Strategy Mapping
Project Design
Project implementation
Organizational Development
Funding Development


Small Business Resource Collaborative

In 2016, Roanhorse Consulting was hired to create, design and implement a small business
program to support the businesses along Albuquerque’s historic Route 66 streetway during
the Bus Rapid Transit construction project. The City of Albuquerque supported the
development of the Small Business Resource Collaborative (SBRC). SBRC is an alliance of local
nonprofit small business organizations, business advocates, business consultants, and small
business owners to grow a sustainable small business economy in Albuquerque. We support
small businesses up to $2 million in annual revenue that rely heavily on walk-in traffic and are
located on Central Avenue. During 2016 and 2017, the SBRC met with over 350+ businesses
providing direct, on the ground high touch support to keep our businesses open.

During this pilot phase, we learned that within the ABQ business ecosystem of services, tools
and resources, there was still great reluctance or awareness to access and use these
resources. We found that our backpack model of bringing the support to the business was the
first time that many of our clients had ever engaged support services and for many found that
they had stopped innovating the day their business opened. As the bus rapid transit
construction comes to an end, the SBRC will take these learnings and evolve our program to
provide to the broader City of Albuquerque community.

SBRC 2.0

Navigator Program

In 2018, the SBRC will partner with Cultivating Coders, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and Southeast Albuquerque Success Center to bring our tools to communities of color, immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs in the City of Albuquerque. (www.sbrcabq.com). Our mission is to provide underrepresented entrepreneurs and business owners with technical and financial strategies to help prepare and promote their services along Albuquerque’s promising economic corridors and communities. We accomplish this by partnering with social service partners and organizations by coming alongside them with our model of providing high touch custom technical assistance that meets the entrepreneur where they are and connecting them to the existing ecosystem. The SBRC’s backpack model of bringing the tools, resources and access to the community and embedding the knowledge has been incredibly effective to bridge the gap for services for those in low wealth communities and/or are micro/solopreneurs not connected to the existing ecosystem. The SBRC participates with the local Living Cities Integration Initiative, City Alive, as the Main Street Navigator program.

Co-Op Capital

This is a working pilot initiated by the Nusenda Foundation in support from W.K.Kellogg Foundation to identify opportunities to replicate and advance creative funding opportunities for low wealth and communities of color. Co-op capital provides access to small business financing for business owners who have challenges accessing traditional capital. Roanhorse Consulting is specifically focused on how Co-Op Capital can fill financing gaps to grow Native American entrepreneurs to address the economic baseline gaps in their tribal lands as well as tap into the resources available off tribal lands. We are co-designing and piloting this program with two Native-led and serving organizations to design an alternative financing model for Native Businesses that can be embedded in their organization that achieves mission and impact.

RCLLC will spend 2018 working with organizations to test concepts to provide equitable access to Native Entrepreneurs as well as capture best practices to support a peer-to-peer learning group that would grow to include more organizations to launch and test Co-Op Capital in their own communities.

Native Women's Business Summit

We co-founded a nonprofit to create the space to co-design a once a year summit to bring Native Business Women together to connect, promote, celebrate, and access resources for Native women who are current business owners or interested in starting their own business. Co-Founders: GrownUp Navajo, Two Worlds Production, Tallou Salon, Jaime Gloshay, Poston & Associates, Alicia Ortega + Roanhorse Consulting, LLC

Cultivating Coders

We are partners and collaborators with Cultivating Coders to bring culturally appropriate computer coding classes to isolated and overlooked classrooms across the country. We have partnered to embed the knowledge for our tribal communities and weave in basic business skills and entrepreneurship learnings.

Changing Woman Initiative

We provide fundraising and grant writing support to help build the first ever indigenous reproductive wellness and birth center in the United States. This initiative seeks to draw on cultural strengths to renew indigenous birth knowledge and healing through holistic approaches and community empowerment.


Native Entrepreneurship In Residence Program

We are collaborators with NEIR to support and grow a thriving ecosystem of resources, tools, networks and capital for Native American businesses across the country. We collaborate and work with NEIR to achieve these goals. We are also graduates of NEIR, where we launched RCLLC in January 2016.

City Alive

We work alongside Albuquerque’s Living Cities Integration Initiative’s leadership team, representing over 20+ local organiznations, to address our racial equity wealth gaps by developing solutions create more quality jobs and connect existing resources to communities furthest from wealth and power.

Zebras Unite

We are tapped into a very important and growing discussion with solutions on changing the current venture and investment landscape so that it looks and represents our communities better. RCLLC work to provide a Native perspective and voice to this discussion with intent to connect and grow the network wide for more indigenous businesses with a zebra focus.




Roanhorse Consulting LLC
400 Gold Ave SW, Suite 1020
Albuquerque NM 87102

Phone: 619-592-2824

General E-mail: info@roanhorseconsulting.com