Southwest Creations is proud to announce we are a Gold Level 2017 New Mexico Family Friendly Business Award recipient. The New Mexico Family Friendly Business Award was formed by the Task Force on Work Life Balance to develop an awards program that would both recognize New Mexico employers and businesses that offer family friendly employee benefits and promote increasing the number of businesses with family centered policies and workforce access to them. The purpose of the award is to recognize and support businesses that adopt and implement family friendly policies for their employees.Read More
Our Hacia: Toward the University team just returned from a three day conference at CoolSpeak's ENGAGE: Youth Engagement Seminar, a training and professional development seminar that focuses on student engagement best practices and researched techniques.
At the conference, the Hacia team learned, experienced, and practiced some of the most effective strategies to cultivate motivation, improve emotional intelligence, and enhance critical thinking skills. They also learned new techniques to improve their facilitation skills and brainstormed different ways the HACIA team can improve our project to successfully engage more Albuquerque youth and their families.
Southwest Creations' founding member, Sister Bernice Garcia, is celebrated by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, MI.Read More
Southwest Creations was honored to stand with other family-friendly businesses on March 1, 2017 as the New Mexico Senate memorialized its support of the New Mexico Family-Friendly Business Award program.Read More
Join us for Southwest Creations' holiday silent auction, wine pull and marketplace to support Hacia: Toward the University, our college-readiness program.
Saturday, November 19th, 2016
5 - 8pm
Southwest Creations Collaborative
1308 4th Street NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Via Etsy News Blog:
Last month was an exciting one for manufacturing at Etsy. Not only did we announce the launch of the new Etsy Manufacturing marketplace, but we also hosted our second annual Reimagine Manufacturing Summit in Brooklyn, bringing together nearly 150 Etsy sellers, manufacturers, producers, retailers and policy and government officials from around the globe to reimagine manufacturing for today’s makers.
Etsy Manufacturing Advisory Board member Susan Matteucci from Southwest Creations Collaborative, whose mission is to create jobs with a living wage for local women, talked about the importance of customer relationships. “Partnership really matters to us. You’re entering a relationship. We don’t make our own product, so we get absorbed in the customer’s products, helping make their dream come true.”
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In a nondescript one-story industrial building surrounded by a neighborhood of engine repair and body shops, rows of seamstresses lean into their industrial sewing machines and cut and stitch fabrics for West Elm, New York’s Canvas Home, and other retailers.
This little factory, called Southwest Creations Collaborative, provides not only stable employment in a state where nearly a third of jobs pay at or below the poverty level. It’s also helping its workers’ children overcome the longer-than-average odds in Albuquerque that they will graduate from high school and go on to college.
“We joke that the people who work here are simultaneously grateful and that they’re also thinking, ‘Wow, you guys are really in our business,’” said Jessica Aranda, director of the collaborative’s Hacia la Universidad, or “To the University,” program. “What other employer asks you to bring in your children’s grades?” READ MORE>>
Via the New York Times:
Southwest Creations is an Etsy-approved manufacturing partner. Read more about Etsy's newly introduced Etsy Manufacturing, a new service in the United States and Canada that matches sellers with small manufacturers. It is a bid by the company, which went public in April, to help its small sellers expand their businesses.
By the Numbers: Southwest Creations in the Albuquerque JournalRead More
Southwest Creations’ Program Director and Leadership Development Manager, Jessica Aranda and Flor Lopez, were panelists on New Mexico PBS’s Public Square episode that explored family-friendly workplace policies with local leaders and advocates.Read More