Business Briefs 4/27

FirstBank changes name to AccessBank,
FirstBank, a mainstay in Clovis since 1934, is about to go away — to be replaced by AccessBank, effective Saturday.
It is only a name change, according to Don Padgett, president and CEO of FirstBank soon-to-be AccessBank.
Advertising, logos, signs, and stationery all will be switched from the old name to the new name. Padgett said the reason for the change is a matter of identity. AccessBank, he said, “is unique. It gets us away from the name ‘First.’”
A lot of banks have “first” in their name, as FirstBank has since it was established as First Federal Bank 70 years ago. The name change coincides with the acquisition of two branch facilities from Matrix Capital Bank in Las Cruces, he said.

ENMR/Plateau directors elected
Members of ENMR/Plateau elected five directors during their annual meeting recently, according to an ENMR/Plateau news release.
Incumbents Shirley Carter of Clayton and Shafie Hindi of Duran, who were unopposed, were re-elected.
Other positions were filled by Patsy Perschbacher of Clayton, Ismael “Milo” Aragon of Ribera and Mabel Flores of Santa Rosa.

Job fair participants sought in Clovis
Area employers have been invited to participate in the Employer & Employee Link (EEL) Job Fair, sponsored by the Clovis One-Stop Career Center, Cannon Air Force Base Family Support Center and veterans’ organizations, according to a news release.
Matt Barela, local veterans employment representative, said in the news release, “We hope to expose job seekers with the many employment opportunities available to them both locally and nationally. Participants will be encouraged to bring their resume to the EEL Job Fair.”
The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 26 at the National Guard Armory. Those interested should contact Barela at 762-4571, or send e-mail to:
before May 7.

Weather affects milk production
Milk production in New Mexico was affected by wet conditions and a cold front in March, according to the Weekly Ag Update, provided by the New Mexico Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS).
Milk production totaled 577 million pounds, slightly below the March 2003 production of 578 million pounds.
Milk per cow was 1,765 pounds, and the number of cows on farms averaged 327 heard, the NASS reported last week.

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ News Editor Glen Seeber. He may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: