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November 1, 2022 58 mins

Barney Santos is the entrepreneur and founder of Gentefy Inc, BLVD MRKT, and Alchemy Craft. His mission is to inspire & empower the entrepreneurial spirit; one person, one business, one community at a time. It is his belief that through the platform of business, the use of creativity, and the strength of human empathy it is possible to accelerate innovation in all aspects of life to make a lasting impact in a community.

Barney has spent the past decade building and managing new business ventures in the for-profit, non-profit, academic, and corporate sectors. He uses his expertise to develop new products and services that address underserved Latino neighborhoods in order to increase entrepreneurial activity and foster local economic empowerment. BLVD MRKT is such a venture, it is an artisan food hall in Downtown Montebello that incubates new restaurant startups, help revitalize the Downtown Corridor all the while igniting local economic development, and foster community engagement. 

Barney earned a Bachelor's Degree in Entrepreneurship from Cal State LA, a Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from USC, and a Doctoral Degree from the School of Hard Knocks. As a way to give back to his alma mater, Barney was the Head of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Cal State LA where he developed the entrepreneurial ecosystem and worked with faculty & staff to create new academic programs that increased entrepreneurial activity among students and faculty.

Instagram: @barneysantos

Socials (IG, Twiiter, SnapChat, TikTok): @blvdmrkt


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