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    CNM to host ABQid workshop for entrepreneurs
    Central New Mexico Community College will host the first ABQid workshop for budding entrepreneurs on April 22. ABQid is a new program that is trying to build a business-accelerator program similar to those at Y Combinator or Techstars in Albuquerque. Tom Stephenson of Verge Fund and Webb Johnson, a consultant, are working on the project. At the first two-hour workshop, entrepreneurs with new business ideas will learn the basics of turning an idea into a product. The workshop will cover business?


    Zocere wins Top Innovator Award at NY venture conference
    Albuquerque startup Zocere has won the Top Innovator Award from youngStartup Ventures. The award, presented at the 2014 Life Sciences & Venture Summit in New York, recognizes significant advances in the field. Zocere was also invited to pitch at the New York Venture Summit, which takes place June 17. The annual summit is a forum for exciting early stage and emerging-growth companies, and it allows leaders to share insights on the future of innovation and the entrepreneurial journey. Held at the?


    Southwest Capital Bank lends hand to Accion
    Microlender Accion New Mexico-Arizona-Colorado said Friday it has received a $250,000 investment from Southwest Capital Bank. Accion, which offers business loans of $200 to $300,000, will have use of the money for five years at 2 percent interest, but Southwest will donate the yearly $5,000 interest back to the nonprofit, Accion said in a news release. ?Southwest Capital Bank is proud to be in partnership with Accion?s efforts to provide the vital support for entrepreneurs across the state?


    Meetings to focus on 20-year future of area transportation
    What the future of transportation will look like in the city and across the state is getting increased attention from several groups. The New Mexico Department of Transportation is in the midst of developing a  25-year plan? NMDOT 2040 ? to guide its decisions for all modes of transportation in the state.  And the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG) are deep into transportation projects not only in Albuquerque?s urban core, but throughout Bernalillo, Valencia, Torrance and Sandoval?


    Meet the whole group: Here's our 40 Under Forty class of 2014
    We?ve unveiled our 40 Under Forty honorees all week long this week, sharing 10 names a day. Today, we?re publishing the full list of our 40 Under Forty honorees for 2014, so readers can check out the entire lineup. Click on the accompanying slideshow to see the entire 40 Under Forty Class of 2014. The 40 Under Forty awards honor the state?s top young professionals each year. Albuquerque Business First takes nominations from the public for 40 Under Forty, and we received nearly 450 this year.?


    See which health and fitness clubs are building the most bods
    This week?s health and fitness clubs list, compiled by Vasudha Tiwari, spotlights New Mexico?s top clubs, ranked by 2013 New Mexico statewide membership. See which clubs topped the list in the accompanying slideshow. The full list, in the April 18 weekly edition of Albuquerque Business First, also includes each club?s total employees in New Mexico, total certified instructors in the state, total locations in New Mexico, year founded locally and top local executive. Information for the health?


    BLS: NM only state in region to lose jobs
    New Mexico lost 1,900 jobs in the 12 months that ended March 31, the sixth consecutive month of year-over-year job losses, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. Six of the state?s industry sectors shed jobs during the year and five gained jobs, according to the BLS?s seasonally adjusted figures. The state?s manufacturing sector continued its long decline, losing 1,900 jobs during the year for a negative 6.5 percent growth rate. It was the 16th consecutive month of over-the-year?


    In this week?s issue: Start me up
    New data shows that New Mexico is one of the most entrepreneurial states in the union, and it?s easy to see why. Incubators, pitching events and see capital are springing up all over, and lots of new ventures are the result. It?s a bumpy ride, though. That?s why Reporter Dan Mayfield dove into our local startup economy in this week?s cover story to see why things are changing, what?s working and what?s still a challenge for new ventures in Albuquerque. We covered a lot of other ground?


    Albuquerque?s newest office building creating buzz before construction
    Only the land has been cleared, but what will be Albuquerque?s latest Class A office building is already attracting attention. Scott Throckmorton, president of ARGUS Investment Realty, is set to construct a 140,000-square-foot office complex at 6701 Jefferson St. NE, likely this year. A 7.1-acre site was cleared last September near the northwest corner of Jefferson and Osuna Road in the North I-25 submarket. The four-story office building will be one of the first large-scale Class A office buildings?


    Michaels stores confirms data breach
    Michaels Stores Inc. has confirmed that it recently suffered a data breach that could have impacted 3 million customers nationwide. All six of the Michaels stores in the San Antonio area were affected as well as stores in Corpus Christi, McAllen, Laredo and Brownsville. The Irving-based arts and crafts retail chain launched an investigation with help from two independent security firms and determined that systems of Michaels stores in the United States and its subsidiary, Aaron Brothers, were?