Business watchdogs approve of legislation

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Now that the legislative session is over, lobbyists and business owners alike are tracking which bills the governor will sign into law and which ones he will veto. For businesses and industry associations, a mixture of tax holidays, incentives and cuts makes the news from the legislature seem pretty […]

Smart money is on partnerships, cooperation

By Clint Harden Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. A fundamental component of quality of life is the economic health of a region. Issues related to job creation […]

Hispanic women business owners thrive

by Helena Rodriguez PORTALES — It was with her husband’s brains and her personality that Margie Villalobos says she opened her small Mexican import business, La Frontera, on the square in Portales in 1991. But when her husband Mario died in a trucking accident in 2001, Villalobos said she quickly became “the brains” behind the […]

Portales residents vote to allow beer, wine at eateries

Tony Parra Portales residents decided in a special election Tuesday to allow beer and wine licenses for city restaurants. There were 374 votes cast in support of the proposal and 338 votes against. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city council members had said they were in favor of the option when it was first discussed in […]

Chamber of commerce seeking grant for bigger, better building

By Eric Butler: CNJ CORRESPONDENT If the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce gets its way, a future ribbon cutting will be for its own move into a bigger building. The chamber is seeking a $900,000 economic development grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to establish a Business Enterprise Center. Such a center would serve […]

Business group praises Clovis lawmakers

David Arkin’s Political Notebook: CNJ correspondent Two Clovis lawmakers got perfect marks this week from a statewide business group. The Association of Commerce and Industry released their annual report card of state representatives, senators and the governor this week. House and Senate members were scored for their votes on pro-business legislation and constitutional amendments in […]

Business Digest 4/20

Chamber seeks development grant Clovis-Curry County Chamber officials hope to land a grant that will allow them to open a business incubator to help grow local businesses, directors learned at their monthly meeting Wednesday. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corp., said the chamber has been allocated $275,000 from the state legislature, […]

Business Digest 4/13

Wells Fargo adds to commercial staff Wells Fargo has added Paul Mondragon as new relationship manager, to deliver financial services to businesses with annual sales of more than $15 million. “Paul has experience working with a broad range of businesses, from the smallest to the largest. We’ll tap his knowledge to help New Mexico companies […]

Business Digest 3/30

Local dealership in Top 100 — again High Plains Harley-Davidson of Clovis has been named one of the Top 100 dealerships across North America for retail design and merchandising approaches — for the second year in a row. Dealernews, a business-to-business magazine for powersports retailers, has named the Top 100 for 14 years. “It was […]

Prince Street traffic due to old system

Letters to the Editor I read in Wednesday’s paper that citations were issued by Clovis police to many motorists that blocked the intersection of Prince and Commerce Way. This has been a problem for quite some time. Could it possibly be that the traffic system in Clovis is outdated? It seems there is quite an […]

Very few benefits are worth their cost

Walter Williams The first concept an economics student learns is that for every benefit there’s also a cost — or, as my longtime colleague and friend Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman has put it, “There’s no free lunch.” While the person who receives the benefit might not pay or even be aware of the cost, as […]

Anti-business attitude hurting California

Thomas Sowell If you wonder what has gotten California in such an economic mess, here is a recent sample: The state legislature has passed a law requiring landlords to give tenants 60 days’ notice, instead of 30 days, before evicting them. In other words, if you are renting to a tenant who refuses to pay […]

Big stores have not hurt Clovis’ shops on Main St.

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Victoria (left) and Giavanna Scarafiotti shop for gifts for family members Monday at the Main Street Crafters Mall. Victoria, who lives in Grants, was visiting her sister Giavanna, a junior at Eastern New Mexico University. CNJ photo: Rick White. By Darrell Todd Maurina While most of the new businesses coming to Clovis recently have located […]

Local Roundup 11/11

Area businesses hold Veterans Day specials Here are today’s Veterans Day events scheduled in Clovis: > American Legion Post 25 breakfast, 7-11 a.m. > Free admission to Roller World Skating Center, 1-3 p.m. Amvets take home top honors in parade Here are winners from the 2003 Veterans Day parade held Saturday in Clovis: Vet organizations […]

New businesses in Clovis

Staff Reports New businesses in Clovis Here is a list of new business licenses issued by the city of Clovis in October, with addresses and telephone numbers for company owners: > Jolley Construction, 3103 Walnut Hill Lane 103, (972) 580-1210 > N’ Season Fruit, 27998 Springhaven St., (805) 231-3682 > S&J Enterprise, 2705 Harrison St., […]

New $20 bill commercials a waste of money

Freedom Newspapers Imagine you are the sole supplier of a commodity that nearly everyone in the country uses, many on a daily basis. For some reason you decide to alter the product in a few subtle ways; the product itself hasn’t changed, it is used for the same thing and in the same manner, and […]

Clovis businesses to say thanks to Cannon

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis businesses will say “thanks” to Cannon Air Force Base personnel on Friday. Beginning at noon, about 50 representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Committee of 50, and the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation will serve food and host entertainment events for both adults and children in Unity Park next to the […]

Clovis growing in some ways, not others

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about new businesses moving into town less than two years after Kmart closed its doors. Here are some responses: “Clovis is just turning into another cookie cutter American city/town. They call it progress but I’m not sure! “In just a short 20 years, the place the United States […]

Microplex drawing businesses to Clovis

By Gary Mitchell With the coming of Lowe’s, Hobby Lobby and Chili’s restaurant to the area, a new era of growth seems to be permeating the business community, local officials say. One of the factors that has apparently influenced chain retailers and other businesses to locate in the region is the recent designation of the […]

Local businesses cited in tobacco sting

By Darrell Todd Maurina Salespeople in eight local businesses — four in Clovis, three in Portales, and one in Elida — face misdemeanor charges and up to a $1,000 fine for selling tobacco last week to a 17-year-old minor working as part of a tobacco sting operation. The businesses face additional administrative penalties from the […]