Finding opportunities within crisis

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, Ed.D.: Guest columnist Another hike in gas prices and the cost of other goods rising causes business owners to maintain their finances and plan for the future in order to survive. J. Roy Miller State Director of the New Mexico Small Business Development Center and a Clovis son, recently discussed the opportunities […]

April 29, 2008 Business Digest

CNJ Staff Clovis business owners named Entrepreneurs of the Year James and Sharon Perry received the Clovis Community College Small Business Development Center’s Entrepreneurs of the Year award Saturday in Santa Fe, according to a New Mexico Small Business Development Network news release. The Perrys opened J&S Machining, a engine and farm equipment repair business, […]

Candidates overlook power of pets

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico The presidential race is becoming so competitive candidates are asking for their children’s help. John Edwards, for example, has been bringing his two kids, Jack, 7, and Emma Claire, 9, on the campaign trail with him. Hillary Clinton persuaded her daughter, Chelsea, 27, to accompany her while campaigning in […]

Holidays handy time to build up business relationships

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer As we swing full force into the holiday season with Christmas parties, Hanukkah ceremonies and Kwanza celebrations, one will find themselves meeting new people and refreshing old acquaintances. This is an excellent time to do word of mouth marketing, fondly called networking. Networking is building and strengthening relationships. Networking over the years […]

Check your ROI often

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Everybody’s Business In previous columns, I’ve discussed how business owners can use financial ratios to assist in making management decisions. Another important financial ratio in determining success is the return on investment ratio. Business owners should set an ROI goal and review the ratio regularly. A business owner’s desire is to make […]

Letters to the Editor: Smokers can find or create private clubs

Regarding the statewide smoking ban in New Mexico: So much to say, so little space. The liberal nanny-staters who support smoking bans, or any other bans, look like blithering idiots — incapable of making a decision as simple as choosing not to go to a restaurant or bar that allows smoking. Duh. The biggest amazement, […]

Feb. 27, 2007 It’s Their Business

Name: When You Have Everything What they do: They sell apparel, handbags, footwear, home decor and gifts; and do manicures, pedicures and ion cleanses. Who’s in charge: Owners are Taryn Dedeaux and Vicki Tipton, daughter and mother. How long in business: November 2005. How many employees: Three. Location: 1500 Pile St. Hours of business: 10 […]

Painted into a corner

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Clovis Deputy Police Chief Dan Blair identifies graffiti across Clovis Thursday aftertnoon. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Holding parents financially responsible for graffiti painted by their children and getting property owners to remove it quickly are solutions Clovis city officials are considering for the consistent vandalism problem. Deputy Police […]

New owners of Melrose roadside fruit stand promise same service

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Richard Cummings, left, of Clovis shops for fresh peanuts and cider Monday afternoon at the Melrose Market, while manager Margie Plummer provides assistance. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The Melrose Fruit Market was ripe for the picking once the longtime owners opted for retirement. The quaint country store, located […]

Local MainStreet groups sponsor business seminars

By Tony Parra Portales and Clovis entrepreneurs and small businesses owners will have a chance to learn more about making their business a “destination” during workshops scheduled next week. Jon Schallert, a business consultant, will be sharing ideas with small business owners and entrepreneurs from Portales and Clovis to increase sales and profits. During Schallert’s […]

Encourage legislators to encourage savings

By Fred Nathan: Guest columnist The national savings rate is at its lowest point since the Great Depression, according to a report issued recently by the Commerce Department. Last year, Americans’ personal savings actually fell into negative territory (at minus 0.5 percent) for the first time since 1933. With fewer and fewer companies providing pensions, […]

Few will benefit from mandated wage hike

Freedom Newspapers New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and many Democratic lawmakers are intent on raising the state’s minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.50 an hour. The bill now before the Legislature is one that should fail, however. Folks just can’t make a decent living on $5.15 an hour, Richardson and company argue. The […]

State involvement could improve protection act

Freedom Newspapers Another year, another stab at re-writing the Endangered Species Act. Last year, the House of Representatives actually managed to pass a bill containing some promising provisions, including one requiring that compensation be paid to people whose property values are diminished by a federal listing. Now the action moves to the U.S. Senate — […]

Pet owners seek ways to help animals weather winter

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Chica, a 7 year old miniature Pinscher, licks her owner Al Lewis Monday afternoon at Al’s Pets in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer This week’s cold weather has residents bundling up in sweaters and winter coats. Parents have started adding mittens and scarves to their children’s wardrobes while […]

Some dairy owners lobbying against income loss program

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Randy Lozano sprays cows udders before attaching them to the milking machine Friday at Sky Country Farms dairy. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Some local dairy owners would rather the government do away with a program set up to help dairies. They believe it’s hurting the dairy industry and […]

Antiques offer link to past – Store owners tout charater of older items.

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Prisicilla Gonzalez and her mother, Lidia, look at an antique vase displayed by a vendor on Main State. CNJ staff photo: By Marlena Hartz: CNJ STAFF WRITER It is easy to miss the table entirely. An assortment of cups and saucers litter its top. Shelves full of dusty books and colorful knickknacks tower over it. […]

Regulations make beer and wine licenses hard to acquire

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers By Tony Parra Freedom Newspapers tony_parra@link.freedom.com PORTALES — A beer and wine license option for restaurants passed six months ago by Portales voters is having little impact. As of last week, no business owners had applied for the license, which is significantly less expensive than a liquor license but has […]

Cheese plant access road stalled

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Roosevelt County officials say efforts to buy private property for the use of a proposed access road leading to the Southwest Cheese plant have been slow moving. The proposed 2-mile extension of Curry County Road K to Highway 70 would cut into irrigation circles, according to contract engineer […]

Hispanic women business owners thrive

by Helena Rodriguez PORTALES — It was with her husband’s brains and her personality that Margie Villalobos says she opened her small Mexican import business, La Frontera, on the square in Portales in 1991. But when her husband Mario died in a trucking accident in 2001, Villalobos said she quickly became “the brains” behind the […]

Oregon law reins in liberal land-use policies

Freedom Newspapers One shouldn’t put too much stock in the blue state vs. red state phenomenon described by political analysts. One of the most significant victories of the Nov. 2 election for believers in limited government came in the heart of blue country. Oregon voters overwhelmingly approved Measure 37, which reins in some of the […]