Mayor Berry Launches New Buy Local Website
ALBUQUERQUE— Last March, Mayor Richard J. Berry introduced his economic development initiative called thrive!ABQ, a three-prong approach to encourage buying locally, making it easier to do business here and to attract new business to Albuquerque.
Many aspects of this plan have been implemented with a second phase to be unveiled soon for the public/private sectors. The second phase includes a new website that showcases every local Albuquerque business and a procurement event designed to connect local businesses with local institutional buyers.
“I understand that it is the private sector, not the government that creates jobs,” Mayor Berry explained. “But government can create an environment that makes doing business easier and that attracts more businesses to Albuquerque.”
The website, www.thriveabq.com , takes the entire listing of registered Albuquerque businesses and places the information into an easy-to-use, searchable database. The website will connect local Albuquerque businesses to customers, business to business, business to vendors. The website is completely free for local businesses to participate. It is currently in the beta form with each profile page listing only the basic business information, but the City is encouraging businesses to add additional information.
Mayor Berry urges all private companies and public institutions to strive to do business locally and wants all City of Albuquerque businesses to upgrade their free profile. All businesses need is their facility license number found on their Business Registration to go in and update their profile information.
Additionally, the City and its partners will be hosting a thriveABQ.com website launch party on March 31st at the Albuquerque Convention Center. This event will include a demonstration of the website, registration and the drawing for a free Apple iPad giveaway. To qualify for the giveaway, businesses must update their profile and register to attend the launch party on www.thriveabq.com.