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Networking & Business Development - NM Rainforest Seminar

  • Old Martina's Hall 4140 New Mexico 68 Ranchos de Taos, NM, 87557 United States (map)

STC.UNM and the Innovation Academy are hosting their summer 2019 University Center Seminar series. The New Mexico Rainforest University Center provides entrepreneurial training and technical assistance at the University of New Mexico main and branch‐campus center sites. The seminars are free and open to the UNM community and the public via in‐person or web access, but registration is required. A certificate program in entrepreneurial capabilities is available to UNM students and community members thru UNM’s Innovation Academy. If interested in the certificate program as part of the seminar series, please contact Cecilia Pacheco at

Learn about networking opportunities, strategy, equity and small business development resources in the state of New Mexico from two of the most connected people in The Land of Enchantment!

Note: This seminar may be attended in person at Old Martina’s Hall in Taos, New Mexico, or online via Zoom by registering with the following link:


  •  A Small Business Resource Guide

  •  16 Steps to Starting a Business While Working Full Time

  •  10 Strategic Networking Tips for Small Business

Speaker Bios:

Stacy Sacco

Mr. Sacco teaches entrepreneurial studies at the UNM Anderson School of Management for the past eighteen years, serves as the Director of the UNM Small Business Institute and the faculty advisor for the UNM student entrepreneur clubs. The Small Business Institute connects small businesses and other community organizations to MBA student teams to perform consulting work and marketing research. 

Stacy has over 30 years' experience in marketing management with Avco Financial Services, Hyundai Finance, Transamerica Insurance, and locally, the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Kirtland Federal Credit Union and WESST Enterprise Center. Outside of his work at UNM, Stacy publishes a monthly email to 4,500+ subscribers including hundreds of marketing and tech jobs, and the Albuquerque Entrepreneurial Ecosystem list, and he hosts the annual NM MARCOM Mixer that attracts 350-500 members of the top 20 marketing and tech-industry professional associations statewide.

John Chavez, New Mexico Angels

Mr. Chavez has served as the President of the New Mexico Angels since 2008 and has been an active angel investor since 2003. Mr. Chavez is also the Managing Director of Phase One Ventures, a start-up fund out of Santa Fe, NM, and Managing Director of New Mexico Start-Up Factory I and II. Outside of the Angels, he is the President of Tafoya and Brainerd Partners LLC, a nationwide business development-consulting firm. Prior to his work in consulting, Mr. Chavez was appointed Cabinet Secretary of the Taxation and Revenue Department by New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. During his six-year tenure as tax secretary he also served as the President of the Federation of Taxation Administrators for one year.

Earlier Event: July 11
DisrupTECH 2019
Later Event: August 5
Investor Office Hours @ WESST