Recent coverage by the Business Outlook of a University of New Mexico study of corruption, cronyism and the business climate here, hit too close to home. When I moved from California to Santa Fe and started up my company, EnRoute Strategies, I had no idea of the oversized importance of personal connections and lobbyists in the award of contracts and the passage of bills giving special breaks to favored companies.
It was an important revelation because my company helps small businesses design and execute sustainable growth strategies.
It’s not easy for a lone individual to start a new business and I feel that entrepreneurs are essential to our state’s economic development.
One of the assumptions small businesses make is that there is a relatively level playing field that will, in true American style, allow anyone with a good idea and a willingness to work hard, succeed. Otherwise, why would anyone may the effort?