A grant to support small businesses develop more products and increase exporting from New Mexico into Mexico has been announced by New Mexico Small Business Development Center representatives this week.
Flo Dow, assistant director of marketing of the New Mexico Small Business Development Center teamed with Carl Kallansrud whose office is at the Eastern New Mexico University campus to announce available assistance geared to local Roswell businesses.
New Mexico Small Business Development Center helps new businesses get started in various ways through the Small Business Jobs Act funded by the federal government. Currently, the budget is set at approximately $3 million. State funding also provides money, however recently this has been cut by 15 percent.
“This is a very difficult time,” Carl Kallansrud commented to the Roswell Daily Record referring to the amount of businesses coast to coast who are forced to close their doors or announce Going Out of Business sales. “We want to help before they get to that point,” he added.
Small Business Development helps people get started when a business is just an idea. “We help them get a business license, with financing, managing employees and go as far as how to retire a business,” he said. “If a business has a problem, they can connect them to the right person,” he explained.
Currently, there are several thousand business licenses which have been issued to the Roswell area. Since Roswell is located not far from the U.S./Mexico border, if they have a product which can be exported to Mexico, this organization can offer assistance which includes the contact person as well as business planning and the details of exporting products.
“Right now there is a new industrial park being built in Juarez,” Flow Dow said, emphasizing that Mexico is increasing business areas. There are also numerous “maguiladoras” located along the border which provides labor. The point of entry into Santa Teresa is currently undergoing a huge expansion which is being funded by Union Pacific which will also ease exporting into Mexico.
Free counseling advice is available through the New Mexico Small Business Center locally by phoning Carl Kallansrud at Eastern New Mexico University.
For more information call 624-7133.