Accelerating the success of creative entrepreneurs

From Albuquerque Business First reporter Dan Mayfield...

A jewelry company, a software firm and a company that makes parts for pinball machines are just some of the nine companies chosen to join the 2015 group of Creative Startups firms.

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From staff at the Albuquerque Journal...

Alice Loy has been named a 2015 recipient of the “Common Good Investing Humanitarian Award,” which specifically recognizes exemplary leadership in socially responsible investing that supports humanitarian purposes.

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From Elle Magazine reporter Olivia Fleming... 

Last year, 43-year-old Dru Chackee was homeless, beading bracelets to sell to tourists in Tohajiilee, New Mexico, a community that currently has an unemployment rate above 70 percent. As each day grew to a close, Chackee, who has been beading since she was 13, would lower her prices from $25 to $10 per bracelet, simply to come away with "something." This year, however, Chackee is one of three Native American artisans beading luxury bracelets for a newly launched jewelry and social enterprise called Etkie, which brings marketing, sales, and financial resources to talented—but often underemployed—female beaders across New Mexico.

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From an article by Albuquerque Journal reporter Kevin Robinson-Avila...

Santa Fe-based Meow Wolf has spent nearly a decade uniting scores of artists in a collaborative effort to build “worlds of wonder” that can wow people from all walks of life.

The collaborative, which launched in 2008, creates massive, interactive shows with gaming and digital technology that provide story-telling tours of fantasy lands for adults and children.

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From an editorial by Tom Aageson and Alice Loy published in Albuquerque Journal... 

New Mexico needs jobs.

Over the past several weeks, economic reports have come out showing that New Mexico needs higher-paying jobs, jobs that cannot be moved to lower bidding regions in the global wage race to the bottom. We need to invest in entrepreneurs building companies in growing economic sectors that align with our region’s assets.

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From Albuquerque Business First reporter Dan Mayfield...

The Creative Startups business accelerator wants the word out that the deadline has been extended to apply to be in the second round of its creative companies.

"We're looking for the companies that blur the lines between the traditional and the tech world," Blair said. "When I ask people about creative companies, the first thing that comes to mind is art, and it's so far beyond the arts. It's arts, design, fashion, music and architecture and beyond."

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