Residents who are interested in eating, working, playing and living Downtown now have an additional option. After nearly 10 months of planning and construction, the historic Downtown building 505 Central is open. According to Mark Baker, owner of the...read more
In conjunction with plans for the revitalization of Downtown, initiatives to grow the City’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and efforts to provide reliable transportation choices to residents, the City of Albuquerque is developing bus rapid transit service along nine miles of Central Avenue.
Starting or Moving Your Business
In this metropolitan area of nearly 1million people, business and city leaders remain as accessible as those in a one-light town and take a genuine interest in connecting entrepreneurs with the resources they need to succeed. Whether taking the first steps to launching a business in Albuquerque or figuring out how to move an existing one, here are some places to begin:
Starting a business in Albuquerque:
City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department
Moving or expanding your business, and locating office space or property:
Albuquerque Economic Development
Demographics and community data
State programs and resources
Albuquerque is an affordable alternative to established tech havens like Silicon Valley, Boston, San Francisco and New York. Real estate and labor prices are more affordable, allowing entrepreneurs to bootstrap more effectively while launching their companies. The average home price is $185,200 and home prices have appreciated by 9.1% over the past year.1 There also low cost living options for young college grad tech startup workers with a median rent price of $1,200.
You know your business or startup idea is one in a million, which is why you can’t risk being viewed as just another number in a crowd of entrepreneurs. Getting acknowledged and getting help from the right people, at the right time, is critical. Albuquerque makes it easy. Albuquerque lies at the center of the New Mexico Technology Corridor, a concentration of high-tech private companies and government institutions along the Rio Grande. The city is home to a number of attendant contracting companies, Sandia National Laboratories and Kirtland Air Force Base. It is home to University of New Mexico, National American University, Trinity Southwest University of which the strength of the universities turning out well-educated graduates with strong tech backgrounds, is contributing to the emerging growth of the local startup scene.
Entrepreneurship restores creativity to the soul of the global economy. Across all industries – high tech, defense, clean-tech, social impact, retail, and life sciences – startups are transforming people’s lives.
NM Small Business Assistance: The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program allows New Mexico small businesses facing a technical challenge to access the unique expertise and capabilities of Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories. At no cost to the business, small businesses with a technical challenge can seek assistance from lab scientists or engineers for projects that require testing, design consultation and access to special equipment or facilities. http://www.nmsbaprogram.org
Albuquerque Stats at a Glance
Metro Population: 907,100
Major Industries: Technology, Defense
Gross Metro Product: $40.8 B
Median Household Income: $48,981
Median Home Price: $187,100
House Price Change: 9.1% appreciation last 12 months
Cost of Living: 2.7% below nat'l avg
Innovation is breaking ground in Albuquerque
A lot more local startups marketing University of New Mexico technology could emerge in the next few years thanks to a new $444,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The five-year grant will convert UNM’s new Lobo Rainforest building at the Innovate ABQ...read more
Albuquerque’s 1 Million Cups celebrates its third birthday with a special session from 9-10 a.m. today at FatPipe ABQ, 200 Broadway Blvd. NE. Albuquerque became the 50th city to join the 1 Million Cups national network on Aug. 6, 2014. There are now 138 host cities....read more
Pre-orders for Pressure Analysis Co.’s “SmackCap” for wireless head-impact monitoring in sports are rolling in as the company moves closer to mass-manufacturing capability. To help facilitate the process, the University of New Mexico’s Co-Investment Fund has...read more
National organizations like the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and local resources like Finance New Mexico are setting the table for small New Mexico businesses that hunger for information and assistance. And what they offer is a fiesta of staples and...read more
Journey along the Camino Real and beyond to explore entrepreneurship and economic development on the historic trading route into Latin America during a summit Aug. 3 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Global Ties ABQ , the Santa Fe Council on International...read more
The six-story Lobo Rainforest Building, the first new construction on the Innovate ABQ site Downtown and the tallest building to rise here in some time, has already modernized Albuquerque’s skyline. Come its grand opening August 25 (see details below), the ensuing...read more
Albuquerque’s genetic horse-testing startup EquiSeq trotted into the center of this month’s edition of the Painted Horse Journal, a national magazine produced by the country’s second-largest horse association. In the horse industry, that’s the equivalent of...read more
Albuquerque’s share-based, online baby-equipment rental firm Babierge Inc. is now serving families at hotels and resorts in the U.S. and the Caribbean through a new partnership with Destination Hotels. That puts the Babierge brand in high-end boutique resorts in 40...read more
Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART)
This project, called Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART), will connect major destination points, including ABQ Uptown, Nob Hill, UNM, EDo, Downtown, the BioPark and Old Town. It will also serve as a catalyst to enhance the vibrancy of neighborhoods along the route, improving walkability along the corridor and fostering economic development investment and job growth.
Projected in-service date: End of 2017
For a list of FAQs, Mythbusters, maps and other details about the project, visit http://www.brtabq.com/.