Aug 4th, 2014

A change in balance can lead to job loss in the area

By Bill Allen Chamber President/CEO Balance – business works in Las Cruces because there is a nice balance. There is a balance between big busi­nesses and small businesses. There is New Mexico State University, which just announced it is moving forward with a new medical school, and a number of locally owned businesses that have been here for a long time, some for multiple gen­erations. There is White Sands Missile Range – that big unknown on the other side of the mountain. There is tourism, which should be on the rise ... Continue Reading

Aug 11th, 2014

By the time this year comes to a close, we should see more than 1,000 new jobs generated in our area – most of which pay well over the state’s current minimum wage of $7.50 per hour. These jobs span different industries – from business services and manufacturing to advanced food processing. These jobs require different skills and skill levels. All of these jobs are in the private sector. Adding private-sector jobs is far more advantageous than public-sector jobs in that we are not subject to the budget changes made in Washington, D.C., something that has hurt the state ... Continue Reading

Sep 15th, 2014

The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce does a terrific job of providing networking opportunities.

With more than 50 events each year, there is always a chance to meet your next customer or make sure that you stay in touch with a current client. Networking is truly one of the linchpins of the Chamber’s program of work.

However, instead of using “networking,” I prefer to call it “building business relationships.” That is what we are really helping to facilitate.

Last week, the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association held its summer conference in Ruidoso. It was an opportunity for Troy and me to build ... Continue Reading

Nov 17th, 2014

Every year as we begin a new Junior Leadership program, we get an opportunity to meet future leaders of our community. This year we have 29 juniors representing every high school in Las Cruces. After spending nearly an entire day with them during their orientation session, I think that we will have a terrific class of students who will engage in the process, learn a great deal and improve their leadership skills. The vast majority of the class already has a clear idea of what they want to do after graduating from their respective high schools. Our hope is that the exposure ... Continue Reading

Dec 8th, 2014

Business of the Month – Adams Radio Group Adams Radio Group is a medium to small market radio company focused on local radio operations and creating great marketing opportunities in the local communities.  Since purchasing Radio of Las Cruces, they have been making steady improvements to their equipment, studios as well as investing in the local community through partnerships.  One of which is with the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce. Recently we joined forces on several spots airing on the impact of spending your money locally and its importance to the community as a great example of this. “We are heavily ... Continue Reading