Gross receipts revenue up for second year

Kevin Wilson For the second consecutive year, Clovis has experienced an uptick in gross receipts tax revenues. Revenues from gross receipts taxes (GRT) increased 4.5 percent from 2010 to 2011 and 2.6 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to totals released from the city. That follows a 1.99 percent drop from 2008 to 2009. Chase […]

Business digest — Jan. 3

Company invests in Tres Amigas Global trading, IT and infrastructure services company Mitsui and Co. has agreed to invest $12 million into the Tres Amigas power grid project that will be located east of Clovis. The transmission hub will connect American’s three primary electricity grids — Eastern, Western and Texas — to allow better infrastructure […]

Local hardware stores merging

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Richard Petty, owner of Triangle Ace Hardware, and James Burns, owner of Burns Hardware Do-It Center, have decided to merge their stores starting in 2012. The stores will have to undergo some changes, including their national affiliations, but both said the merger will be able to provide more services to […]

Local business owners say Christmas sales up

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Bob Morgan of Bob Morgan Photography frames Clovis High School 2012 senior class pictures. Benna Sayyed Christmas sales at a variety of Clovis businesses have shot up this year, according to local merchants. Laura Ellis, co-owner of 2 Shabby Divas in downtown Clovis, attributes her prosperous Christmas season to local […]

Year in review: Region expecting hundreds of new jobs

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Lee Malloy, president of Clovis Industrial Development Corp., was one of several city officials who spoke during a news conference in November to announce Beauty Health and Science Innovations intent to move its corporate headquarters to Clovis. Beauty Health and Science Innovations, a beauty supply manufacturing company, announced plans to open in Clovis in April […]

Tankersley’s marks 50 years in Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Homer Tankersley, president of Tankersley’s men’s clothing store in Clovis, arranges a Jack Victor men’s suit display. The store celebrated its 50th anniversary Saturday. Benna Sayyed Homer J. Tankersley opened Tankersley’s clothing store more than five decades ago with a letter of credit from a friend and fewer than 100 […]

Business seminars being offered

CNJ staff About four years ago, staff at Clovis Community College’s Small Business Development Center took appointments to talk about business startups. “It would be two or three weeks before people could get an appointment with us,” Director Sandra Taylor-Sawyer said. “They just needed the basic information. We found we were meeting with people and […]

Official: Upcoming projects may eliminate energy farm stumbling blocks

Thomas Garcia The chairman of a local renewable energy landowner association said projects are under way that would eliminate the stumbling block for wind energy farms in eastern New Mexico — transferring the electricity to national markets. Representatives for these projects spoke at the third annual Coalition of Renewable Energy Landowner Associations meeting Saturday in […]

Everybody’s business: Dispelling myths about tax obligations

A new year approaches and one is ending. The annual ritual of reporting income and expenses to the federal government will soon be upon us. Take time this month to prepare for tax time over the next four months. Here are a few tips that may reduce stress and dismiss myths of tax obligations. • […]

Business licenses — Dec. 13

The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis in November: • Curry County Cats Spirit SquadType: ClubOwner: Mytrice WilliamsLocation: 1319 S. Lea • CubeconomyType: Money operated machinesOwner: Eric DelsonLocation: 1719 S. Ave. M • Cash 4 GoldType: Gold/silverOwner: Mohammad MahmudLocation: 1603 Prince • Three Wiseman Type: CollectablesOwner: Alaa HelalLocation: North Plains Mall […]

Business digest — Dec. 13

Mother, daughter honored for book A Clovis mother-daughter team was recently honored with the national Benjamin Franklin Award for children’s books. Liz and Stephanie Eisenbraun’s book design project, “Baking with Friends,” was cited for originality in interior design by the Independent Book Publisher’s Association. Liz Eisenbraun has worked with numerous local clients, including Taco Box […]

Black Friday sales move at steady pace

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Customers line up for the register at Bealls in Portales Friday morning during Black Friday sales. Manager Melissa Bonem said within two hours after opening, the store had already made 25 percent of its goal. Alisa Boswell “Booming” was not the word most local Clovis and Portales retail officials used […]

Sutton’s Bakery closing

Benna Sayyed One of Clovis’ oldest businesses is about to close. Frank Simmonds, who’s owned Sutton’s Bakery since 1971 and worked there since it opened in 1946, said he is about to retire. While he would not give a date for closing, employees have told customers the last day will be Dec. 31. Simmonds said […]

Beauty supply manufacturer product of merger

By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Two companies from opposite ends of the country will become one in Clovis and city leaders were promising Wednesday it will mean hundreds of good paying jobs. The company, Beauty Health and Science Innovations, will make and package cosmetic products; Sunscreen lotions, makeup and creams, liquids and supplements that […]

Everybody’s business: Customer service can distinguish business

Attention business owners: Are we ready for the prime season of the year? Now is a good time to tune up the customer service engine. A customers’ perception of how they are treated has a dramatic effect on net profits. In this struggling economy, many businesses have cut back on employees to reduce costs, but […]

Business licenses — Nov. 8

The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis in October: • Nathan’s Hom3 Child Car3Type: Child Care/BabysittingOwner: Charles Nathaniel BrownLocation: 1720 Sheldon • JL Board ShopType: Sporting GoodsOwner: David LeonLocation: 120 Main • Horizon Mechanical Inc.Type: MechanicalOwner: William PittsLocation: 1811 Copper Loop • Jessi’s Housekeeping Type: CleaningOwner: Jessica GarciaLocation: 1205 Connelly • […]

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Haying approval possible New Mexico farmers can gain approval for haying Conservation Reserve Program acres that will be converted from a Lovegrass, Bluestem or Klein grass to a native grass species cover, according to a press release from New Mexico’s Farm Service Agency. Producers have until Sept. 30, 2012, to request approval, which will be […]

Q&A: Portales native talks about achievements, experiences

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Best Portales native and Elida High School graduate Ryan Best was recently named national FFA president. He took a few moments to reflect on the achievement and his experiences during an interview with Freedom New Mexico:

Elida graduate named FFA president

Freedom New Mexico Elida High graduate Ryan Best was recently named president of the National Future Farmers of America organization for the 2011-12 year at the 84th annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. For the next year, Best and his national officer peers will be the face and spirit of FFA. They will travel […]

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Company announces end of first phase Broadview Energy announced on Friday completion of its first phase of a project leasing and deployment of towers to a wind energy project in Curry County. The new company spans across the northeastern portion of Curry County as well as western Deaf Smith County, Texas, covering about 130 square […]