Special Thanks to the Exclusive Sponsor of Our 2020 Workshop Program!


Wednesday, April 22, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM MDT
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Online via Zoom 
Albuquerque, NM  



Chapter Administrator 
SCORE Albuquerque 
Doing Business in a Gig Economy
Panelists: JoHanna Cox, Kent Paul, Diane Villegas

Do you provide personal or business services to a variety of companies or individuals?  If so, you are part of a growing sector called the Gig Economy. This includes traditional service suppliers like solo practitioner lawyers, bookkeepers, accountants, barbers, and therapists.  It also includes new service providers like ride-hailers, restaurant food deliverers, dog walkers, and short-stay accommodations providers.

What knowledge and skills do you as a member of the gig economy need to acquire in order to reach your personal goals?  Our panelists will cover major issues faced by gig workers as well as the skills, practices, and habits that will make you more successful -- whatever your gig!

  • Your rights and obligations as an independent contractor
  • Effective time management
  • Good accounting and record keeping practices
  • Taxes and tax deductions
  • Potential liability and insurance

This workshop is aimed at those who work in the gig economy rather than the employers of gig workers.

 Cost:  $29.95

Facilitated by certified SCORE mentor, Pete Mikelson.


Johanna Cox has served as an attorney for over 13 years in NM state and federal courts. Her legal practice evolution has allowed her to develop her skills in business development, strategic planning, litigation, and loss management. Her practice areas have included product liability, real estate, white collar, financial development, cyber, and business liability matters.  JoHanna also serves as COO for SmartSpider Pros. Inc., and serves on different boards of directors in the crypto currency and medical marijuana industries. She is is a certified SCORE mentor.

Kent Paul is President/CEO of K & L Risk Consulting, LLC, a boutique risk management consulting company providing services to governmental self-insurance risk pools and captives.  Kent is a certified SCORE mentor.



Diane Villegas is a native New Mexican and owner of Big Picture Marketing Strategies, a marketing consulting agency that assists businesses in creating effective and strategic marketing plans -- which includes everything from strategy, campaign development, media buying, corporate communications, social media, and customer retention. Diane has held leadership positions with Comcast as Southwest Regional Director of Marketing and at the REELZ Channel as VP of Affiliate Marketing. Diane holds a MBA from UNM and was a 2014 honoree of Albuquerque Business First's "Top 40 Under 40 Award." 

Christina Esterly’s 18-year Training career at Hewlett Packard and consulting freelancer work encompassed every aspect of the training specialty from analysis, design, development, and deployment and facilitation for audiences worldwide. She was the lead Sales Trainer for the US Call centers at HP, and at one time a Worldwide Learning Portfolio manager caring for the needs of an international sales audience.
As President of Office Alternatives she runs the strategy and operations for the two location company and sets vision and direction. She is most proud about how Office Alternatives really helps start-ups, small business and freelancers have opportunities to start and grow a small business that were unheard of years ago.

Tommy Thompson is a licensed CPA in New Mexico (now retired) and has been “Accredited in Business Valuation” (ABV) by the American Institute of CPAs. During his career, he has held top management positions including: Director of Corporate Development for a manufacturing firm, CFO of a software start-up, COO of a publicly-traded computer hardware manufacturer, and Managing Director of a boutique investment banking and strategic consulting firm.

   Thank You to This 2020 Facilities Sponsor! 


SCORE Albuquerque helps small businesses grow from start-up through maturity by providing lifelong learning opportunities for business owners.  Clients develop their own path to small business success by accessing one-on-one mentoring, workshops, Q&A sessions, Business Owners Councils, and a national network of resources -- all at no- or low-cost.  Our team of experienced entrepreneurs, business owners, corporate executives and managers are trained, certified mentors who help clients gain clarity to take the next step. SCORE is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. In New Mexico, SCORE also has chapters in Santa Fe and Las Cruces.