It Takes a Village — Lending and Its Role in Albuquerque’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Olivia Aligned Contributions, Blog, Blog Featured, Business, Entrepreneurship

Photo Credit: Mission Asset Fund By Sara Keller, Vice President of Community Relations, Southwest Capital Bank When you hear the words “Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” or “Access to Capital” or “Gig Economy” what do you hear? Jargon. Fluff. Buzz. What do you think? Not where I live. What access? What about when you hear the words “small business”, “family-owned”, “side hustle”, “artist”, …

First, Fix the Roof

Olivia Aligned Contributions, Blog, Business, Capital and Financing, Entrepreneurship

For many entrepreneurs of color, the first step to owning a business begins long before applying for a business loan. It begins with a roof repair. It begins with a new timing belt. It begins with finding reliable, affordable childcare. The barriers to business ownership for entrepreneurs of color are staggering—and overcoming these obstacles starts before incubators and seed funding—it …