Monday, June 4, 2007

Governor Richardson Announces Economic Development Summit: Energizing the Entrepreneurial Economy

Governor Richardson Announces 2007 Summit on Economic Development
Wednesday, May 30, 2007

This year’s theme “Energizing the Entrepreneurial Economy,” to be held September 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque

Early Registration Deadline: August 30, 2007

SANTA FE—The 2007 Governor’s Summit on Economic Development, titled “Energizing the Entrepreneurial Economy,” will be held September 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Governor Richardson announced today.

“Entrepreneurship is at the heart of New Mexico’s economic base,” said Governor Richardson. “What’s more, the vast majority of our state’s employers are small businesses, which employ more than half our private sector workers. To help companies like these grow, we’ve planned a three-day intensive experience designed to support a culture of entrepreneurship in New Mexico.”

Among the speakers at this year’s event are:

Dr. Carl J. Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and one of the country’s leading thinkers on entrepreneurship; and
Becky Anderson, executive director of HandMade in America, a nonprofit organization promoting community economic development through craft

“We’ve got an excellent slate lined up for New Mexico’s business leaders, economic developers, and entrepreneurs,” said Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Fred Mondragon. “Session topics will include Breaking into International Markets, Business Incubation, and Tribal Entrepreneurship, among others.”

Early registration costs $175. After August 30, the cost is $225. To register early (and save $50) log on to http://www.nmsummit.com. Scholarship applications are also available. To learn more about registration, contact Lisa Walker: 866-963-6600.

The 2007 Governor’s Summit on Economic Development is sponsored by the New Mexico Economic Development Department, the City of Albuquerque, ENMR Plateau, NM IDEA, Regional Development Corporation, New Mexico Rural Alliance, Qwest, Public Service Company of New Mexico, New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and EBS Initiative.

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