Higlet rescue efforts hampered

It came as a surprise to me that there is a brisk hedgehog business in the country. It shouldn’t have. Earlier entrepreneurial promoters had done well with Chia Pets, pet rocks, longhorn cattle, sstrich and hum vees. Hedgehogs (HH) are about the size of an orange with a pointy nose and spiny back. They bring […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Business interests and local growth

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Website of the day Interested in the business world of Roosevelt County? The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce newsletter, “Communiqu

My turn: Breaking into new business

Occasionally, I attend seminars about becoming a better time manager, communicator, team player, more Zen-like, etc. Realizing how much these companies make in peddling high-falutin’ ways of saying do your job, I‘m creating my own “Dark Chocolate and Hoops: Adrenaline Boosts for Drowsy Employees” seminar. Most seminars have testimonials from satisfied customers. Here are a […]

Press release: Federal help available for local business

In an effort to combat the high unemployment rate and frozen credit markets, President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act late last year. The federal government has distributed several million dollars to Small Business Development Centers across all fifty states to help small business begin exporting and increase sales overseas. In New […]

Portales school business manager relies on experience as comptroller

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Alisa Boswell New Portales Municipal Schools business manager Sarah Marquez is no stranger to financing and thinks that may be a bonus with current New Mexico state budget cuts in the education system. Portales Municipal Schools recently replaced Finance Director Carol Kriegshauser with Marquez, who has worked with the district for five years and was […]

Ingle to receive legislative award

State Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, will be recognized by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce with its inaugural Legislative Award for working diligently for the business community and for “fiscal leadership while making difficult fiscal decisions for New Mexico that combine both high risk and high subjectivity.” Ingle will receive the award at […]

BPA students receive national recognition

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Argen Duncan Dora High School students ranked high in the crowd at the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference earlier this month. BPA adviser Colleen Tollett said Dora and Melrose students competed at the national conference. Dora’s parliamentary procedure team, composed of first-year competitors, took second place out of 30 teams, and the school’s […]

ENMU briefs — April 20

Sixth Annual ENMU Mud Volleyball Open Registration The sixth annual Mud Volleyball tournament is set for 10 a.m. May 7 on the lawn behind Lincoln Hall. All the proceeds go to student scholarships. Mud Volleyball is hosted by ENMU Foundation and the Associated Students of ENMU. Community members are encouraged to register for the tournament. […]

Sponsoring cowboys might be good for business

Glenda Price Have you noticed? Everybody seems to have a sponsor these days. Before, it was mainly the race car people, but now it’s becoming ubiquitous. Sporting events — like football bowl games — now carry the name of a sponsor. The Sugar Bowl has become the Allstate Sugar Bowl while the Cotton Bowl in […]

Cannon hosting Industry Day

The 27th Special Operations Contracting Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base will host its second annual industry day April 29, according to a news release. The event will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Landing Zone. United States Small Business Administration District Director John Woosley will present how his organization supports firms […]

Recognize, mind your own business

“Mind your own business” used to be the American way. Or at least, the openly-proclaimed preferred way to live. Sure, there have always been gossips and nosey folk; the meddlesome neighbors and busybodies who can’t seem to mind their own business, who therefore feel the need to direct your life “for your own good” (the […]

Police: Man arrested for possessing burglary tools

PNT staff report A Clovis man was arrested for possession of burglary tools early Tuesday morning in Portales, according to Portales police. Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said an officer found a Suburban sitting outside a business on U.S. 70 about 2:50 a.m. Tuesday. The officer thought he saw someone get out of the car. When […]

Small business development center selects state director

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Small Business Development Center network has selected Michael Rivera as the new state director, according to a news release. The NMSBDC operates 20 statewide centers which serve small business owners and those attempting to start small businesses. Rivera, outgoing Chief of Staff of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, […]

Clovis chamber planning business meet

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is holding a “Business After Hours” event 5 p.m. Thursday at Leal’s Mexican Restaurant on 3100 E. Mabry Dr. Chamber Executive Director Ernie Kos said the event is free and open to the public.

Business as usual after bank shutdown

First Community Bank customers in Clovis and Portales should hardly notice things are changing after the FDIC closed the bank and ownership was transferred to U.S. Bank N.A., of Minneapolis, according to the FDIC. “It really is just business as usual under our new name,” FDIC Spokeswoman Roberta Valdez said Monday. Services will be uninterrupted […]

No expert in cattle ‘bidness’

An interviewer asked me how one can make a living in the cow business. Actually he said, “As we’re heading into the next couple years with declining cattle numbers and steady prices, how do you think you should position yourself to take advantage of the market?” I assume he’d mistaken me as an authority in […]

Their business probably none of my business

Say you were climbing Mt. Everest with your co-ed bowling team. You cover the last hundred yards to the summit. It takes five hours. After everyone has touched the flag pole they begin looking around and finally spot the official Tibetan Parks & Recreation A-One chemical toilet! “Whew!” says one of the climbers, “I never […]

Year in review: Transportation industry expanded in Portales

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PNT Staff Reports In 2010, growth in the local trucking business promised about 100 new jobs for the Portales area, on top of other advances in the local business scene. In February, Greatwide Logistics Inc. began to operate in Portales after winning a countywide milk-hauling contract with Dairy Farmers of America. The company hired dozens […]

Shop owners say holiday profits mixed

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Alisa Bowell According to many local Clovis and Portales business owners, their holiday sales for 2010 have been good, despite the economic downturn. Randy Petty of Ace Hardware in Clovis said the store’s sales numbers are always at their highest in the summer due to the amount of outdoor products sold in the store. He […]

ENMU board wants more info on solar project

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University regents tabled a solar energy agreement at their emergency meeting Friday in order to find a third party to evaluate the business sense of the agreement. ENMU President Steven Gamble said he and Vice President of Business Affairs Scott Smart would start work to find […]