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Small Business Resource Fair

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

When

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

Where

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

Description

Interested in attending?

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!

Schedule

  • 10-12pm: Introductions, Presentations, and Panel
  • 12-3pm: Lunch, Breakout Groups, and Vending

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

Background

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.

Registration

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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Breakout Groups

Attendees will have the opportunity to pick up informational materials and ask questions about starting/growing their businesses when visiting each of the various tables at the Fair.  Participating individuals and organizations will also have the opportunity to provide input at each booth that will be collected by the City at the end of the event.

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: http://cityalive.org/community-navigators/.

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:

  • Community Development Corporations
  • Small Business/Micro-Enterprise Development Corporations
  • Local Credit Unions and Other Financial Institutions
  • Merchant Associations
  • Intermediary Organizations
  • Business/Innovation Incubators

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

Resources

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

Contact

Jeff Hertz
505-768-3184