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SBDC Hosts Tax Webcast March 19

on March 5, 2015 - 7:59am

SBDC News:

The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department presents a free new business tax webcast 9 a.m. to noon, March 19 in Wallace Hall at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. 

The Los Alamos Small Business Development Corporation is hosting the webcast, which will focus on several issues including gross receipts and compensating tax programs.

Call 505.662.0377 or go to lasbdc@unm.edu to register.

LANL: Six Regional Businesses Receive Native American Venture Acceleration Fund Grants

on March 3, 2015 - 11:04am

Phoebe Suina of High Water Mark, Cochiti Pueblo. Courtresy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Nearly $700,000 in new revenue generated last two years

Six Northern New Mexico Native American-owned and operated businesses received a total of $60,000 in grants through a Native American Venture Acceleration Fund created by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and the Regional Development Corporation.

The grants are designed to help the recipients create jobs, increase their revenue base and help diversify the area economy.

“Our Native American Venture Acceleration Fund has become an important resource in

Yang: Kicking Habits, Forming Habits…

on March 2, 2015 - 1:28pm
By Elena Yang
Los Alamos

Kicking Habits, Forming Habits…good habits or bad habits, it all depends

I get irate whenever people try to tell me what to do; it’s a childhood reaction I’ve never learned to outgrow. Is it bad? I could have missed good advice. Is it good? It has taught me self-reliance. Of course, ultimately, it depends on how I manage my irritations.

So, when my dental hygienist tried to convince me that it would take only about 21 days to form the habit of flossing everyday, I smiled and demurred. Silently, I said, “That 21 days is a bunk.” 

First of all, averages or

Pay Equity Bill Passes House Committee

on March 2, 2015 - 12:57pm

STATE News:
  • Change to Procurement Code Will Add Points in Bid if Companies Show Pay Equity

Today, Rep. Deborah Armstrong’s bill, HB 389, which would amend the state Procurement Code to reward businesses seeking government contracts if they demonstrate that they have a practice of paying equal wages to men and women for the same work, unanimously passed the House Government, Elections and Indian Affairs Committee.

Armstrong’s bill would allow businesses with a clearly documented record of providing equal pay to receive extra points in the procurement bidding process with any governmental

Legislation To Protect Pregnant Women In The Workplace Clears Another House Committee

on March 2, 2015 - 12:09pm

Rep. Terry McMillan

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Legislation that will protect pregnant women in the workplace and ensure that New Mexico meets federal guidelines passed the House Business and Employment Committee by a unanimous 10-0 vote. Rep. Terry McMillan, R-Doña Ana, of Las Cruces, is the sponsor.

“This legislation balances our desire to protect pregnant women in the workplace as well as the economic needs of our small businesses," McMillan said. "I look forward to voting for this bill on the House floor."

The legislation makes employers provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant

DNCU Sponsors Inaugural 'LEGO Competition'

on March 2, 2015 - 11:38am

DNCU News:
  • Kids compete for prizes March 14-15

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) is proud to support the inaugural Lego Competition at the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association Home Show, taking place March 14-15 at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

DNCU believes this is an ideal way to help energize the attendees—while helping young children build an appreciation for the construction process. DNCU also is a Silver Sponsor of the Santa Fe Home Show.

The competition is divided into two age categories (8 and younger and 9-12) and will run each day of the Santa Fe Home Show (20

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Los Alamos Small Business Workshop March 24

on March 2, 2015 - 11:11am

Poll Shows New Mexico Business Leaders Urge More Campaign Finance Transparency

on March 2, 2015 - 8:50am

BUSINESS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C./ALBUQUERQUE – Today, a poll of New Mexico business leaders was released showing serious concern about the lack of transparency in the state’s government and campaign finance system.

The poll shows overwhelming support for reform amid serious concerns among the business community over the lopsided influence of political donors compared to every day voters. The poll was commissioned by the Committee for Economic Development (CED) of The Conference Board, a nonpartisan, business-led public policy organization, and conducted by Research & Polling, Inc.

EEOC Discrimination And Harassment Report Reveals Good And Bad News For New Mexico

on March 1, 2015 - 2:57pm

Courtesy/EEOC

EEOC News:

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforcement and litigation report on reported cases of discrimination and harassment in New Mexico’s workplaces revealed both good and bad news.

The good news is that in Fiscal Year 2014, which ran from Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014, the number of cases filed went down compared to previous reporting period. In FY 2013, the total number of charges was 1,121, compared to the reported 955 reported cases in FY 2014.

Additionally, the EEOC speculates this could a result of businesses  putting more time and effort

Zia Realty Group's Featured Homes & Properties

on March 1, 2015 - 10:10am
 
 
One of Zia Realty Group's Featured Homes
 
Courtesy/ZRG
 
261 El Conejo $385,000
Listing Agent Cindy Hollabaugh

CB FOX Employees Shovel Sidewalks To Help Downtown Businesses

on February 28, 2015 - 3:08pm
CB FOX employees help out downtown businesses today by shoveling snow that was blocking the sidewalks all the way to Ruby K's. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos National Bank Closed Due To Storm

on February 28, 2015 - 8:45am

LANB News:

All Los Alamos National Bank offices are closed today due to the winter storm.

Happening Now: Bathtub Row Brewing Benefit Party

on February 27, 2015 - 9:22pm

Despite the winter storm underway in Los Alamos, community members, including Jeanne Bridge, center, turn out for this evening's benefit event at Bathtub Row Brewing in Central Park Square. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

'It's All About You' Offers Salon Services With A View

on February 27, 2015 - 2:35pm
Client Bettina Hehlen gets a foot massage from 'It's All About You' owner Pat Archuleta at 942 Central Ave. in the Community Bank Building. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Pat Archuleta has been doing nails for 16 years, but she’s never been happier with her salon space than she is now. Archuleta moved her business, It’s All About You, to the second floor of the Community Bank Building two years ago.

Formerly located near the DMV, on what has been termed on occasion, Salon Row, Archuleta said her new digs are serene and quiet, as well

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Check Out This Weekend's Top Open Houses!

on February 27, 2015 - 11:12am

REAL ESTATE News:

Don't let a little snow deter plans to tour the top open houses in the area this weekend!

The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting open houses throughout Los Alamos, White Rock, Jemez Springs and Santa Fe. Photographs, details and a map depicting the location of each open house are included in this weekly section.

Click on the map to read details about the featured home. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open house or pull up the map on a smart phone or ipad from the road!

Click on the Real Estate Section "red button" near

IRS Issues Nearly 40 Million Tax Refunds

on February 27, 2015 - 9:43am

IRS News:

PHOENIX—Almost 40 million tax refunds worth nearly $125 billion have been issued as of Feb. 20, according to Internal Revenue Service statistics released Thursday.

The average refund is $3,120.

The IRS has processed nearly 50 million returns, about one-third of the total individual federal income tax returns the agency expects to receive this year, with almost 83 percent of those returns resulting in refunds. More than 92 percent of refunds have been directly deposited into taxpayer accounts.

Udall Applauds FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules

on February 26, 2015 - 11:41am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed a vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve updated open Internet rules.

The new rules prevent broadband providers from blocking or throttling lawful online content and ban agreements between broadband providers and online companies that create Internet “toll lanes.” 

Udall has been outspoken in his support for a free and open Internet for all Americans.

MidSchoolMath National Conference Feb. 27-28

on February 26, 2015 - 9:23am

EDUCATION News:

TAOS – Hundreds of middle school mathematics teachers and school district professionals from around the country will convene in Santa Fe this week for the MidSchoolMath conference, the brainchild of two Taos entrepreneurs.  

Poised to change the way mathematics are taught in middle school classrooms nationwide, MidSchoolMath addresses the drop known as the Mid School Math Cliff – the most precipitous decline in mathematics competency in the world, as documented by the past few generations of American children.

MidSchoolMath will soon release a new online learning game,

Venture Acceleration Fund Awards Spur Investment In Northern New Mexico

on February 26, 2015 - 9:20am

LANL News:
  • Proposals due by March 20

Companies located in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval, Rio Arriba, Taos, San Miguel and Mora counties have until March 20 to submit proposals for Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) awards for calendar year 2015.

Preference for funding are given to businesses in these counties, as are technology and manufacturing firms that can demonstrate their ability to stimulate job growth and attract additional revenue to the region.

“The VAF has become a very important and popular economic development resource and we expect that this year will be our most competitive to

UNM-LA To Repeat Popular Customer Service Class

on February 26, 2015 - 9:05am

Customer Service and Relations instructor Laura Loy. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

According to an American Express survey, 78 percent of consumers have bailed on a transaction or not made an intended purchase because of a poor service experience.

In today’s competitive business climate, you can’t afford to lose business because of poor customer service. Learn what it takes to provide and maintain quality customer service through UNM-LA’s upcoming Customer Service class.

The class is 10-11:30 a.m.

Benefit Party For Bathtub Row Brewing In Central Park Square At 5 P.M. Friday

on February 26, 2015 - 8:05am

The public is invited to a benefit for Bathtub Row Brewing begins at 5 p.m., Friday at 170 Central Park Square. There will be a $10 suggested donation to help Bathtub Row Brewing in one last push to get open. Kakistocrats will be playing music and Bosque Brewing will have beer available for purchase. It's a picnic-type event, so people are asked to bring whatever they would like to eat in from home or take-out from local eateries. Courtesy/BRB

Right-To-Work Compromise Passes House Floor

on February 26, 2015 - 7:34am

STATE News:

Bill Also Raises Minimum Wage To $8

SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday night that will raise the minimum wage to $8 per hour and give workers the right to choose whether they financially contribute to a union.

The legislation – which passed by a bipartisan vote of 37-30 and will now head to the Senate – is the result of hours of debate and a compromise that not only creates a right-to-work law, but also raises the minimum wage to the third highest in the region.

“A vast majority of New Mexicans agree that our workers should never

LANL Major Subcontractors Report 'Washington Got The Message'

on February 25, 2015 - 10:36pm

LANL MSC members in Washington, D.C., from left, Jeff Lunsford, Joseph Sanchez, Liddie Martinez, Floyd Archuleta and Aaron Scutt. Courtesy photo

LANL MSC News:

  • Local Subcontractors Trip to DC Yields Big Results in Protecting Local Businesses from Contract Loss

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Major Subcontractors Consortium (LANL MSC), a collaborative of the 35 largest LANL subcontractors travelled to Washington, D.C. the week of Feb.

Purgatory Is Back!

on February 25, 2015 - 9:07pm

Purgatory Ski Resort in the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado.

BUSINESS News:

  • James Coleman Finalizes Purchase of Durango Mountain Resort and Changes Name Back to Purgatory

DURANGO, Colo. – Durango Mountain Resort has announced that James Coleman, a Durango, Colo., businessman, finalized the purchase today of the resort. Coleman disclosed that his first order of business is to change the name of Durango Mountain Resort back to “Purgatory” Resort and use the ski area’s popular “retro” logo with the red and white inverted triangles.

James Coleman

Since 2000, Coleman has been the

Zia Credit Union Supports Empty Bowls Project

on February 24, 2015 - 12:03pm
Zia Credit Union staff members J.C. Duggar, left, and David Woodruff with Self Help Director Ellen Morris Bond, are supporting the 22nd annual Empty Bowls project, luncheon and silent auction. The event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 7 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

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