Office set to help new businesses

By Laurie Stone

The Small Business Development Center of Clovis Community College is opening a satellite office beginning Sept. 10 in Portales.
The Roosevelt County Enterprise Center, the official name for the office, will be located at the Business Welcome Center at 100 S. Ave. A and will be scheduling one-on-one appointments Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The SBDC will assist those who want to start their own business by helping them establish a foundation towards getting their own business started, growing or improving an existing business.
“The SBDC is another piece of the career development puzzle to get done, in Portales, what needs to be done,” said Kim Huffman, Community Development Director for Roosevelt County. “The SBDC knows how to get people started if someone has an idea they want to turn into a business.”
A state and government funded administration, the SBDC returns a high revenue to state government while creating new jobs in the community.
A national study released for the New Mexico Small Business Development Center showed that over 70 percent of the small businesses advised by NMSBDC stayed open, as opposed to a 50 percent average nationwide.
Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, the SBDC director at Clovis Community College, said, “Any business could benefit from this administration, not just small ones.”
According to the SBDC’s Web site, the organization is committed to providing quality direct assistance. It serves the needs of businesses and individuals through consulting, business plan development, seminars on such topics as taxes, governmental and regulatory compliance, customer service, loans, bookkeeping, finance and other services to small and beginning business operators.
A free workshop for small businesses will be held Sept. 7 at the Memorial Building concerning basic record keeping. For information, e-mail sbdc@clovis.edu or call 769-4136.