Resources for New Mexican Startups to Succeed

Given that Santa Fe Innovates offers a business accelerator program for a startup business to accelerate and grow, it should come as no surprise that we want to assist local startups in succeeding. Small businesses are what we believe fuel New Mexico’s economy and culture. We have gathered a list of resources from companies and organizations from around New Mexico so that YOU and YOUR startup have the ultimate best chance at succeeding. Let’s dive in.

Sacco Connections’ “NM Net Links”

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Community connector and the University of New Mexico’s “Entrepreneurial Studies” instructor, Stacy Sacco, discusses what he is doing to help people find and create jobs here in NM. Connecting people with hundreds of links to job openings, networking events, and business resources here in the Land of Enchantment, Sacco Connections is doing all of these things to make a difference in the business community.

Go to NM Net Links.

New Mexico’s Economic Development Department

A degree in business is not required to be a successful entrepreneur, but it is strongly recommended that you first do research and take advantage of local and federal resources to increase your understanding of how businesses operate in the United States and New Mexico. It is a good idea to begin familiarizing yourself with basic business concepts and with the vernacular of your industry.

Go to New Mexico’s Economic Development Department.

ZenBox Marketing

Think of ZenBox as a dedicated marketing team. If you’re a small business owner in Northern New Mexico, then you know the importance of networking and taking advantage of available resources. This list is for you: business organizations, directories, calendars, co-working spaces and more. Take advantage of opportunities in your area. The New Mexico business culture is all about collaboration and lifting each other up. Whether you live in Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, Jemez, or other areas in Northern New Mexico, reaching out to these groups will put you on a path of support.

Go to ZenBox Marketing.

Kick-Ass Entrepreneurs’ “Entrepreneur Story Time”

Every month, Melanie Lenci of Kick-Ass Entrepreneur hosts an “Entrepreneur Story Time” to provide local entrepreneurs with an opportunity to share their story with an engaged audience of local fans, curious community members and potential partners at monthly-ish 2-hour Entrepreneur Story Time events. No sales pitches. No PowerPoint. Just stories.

Join along every 1st Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM.

Go to Kick-Ass Entrepreneur Story Time.

1 Million Cups ABQ

1 Million Cups is driven to provide uncommon ways to create opportunities and connect people to the tools they need to achieve success, change their futures and give back to their communities. They believe that if you have an idea, you have a fundamental right to start a business to make it a reality. They also believe that opportunity lies in the fields of education and entrepreneurship.

Join along every Wednesday at 9 AM.

Go to 1 Million Cups ABQ.


UpSpring was formed by a collaboration of consultants who recognized a need for market leveraging and values-driven expertise to generate ‘triple bottom line’ returns, enhancing people, profit, and place. Today, UpSpring brings a circle of colleagues, seasoned experts covering many sectors to work with young professionals constituting the next generation of leaders – to solve your problems affordably.

Check out their resources tab to find great up-to-date articles that will help boost your business.

Go to Upspring.

The Social Enterprise Alliance Knowledge Center

Here at Santa Fe Innovates, we are passionate about supporting social enterprises (aka companies that are purposed around doing good). The Social Enterprise Alliance’s “Knowledge Center” has different articles that will help any new startup. Such articles include the “Ten Steps to the Perfect Pitch for Social Enterprises” or “Guide to Donating to Social Nonprofit Organizations.”

Go to the Social Enterprise Alliance Knowledge Center.

B The Change

Certified B Corporations (or B Corps) have been awarded a certification of “social and environmental performance” given by the company- B Lab. Examples of Certified B Corporations include Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, Bombas, and Kickstarter. If your startup plans to incorporate both profit and positive change into its business structure, well then, this website is a great place to start.

Go to B The Change.

Social Capital Markets Articles

This website is another excellent resource for learning how to succeed while incorporating social/environmental change into your startup.

Go to Social Capital Markets Articles.

and last but not least…

Santa Fe Innovates’ Insights

Just like in this article, we write weekly blog posts that highlight different topics to bring together a community of entrepreneurs to build success collaboratively. We have many helpful articles within the Insights page on our website, and we will have many more to come. Sign up to be on our email list or follow us on social media to be notified when new insights are released. And who knows- maybe the Santa Fe Innovates’ business accelerator program is just what your startup needs. If so, we can’t wait to meet you!

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Alex Ennis

About Alex Ennis

Alex Ennis is the digital marketing manager for Santa Fe Innovates. He is a graduate from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management. Alex is interested in the concept of a brand’s image and how businesses build successful brands.