Sept. 11, 2007 Business Digest

Cotton research program available
Cotton producer and importers who want USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service to conduct a referendum regarding the Cotton Research and Promotion Program can sign-up at their local Farm Service Agency office through Nov. 30.
No action is needed if a continuance referendum is not desired.
In March, USDA endorsed continuation of the 1991 Order amendments without a continuance referendum.

Railroad company contract renewed
Locomotive Service Inc. was recently awarded a two-year contract from the BNSF Railway for locomotive refueling operations in Clovis.
The contract begins Nov. 1
LSI plans to hire up to 17 full-time drivers and expand the services offered at the Clovis refueling facility.
The Dallas-based company also plans to launch pilot programs in Clovis in the areas of refueling safety, inventory tracking and other technology innovations, according to Ryan Gilmer, LCI’s president.

College’s SBDC holding workshops
The Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College is holding three workshops this month.
• Fighting Back Against Identity Theft — 5:30-6:45 p.m., Thursday, CCC Town Hall. The workshop is free. Deadline to register is today.
• Access Databases for Small Businesses — 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, CCC Room 411. Fee: $40. Deadline to register is Wednesday.
• Basic Recordkeeping — 6-8 p.m., Sept. 27, CCC Room 103. Fee: $15. Register by Sept. 25.
Information: 769-4136 or

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ staff. Managing Editor Rick White can be reached at 763-6991, or by e-mail: