And the Winner of the 2023 Mom-Owned Small Business Grant Is . . .


Thank you to everyone who voted in the $1000 small business grant contest for one mom business owner in New Mexico. The contest was so close, but there can only be one winner!

Congratulations to Vanessa Alvarado of Toddler Town NM LLC, the winner of a $1000 small business grant from ABQ Mom and our partners at Comcast.

Vanessa AlvaradoVanessa owns and operates Toddler Town NM LLC, a mobile soft play company serving Albuquerque and its surrounding areas. Their mission is to create vibrant, engaging, and safe play environments for young children, promoting their physical and cognitive development. With a commitment to convenience, they bring the fun directly to your doorstep, whether it’s for birthday parties, playdates, or community events. Their colorful and aesthetically designed play setups offer a stimulating experience, fostering creativity and social interaction. As a locally-owned business, they take pride in enhancing early childhood experiences, promoting active play, and helping families build lasting memories in the heart of New Mexico. Loved by little ones, approved by parents!

We’re so proud of all our finalists and look forward to seeing their businesses thrive as well.

We hope you’ll support them all. Give them some social media follows and, of course, your business. The other five finalists were Dr. Sharmin Dharas of Herstory Hospitality, Justine Jean Baptiste of Liv & Mimi’s Play Cafe, Kellie Tomlin of Nurturing Insight LLC, Kathleen Sacoman of Sweet Pea Bakery, and Kayla Kitts of The Doodle Shop.

With her winnings, Vanessa plans to further enhance and expand Toddler Town NM in two essential ways–a practical investment and a fun expansion.

And the Winner of the 2023 Mom-Owned Small Business Grant for $1000 Is . . .First, a portion will help cover the cost of liability insurance. This is a critical need for their new business. This investment ensures both their safety and the safety of the families they serve.

Secondly, in a more exciting and enjoyable endeavor, she intends to use a portion of the grant money to purchase a larger soft play set designed for older children (2-3 years old). This expansion will address their developmental needs and provide engaging play options, broadening their customer base, and promoting their growth and development.

These additions will enhance Toddler Town NM’s safety and entertainment offerings, ensuring long-term success.

Congrats, again, Toddler Town! Keep up the awesome entrepreneurial spirit!

Thank you to Comcast, the sponsor of this grant. We are so grateful to have partners who also care about the success of local women entrepreneurs.

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