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Home is where the startup is

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The blueprint for starting a home-based enterprise in New Mexico can be a simple sketch or a complicated technical drawing. It all depends on the business type and location.

Common to all businesses is the need to pick a structure, secure a Combined Reporting System number, register with the city or county, obtain required...

Million Dollar Baby

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A great pair of boots doesn’t make one a cowboy, a fast car doesn’t make a racecar driver, running shoes won’t make a marathon runner and riding cows doesn’t make one a bull rider. Misinformation or “Snake Oil” has never helped those who need it most.

Progress in any area of life requires knowledge, practice and skill.

In 2016 I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the ONE VOICE NUTRITION – Nutrition Throughout The Ages, Educators Conference sponsored by Fort Defiance Hospital (Fort Defiance, Arizona). The lead off topic and the most powerful in my opinion was the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI).

The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative stressed the timeless...

Democracy and lots of money are at stake for New Mexico in the upcoming census

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Pop quiz: which of the following statements are true?

a. The census is constitutionally required in order to count every person in the U.S.

b. The census determines how much federal money—more than $6 billion—flows into New Mexico’s economy every year.

c. New Mexicans are more at risk of not being counted by the census than are people in most every other state.

d. The census is in jeopardy—and that puts New Mexicans in jeopardy.

If you said “all of the above,” you’d be correct. Unfortunately, that doesn’t guarantee you the prize of being counted and represented in the next big census if things continue the way they are going.

Since 1790, the U.S has been...

WESST’s holiday pop-up shop takes artists beyond workshops

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The “pop-up retail” trend has helped many artists and entrepreneurs sell products and launch businesses in cities throughout the country. Pop-up shops allow artists and retailers to use temporarily donated commercial space to sell wares and land new customers.

Albuquerque’s WESST Enterprise Center hosted a holiday pop-up shop last year to showcase its artisan and “maker” clients as part of Manufacturing Day activities. The event was so successful that the nonprofit business development and training organization has scheduled the second incarnation for Friday, October 20.

“We use the pop-up shop as a way to cap off our Creative P.I.E. program,” said Julianna Silva...

Real newspapers, real news

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“Real Newspapers, Real News” is the theme of this year’s National Newspaper Week (Oct. 1-7.) Indeed, there’s always been lots of “real”  at newspapers. Real stories, real journalism, real work, real deadlines, real honesty, real facts, real changes and, now, real threats.

This is the 77th annual National Newspaper Week, a time to reflect on the job of newspapers to keep all things “real” such as real conversation, real democracy, real science, real trade, real fact-sharing, real faith and real friends. Of course we hear lots these days about what’s not real— so-called fake news and alternative facts and the non-stop stream of internet-based noise, disruptions and...

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