Albuquerque Business First
PUBLISHED: Monday, January 4, 2016

The Sandoval Economic Alliance recently celebrated a successful 2015, surpassing the 1,000-new-jobs marker for Sandoval County. It is now teaming up with another organization to further build the local business-knowledge base and grow jobs.

Existing business expansion accounts for 80 percent of job growth overall, compared to 11 percent for jobs created by new businesses and 9 percent for start-up operations. The Sandoval Economic Alliance (SEA) and the Dynamic Growth Business Resource Center (DGBRC) want to help that majority create even more jobs.

The “Grow Your Local Business: Educational Series” is a training series geared toward helping established business owners and assisting in growing local businesses.

“[Local business people] should want to go to these classes because they are informative, they can gain from it immediately,” said Wendy Ederer, founder of the DGBRC. “They are in the company of their business peers. They share best practices and ideas, form new contacts, new businesses to do business with.”

Classes are peer-oriented roundtables with experts and business leaders to lead each class and provide additional support and resources.

The first class, Jan. 13, will focus on incentive programs for small businesses and how to find and take advantage of New Mexico incentive programs. Jami Grindatto and Bob Preble, CEO and director of business development with SEA, respectively, will present the class, along with Antionette Vigil, manager at the Office of Business Development and Tourism for Sandoval County.

The series of 11 classes will be held at the Sandoval Economic Alliance in Rio Rancho on every second Wednesday of the month. Classes are $39. To sign up or for more information, visit the SEA website or the DGBRC website to register for the first class and learn more about additional training series the DGBRC will put on.
Ederer said the DGBRC has about 20 events planned for this year, including a series on exit strategies in partnership with UNM.

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