Copyright © 2020 Northeastern NM Educational Foundation, dba Center for Community Innovation,
a 501c3 nonprofit corporation located at 130 Park Ave., PO Box 1712, Raton, NM 87740
The Center for Community Innovation is supporting efforts to build a more resilient community. We are supporting the development of local food systems, the localization of our economy, support for micro-entrepreneurs,  the establishment of an energy independent Raton, and the promotion of our region to individuals seeking a sustainable, rural community to call home.

Come and Join Your Friends in a Virtual Cash Mob! 

This isolation mode is hard on everyone, but its especially tough on our local businesses, where income has evaporated almost overnight.  To help to support small business owners, the Center invites you to participate in a series of Virtual Cash Mobs. 

3 Easy Steps to Join a Virtual Cash Mob & Support Your Local Merchant

  1. On the day of the Virtual Open House, click on the Zoom link below anytime between 11am-1pm and you'll pop right into the Open House. For a super quick and easy tutorial on Zoom, click HERE.

  2. Have fun visiting with the shop owner and your friends!

  3. Purchase a Gift Certificate from the merchant by clicking on the Add to Cart button below.

You can buy as many $10 gift certificates as you want.  Your payment will be processed through the secure PayPal payment portal that belongs to the merchant.  Note that the payment portal for the merchant is only active on our website on the day of their Open House.  The hosting of this service is provided by the Center free of charge.

A cash mob is a group of people coordinated to meet and spend money at a local, independent business at a particular time.  At the Center for Community Innovation, we're moving this concept online!


We're asking for customers to pop into the virtual open houses to say hi to the shop owner and any of your friends who may have logged in. Then we've added an easy payment portal on this web page for the purchase of gift certificates to support your local merchant. 

One day soonish, we’ll get to go outside again and visit our valued small businesses.  Until then, let’s try to find new ways to  have some fun and stay connected!

Purchases go directly to the merchant through the merchant's PayPal account.  The PayPal link we provide is for the merchant’s account, not the Center’s account.​  The merchant is responsible for sending you your gift certificate (some will do it my mail, others by email).

Do you want to host a Virtual Cash Mob for your business with the Center?  Email us at

Ted's Gift Emporium

Cash Mob

Tuesday, April XX, 11am-1pm

Sally's Salon and Day Spa

Cash Mob

Wednesday, April XX, 11am-1pm

Confections and Coffee

Cash Mob

Thursday, April XX, 11am-1pm