Business feature: Pack and Mail making transition

The storefront may say Pack and Mail, but it's obvious that a quick look in the Prince Street location makes little of its business with actual packing and/or mailing of items. CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Pack and Mail employee Mark Call, right, helps Robert Miller with a package Monday afternoon. Miller was mailing books […]

Business digest – June 26

Marketing firm wins award Elliott Marketing of Clovis was named as a bronze winner in the 33rd annual Telly Awards, a nationwide competition with nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries. The winning commercial, part of an ongoing campaign for the Bank of Clovis, features a young boy named David referring his […]

Business feature: Company hopes biodiesel plant shift toward coast

An Iowa company that took over a stalled biodiesel plant in Clovis is looking to make its move west. CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The plant for REG Fuels at the Clovis Industrial Park, purchased from ARES Corporation in September 2010, should be an outlet for biodiesel in the first week of July. When completed, […]

Business digest – June 19

Civic center hosting expo The Clovis Civic Center will host the New Mexico Energy Expo July 18-19. The fair is suggested for landowners, utility officials, renewable energy developers, energy product manufacturers and government officials from local, state and regional entities. Forum topics included, but are not limited to, the Tres Amigas superstation project, the economic […]

Officials tout downtown growth

Citing a "culture of confidence," Clovis' MainStreet executive director is noting that 2012 has so far been a noteworthy year for the city's downtown area. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Work is on schedule for renovation of Hotel Clovis, with outside work set to begin in a few weeks, Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said. […]

Business feature: Rodeo finals bring influx of customers

Clovis is expected to see an influx of cowboys and cowgirls this week as the city is to host the New Mexico High School Rodeo Finals for the fourth time at the Curry County Event Center. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Levi Molesworth of Logan holds on for a score of 63 during his bareback […]

Everybody’s business: Succession plan important for small businesses

The sole proprietorship has many benefits in addition to being the easiest legal form of business to start. However, unlike partnerships, LLCs, and corporations; a sole proprietorship might cease to exist if something suddenly and unexpectedly happens to the owner. If the owner's family members are not active in the business and the business is […]

Business digest – June 12

VistaCare hires new executive director Annette Olson is the new executive director of VistaCare in Clovis. She moved from the Seattle area in May. VistaCare is a hospice care services provider. Her background includes end-of-life medical social work, education, and hospice administration, with a bachelor degree in psychology and a master's in management. Business Digest […]

Biodiesel producer prepping to sell locally

A biodiesel producer at the Clovis Industrial Park is setting up to sell its product locally. Renewable Energy Group is prepping a wholesale terminal at the plant, with product available for delivery in July. Alicia Clancy, corporate affairs manager for REG, said the terminal will have an inventory capacity of 500,000 gallons, with three tiers […]

Press release: REG opening wholesale terminal in July

(CLOVIS, N.M.) June 4, 2012—New Mexico's largest B100 biodiesel terminal is set to open in July. Biodiesel producer and marketer, Renewable Energy Group® (REG), recently announced it will establish a B100 wholesale terminal at its yet to be completed biodiesel plant near Clovis, New Mexico with product available beginning this July. "Renewable Energy Group believes […]

Business licenses – June 5

The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis in April: Lunch Box Type: Sandwich shop Owner: Anna Powell Location: 321 Main St. Rent to Own Auto, LLC Type: Automobiles Owner: Diane T. Miscione Location: 1503 E. Mabry Drive Tree Trimming and More Type: Tree trimming Owner: Victor Robledo Location: 1809 Ross St. […]

Hay, corn prices putting some dairies out of business

ALBUQUERQUE — A dramatic increase in the price of hay and corn and low milk prices are putting some New Mexico dairies out of business. Dairy Producers of New Mexico President Luke Woelber tells the Albuquerque Journal that he knows of five dairies in the eastern and southern part of the state that have closed […]

Business digest – May 29

Dairy farmer re-elected to board Clovis dairy farmer Wayne Pall has been re-elected as vice chairman for the Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.'s Board of Directors. Palla is a member of DFA's Executive Committee and chairman of the Southwest Area Council. He serves on the board for National Milk Producers Federation and is a member […]

Clovis home sales down from year ago

Single-family Clovis home sales were down by 30 percent in the last three months compared to a year ago, according to a national property listing service. The Multiple Listing Service showed 82 homes were sold from Dec. 19 to March 19, compared to 116 in the same span a year ago. Average home prices increased […]

Business feature: Al’s Pets owner closing shop

Al's Pets owner Albert Lewis explains how the fluorescent fish he sells are bred. Lewis, who has been operating his store since 2000, plans to retire and close his shop in a month. Albert Lewis started his pet shop on 21st Street as part of an extension of his hobby of raising exotic fish. About […]

Business digest – March 13

Finance authority accepting applications The New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA) is accepting applications through March 30 for awarding low-interest loans for businesses in qualified low-income areas throughout New Mexico. New Markets Tax Credits can provide low cost gap financing to fund projects and business expansions that are more than $5 million. Benefits include lower cost […]

Everybody’s business: Hiring employees big decision for business

Imagine the risk and pressure of starting up and running a business by yourself — no paid employees to help you. Can't be many of those businesses, can there? Fact is, America has over 21 million, one-person businesses according to the latest figures available from the U.S. Census. The good news for a lot of […]

Farmer’s yogurt based on wife’s family recipe

Andle van der Ploeg loves yogurt. He particularly loves his wife, Sjierkje's, homemade family recipe from the Netherlands. "We just couldn't find yogurt in the states like my wife makes all the time at home," Van der Ploeg said. Yogurt is a natural for the Van der Ploegs, who own Mid Frisian dairy, home to […]

Clovis farmers opening yogurt facility

Clovis dairy farmers Andle and Sjierkje van der Ploeg and family will soon open a yogurt manufacturing facility at Mid Frisian Dairy in Clovis, according to a press release from the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. The van der Ploegs will make "Freanna Original Yoghurt" using a family recipe and milk fresh from their dairy. "The […]

Business digest – March 6

Outreach conference scheduled A small business outreach conference has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. March 13 at the Clovis Civic Center for subcontractors and suppliers to work on a privatized housing project at Cannon Air Force Base. Balfour Beatty Construction is seeking qualified applicants to work on a project of approximately 677 new housing […]