Resource and Capital Access for New Mexico's Small Businesses

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Resource and Capital Access for New Mexico's Small Businesses

Join us to learn about the resources and loans that could be pivotal for your business.

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New Mexico has dozens of funding opportunities and free resources for small businesses. But, how do you know which loans and resources make sense for your business? If you're looking to start or expand your business, we've got you covered.

Join New Mexico's Economic Development Department, the New Mexico Finance Authority, the African American Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, SBDC at CNM and Small Business Majority to learn about the resources and loans that could be pivotal for your business.

Meet our speakers:

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Shani Harvie, JEDI Coordinator for the State of New Mexico's Economic Development Department

Shani was instrumental in establishing EDD’s permanent Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) office and is passionate about systems change and creativity. Since 2019 she has been working proactively within the department to address the specific concerns of minority-owned businesses, creating and delivering an online workshop, Miniseries for Business Owners of Color, in 2020 with a focus on financing opportunities through small-scale alternative financial institutions and other business resources.

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Rita Veleta, JEDI Coordinator for the State of New Mexico's Economic Development Department

Rita was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas. She has been a life-long advocate for women's empowerment, immigrant rights and equitable opportunities for people of color. She is a firm believer that entrepreneurship can be a road to financial freedom for families in poverty.

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Fran Fernandez, Director of the Small Business Development Center at Central New Mexico Community College (SBDC at CNM)

Fran joined the NMSBDC Program in 2018 as a Business Advisor and has served as Associate Director, Interim Director, and now leads the SBDC at CNM Team in serving small business communities throughout Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties. Fran has extensive business ownership experience as Owner-Operator of a Keva Juice Franchise for 10 years as well as has managed her family-owned rental homes for over 30 years.

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Karla Causey, President/CEO of African American Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce

Karla retired from Sandia National Laboratory after 25 years of employment then worked for eight years at Public Service Company of New Mexico before departing to form her small woman-owned business. She became the President/CEO of the African American Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, DBA Black Chamber Foundation of NM, on July 1, 2022, and is working with a fabulous team to assist small businesses through advocacy, training and networking.

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John Brooks, Managing Director of Lending for New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA)

As the Managing Director of Lending, John's primary responsibility is to deliver low-cost funds to businesses and public bodies throughout New Mexico. John has structured approximately $750 million different projects in New Mexico, which includes, over $450 million in various Economic Development projects throughout the State of New Mexico of which $300 million used New Markets Tax Credits as the source of financing.

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