We are two months into 2015 and two months into the first phase of a new minimum wage in the city of Las Cruces. So, what is the impact so far? According to Mayor Ken Miyagishima at a recent City Council work session, all must be OK because he hasn’t heard from the business community. Really?
I have been accumulating various bits of information to share with the council before it decides on the next phase of increases. I have examples of changes in store hours, price increases and changes in workforce hours – all attributable to the increase in ... Continue Reading
The finish line is in sight, if you have good eyes. A good portion of the renovation work has been completed. We are working to finalize the subcontractors so we can finish some of the inner workings of the building – plumbing, HVAC, electrical, roof, etc. – before we go back with the more cosmetic touches.
That said, the building was more challenged than we anticipated, utilizing three different engineering studies available to us. Along with those challenges came more costs. We are still very much in a fundraising mode, and need as much support from the community that we can ... Continue Reading
We have been talking about the need to diversify our economy to become less dependent on federal dollars. An article in the Albuquerque Journal substantiates the fact via a report from wallethub.com that lists New Mexico as No. 1 among states that rely on federal spending. An increase in private sector businesses not only means less reliance on federal dollars, but opens up opportunities for higher wage jobs.
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Much has already been written on the how the Chamber is moving into the political waters, but another area in our three-year strategic plan is our goal to be more industry specific. Our first venture into that arena culminated with our recent luncheon targeted to the medical community where New Mexico Secretary of Health and Human Services, Brent Earnest, spoke about how the changes in Medicare are impacting the state.
While at face value this event might sound similar to our Annual Healthcare Luncheon, the content delivered by Earnest was more pointed at those in the medical industry. He discussed how ... Continue Reading
The need to balance the short term (delight your customers, keep expenses down and make sure your employees are satisfied) with the long term (making sure that the business environment we are in is conducive to growth) is a daunting task. The Chamber aims to assist businesses on both fronts. From the short-term perspective, our events that help connect businesses to one another number almost 100 each year. In addition, our training component, much of which are free to members, is growing all the time. Most recently, our social media class taught by a Doña Ana Community College instructor, ... Continue Reading