STEP's Mission is to Strengthen Our Community's Economic Base; to help people start and grow businesses in Bernalillo County by offering unique, on-the-street, one-on-one assistance. Our extensive network connects entrepreneurs to community resources to turn their business dreams into reality. Dream... Plan... Do...

Welcome to STEPS!

Albuquerque’s Entrepreneur Resource Team.


STEPS is funded by the City of Albuquerque Economic Development, PNM and donations from client & enterprise supporters. All services are provided without charge or obligation. STEPS was founded to help businesses in Albuquerque’s Southeast Heights neighborhoods get started and expand – providing advice, coaching and connections to important small business resources.  In 2008, we expanded our services to all of Bernalillo County.
Our Resource Council includes a diverse group of community supporters and entrepreneurs from all walks of life and local neighborhoods who know the complexities of economic development along with the challenges and rewards of doing business in our city.

STEPS is all about you – the business owner.

To start or run a business by yourself is difficult at best – having a team really does help. STEPS believes there are three essentials to creating your team – a great product/service, good marketing, and firm financials. We can help you find the expertise and resources you need to succeed.
We are the Entrepreneurial experts for: Start ups, expansions or companies in trouble. Business plans, market plans, Social marketing and/or financial assistance for small businesses or not-for-profit organizations. Our Executive Director meets with you personally to discuss your dreams and plans, helping you work through the reality of doing business in the Albuquerque area. At your request, we will help you determine what might work for you, and provide ongoing information and support.

STEP by STEP  Free ~ Confidential ~ Uncomplicated ~ Connecting Resources ~ Small Business Advocate

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10417567_10152853839047579_5548551100933623891_n It all starts with an email ( or a phone call (505-508-9225). Contact us, we’d love to talk with you.

Ask about:

  • Our Resource Team

  • Focus Group services

  • Social Enterprise consulting




Click the image to see what Ernesto Sirolli has to say!

Click the image to see what Ernesto Sirolli has to say!

When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you’re trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur. This is the philosophy and foundation of the STEPS business model.