ESPANOLA ― Ryan Baca from Chimayo will receive the New Mexico Small Business Development Center (NMSBDC) Student STAR AWARD for his commitment, dedication and participation in the Espanola SBDC Media Mentorship for the past five years.
Baca participated in local, state, national and international business events under the SBDC Student Media Mentorship with his mentor SBDC Director Julianna Martinez-Barbee where he was actively involved in hands-on experiential learning.
The awards ceremony and community recognition is 4-6 p.m. Aug. 24 at Northern New Mexico College Center of the Arts Theatre in Espanola. Anyone who would like to congratulate Baca on this award is welcome to attend.
Select SBDC business owners and legislators will be sharing what they helped Baca with and what they learned from him. Special music presentations will be performed by Mel Martinez Grand knight of Knights of Columbus, Manny Martinez Espanola city councilman and Fiesta liaison where Baca also was active in volunteering in our community. Justin Sanchez Hispano Music award winner for youth artist of the year also will be presenting.
Baca is a student at the University of Denver in Colorado, Daniels College of Business Candidate, and is expected to graduate June 2020 with a Bachelor of Science Business Administration and Marketing and is working at the University of Denver as a Tour Guide and overnight host. He also worked this summer at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a student intern in the Human Resources and personnel records department.
Baca is a 2016 graduate of Espanola Valley High School and attended Northern New Mexico College while in high school. His parents are Christella and Ray Baca of Chimayo.
“I chose Julianna for my mentor because of her expertise in TV Broadcasting, TV Video Production, Marketing and Entrepreneurship with the Small Business Development Centers,” Baca said. “I wanted to be exposed to as much as I could and be open to new things.”
The NMSBDC state office, SBDC centers from across the state, Northern New Mexico College, KDCE Radio, New Mexico State legislature, SBDC statewide businesses and area partners were all instrumental in helping contribute to Baca’s out of classroom learning experience.
Baca was actively involved with Barbie in the NMSBDC statewide legislative business award events and conferences; he interviewed Gov. Susana Martinez, Lt. Gov. Sanchez and several Senators and Representatives, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and statewide small business owners on topics such as promoting youth entrepreneurship, advocating for small business needs and anti-bulling and anti-gun violence. He learned reporter skills behind the camera and learned editing and production by helping to produce YouTube videos and a KDCE radio guest on different topics.
Martinez-Barbee is a national speaker/presenter at conferences and helped Baca with public speaking and he was able to present at the National University Economic Development Association Conference (UEDA) on Creative Cultural Entrepreneurship in the area.
Martinez-Barbee also featured Baca as a co-presenter to International Businesses from Algeria and Africa on sharing tips in marketing. He had to learn to present with several interpreters at the same time.
Baca completed several SBDC business trainings and has professional development certificates in the following areas; Your YouTube Promo Video, Marketing Your Business, Starting Your Business, & Financial Planning.
Baca also started his business Ryan The Lion ROAR LLC at which his services include website development and motivational speaker to schools to help students find their purpose. He is currently working on writing blogs on different topics.
“I wanted Ryan to know that he has a higher purpose and can make a great impact and he has already contributed to a greater cause, by who he is, what he says, and what he does on a daily basis,” Martinez-Barbee said.