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Future Entrepreneurs Learn the Ropes from ACCION

CNM students with big hopes of owning their own business are getting a special helping hand from CNM Connect through a partnership with ACCION, a nonprofit organization designed to help get small businesses off the ground.

Sep 07, 2016

October 2011

CNM students with big hopes of owning their own business are getting a special helping hand from CNM Connect through a partnership with ACCION, a nonprofit organization designed to help get small businesses off the ground.

A series of workshops are being offered every Friday from now through Nov. 4 and cover topics including entrepreneurship, lending basics, the factors influencing loans, loan closing, loan stewardship, repayment and more.

"People from all walks of life make the decision to become entrepreneurs," said Michael Heim, CNM Connect achievement coach, in an email. "Many students see business ownership as a way to take control of their lives and income."

Heim said that students don't have to be business majors to be interested in starting a business and that all students could benefit in some way or another. The workshops are designed as a series but students can join in at any time, he said.

The workshops are taught by experienced instructors from ACCION who know what it takes to get a business up and running successfully.

"These people are professionals in the Albuquerque area and have years of experience as business owners," Heim said. "The wealth of information pertaining to launching a business that they possess is the kind of information people need to hear in order to be successful."

According to their website, ACCION was created in 1994 and has its own unique method of lending called "microlending," which are small loans designed for small businesses. The economy in New Mexico depends heavily on small business since many areas are rural.

Heim said that the students he works with at CNM Connect have the qualities to make excellent business owners.

"(Our students are) ambitious, independent, self confident, risk taking, visionary, creative, energetic, passionate and committed," he said. "These workshops will help individuals that have these qualities and guide them down the right path for taking care of the 'business' side of business."

The workshops are open to all students and are held Fridays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Student Resource Center room 203-T on Main Campus.

For more information, visit the CNM Calendar entry.