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Small Business Office Launches Free Webinar Series to Help Local Businesses Thrive

September event to provide information about becoming a City vendor

The City of Albuquerque’s Small Business Office (SBO) has created a free online educational series for local business owners in an effort to ensure they have access to the latest information and resources needed to thrive and grow. The new webinar series, titled “Business as Virtual,” begins Sept. 18, with a presentation about how to become a vendor with the City.

“These webinars, which are modeled after a ‘brown bag lunch series,’ will provide a safe way for the business community to come together on a regular basis to gather information, ask questions, and generally get the support they need to succeed at a time when it’s easy to feel disconnected,” said SBO Manager David Sayers.

The inaugural Procurement Webinar will walk businesses through the requirements and tools needed to become a City vendor. It will provide information about the “Buy Local Initiative,” the process to bid for City contracts, and instructions for how to set up a vendor profile through Bonfire. It will be presented in a PowerPoint format, with speakers including Sayers, Economic Development Department Director Synthia Jaramillo and Procurement Manager Viola Cunningham, who will address contract opportunities anticipated to be available in the second quarter of the 2021 fiscal year. There will be time for questions at the end.

“Our Small Business Office is here for Albuquerque’s small business community and we are focused on taking care of business owners and responding to their needs and concerns,” Jaramillo said. “The Business as Virtual series is a proactive way to help small businesses stay connected and continue to grow during this challenging time.””

The first webinar, which is limited to 500 people, is scheduled for Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon and the deadline to register is 10 a.m. on Sept 18. Anyone interested in participating may register at https://cabq.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9VnYoDoMRPCJsL4Sq2MaOw, using passcode CABQVendor.

Webinars will be made accessible at http://www.cabq.gov/economicdevelopment/small-business after their presentation dates so that anyone can view them at any time. The next Business as Virtual webinar is being planned for October and will be about cybersecurity.

The SBO is a division of the Economic Development Department.