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STEPS gratefully acknowledges and thanks our friends.

STEPS is proud to support Albuquerque and Mayor, Tim Keller’s economic development strategies to:
  • Increase access to capital
  • Use existing economic development tools to grow local businesses
  • Continue work with navigators that help businesses scale up
  • Establish an Outreach and Advocacy Office for businesses owned by women and people of color
  • Collaborative planning for skills-based hiring

Testimonial from Fresh Bistro - 2017



Dear John, We are happy to send this testimonial on behalf of all of us at Fresh Bistro. This all began with a conversation at the Flying Star near Corrales. We had a dream of serving Fine, Fresh, Food in a charming, comfortable and memorable setting, a 40' foot rolling bistro. We spent a lot of time with you and others (George Kenefic) from STEPS drafting our plan; we must have done 4-5 drafts. We used our, funds, friends' and money from The Loan Fund to buy the retired Channel 4 news bus, fixed it up to look like "The Orient Express" decor as our guide. It seats 12 and we take our customer diners on a fantasy voyage and destination of their choice.
We recently extended beyond our dream to lease about an acre of property on 4th St. with potential for our fantasy restaurant, rolling Bistro, a "Pub" to be, outside covered entertainment area, and a
commercial kitchen is in the works, a grand garden and lots of off street parking. We have 5-8 employees depending how many things we have going on.
We are going to use our garden to teach local, grammar school children about "Fresh" dining and how vegetables play an important role. When the garden is producing, we plan to buy them for our mini-gardeners.
We work, very hard, always have, and we are living our dream thanks to STEPS and Albuquerque.

- Melissa and Jon Young


News Flash! from Fresh Bistro - 2018



Fresh Bistro opens second restaurant, ABQ BBQ, 7520 Fourth NW, Los Ranchos, just down the street from the successful Fresh Bistro. They are serving "New Mexico style" BBQ. Varying degrees of heat and tastes will light up your taste buds. STEPS is very proud to play a part in this successful couples culinary endeavors.


Testimonial from Foundations 4 Success - 2017



Foundations 4 Success moved from Brooklyn, NY to Albuquerque two years ago. We met John via 1 million cups and pitched our idea at a STEPS Board Meeting. Since then, our relationship has been that of mentor/friend/resource connector.
John Moore not only understood our idea, concept and goals, but also suggested a name for our campaign - STEM is Childs Play - which is what we ran with. It continues to be a success!
Through John's guidance, we have grown immensely, collaborating with UNM, Sandia Labs, Community for Learning, as well as numerous APS and charter schools. Our business employs students to teach students, it’s a wonderful thing!
STEPS has played an instrumental part in growing our business and John has been a great inspiration for us. We consider him a partner/adviser and would not be where we are without him.
We highly recommend STEPS as a great resource for any new or existing business in ABQ.

- Michelle Massie, Owner, Foundations 4 Success


Testimonial from Pizza 9 - 2017



John, just a note to thank you for taking a personal interest in Pizza 9. I enjoyed attending your meeting and getting to know your Board of Directors. And, I thank you on behalf of all my franchise holders for inviting us to support the STEPS' International Festivals and various other events; we do plan to participate in this year's Festival too.

- Hass Aslami, President/CEO


Testimonial from Radish (Formerly CuppyCakes) - 2016



We have created the World’s First Healthy Cupcake right here in Albuquerque, NM. Our CuppyCakes are low calorie, low carb, no added sugar, naturally gluten-free, and no artificial ingredients. We offer two unique perspectives regarding the world of fitness and nutrition. Cami Jones, Co-Owner, has her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and is pursuing her Master’s in Food Science. Alexis Dowling, Co-Owner, has lost 70 lbs. doing nutrition with Cami. We have been friends for about 15 years and are both internationally ranked power lifters. We are extremely passionate about real, whole food and believe that Albuquerque needs a place to get healthy meals. Our plan is to open a truly healthy fast food restaurant, which will offer healthy meals on the go and, of course, CuppyCakes. We plan to open spring 2015 and look forward to working more with Steps as our business grows.


Testimonial from S'Wich It Up - 2015



The S’wich It Up team first starting working with STEPS in March of 2013, when we were just planning our business. Now that we have launched our gourmet peanut butter and jelly food truck, STEPS has been invaluable in helping us connect with members of the community who welcome and appreciate food trucks. They have also helped us navigate ABQ city administration to ensure that our truck is compliant with city regulations and be profitable.


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