BRICK LIGHT NIGHTS VENDOR SURVEY RESULTS & POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS
by Two Way Street Editorial Team
Background: Over the past Wednesday for the past 3 months, Two Way Street and Mariposa Music have been coordinating the street vendor component of Brick Light Nights at the Brick Light District. This involves providing incoming applicants with a short survey inquiring about the applicants’ general background and interest in street vending. Questions posed were not chosen with the intention of “vetting” incoming applicants, but rather with the goal of gathering information surrounding the current barriers that aspiring micro-entrepreneurs experience in registering their businesses, purchasing solicitation permits, and scaling. Applicants were intentionally not informed about the exemption in Section 3-38-1 of New Mexico State Code that “part-time artists whose income from sales of his/her artwork in the prior taxable year did not exceed $1,000” are exempt from having to register their businesses with their respective municipalities. This was to test their legal and technical knowledge on the issue.