SBA New Mexico Graduates 16 Small Business Executives From 2018 Emerging Leaders Program

SBA News:
ALBUQUERQUE Sixteen New Mexico small business executives have successfully completed the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2018 Emerging Leaders Program.
Ten participants completed the seven-month program Oct. 10 in Albuquerque and six participants completed the program Oct. 15 in Las Cruces.
“Emerging Leaders fosters a learning environment that accelerates the growth of high-potential small businesses and has a positive ripple effect on the economy of New Mexico,” said John Garcia, SBA New Mexico district director. “The SBA New Mexico District Office has long offered this annual training program to the benefit of our state’s small business owners. We are honored that at the national level, SBA recognized our participants’ successes and chose to open a second training program in New Mexico.”
SBA Emerging Leaders – Albuquerque Graduates of 2018
  • Samia Apodaca – CEO – Consolidated Builders of NM – Albuquerque, NM
  • Jasmine Baillio – Owner – What Goes Around …A Consignment Boutique – Albuquerque, NM
  • Jay English – Co-Owner – Elevate: Performance Health Wellness – Albuquerque, NM
  • Mya Kass – Business Manager – Santa Fe Oxygen and Healing Bar – Santa Fe, NM
  • Melania Kirwin – Co-Owner – MGP Mechanical LLC – Albuquerque, NM
  • Alex Matcham – CEO/VP – Intor Inc. – Socorro, NM
  • Matt McDanel – Owner – Saltary Ski LLC dba Ski Tech – Santa Fe, NM
  • Kathy Steen – Owner – Pop-A-Lock of Albuquerque – Albuquerque, NM
  • Christopher Sweetin – CEO – 3D Security Training Solutions – Albuquerque, NM
  • Christina Tewa – Senior Vice President – Keres Consulting Inc. – Albuquerque, NM
SBA Emerging Leaders – Las Cruces Graduates of 2018
  • Mark Dittmar – Vice President – Access Communications Group, LLC. – Las Cruces, NM
  • Ana Espinoza – President – Access Communications Group, LLC. – Las Cruces, NM
  • Michele Garcia – Owner/CEO – Roadrunner Enterprise, LLC. – Las Cruces, NM
  • Deanna Green – Owner/CEO – Enchanted Occasions Event Rentals LLC – Las Cruces, NM
  • Francisco Rojas – CEO – MGP Mechanical LLC – Albuquerque, NM
  • Rosa Terrazas – Co-Owner – Timberland Construction, Inc.  – Las Cruces, NM
SBA Emerging Leaders Co-Sponsors:
  • Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL)
  • Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce
  • Albuquerque SCORE/Chapter 67
  • Albuquerque Small Business Development Center at Central New Mexico College
  • American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico
  • Better Business Bureau Serving New Mexico and Southwest Colorado
  • City of Albuquerque/Economic Development Department
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Small Business Development Center at Doña Ana Community College
  • The Loan Fund
The Emerging Leaders Albuquerque and Las Cruces programs are two of 60 programs offered by the SBA nationwide. Nationally, the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative has trained over 5,000 small business owners, creating over 6,500 jobs, generating over $300 million in new financing, and securing over $3.16 billion in government contracts.
For more information please visit or contact Ivan Corrales, Emerging Leaders Project Manager at 505.248.8227,