Department of Economic Development
Increment of 1 Initiative
Business Feedback Form
Bernalillo County has undertaken a unique and effective program entitled the "Increment of One." Simply, if we could create the conditions where 500 small businesses can hire one employee over the course of 24 months, the overall impact on the Bernalillo County economy and surrounding area would be tremendous. We are proud to say that this program has received national attention for both its uniqueness and effectiveness.
The program consists of four steps: (1) a tour; (2) economic summit; (3) adoption of legislation that addresses the needs of small businesses, and, (4) Ongoing programs with requisite measurements and analysis to sustain the momentum and ensure continued focus of the program. We have completed the tour. We selected 25 small businesses from different industry sectors and geographical areas of Bernalillo County. The tour was moving, inspirational and informational. We were privileged to share in the hopes, dreams, successes and challenges within our business community. Moreover, we have a new appreciation for the challenges faced by these business owners. On February 24, the business summit took place at Albuquerque Studios, there, over 200 businesses participated, networked, asked questions and received valuable information.
As the Economic Development Department moves forward to work on initiatives, it is imperative that we continue to listen to the needs of the small business community. Please take a moment and write to us and give us your thoughts on how we can reach our goal of creating 500 new jobs one at a time.