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Global Entrepreneur Week comes to Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M. — Hey, Santa Feans, so you want to be an entrepreneur? You’re in the right place at the right time.

The City Different is one of 200 locations worldwide participating in something called Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019 from Monday, Nov. 18, to Saturday, Nov. 23.

Mayor Alan Webber

There are loads of events during the week to connect would-be entrepeneurs, including Spanish speakers, with city officials, such as Mayor Alan Webber – himself co-founder of the business magazine Fast Company – investors, mentors, fellow startup jockeys, and experts in finance, patents, technology and social media.

“We’re approaching this from a place of equity,” said city economic development director Rich Brown. “We want everyone in Santa Fe, including our immigrant communities, to have access to the resources and support they need to be successful.”

The week of events, sponsored by the nonprofit Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Missouri, kicks off Monday with investor office hours with the New Mexico Angels from 10 a.m. to noon at the Santa Fe Business Incubator, 3900 Paseo del Sol. For more information, visit nmangels.com.

Mayor Webber will hold office hours Monday from 1 to 2:30 p.m., with a Spanish translator on hand, at La Cocina de Doña Clara at 4350 Airport Rd. Community members will have the chance to meet with the mayor one-on-one.

Los Alamos National Laboratory will join other regional employers and workforce education partners on Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Pojoaque to discuss the northern New Mexico economy and workforce needs. For more information, contact the LANL Community Partnership Office at 505-665-4500.

Given Santa Fe’s community of jewelers, painters, potters, sculptors, weavers and other artists, a fitting event for the week is called “The Art of Business for Artists.” Artists working at any stage of their careers are invited to the event, also on Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Southwest Contemporary, 1415 W. Alameda.

The evening will include discussions on art-business topics, such as marketing, publicity, gallery relationships and sustaining a career.

On Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m., MIX Santa Fe will host a free networking event. The location will be disclosed on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MIX Santafe.

A complete list of Santa Fe’s Global Entrepreneurship Week events is available in both English and Spanish at www.gewsantafe.com/. Those trying to print the agenda are advised to highlight the relevant text before hitting the print button.

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