Do you have a budding Entrepreneur? This year NMSU Arrowhead's Camp Innoventure will look a little different and be held virtually. If you know of an interested middle schooler, please pass this on. Thank you!
NMSBDC is continuing to offer free courses to assist your business with COVID19 issues. These courses are updated daily. There is also a question and answer period at the end of each session. If you have any questions on reopening, PPP etc. these courses are an amazing resource for you.
(Albuquerque, NM) – The New Mexico Departments of Economic Development, Workforce Solutions, and Environment, as well as the New Mexico Small Business Development Center have partnered to offer a series of Virtual Discussions for New Mexico Employers. The discussions are aimed at assisting businesses as they seek to reopen in compliance with Executive Health Orders.
Resources for the following activities will be discussed:
- Staff recruitment and training needs
- Training on how businesses can modify service delivery to comply with the public health orders
- COVID-19 mitigation strategies and resources for securing PPE
- Strategies and initiatives for bolstering consumer confidence
Addressing the needs of businesses reopening in industries such as retail, sales, food service, lodging, etc.
- Effective Saturday, May 16, all New Mexicans will be required to wear a mask or face-covering in public settings. 44% of those with COVID-19 contract the virus from someone who shows no symptoms. It is your duty as a member of your community to protect your fellow New Mexicans.
- A new modified public health order will go into effect Saturday, May 16, easing into some re-openings to begin moving into Phase 1. What changes? All retailers may operate at 25% of fire code capacity – but COVID-safe practices MUST be in place in order to operate. High-intensity contact services remain closed.
- Opening retailers MUST adhere to COVID-safe practices, protecting both employees and customers, as well as the greater public. Responsibility is not optional.
- The Phase One easings do not yet apply to the northwestern public health region (Cibola, McKinley, and San Juan counties) where the risk of virus spread remains too high. The northwestern region may enter the Preparation Phase on May 16th, continuing to stay home, non-essential retailers allowed to do curbside or delivery.
Alamogordo MainStreet is excited to announce a new, short and sweet program designed to distribute limited funds to the Alamogordo MainStreet district businesses that need it most due to lost income over the past two months as a result from the COVID-19 pandemic and required shut downs.
The process to distribute these funds must prioritize the businesses that have the greatest needs
Below is a link to the application for recovery fund distribution. It should only take 15 to 30 minutes to complete at the most. Applications are DUE WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2020 at 5PM. Please note that if we receive an abundance of applications prioritized and qualifying for funds, we may need to determine final selections on a “first come, first served” basis, so please, get your applications in quickly! Please read the application carefully
The New Mexico Chamber Executives Association, through local Chambers of Commerce serves as the collective voice for the business community throughout the State. We have been working directly with many Local, State & Federal Agencies and elected officials to provide resources, through organizations such as the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the NM Small Business Development Centers (NMSBDC), to our hundreds of members from every corner of the State.
As the Governor’s Economic Recovery Taskforce has been named, we will work with them, along with continuing our work with Governor’s & Lt. Governor’s respective staff & administration. The results of the survey will be shared, but not limited to, all of the Chambers, NMACI, Governor’s Administration & Taskforce. It is very important that any and all data that is collected is the same in all of our communities.
Your participation will assist in gathering important data as we work together for the opening of businesses, program development and economic recovery in our State. Additionally, it will help us identify common challenges, improve our comprehensive response strategy, and deploy resources to address critical business needs. Thank you in advance for your input.
Alamogordo MainStreet helps small businesses during COVID-19
Alamogordo MainStreet adjusts to COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions by canceling an event and helping local businesses.
Carry out from a small MainStreet business! Those big chain restaurants are going to make it through this pandemic just fine, so please, for the LOVE of LOCAL and right here in the HEART of LOCAL: support a small business, as much as you are able, to help them get through all this!
OPEN FOR CARRY OUT! Please see their pages for menus, hours, etc.
Picacho Brewing Company & Dick’s Cafe Alamogordo
News - April 22 2020 Dws News Release Nmdws Announces Benefit Applications To Begin Next Week For Selfemplo - New Mexico Workforce Connections
(Albuquerque, NM)–New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions announced today that the application for unemployment insurance benefits for self-employed, independent contractors, and gig economy workers will become available on Sunday, April 26, 2020. These benefits are being offered through the ...
ANNOUNCEMENT: The application for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) will be available on 4/26/2020. Self-employed, independent contractors, and gig economy workers should begin the process now by applying for regular UI benefits. More info in FAQs at https://www.dws.state.nm.us/COVID-19-Info
New Mexico Workforce Connection Centers - Southwestern Area
From the Chamber in Ruidoso:
To extend a helping hand to small businesses suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – in partnership with Vistaprint and a coalition of supporting companies, foundations, and philanthropic donors – is working to provide financial relief through the Save Small Business Fund.
The Fund is providing $5,000 in short-term relief to employers across the United States, including chambers of commerce. These one-time supplemental cash grants are for businesses that have between three and 20 employees and operate in an economically vulnerable community.
The grant application will go live on Monday, April 20 at 3:00 PM ET. To learn more about the Save Small Business Fund and to apply for a grant, visit www.savesmallbusiness.com . Please note the application portal will not have all the eligibility details until late tonight or tomorrow.
See the attached for more information.
Helping small employers impacted by Covid-19 with $5,000 grants
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Bruce Krasnow
cell: (505) 795-0119
April 15, 2020
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes
Deputy Secretary Jon Clark
Applications Open for BizSprint Accelerator
Special BizSprint cohort addressing COVID-19 challenges to focus on online marketing and branding
Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University, with support from New Mexico Gas Company and the New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD), is offering a BizSprint accelerator program online and free of charge.
Participating businesses will receive mentoring, coaching, and micro-grants that can be applied towards business development.
Applications are due April 20, 2020
Participation is free (microgrants for participant support will be awarded upon completion of BizSprint)
Classes will be virtual and will be held on Saturdays from May 2 through June 20 .
Businesses will also receive assistance in marketing, branding, and website creation as well as help with boosting an internet footprint.
Program graduates gain access to follow-up support and continued mentorship through Arrowhead Ventures, as well as funding opportunities and resources to access during the COVID-19 health emergency.
Businesses at any stage are urged to apply.
"Arrowhead is excited to offer our BizSprint accelerator early this year,” Dana Catron, Director of Strategic Operations at Arrowhead Center said. “Given the strain and challenges our New Mexico businesses are facing at this unprecedented time, we designed this cohort to provide the real-time support they need now and during the recovery phase.”
Arrowhead Center is one of seven business incubator facilities certified by the New Mexico Economic Development Department in a program created in statute in 2005.
For information about the program, please forward your inquiry to Dana Catron, Director of Strategic Operations, at [email protected] or call 505.469.8411.
The US Small Businesses Administration (SBA) has updated and simplified the Economic Injury Disaster Loan application and is available for Small Businesses and Non-profits who have been directly affected by COVID-19.
Apply at sba.gov/disaster.
The New Mexico Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are assisting businesses with the process and also guiding and informing businesses on everything that is available to help them during the COVID-19 crisis. There is no cost to apply.
* no payments for 12 months
* small businesses and private non profits are eligible
* may be used for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and
other bills affected by the disaster
* 3.75% interest rate for small businesses without credit
available elsewhere; businesses with credit available
elsewhere are not eligible
* 2.75% for private non-profits
* long-term repayments for COVID crisis will be 30 years
We support America's small businesses. The SBA connects entrepreneurs with lenders and funding to help them plan, start and grow their business.
Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Feeling the #COVID19 stress? The most important thing people can do is remember to take care of themselves, says Dr. Shannon Stromberg, medical director of behavioral health for Presbyterian Healthcare Services.
People feel stress when they lack control or face uncertainty. As families juggle work and children at home, finding ways to maintain a normal routine that includes regular exercise, healthy meals and sleeping well is critical.
Thank you Trish Livingston with Alamogordo and Ruidoso Small Business Development Center for visiting the chamber today to teach us more about the resources available to employees and employers affected by the COVID-19. We encourage people to watch this video to learn about the 5 different options when it comes to financial assistance. Struggling contractors may also receive free legal consultations by visiting www.levelset.com
COVID-19 looks like it will be hard on our small business community. Programs are coming out daily to assist you. We will be here for our small businesses and continue to provide updated information throughout the next few months. Programs currently available include:
1. SBA Resource Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery Guide www.nmsbdc.org
2. COVID-19 Business Loan Guarantee Program
Business Approaches Lender
Low interest Loans
3. LEDA Zero-Percent Interest Loan
For Manufacturing, non-retail businesses that get 50% of revenue out of state
For retail in communities less than 15,000
Contact Susie Russell [email protected]
Together as a community we will get through this. We will continue to provide updates as we receive them.
2400 Scenic Dr Alamogordo, NM 88310
SBDC at NMSU Alamogordo is located in the TE building (Technical Education) on the north side. From Scenic Drive if you are driving toward the hospital, turn right to drive up the hill. Currently there is an Otero County Economic Development Council (OCEDC) sign that indicates where to turn. Handicap parking is located in front of the building. Additional parking is behind the building. We are in rooms 107, 109 and 111.
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Here are some great commercials from our Young Entrepreneurs! Come check them out Saturday July 20 at Alameda Park’s Farmers Market. It starts at 8:00 am until sold out. Come by their booth!
Get excited! Our young entrepreneurs are busy learning business skills and making products to sell at Alameda park’s Farmer’s Market this Saturday July 20. Stop by this Saturday starting at 8 am. Come early before they sell out.