

Thinking back, one of the most curious things about the ‘90s was the coffee shop that stood backdrop to so many scenes in TV’s Friends. Aside from Monica’s apartment, the friends would cascade into the Central Perk coffee shop to talk the latest gossip, commiserate with each other on whatever that week’s plot point was, and altogether socialize. I mean, …

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 …

Randy Asselin holding an iPad, soda and hotdogs

The Roots of a Tech Business

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Technology Commercialization

Randy Asselin is the founder of Bubandu, a platform that exists in the cloud and allows companies to interact with consumers by sending app-like content from the cloud to their mobile devices. If you are not part of the technology in-crowd, this might sound mysterious and vague. It also might have you wondering how exactly it is people start technology …

The Cinco Amigos of Concours du Soleil

Cross-sector Collaboration and “Driving to the Future”

City Alive Business, Connecting People and Places, Technology

Recent research by the Federal Reserve Bank shows the most deciding factor in revitalizing cities is the ability for leaders to work across sectors over a sustained period of time with a comprehensive vision. The Albuquerque Community Foundation’s pivot with their Concours du Soleil fundraiser last year is a testament to the success of this approach. Here’s the story: The …

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, …