CHAMBER PRESS RELEASE
Los Alamos MainStreet and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce announced that the second cohort of Los Alamos Business Accelerator pop-up stores will be Scott Baird, Jonny Baird and Kate Kudynska with Wolf & Mermaid Enchanted Roasters and Joe Johansen with Los Alamos Golf & games. They will move to a pop-up retail store at 181 Central Park Square next to Origami mid-November through the end of the year to test their store concepts.
The entrepreneurs, along with 10 others, have successfully completed the 6-week Phase I training of the Los Alamos Business Accelerator Program 2022. Those entrepreneurs not selected for the pop-up stores, Phase II of the program, still have the opportunity for local partnerships and collaborations. Los Alamos MainStreet and the Chamber of Commerce will continue to support them in opening future stores.
“We are excited that Scott, Kate, Jonny and Joe are taking this next step to open a storefront in Los Alamos,” said Ryn Herrmann, director of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. “We have a unique set of retail challenges at Los Alamos, and we applaud these entrepreneurs for their tremendous commitment to learning about the environment, improving their business model, and demonstrating a commitment to run a business and help diversify our local retail offerings. We encourage the community to show their support for these small businesses and visit their shops in November and December!”
The Los Alamos Business Accelerator program enables participants to de-risk their entry into Los Alamos retail through interactive and educational workshops focused on opening a retail business in Los Alamos. This year, 16 entrepreneurs from different sectors were included in the second cohort of the program. During the Business Accelerator, attendees heard from a variety of local, regional and national experts. Topics ranged from business licenses and permits, marketing and promotions, ordering and inventory management, cash handling and accounting, store design and sales, to employee and corporate culture.
In addition to the free training program, rent, utilities and insurance, the Business Accelerator pop-up entrepreneurs also receive merchandising and equipment assistance, graphic design services and a one-year membership in the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.
“The retail companies emerging from this second cohort of the Los Alamos Business Accelerator program will be great additions to the Los Alamos retail landscape,” said Jacquelyn Connolly, director of Los Alamos MainStreet. “We thank all entrepreneurs who participated and the supportive business community who helped make this program a reality.”
The program was made possible through a partnership with New Mexico MainStreet and HatchForm, and grants from the Mexico Department of Economic Development through a LEADS grant, LANL Foundation, New Mexico Resiliency Alliance, LANL Community Partnerships Office, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Del Norte Credit Union , as well as alumni of Cohort 1 Los Alamos Business Accelerator, Wheeed, Samizdat Bookstore & Teahouse, Little Studio on the Mesa, and Inspired Jewelers. Thanks also to Philip Kunsberg and Patrick Sullivan of Central Park Square, Los Alamos County, Sandy Jones of the Small Business Development Center, and all the speakers.
Los Alamos Business Accelerator Pop-Up hours and opening day details will be announced shortly, but the public may be kept informed