VEN Meeting Brought in Large Crowd: Alan Webber Addressed Participants

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VEN attendees during meeting, VPD photos

VEN Meeting Brought in Large Crowd: Alan Webber Addressed Participants

ESPAÑOLA – On Thursday evening 48 entrepreneurs and interested individuals attended the second monthly Valley Entrepreneurship Network (VEN) meeting at Anthony’s at the Delta. Attendees had the opportunity to share information about their business or business idea and heard presentations from fellow entrepreneurs and a special appearance from Alan Webber, founder of Fast Company Magazine and former gubernatorial candidate will talk with local entrepreneurs and business owners about strategies for growing a successful business in northern New Mexico.

Alejandro Lopez, the VEN network facilitator organized this meeting and announced that VEN will continue to hold monthly meetings the first Thursday of each month at Anthony’s at the Delta. All interested individuals are invited to participate.

The Valley Entrepreneurial Network (VEN) is the newest in a series of entrepreneurial networks established throughout northern New Mexico. Others exist in Taos, and San Miguel counties. VEN is a program to integrate existing resources and support services for entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurial network system receives funding from Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Commitment program and other organizations such as the Regional Development Corporation.

for all interested entrepreneurs to Like VEN’s monthly meeting Thursday evening, each community hosts regular events for its entrepreneurs. Networking events are a ways to meet and share experiences with entrepreneurs and business leaders in the community. They are also ways to identify potential entrepreneurs.

Once the individual entrepreneur is identified the network facilitator in each community meets one-to-one with them to identify strategic needs and assess their businesses and their goals. One-to-one coaching is provided free of charge and is offered on an ongoing basis. Meetings occur where the entrepreneurs are most comfortable—at their businesses, a library, coffee shop or other local facilities.

Through networks and relationships, network facilitators refer local entrepreneurs to resources and services that meet their needs. These referrals may include anything from funding resources and microloans to technical assistance and market research. Volunteers with specific business expertise are often available to assist the entrepreneurs with their specialized needs.

The experience in other communities is that over time, entrepreneurs gain experience and volunteer their time to help other entrepreneurs, helping to grow the local economy. By participating entrepreneurs can learn from and lend a hand to other entrepreneurs in their community.

For more information contact Alejandro Lopez at (505) 410-0959 or email at