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Barbara Kline, Business Development Leader

Barbara Kline has worked with Corrales MainStreet (CMS) since 2003 to build external visibility and internal business collegiality in the village.  This included 3 years as liaison to, and board member of, Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce.  As fundraising chair, Kline introduced a “Corrales Night at the Scorpions” campaign designed to build visibility for CMS regionally and visibility for Corrales businesses in Rio Rancho while raising money to continue CMS work.  For this campaign, she received a state MainStreet award, 2008 New Mexico MainStreet Award for Excellence in Fund-Raising, and was a member of the team that won the 2008 New Mexico MainStreet Award:  Corrales MainStreet Community Award.  She is currently serving on the Corrales Lodgers Tax Board, and was instrumental in proposing a policy change to look at the GRT contribution to the village of activities funded by Lodgers Tax, the purpose of which is to support local tourism, and she is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Business Administration Program for CNM. 

Kline was on the team that resulted in the successful  CMS effort to create a co-op advertising program and has been generous in donating her building, Madeleine’s Place, for community business visibility activities ranging from hosting CMS annual meetings to providing space for the Corrales Art Studio Tour’s annual preview party and preview gallery, to Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce membership outreach programs, to hosting local musicians for concerts.  She also developed and presented the original proposal to the Village council for the Corrales Wine Festival, although she declined chairing the project due to other commitments.

She was instrumental in building ties between the Foundation for Entrepreneurial Excellence, on which  board she served for three years, and the business departments at CNM and UNM.

Kline gives generously of her time and is well-known for introducing people who can benefit from knowing each other.  She has been an advisor to the TVC Equity Capital Symposium for four years, has taught marketing at CCET as well as other small business programs and has been a member of New Mexico Angels since 2010, serving on the screening committee for new deals.

As she launches Breakthru Center, she is working with various groups including NM Angels, NAWBO, state and local economic development departments, and UNM Anderson School of Business to create a center that will enhance participants’ business skills required for growing sustainable businesses in New Mexico and throughout the US.