Albuquerque aiming to boost small scale business
LNA, October 20, 2014 In a meeting with small business owners, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry discussed ways that the city can become involved in giving them a strong foundation and a boost in business. For the three friends who started Nada but Empanadas from the ground up, it hasn’t always been a piece of cake. “We started by going to the south valley thinking that was going to be helpful,” says Nada But Empanadas Co-Owner Marina Rabinowitz. “That kind of structure is unfortunately more geared towards accelerators rather than industries that are starting.” After making a series of smart moves, the business is now showing a strong foundation and potential for growth. They have since moved their operation to a community kitchen and commercial space which they share with at least four other similar businesses. As of two weeks ago, they were among a group of other small businesses which sat down with Mayor Richard Berry to discuss what works, what doesn’t and what role the city can play in making their work more successful. “So we’re trying to knock those barriers down and the mystery out of it for people,” says Mayor Berry. “Then also surround them with services and mentors and others who have been through this before so that we can show them how it works and once you show somebody the system the spark goes on and the light bulb goes on, boy you can just see the wheels turning and they can see the opportunity for themselves and families.” This new initiative from the City of Albuquerque has also attracted the attention of Li... MORE
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