A Note From Val
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
First, a note about the Coronavirus. We know that health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. Let’s all take the utmost precautions to keep our community healthy.
The Regional Development Corporation team continues to support small businesses in our region during these challenging times. We know that, especially now, our businesses need a lot of support. As we learn about additional federal and state programs that become available to assist businesses, we will pass the information along to you.
Danny Maki, Program Manager, has been exceptionally busy during the last few months doing significant outreach in Taos, Madrid, Las Vegas, Jemez Springs, Cuba, El Rito, Española, Santa Fe, and Edgewood. He organized informational events and continues to meet and follow up with businesses. Thank you to Danny for his outreach efforts.
Val Alonzo, Executive Director
Congratulations to our 2020 Micro-Grant Awardees
We are pleased to announce the inaugural round of Micro-Grant awardees. The Micro-Grant fund is part of our Business Retention & Expansion Program that provides small businesses, regional startups, and tribal communities funding opportunities and one-on-one technical assistance to help build and sustain a vibrant local economy.
There were close to 50 applications submitted for Micro-Grants and 13 businesses received funding of up to $2,500. The RDC will provide technical assistance to all applicants.
The businesses awarded represent a diverse range of products and services that continue to fuel our local economy and offer employment throughout northern New Mexico. Awardees range from Cloud Nine Trails in Rowe (San Miguel County), which offers horseback trail rides through the Santa Fe National Forest and Pecos Wilderness, to the eclectic Sugar Nymphs Bistro in Peñasco (Taos County), a great place to eat on the High Road to Taos.
The 2020 Micro-Grant awardees are:
Cloud Nine Trails, LLC – Rowe /San Miguel County
Dream Casa Builders, LLC – Santa Fe /Santa Fe County
DreamTree Farms, LLC – Taos/Taos County
European Alterations – Taos /Taos County
Lazai – Santa Fe /Santa Fe County
Santa Fe Cider Works, LLC – Santa Fe / Santa Fe County
Santa Fe Sewing Studio – Santa Fe /Santa Fe County
Sugar Nymphs Bistro –Penasco/Taos County
Taos Bee, LLC – Arroyo Seco/Taos County
Theresa’s RV and Beauty Shop – Cuba/Sandoval County
Trujillo Electrical Solutions, Inc. – Taos /Taos County
Vegetarian Butcher – Madrid /Santa Fe County
You2 Health Promotions, LLC– Espanola/Rio Arriba County
Congratulations to these businesses.
Congratulations to RDC Board Member Dr. Dorian G. Newton
One of the valued members of the RDC’s board of directors, Dr. Dorian G. Newton, has been named Black Engineer of the Year in the category of Educational Leadership–Corporate Promotion of Education by U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine. He received the award at the Black Engineer of the Year STEM Conference in Washington, D.C., on February 15.
Newton is the Technical Services director for Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B). He was instrumental in establishing the N3B Apprenticeship Program in conjunction with Northern New Mexico College, as well as the N3B Radiological Control Technician and Waste Operator Boot Camp programs in conjunction with the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos campus.
“Dorian has worked tirelessly to help provide educational opportunities that lead to secure, stable employment for Northern New Mexico students. We’re pleased he is being recognized for his efforts,” said N3B President Glenn Morgan.
“We can put graduates to work immediately on our project as radiological control technicians or waste operators,” said Newton. “This is a highly marketable profession. Although we’d like to keep them at home, graduates in the field are in such demand that they can get jobs anywhere in the U.S.
Newton earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from Old Dominion University, along with his master’s degree in systems. engineering and doctorate in engineering management from George Washington University.
Professional Cleaning Solutions Continues Growth
For the past 15 years, Professional Cleaning Solutions, Inc. located at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo (Rio Arriba County) and owned by Paul Jones, has been providing cleaning services to homes & businesses in Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Taos and Espanola. The company offers service with a personal touch, a “best price” strategy and same day delivery to businesses in the region.
The RDC awarded Professional Cleaning Solutions a Tribal Economic Diversity grant. Jones says his business is growing and the award helped him by adding dehumidifiers and fans to offer emergency water extractions.
“The RDC helps the little guy out,” said Jones. “The award will make a world of difference to my small business.”
Professional Cleaning Solutions offers:
- Deep Cleaning (One-Time or Scheduled}
- Light Bulb Replacement
- Floor Maintenance; Strip, Seal, Wax, Buff all types of flooring
- Professional Window Washing
- Landscape Maintenance/Irrigation Systems
- Bio Hazard Clean-Up & Training
- RotoBrush / HVAC Air Duct and Ventilation Disinfecting
- Post-Construction Clean-Up
- Carpet, Rug and Upholstery Cleaning
- Training Programs
- Kitchen Hood Cleaning
- Machine Repair & Maintenance
- Fire Alarm Inspection and Maintenance
Among their clients are: Nambe Mills, the Rio Grande Sun, Big 5 Sporting Goods, and Guadalupe Credit Union.
RDC Continues Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education
to Develop and Train Local Workforce
The RDC is continuing its key partnerships with Regional Colleges & Universities to provide workforce training and education programs to meet the regions’ needs as determined by each college. The partners include: Luna Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, Northern New Mexico College, Santa Fe Community College, the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, and the University of New Mexico-Taos.
Together, these partnerships and initiatives help build a strong workforce in the RDC’s seven county area.