Small Business Resource Fair

Diversifying Albuquerque’s local economy by supporting our emerging small business community


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Apr 06, 2019
10:00 AM - 03:00 PM


West Central Development Group Office
5921 Central Ave. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87105


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Please take this survey to get started.

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What is a Small Business Resource Fair?

It is a neighborhood-scale resource fair aimed to:

  • Offer education and one-one-one technical assistance to start up your own business
  • Create an inclusive environment for small business owners to share best practices
  • Provide pop-up vendors the opportunity to showcase their products
  • Provide food, fun, and entertainment for the whole family!


  • 10-10:30am
    • Introductory Speeches
    • Presentation on Other Local Small Business Initiatives
  • 10:30-11:30am
    • Panelist Introductions
    • Panel Q & A
  • 11:30-12:00pm
    • Community Navigator Presentation
    • Sign Up for One-on-One with Community Navigators
  • 12pm-2pm
    • One-on-One with Community Navigators
    • Visiting Tables
    • Lunch
    • Pop-Up Vendors
  • 2-3pm
    • Pop-Up Vendors
    • Networking
    • Music
    • Square Reader Raffle Drawing
    • Farewell

Key Topic Areas to be Discussed

  • Business environment
  • Regulatory environment

Key Concepts and Terms to  be Discussed

  • Diversified economy
  • Small business/micro-enterprise
  • Business-within-a-business
  • Brick and mortar business
  • Business cluster


R-18-82 was enacted by the Albuquerque City Council on December 3, 2018, calling for the convening of a Micro-Enterprise Development Fair (which the City of Albuquerque is now calling a Small Business Resource Fair).  The Resolution called for four actions to come out of the Fair:

  1. City Council and Economic Development Department staff will convene the first Micro-Enterprises Development Fair before the end of April 2019.
  2. City Council and Economic Development Department staff will collect all of the input received during the Micro-Enterprise Development Fair to create a long term plan for supporting the City’s emerging micro-enterprise community and convening subsequent Micro-Enterprise Development Fairs in low-income neighborhoods throughout the City.
  3. City Council and Economic Development Department staff will assess which neighborhoods throughout the City of Albuquerque would most benefit from convening subsequent Micro-Enterprise Development Fairs. This will include identifying commercial districts that contain vacant buildings and spaces for encouraging business-within-a-business lease agreements to be established.
  4. The Economic Development Department will assess its business registration and solicitation permitting processes and explore opportunities for collecting a more comprehensive set of data related to applicants’ business types, sizes, and needs. The goal of expanding upon these data sets is to strengthen the City’s ability to connect brick and mortar businesses with micro-enterprise vendors in a way that supports business-within-a-business practices. This is also intended to help identify opportunities for business clustering and the expansion of the City of Albuquerque’s continuum of commerce.


Existing Business Owners: Are you a registered business owner in the City of Albuquerque?  Would you like to get involved in the City’s new efforts in creating a business environment in your neighborhood where businesses of all sizes can thrive?  Join us for the Small Business Resource Fair on April 6 to see how you can grow your own business while supporting others just starting up! Please refer to our survey (below) to get started with the registration process.

New Business Owners: Are you wanting to start up your own small business but don’t know where to start?  Are you wanting to find local events and venues for piloting a product or service? Well, you are in luck because the City of Albuquerque is holding a Small Business Resource Fair on April 6 and wants you to attend.  At the Fair, you will not only have the opportunity to pick up informational materials to inform you more about business registration and development, but you will also get the chance to work one-on-one with a Community Navigator who will start guiding you through the process of starting your own business right then and there at the Fair.  

Survey: As part of the City of Albuquerque’s process of developing a longer-term plan to support small businesses, we hope you can take a few minutes to complete the following survey.  You can take this survey either before or during the Fair, but we are encouraging you to take it now in order to give the City a better sense of the number of attendees that will be there and to plan accordingly.  For those who want to participate in the survey at the Fair, City staff will have tablets available for attendees when they are coming in the door. All survey participants will qualify for a prize-drawing for a free Square card reader).

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Small Business Startup:

  • Steven (Sparky) Gomez, Founder of Sparky Chicano Dawgs


  • David Sayers/Isaac Crow of Accion

Savings Accounts/Asset Development:

  • Dara Romero, Prosperity Works

Commercial Kitchens, Distribution Services, and Business Incubation:

  • Josue Olivares South Valley Economic Development Center, Rio Grande Community Development Corporation’s (RGCDC) Economic Development Division

Food Trucks/Food Product Incubation:

  • Tina Garcia-Shams, Street Food Institute Executive Director

Food Product Incubation/Community Classroom:

  • Anzia Bennett, Director of Three Sisters Kitchen

Pop-Up Events/Lease Agreements:

  • Carlos Contreras, CABQ Director of Marketing and Technology


  • Sean Wells, Twilight Design Studios

Innovation: Arina Caster,

  • Founder of Sustainable Planet Solutions (SPS)

Community Navigators:

  • Alex Horton and Michael Jefferson with the Color Theory Initiative

Breakout Groups

City Council Office/Office of Neighborhood Coordination (Jeff Hertz, Cherise Quezada, Angelo Metzgar, and Vanessa Baca)

  • Providing attendees with background information on the Resolution that created the Fair and the goal of the initiative moving forward
  • Providing the Resolution as an informational material
  • City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department (Synthia Jaramillo and Lucas Pedraza)
    • Providing attendees with background information on the current Economic Development Plan and other local Economic Development Initiatives
  • City of Albuquerque Business Registration Division (Melanie Benavidez and Betty Baca)
    • Walking attendees through the business registration process
    • Walking attendees through the solicitation permitting process
  • City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department, Consumer Health Protection Division (Michelle Wall) and Air Quality Control (Angela Lopez)
    • Walking attendees through mobile food registration and inspection process, compliance with inspections, how to find a commissary kitchen, how to acquire a temporary permit to vend at a growers market
    • Providing informational materials for all of the registration and permitting requirements with the City
    • Providing attendees with small business assistance related to compliance with air quality requirements and emissions associated with operating businesses of different sizes and product lines
  • City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department (Public Outreach Coordinator, Diana Delgado)
    • Talking to attendees about the new Tipping Points for Creatives initiative
    • Walking attendees through the special event permitting process
  • City of Albuquerque Office of Equity and Inclusion Translation/Interpretation Vendor (Denise Garcia)
    • Providing translation/interpretation services during the panel, at the breakout tables, and at a centralized table with every City Departments’ informational materials
  • City of Albuquerque Police Department (Sgt. D. Otzenberger and Larry Middleton)
    • Recruiting new police officers
    • Providing information on recent “Problem Response Team” initiative aimed at working more closely with West Central businesses to address crime

Community Navigators

While there are a lot of resources in Albuquerque for business owners and entrepreneurs, the pathway to that support isn’t always clear.  In response, City Alive has partnered with the City of Albuquerque to create the Community Navigator program (from both a programmatic and funding perspective). Community Navigators offer direct and personalized resources and support to remove barriers to starting or growing a successful business.  To get a better sense of how Community Navigators are already supporting our community, please check out this short video:

  • City Navigators is a City of Albuquerque initiative aimed to provide local businesses the means to shore up their operations, enhance their customer and financial markets, and connect them to the existing resources in their communities. City Navigators want to open doors for our local entrepreneurs and meet them exactly where they are.
  • City Navigators are committed to serving overlooked entrepreneurs that face barriers of culture, language and geography by bringing their tools and resources to businesses owners at their place of business.

Participating Community-Based Organizations

City Council and the Economic Development Department are inviting a wide variety of community-based organizations that promote small businesses and that support local economic development.  Here is a list of the types of organizations that the City of Albuquerque is hoping to collaborate with:

  • Veterans Business Registration and Development, Archie Garcia
  • Academy Mortgage Corporation, Sahar Saidi and Jynel Torres
  • Score (Albuquerque Chapter), Katie Kabuska
  • Accion, David Sayers and Isaac Crow
  • Anderson School of Business Law Society, Troy Lawton and Amanda Cvinar

If you are part of an organization that would like to get involved in this event, please email Jeff Hertz at [email protected].


City Council and Economic Development staff have compiled the following list of resources valuable for both existing and aspiring business owners:

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Small Business Resource Fair

Small Business Resource Fair Flyer


Jeff Hertz