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 email@example.com 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)
The Team Citizenship Award is given annually to a team of dedicated individuals who have taken extraordinary action that resulted in a positive impact on education with children and/or adults.
Recipients of this award are nominated based on the criteria set forth by the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. The awards will be given at the Chamber’s Annual Education Update Luncheon on August 29, 2013.
Please use the following criteria in developing a nomination narrative:
1. Describe how the “team” organized themselves to address educational issues outside the prescribed responsibilities of their job.
2. How did the results of the team’s effort make a significant impact in the lives of others?
3. How has the team’s effort contributed to providing educational opportunities for children or adults in the community?
To be considered, all three criteria must be completed.
Please include a narrative of how the team exemplifies the criteria. Nominations will not be considered complete unless all criteria have been addressed.
Please limit the narrative to four pages. While not required, two additional pages of supplementary materials may be attached to the application narrative.
Send the application and optional materials to Liz Banegas, 760 W. Picacho, Las Cruces, NM 88005 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Application for 2013 TEAM CITIZENSHIP AWARD
Names of Nominees on the Team: _______________________________________________________
Contact information: Phone:_____________Email:____________________________________________
Nominated by: ________________________________________________________
Relationship to Nominee: _________________________________________________
Phone: ___________Email: ________________________________________________
DEADLINE: 4:00 P.M. MONDAY, April 8, 2013
With the November 6 General Election looming, the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce is working to keep all area residents informed on elected officials and their stances on keeping and bringing jobs to the region. With that goal in mind, the Chamber is hosting a Candidates Forum series in partnership with KRWG-TV.
Answers to the Chamber's Candidate Questionnaire, which was published in the most recent issue of the Bottom Line, along with videos of all of the Candidate Forums as they become available can be found online at the following link:
The Candidates Forum series is sponsored by El Paso Electric, Century Link and the Las Cruces Bulletin.
For more information on how you can get involved with the Chamber’s Business Advocacy programs and protect jobs in the Mesilla Valley, contact Chamber President/CEO Bill Allen at 524-1968 or email@example.com.