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…
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 diverse Resource Council of community supporters and entrepreneurs provides expertise to the budding business. Our knowledge of economic development and doing business in Albuquerque is available to our clients.
STEPS is all about you – the business owner. We meet with you personally to discuss your dreams and plans. Our Executive Director helps you work through the reality of doing business in Albuquerque. We will help you build and find the resources needed to be successful.
Jim Strozier, AICP
302 Eight Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
James Strozier has 34+ years of planning experience in both the public and private sectors throughout the western United States. His focus is on the integration of zoning regulation with urban design in order to achieve our client’s goals resulting in added value to each project through timely approvals, high quality design, and exceptional market performance. Jim is a dynamic public speaker with extensive experience representing and obtaining approval for a wide variety of projects before public boards, commissions, and councils.al.
George Kenefic, MBA
Director of Enterprise Empowerment
The Loan Fund
PO Box 705
Albuquerque, NM 87103
As the Director of Enterprise Empowerment for The Loan Fund, George leads the strategic selection and management of collaborating partner organizations. George also leads and manages the relationships with various Federal agencies as part of the overall organizational funding strategy.
In addition to his responsibilities at The Loan Fund, George sits on the Boards of Directors of community-based economic development organizations in Albuquerque, has started and managed family businesses, and is currently participating in two start-ups. Besides undergraduate studies in Architecture, George holds a post-graduate degree from the Anderson School of Management of the University of New Mexico, and a certification as a Certified Global Business Professional through NASBITE International.
Accomplished leader with a background in corporate and small businesses as well as start-ups. Bill has experience in team management, customer relationships, business development, business analysis, contract negotiation, strategic planning, financial modeling, budgeting and Lean Start-up Methodology.
- Bill has run two companies, started two small businesses, and has assisted on several additional start-ups
- Bill was a consultant for 12 years, including managing the firm, ATBD, for three years.
- Bill has been an active mentor for start-up and small businesses in Albuquerque and Northern New Mexico. That includes:
- Being a SCORE-Certified mentor
- Serving as ABQid’s Mentor Liaison for the two years. ABQid is Albuquerque’s venture-backed business accelerator.
- A local advocate for Lean-Start-up entrepreneurial methodology
In his current role at Rural Sourcing Inc., Bill leads a high-performing team of 100+ software developers using an agile programming methodology to deliver with quality, consistency, timeliness, innovation, and strategic perspective.
- Bill has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Texas Christian University.
Vanessa R. Palacios
Energy Efficiency Program Manager
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PO Box 8773, Albuquerque, NM 87198