Each year, the Chamber Education Committee honors the teachers and administrators that go above and beyond to serve the students of the Mesilla Valley with the Crystal Apple Award at the Chamber's Choce Awards & Gala, which will be held on Friday, January 17, 2014.
The deadline for nominations for the Chamber's Crystal Apple Awards is 4:00 p.m. Monday, December 16.
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Cable TV Pioneers honor New Mexico state director for Comcast and long time Chamber member and supporter John Christopher for his contributions to the cable television industry by inducting him along with 18 other members of the cable industry into the 2013 Class of Cable Pioneers on June 9 in Washington, D.C
In January, he celebrated 40 years of service with the company. Previously, John served as vice president and general manager for the southern and northern New Mexico areas.
In addition to his role with Comcast, Christopher also works with local community groups.
He has served on our board here at The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce as well as on the board for United Way and New Mexico State University. He is currently a board member for New Mexico First, and the president-elect of the Southwest Cable Communications Association.
Way to go John!
Here in Las Cruces we drive by small businesses every day. Many times we go in, make purchases and continue on our way without another thought.
The bottom line is we depend on small businesses. They fill our need for products and services, and we expect them to be open on a regular basis to meet our needs and oft times we even expect them to be there during their off-hours.
In a city our size, they are the core of the general business community. You will find them scattered throughout the city and county. Some have storefronts while other small-business owners operate out of homes, garages and sometimes even out of vehicles.
They contribute in terms of dollars to the local community; they give heavily to local charities and regularly offer even greater contributions in terms of resources and time.
The small business and its owner are the mainstay of our local, and in fact our national, economic system. According to Entrepreneur Magazine there are between 25 million and 27 million small businesses in the U.S. that account for 60 to 80 percent of all U.S. jobs.
June 17- 21 is recognized by the U. S. Small Business Administration as “National Small Business Week”. Small businesses are formally recognized at local, state and national events.
This week is our opportunity to thank those businesses for what they mean to us and our quality of life. If you think about it, practically any business you name began as a small business, which is one reason we have this fascination with them as a group.
Take some time this week and stop at your local small businesses and thank them for what they’ve done for you and the community. But more importantly, support them throughout the year. Many have been there for a long time and will be there for many more years to come.
Lastly, if you are a small business owner just starting out, the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce wants to help. We have a membership scholarship available to make the resources of the Chamber available to help you succeed. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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A article from Free Enterprise talks about the new Health Care Law is Stopping Small Businesses from Hiring according to recent data which goes along with the latest U.S. Chamber Small Business Outlook Survey that 71% of small businesses say the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) makes it harder to hire people. How do you feel it is impacting us in business here locally?
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Today Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space plane fired its rocket engines for the first time during a flight earlier this morning. This historic test flight from California's Mojave Air and Spaceport bring Virgin Galactic one giant step closer to beginning flights here in New Mexico! The vehicle was carried aloft by the mothership WhiteKnightTwo, and then released in midair at an altitude of about 46,000 feet (14,000 meters). At that point, SpaceShipTwo test fired its rocket engine, designed to propel the craft of the rest of the way up to space.
After a short 16-second burn today, SpaceShipTwo reached a maximum altitude of 56,000 feet (17,000 meters) before flew back to Earth. The trip marked the 26th test flight of the vehicle, and the first "powered flight," which propelled the ship to Mach 1.2, fast enough to beat the speed of sound, which is 761 miles per hour (1224 km/h)