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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 3 SBDC Report Business plans aren't just for start-ups By J. ROY MILLER, State Direc- tor, New Mexico Small Business Development Centers For the SBDC/Silver City Once you open you~ busi- ness, don't think that you have finished with your business plan. Your business plan should be a dynamic-working document. helping you stay afloat and re- main focused on progress during your journey. Business planning is a con- tinuous cycle. Examining your position against the chart and making course corrections is part of the process. Sometimes you will find that you've strayed off course or are out of the bounds of your budget. In these instances you will need to take actions to bring things under control and to get back to your plan. At other times you may be forced to change it because your original concept just doesn't square with reality, or because unforeseen market changes or product inno- vations make your assumption~ invalid. In any case. an annual review and update of the plan will enhance your success. As part of this review you will want to reconsider some of your major assumptions. Have any ex- ternal influences changed? Con- sideration should be given to such things as competitors, cur- rent and potential customers, sup- pliers, technology, trends, demo- graphic changes, government policies and regulations, and. of course, the economy. Against this backdrop, think about your strengths and weak- nesses. Are there new opportuni- ties? What factors might threaten your business? Ask yourself what your competitors could do to drive your enterprise out of busi- UPCOMING EVENTS Senior Citizens Lunch Menu Monday, February 15 Center closed for President's Day Tuesday, February 16 Chicken Tenders Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Spinach/Margarine WW Roll/Margarine Jell-O/Fruit Wednesday, February 17 Macaroni/Cheese Brussels Sprouts/Margarine = Dinner Roll/Margarine Chocolate Pudding Thursday, February 18 Swiss Steak Baked Potato Cabbage WW Roll/Margarine Pineapple Friday, February 19 Grilled Cheese Sandwich Vegetable Soup Crackers Apricots ness. Given this review, think about any changes you should make regarding your assumptions of market share, revenue growth. inflation, and expenses. If neces- sary, rework the calculations on your financial projections. Take a close look at your performance Objectives. Are they still relevant? Are there others that would be more appropriate? Are you achieving your objectives? Have you met key deadlines? Are your financial controls working? Identify any barriers that may in- hibit or prevent you from reach- ing your goals. Once you have completed this step, ask yourself a series of questions that start with "How do we ..." Broad answers to these questions should provide you with strategies that you may con- sider for implementation. For ex- ample. "How do we increase sales to 500 units within six months?" This will result in a list of possible answers that may m- clude things like initiate a telemarketing programr increase advertising visibility, and so on. You may end up with dozens of answers. Select two or three answers that best utilize your strengths. and begin to look at steps or ac- tions you need to take to put your strategies to work. Check your business plan to see if this will result in any changes to your op- erating, manufacturing, person- nel. facilities, or marketing plans. Continued from Page 1 Assessor's Office closed The Hidalgo County Assessor's Office will be closed February 16. 17. 18 and February 23.24, and 25 for appraisal work. Diabetic Su pport Group Come join us and stay in- formed for either yourself, a loved one in your family, or a friend. For those not familiar with our Diabetes Support Group, we meet every last Wednesday of each month 10 am-llam in the HMS Conference Room @ 530 E. Demoss Street, here in Lordsburg. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call Gloria Vargas @ (575)542-3047. Dunagan account An account has been set up at Western Bank to help benefit Clint and Gall Dunagan. who lost their home to a fire over the week- end. Anyone wishing to make a contribution should contact any teller at Western Bank. Walking & Activity Walking & Activity Club meets every Monday and Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Deming Silver City area (575) 546-0070 (575) 537-0777 By understanding such a process, you should be able to monitor not only the performance of your business, but also those accountable - including yourself - for its success. Keep in mind that you will never be able to eliminate every problem in your business, but there will always be room for improvement and change. By following your plan, you should be able to respond quickly to external factors - such as changes in the business environ- ment - and internal factors that may include poor performance or a decrease in quality. You will be able to make improvements and cope with change. Most impor- tantly, you will continue to re- duce your risks and to find new opportunities. SBDC assistance is for any- one interested in beginning, im- proving, or expanding a small business. The SBDC specializes in individual counseling while offering free services in a confi- dential environment. For more information about SBDC free ser- vices, call 538-6320, or email The web site is silvercity/index.html. Contact the SBDC office for more information about the fol- lowing events February 16 - Jobs Fair February 18 -Alumni Night, Mustang Basketball February 24 How to Write a Business Plan Local Calls (575) 542-3330 Reasonably Priced Funeral And Cremation Services Excellence in service and care for your family should always be affordable.,, It can and always will be with us, Hidalgo Cotmty New Mexico Press Association Member Hidalgo County Herald (USPS IUI illi 020697) is published weekly by Hidalgo County Herald in the City of Lordsburg, County of Hidalgo, 212 E. Motel Drive, Suite B, Lordsburg, New Mexico 88045-1948, 52 issues a year. Subscription rates vary. Subscription rate is $30 per ye6r. Requests for corrections and complaints concerning news and editorial content of the Hidalgo County Herald should be di- rected to the editor. For further information on the Hidalgo County Herald's approved grievance policies, readers may contact the pub- lisher. Any unsolicited manuscripts become the property of the Hidalgo County Herald and will not be returned. All information con- tained herein Js copyrighted 2009 by the Hidalgo County Herald. All photos/stories, unless stated, are written by our staff. POSTMAS- TER: Send address changes to Hidalgo County Herald, 212 E. Mo- tel Drive, Suite B, Lordsburg, NM 88045-1948. Periodicals Postage Paid at Lordsburg, New Mexico. PUBLIsHER/EDITOR: Brenda Hood ADVERTISING MANAGER: Glenda Greene PHONE: 575-542-8705 FAX: 575-542-8704 E-MAIL hcherald the Special Events Center~ For more information call 542-8384 ext. 104. Commodity distribution TEFAP Commodities for per- sons age 18 and above will be distributed on Tuesday, February 16. 2010, at 1:00 p.m. at the Spe- cial Events Center in Lordsburg. Please do not arrive before 12:30 p.m. AA/NM Meetings Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings are held on Monday at 3 p.m. at the Kokopelli Office and on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the First Methodist Church. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings are held Mondays at 5 p.m., Wednes- days at 3 p.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. at Kokopelli and on Sat- urdays at 5:30 p.m. at the First Methodist Church. For more in- formation contact Kokopelli at 575-542-3304. Step Aerobics Active & Alive step aerobics are held on Tuesdays and Thurs- days from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Central Elementary School. For more information call 542-8384 ext 104. Team Kids Team Kids is held every Wednesday at the First Baptist ChUrch of Lordsburg from 6:00- 6:45 p.m. Team Kids is open to students in grades 1-6. Free cooking classes ICAN Nutritional Cooking Classes to begin January 6th," 13th, 20'h and 27~, Absolutely free call to sign up NOW! Call Lori @ 575-542-9291. Event listings Have your upcoming event listed in the Hidalgo County Her- ald by calling 575.542.8705 or emailing it to hcherald @ RVT students recognized for perfect attendance Students at R.V.Traylor Elemen- tary celebrated 100 days of per- fect attendance with an ice cream social. Students honored were: Above: Jezika Batista (McCants), Emma Mendoza (Thomas), Paulina Mendoza (Barrera), Lolah Powell (Gutierrez), Micheal Hernandez (Gutierrez), Analiyah Olivas (McCants), A.J. Parsons (McCants), and Maverick Contreras (McCants). At right, sisters Paulina and Emma Mendoza smile while celebrat- ing 100 days of school at R.V. Traylor Elementary. Department of Health uses federal stimulus funds to vaccinate adults against shingles Submitted by NM DOHISanta Fe The New Mexico Depart- ment of Health is working with the New Mexico Pharmacy Asso- ciation to provide free Shingles vaccine to adults 60 and older who are uninsured, underinsured or cannot afford to pay the co-pay for the vaccine. The Department of Health is paying for the 5,670 doses of Zoster through one-time federal stimulus funds awarded to the Department's Immunization Program. Vaccine will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis until all the limited supply is gone. The vaccine is currently available at the following loca-, tions (other locations may be available at a later date). Some clinics have open times to receive the vaccine and others have a specific day scheduled. For a complete listing of times, look up WNMU School of ED seeks Hall of Fame nominations By ABE VILLARREALIWNMU The School of Education at Western New Mexico University is requesting nominations for the 2010 WNMU Education Hall of Fame. The WNMU tradition of ex- cellence in teacher education has been a cornerstone of the institu- tion since its inception as a teacher's college in 1893. Today, the School of Education enrolls more students than any another school or department at WNMU. For selection to the Hall of Fame. individuals must demon- strate a dominant interest in class- room teaching and devoted the major portion of his/her profes- sional career to classroom teach- ing at the primary, secondary or higher education level. The can- didate must also have graduated from WNMU or one of its prede- cessor institutions. Administrators and counse- lors who started their careers as teachers also qualify for the rec- ognition. When submitting a nomina- tion, individuals should include supporting documentation such as a resume, biography, classroom experience, and a WNMU tran- script. The deadline for nomina- tions is March 5.2010. Forms are available at http:// 2010/soehalloffame.pdf. For more information, please contact the School of Education at 575-538-6416. I. Lloyd V. Payne, hereby announce my candidacy for re-election to the office of Hidalgo County Probate Judge. Lloyd V. 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The Department received $1.36 million in federal stimulus money to buy vaccines and to fund operational expenses for the following one-time pilot projects: coordinating K-12 school flu vaccination clinics and shingles clinics for older adults, administering tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine to new par- ents to protect their newborns, and increasing the immunization registry's capability and capacity for pandemic flu response/track- ing. The Department's immuni- zation budget for this fiscal year is $10 million in state and fed- eral funds. The federal govern- ment also allocates $32 million for New Mexico to buy children's vaccine each year. 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