Calling all newbies and veterans, techies and non-tech entrepreneurs, aspiring start-uppers, inquisitive investors, those currently working for a startup, and those wanting to.
Join other smart, hardworking, motivated, creative, and supportive entrepreneurs and side-giggers to hear a fresh Santa Fe startup story followed by time for schmoozing and sharing your new business ideas, success stories, and struggles with like-minded Santa Feans.
* If you’ve recently launched your business or are getting ready to, then come on out and turn your fellow entrepreneurs into raving fans, eager to help spread your word.
* And if you’re simply curious about how collaborative and friendly Santa Fe’s startup and entrepreneur community is, then sign up and show up to see for yourself.
Generously sponsored by the Santa Fe Business Incubator (SFBI).
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June 6 event: Santa Fe Spirits, 7505 Mallard Way
Meet ITConnect founder, Kareem Edwards. A local from Chimayo and graduate of Pojoaque High, Kareem studied business and accounting at UNM until ‘97 and learned all about routing cable while crawling around on his hands and knees as an installer/salesman for a small Santa Fe-based IT company. It didn’t take long for Kareem to decide if he was gonna work that hard, he was gonna do it for himself.
Kareem quickly grew out of the storage unit “office” he started in, took a $20K home equity loan in 2005, set up shop at the Santa Fe Business Incubator and soon landed his 1st $600K contract. Without the capital to cover the gear and complete the work, Kareem was shocked and thrilled that Los Alamos National Bank loaned his zero-track-record business the cash he needed to complete that project and begin building a reputation that would lead to future contracts with LANL and Santa Fe Public Schools, just to name a couple.
Today ITConnect is a multi-million dollar company operating in over 4 states with 50+ employees. Kareem and his wife Mary Jo orchestrate the delivery of innovative tech services, telecommunication network infrastructure (TNI) design, digital learning services, and premise distribution cabling, all while parenting 7 (yes, 7) children. They’re a pretty amazing team and we’re lucky Kareem’s taking time out of his crazy schedule to share his story with us in June.
And since growing out of the SFBI, ITConnect established their headquarters right next door to where we’ll meet at the Santa Fe Spirits Distillery on the South Side (not to be confused with their downtown tasting room). So be ready to try world-class spirits at the place Esquire Magazine deemed the best whiskey distillery in New Mexico in it’s Best Whiskeys in Every State Right Now February 2019 article.
Thursday, 06 June, 2019
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