5/2 Business digest

Marriott Fairfield Inn to open this month
The 69-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott at 4305 North Prince Street is scheduled to open this month, according to a news release from Marriott International.

The hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise owned and managed by the Sunridge Hotel Group of Mesa, Ariz.

The hotel offers a meeting room with 600 square feet of meeting space to accommodate small meetings and functions of up to 45 people.

The signature “king suite” has separate living and sleeping areas, pantry with coffee maker, mini-refrigerator and microwave, and a dividing wall with a 32-inch recessed television and state-of-the-art compact disc stereo system.

“We are pleased to introduce Fairfield Inn hotels in the Clovis area,” Liam Brown, Fairfield Inn senior vice president was quoted as saying in the news release. “This hotel offers business and leisure travelers convenient, quality accommodations at an affordable price.”

Launched in 1987, Fairfield Inn hotels number more than 500 properties throughout the United States.

For information, call the Fairfield Inn & Suites Clovis hotel at 762-1411.

CCC instructor certified by HVAC Excellence
Bill Strachan, the heating and cooling instructor at Clovis Community College, was certified as a performance test administrator by HVAC Excellence, according to a CCC news release.

HVAC Excellence, the credentialing agency for the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration field, conducted a national search for instructors with exemplary field and teaching experience. The search was the final phase in implementing a new program that will assist the heating and cooling industry in achieving a more competent workforce, according to the CCC news release.

Strachan was indentified as one of the elite instructors to meet the high standards established by HVAC Excellence. With help by professional instructors, HVAC Excellence has implemented the Master Specialist Technician Program, which requires technicians to demonstrate competency through hands-on testing. Strachan and other selected instructors are responsible for implementing the Master Specialist Technician Program.

Technicians interested in participating in the Master Specialist Program may call Strachan at 769-4176.

Orbit engages Lovington firm
Orbit Petroleum of Oklahoma City has engaged Gilbert Lease Services, a subsidiary of Tipton Oil and Gas, of Lovington, to oversee day-to-day operations in its Chevaroo Field in Roosevelt County, according to a news release from Orbit.

Gilbert will provide pumping and roustabout services and assist with completing the Orbit’s well rework program that has been hampered because of rig and other equipment shortages.

Orbit owns 3,500 acres in Chavez and Roosevelt countries and m ore than 1,000 acres in Matagorda County, Texas. It operates 86 oil and gas well in the Chaveroo Field in New Mexico.

Chamber to old retirement seminar
The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and Business Enterprise Center will hold a retirement planning seminar Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Business Enterprise Center at 105 E. Grand Ave. Todd Spencer, investment representative with Edward Jones, will be the speaker. For information, contact Ashley Szymanski at the Chamber at 763-3435 or ashley@clovisnm.org.

Nominations sought for entrepreneurial awards
Nominations are sought for the PNM Entrepreneurial Leadership Awards that recognize the accomplishments of women- and minority-owned small businesses. Winners will receive a cash award and engraved plaque at a presentation on June 2 at the Albuquerque Embassy Suites Hotel.

Awards will be given in six categories: entrepreneur of the year, emerging entrepreneur of the year, rural entrepreneur of the year, rising star, pioneer and leadership.

Nominations must be submitted by May 12 to WESST Corp. Forms are posted at www.pnm.com/wesst and are available at WESST offices. Individuals may self-nominate. Nominated businesses must be headquartered in New Mexico.

WESST is a nonprofit economic develop organization that facilitates the starup and growth of women- and minority-owned businesses in New Mexico, according to the group’s Web site.

More information is available by calling (800) GO WESST.

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ News Editor Jean Verlich. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: jean_verlich@link.freedom.com