Everybody Has A Role To Play In Reinventing Our City

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ABQid News Release
Contact: Kathleen Gardenswartz (505) 681-6791, kat@abqid.com

Everybody Has A Role To Play In Reinventing Our City
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (Apr. 15, 2015) – The upcoming ‘Reinventing Our City 2.0: Growing Albuquerque’s Startup Economy’ event hosted by Albuquerque Business First on April 23rd will explore our city’s efforts to grow a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. A handful of entrepreneurs are lined up to discuss the challenges and rewards of starting a business, including how their environment affects their
experience. While we all stand to benefit when our local companies achieve success, it is not always clear how each of us can help them.
Webb Johnson, Managing Director of ABQid, has witnessed the incredible impact of community members rallying around local startups and believes everyone has a role to play in helping them achieve success. “It
can be as simple as being willing to meet with an entrepreneur, making an introduction, or supporting them on social media” he explained. “We also have community members who share their expertise with local
entrepreneurs by leading a lecture or mentoring during our Office Hours program on Wednesday afternoons,” Johnson continued. He made it clear that you don’t have to fit any Silicon Valley stereotypes in order to make an impact on Albuquerque’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and highlighted a diverse group of ABQid volunteers who are leading the way.
Zach Lerner is one of these amazing volunteers. Zach may not look like your average lawyer, but he has quickly established himself as a local expert in venture law. Despite running a growing law practice, Mr. Lerner regularly makes himself available to local entrepreneurs for consultations during ABQid’s Office Hours program on Wednesday afternoons. Furthermore, he donates his time as prizes for events like
Startup Weekend Women’s Edition. “I truly enjoy helping entrepreneurs navigate legal issues associated with starting a business. From the first time I heard that a local accelerator would be launching in Albuquerque, I knew that I wanted to get involved in some manner,” said Lerner. Joanie Griffin is another community member stepping up to make a difference for local entrepreneurs. A marketing guru, Ms. Griffin was instrumental in the success of ABQid’s recent Ski Lift Pitch Contest in
Taos. The ABQid Ski Lift Pitch Contest provided unparalleled exposure for New Mexico entrepreneurs and was even featured on NPR’s national radio show ‘Marketplace.’ Like Zach, Joanie generously offers her
time to local entrepreneurs seeking guidance and her desire to see Albuquerque’s economy thrive is unmistakable. “Nothing would make me happier than seeing an explosion of successful small businesses in
Albuquerque,” stated Griffin. Valdamir “Vic” Berniklau has been an incredible ally for Albuquerque’s entrepreneurs for some time now.
Vic is a certified SCORE mentor, regular ABQid Office Hours mentor, and retired U.S. Department of Energy executive. He can be found all over town advising local entrepreneurs and he always has a smile
on his face. Inspired to make your own impact on our city’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem? Join us for the Reinventing Our City 2.0 event on April 23rd from 7:30- 9:30am at the Albuquerque Convention Center to learn how. We can’t wait to meet you.
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For more information about ‘Reinventing Our City 2.0: Growing Albuquerque’s Startup Economy’ and to
purchase tickets, visit: http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/event/115931#eventDetails

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