Minding Your Business

Minding Your Business

Minding Your Business is a show about the people who built New Mexico’s most interesting companies. Each week, Margarita Guarin and Mark Gilboard from WESST- the non-profit behind New Mexico’s Women’s Business Centers in Farmington, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, Roswell, Las Cruces and here in Albuquerque- share stories of wisdom and inspiration from New Mexican Business Owners, interviewing the people who built some of your favorite products, services, and brands. Be inspired, and learn what it takes to start and grow your own business. Minding Your Business, a show where we pick the brains behind your favorite New Mexican brands.

Episodes

December 23, 2022 57 min

Agnes Noonan has been the President of WESST, Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Team, since 1991.  She has seen many changes in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the progress made since the Women's Business Ownership Act of 1988. Listen in as she takes us on her journey. Expand your understanding of nonprofits, enjoy stories of success, learn how to engage effective board members, run a successful organization and more, through...

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Ayanna Denise Zahra is a master skin health therapist, specializing in skin disease prevention & treatments. As an educator in the healing art of skin, her treatments get results. Ayanna Denise Skin offers products power packed with nutrients your skin needs to heal and protect itself. Today we talk with the “minister of skin,” herself to learn the tools it takes to build a successful skin care brand.

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Kenneth Winfrey and Jay Blackwell are the founders of Umoja Behavioral Health Counseling and Psychotherapy. Their offerings of mind/body healing through modalities such as Art Therapy, Kemetic Egyptian Yoga and even Sand Play are a few tools they use to support clients. With an African centered approach to mental health care, their practice embraces people of all cultures, genders, ethnic backgrounds, and assists families to live m...

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November 29, 2022 43 min

An insider's sneak peek into the self-care field!  Lisa McCulloch, owner of Betty’s Bath and Day Spa, shares her wisdom and inspiration for cultivating a bountiful spa business. Lisa has been an esthetician, spa owner, and business strategist. She shares ideas on implementing thriving systems, strong leadership, and understanding what makes a phenomenal spa experience from the client’s point of view.

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November 11, 2022 57 min

Imagine a planet where humans constructed all living and work environments to be in harmony with nature. Founder, Kris Callori began designing a new world long before becoming an architect. As a child her father passed her two play toys, a calculator and protractor. This was the beginning of her path toward shaping ethical work environments for people and setting a precedent in sustainable building practices. Verdacity is leading t...

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October 31, 2022 52 min

Rebecca Kitson Law takes a human centered approach to serving our immigrant community. Our country thrives because of the contributions of these innovators, creatives and leaders. Today we take a deep dive into what the citizenship journey truly looks like. Ms. Kitson and her team give voice to so many in need of representation. “We unequivocally support all communities, and thereby embrace and advocate for all peoples of diverse r...

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October 21, 2022 50 min

Aleitress Owens-Smith, CEO of Aleitress Designs & Event Planning introduces her newest brand, Aleitress Mobile Restrooms. This “multipreneur” has taken what folks thought was an ordinary porta-potty experience to a luxury spa on wheels. We’ve all experienced an outdoor event and cringed at the thought of using the restroom. No more, people wait in line just to take tours and selfies of her custom designed luxurious mobile restr...

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October 7, 2022 52 min

Larry Donahue, attorney with Slingshot LLC., parent company of Law4Small Business and one of New Mexico’s Fastest Growing Companies, shares his wisdom collected after many years of helping business owners improve their legal knowhow and avoid legal potholes.  This hour is packed with helpful insights to help you navigate issues you may encounter in your entrepreneurial journey.

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Clay comes from the earth and has a way of connecting us to our creative spirit. Meet Angela Smith Kirkman the owner of Paseo Pottery in Santa Fe, NM.  The Pottery wheel is something anyone can learn with the right teacher. After all, she’s an expert after almost 30 years. In addition, she is a ceramic artist and photograph. Teaching Pottery classes is her way of sharing life with her community.  So, spin the wheel while hearing he...

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Stephanie Sherrodd, CEO of Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union, shares her journey of 23 years in the credit union world and provides advice for business owners. Find out about smart growth, employee engagement, profitability, retaining talent, improving your leadership skills, the importance of diversity and finding your superpower. When facing difficult situations, she highlights the power of asking yourself:  what is the outc...

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Josh Castleberry opened Castle Coffee in downtown Albuquerque in October 2019 with the dream of building a place that brought people from all backgrounds and life stages together. In a short time he has succeeded and he has been serving every cup of coffee with a joyful heart since day 1.  Listen in as Josh shares how he built the foundation for his “castle” and lessons learned from working for both, a successful and a failed busin...

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Natane Lim is breaking barriers and creating the culture of what Break Dancing represents in New Mexico. She and her husband Check It are the heart of Dancing Turtle.  Their values are rooted in family and the freedom to move freely in life both personally and professionally. In an industry that is primarily dominated by masculine energy Dancing Turtle creates a space where gender is not the definition of capability. Listen in to h...

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September 2, 2022 62 min

Keri Piehl, the founder of Color Wheel Toys, shares her enchanting true story of how she has become Albuquerque’s only locally owned toy store. Every child dreams of a place in which their wildest dreams come true. Toys allow the wonderful world of education through play to manifest. If you’ve forgotten to nurture your childlike self this episode is most certainly for you.

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Monica Jojola, President of Montech Inc., and Claire Lewis HR manager, share their journey into government contracting. Monica serves as role model for others entering the field of government contracting.  Clients include US Department of the Interior; US Department of Defense; US Department of Agriculture; US Department of Energy, and nation-wide Defense contractors. Listen in and learn how to get started, grow, and maintain your ...

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August 19, 2022 51 min

Rikki Quintana Shares the story of HoonArts, purveyor of fine handcrafted offerings from artisan partners in Central Asia. Rikki worked as an attorney and was fully retired when she heard about the opportunity to work with artisans of Tajikistan to build a sustainable U.S. market, she boldly raised her hand and declared “I’ll do it!” Then she went to work, built her company and learned how to deliver on her promise. Rikki is passio...

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August 16, 2022 46 min

Lisa Salas of Eagle Rock Contracting Inc. shares her journey of raising a family, attracting the right team and the keys to leaving a legacy for the next generation. As this family business celebrates over 20 years in serving New Mexico with custom acoustical drop ceilings, you can find their work in some of the most prominent buildings in our state. They pride themselves in offering their employees a safe work environment, full be...

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August 5, 2022 51 min

Felicia Masias and Keith Allen, owners of Sopapilla Productions, relocated from California to Albuquerque during the pandemic. This star struck couple graduated from actors for hire to starting their own local film production company! Their platform now supports local businesses and other entrepreneurs to be showcased through film. Grab a “Sopapilla” and some local honey as you listen to how they created their “recipe” for success....

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July 29, 2022 50 min

Blue Door Patisserie fuses the comfort of the Southwest with a glimpse into a world we all dream of. Imagine taking a stroll through France on a warm summer’s day and finding yourself at a “Blue Door” in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Award winning pastries invite you in with an aroma that could be no other than the best baked croissant in the city and so much more. We invite you to enjoy the journey with the baker himself, Chef Jove Hub...

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“Building interactive tools, integrating information, and presenting insights to drive meaningful action.”

Charles Rath, president, and CEO of RS 21., and Inc. 500 is engineering a movement that’s impacting the world. After relocating from Washington, DC to Albuquerque, working for the labs and opening his business in downtown, we asked what’s next? Over 80 employees make up the RS 21 team of data scientists, AI inventors, engineer...

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July 12, 2022 57 min

Guaranteed to be an hour you don’t want to miss full of stories and surprises. In his epic Interview Nico Ortiz shares what has made Turtle Mountain Brewing Company a huge success year after year! Get a sneak peek behind the scenes in crafting the best brews and pizzas in town. You’re also guaranteed some deep belly laughs out loud. Mr. Nico leaves nothing on the table and opens up about how he got his start, scouts the best employ...

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