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Honoring Black History Month

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It is important that each generation of Black youth understands the struggles and sacrifices that Blacks endured to achieve equal rights and tolerance in American society. Young and old people today have the means to contribute to the nation and world through digital manipulation, nurturing and educating hearts and minds...

Early assist from Accion helps business owner train next generation of entrepreneurs

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In the early 2000s, Patrick Jenkins needed help meeting customer demand at his barbershop, A Better U, in Albuquerque’s Southeast Heights. But good barbers were hard to find, so Jenkins decided to cultivate a younger generation of ambitious hair-care entrepreneurs.

He opened A Better U Academy in 2007 on Lomas Boulevard between Carlisle and San Mateo boulevards and incorporated his original business into the school. Of Albuquerque’s 16 barber colleges, Jenkins said, it’s the only one that trains students not just how to cut, style and shave hair but also how to run a business built on those skills. “We’re committed to being the best,” he said.

The curriculum at A Better...

The Women’s March

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Most women who marched Jan. 21 in the various marches around the world via the first-ever Women’s March have voted many times in their lives. At times their candidates have won, and at other times their candidates have lost. Either way, a statement was made by simply voting.

But it was the 2016 election that provoked some strong and fervent emotion and division in U.S. society. The Women’s March was held on the first day of the presidency of Donald Trump. The goal was to show support for women’s rights as well as groups that are marginalized by a Trump administration. This in a time when disparaging remarks about women were made by Trump leading up to the election.

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New Mexico a National Leader in Providing Childcare Assistance

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Investments in Early Childhood Paying off for Kids, Families

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced that New Mexico is a national leader in providing childcare assistance to kids Feb. 8. According to the first annual New Mexico Child Care Data Report from the University of New Mexico’s Center for Education Policy and Research, New Mexico is ranked 10th in the country when it comes to providing childcare assistance to all eligible children and 1st in the country when it comes to providing childcare assistance to eligible Hispanic children in New Mexico.

“Expanding opportunities for early childhood learning is one of our top priorities – because every New Mexico child deserves...

Business incubator opens doors with help from funding panel

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When Aztec community leaders envisioned a downtown co-working space and retail-business incubator, they made a plan, found a building and identified initial sources of funding for the project. But they needed additional money to get it off the ground. They turned to New Mexico FundIt, an informal group of federal and state government and nonprofit agencies that meets regularly to help identify capital and fill funding gaps in economic development projects.

FundIt was created by the New Mexico Economic Development Department from a suggestion by a blue-ribbon panel convened to identify ways to streamline development projects in the state. FundIt aims to be a one-stop source of...

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