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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 3 SBDC ExporTech class helps Aztec manufacturer prepare for global market By KAREN CONVERSEINew for recreationists, and rapid Mexico MEP deployable spill containment Is your company ready to units for the oil and gas industry. compete in the international mar- So Kloepher and partner ket? Take a tip fromAztec Manu- Errol Baade enrolled in the facturing, and enroll in the ExporTech class offered by New ExporTech class offered by New Mexico Manufacturing Exten- Mexico Manufacturing Exten- sion Partnership in collaboration sion Partnership. Their expertise with the New Mexico Economic and information can save you Development Department and time and money as you seek to other partners. enter the global marketplace. At the end of the three-month This week's article outlines how course, the two reached the con- Aztec benefited--and how you clusion that going global was can, too. premature. Before the Aztec com- After 32 years as president of pany can meet the global demands Jack's Plastic Welding, Jack it hopes to generate, Kloepher Kloepher wanted to see if his said, the company needs to ex- company was ready to begin ex- pand its shop space and build its porting three of its most promis- domestic sales by 30 percent. ing products: stand-up inflatable "We came to some realiza- paddle boards and pontoon boats Lions -- that this was over our Seni0rOitizens heads for now," he said. "We need to grow before we can get seri- ous. Lunch Menu Jack's Plastic Welding has been around since 1982, creating welded and glued inflatable prod- Monday, February 17 ucts made of coated fabrics. Its CENTER CLOSED FOR products are sold at home and in PRESIDENT'S DAY Denmark, Canada and the Carib- Tuesday, February 18 bean, but Kloepher and his part- Baked Chicken ners wanted a realistic appraisal Wild Rice/Margarine of what the company would need Carrot raisin Salad to do to compete in the interna- Biscuits/Margarine tional arena. Mandarin Oranges Getting Schooled Wednesday, February 19 It was natural for Kloepher Pork Pestle to turn to an MEP program, as he Calabacitas was a graduate of several leader- Flour Tortilla ship and lean production classes Tossed Salad/Dressing offered by the statewide nonprofit. Bread Pudding/Topping ExporTech aims to help aspiring Thursday, February 20 exporters as well as companies Chicken Adovada already selling their products Pinto Beans abroad. Spinach The program is fashioned Flour Tortilla like many MEP offerings -- with Rice Pudding small group sessions facilitated Friday, February 21 by experts -- and its objectives Roast Beef are much the same: to help com- Mashed Potatoes/Gravy panies become more competitive. Vegetable Salad Participants learn the basics California Mixed Vegetables of international business -- in- WW Roll/Margarine eluding legal, logistical and stra- ' Cantaloupe News from the Ena Mitchell Senior Citizens & Wellness Center By LIBBY KNECHTEL/EMSC Hi Everyone! Can you believe we are already into February? As I am writing this, it is the llh! This Friday is Valentine's Day! Don't forget those flowers and candy for those you love! Tell me something--why just one day of the year? I'm not saying every day for crying out loud! But maybe several times in the year, for no reason at all. Oh well, just my opinion. Getting back to Valentine's Day, we are having our Valentine's Day party on Thursday, the 13% We will be crowning our King and Queen. So, come on in and have lunch with us--Chicken Enchiladas! Oh yum! And for dessert we are going to have ice cream and strawber- ries. Again, yum! Come and find out why I am saying YUM! Come and be tempted, hahaha! We serve lunch at noon. Those who are 60 and over, our sug- gested donations are $2. For those under age 60, the cost is $11. There are people who are still saying, "I can cook for myself or me and my spouse. We don't need the center yet!" Yes, you can cook at home or go to a caf6 or restaurant--but can you do so for only $2?? We want to get people out of their houses, come and visit, have a good time with others and make new friends. It's not a matter of needing the center--it is a matter of taking advan- tage of the opportunities that we offer. We don't offer just meals. We also offer transportation for in tow doctor visits (however, not after 2:00 PM), shopping and errands on Fridays after 1:00 PM. For those who are homebound, home delivered meals and sack breakfasts are offered. We still have our perpetual puzzles going, domiiaoes and ping pong after lunch and line dancing on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. Got to go. Love to all! www.smithfordlordsburg, com New Mexico Press Ilil Association Member Hidalgo County Herald (USPS 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 $40 per year by USPS mail, $25 per year by email. Requests for correc- tions and complaints concerning news and editorial content of the Hidalgo County Herald should be directed to the editor. For further information on the Hidalgo County Herald's approved grievance policies, readers may contact the publisher. Any unsolicited manu- scripts become the property of the Hidalgo,County Herald and will not be returned. All information contained herein is copyrighted 2014 by the Hidalgo County Herald. All photos/stories, unless stated, are written by our staff. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Hidalgo County Herald, 212 E. Motel 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: 575-542-8838 E-MAIL tegic challenges. In three full-day sessions, representatives from six to eight companies develop a simple plan to market their prod- ucts outside the U.S. or to strengthen their outreach by in- creasing productivity and im- proving marketing. Between sessions, export plans are developed with help from expert coaches. The final session includes a critique of those plans. Companies are then connected with public and pri- vate organizations that can help them reach the next stage that's appropriate for their business. "Having experts who've been in the system was huge," Kloepher said. "They helped guide us. It's far better than go- ing in blind." Past participants in ExporTech generate export sales within three to six months of completing the course. The aver- age participant has reported an increase in sales of $170,000 and savings of $34,000 -- mostly in the labor time the company would have spent in research and networking. ExporTech sessions -- jointly conducted by the New Mexico MEP and its partners -- are tentatively scheduled for March in Las Cruces. The course costs $999 for up to three indi- viduals per company, though early registrants can pay as little as $710. Payment by credit card, postal order or check must be re- ,ceived by April 30. For more information, visit or call 505-262-0921. An archive of SBDC Busi- ness Reports can be found at http://www.grantcountybeat .com/index.php/archived-items An additional source of help is the International Business Ac- celerator (IBA), New Mexico's one-stop shop of resources for New Mexican business individu- als wishing to introduce their product or service into the glo- bal marketplace. The IBA is a Small Business Development Center initiative. Contact the IBA for more information at 575-589- 2200, or Jerry Pacheco, IBA Di- rector, The Internet address is www.nmiba .com. Business advisors at the Small Business Development Center can help you write your business plan, or work with you on any other issues or problems an entrepreneur may encounter in starting a business or expanding an existing one. These services are offered at no cost. Call 538- 6320 for an appointment or for more information, or email sbdc @ The Small Business Devel- opment Center Office has moved back to its home at Watts Hall, 500 18  Street. Visit the SBDC Web site at index.html to see pictures of SBDC's Client of the Year, Curl Up & Dye, as well as information about the SBDC. The Legislature recognized Kelly Trinkle-Thai and her business Tuesday, Febru- ary 11. Continued from Page 1 Democratic meeting The Hidalgo County Demo- cratic Party will be holding their monthly meetings at the WNMU Learning Centerat 520 W. 2nd Street on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Meeting dates are February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 1 I, Oc- tober 9, November 13 and Decem- ber 11, 2014. For mot einformation call 575 542-8087. Parenting program Circle of Security--a pro- gram that offers strategies to par- ents--will be held offered to Hidalgo County parents on Thursday afternoons from 2-3:30 p.m. at the HMS Conference Room beginning February 6, 2014. The series will conclude March 27. To register, call 542- 2341 or 542-2339. Veteran photos The Hidalgo County Her- ald is currently accepting pho- tos of veterans to be added to our existing database of more than 300 photos. If you or your loved one was not included in the 2005 collection of photos, please bring your photo to the Herald on Mondays from 9 to 2 or Tuesdays from 9 to 5 p.m. You will also need to provide branch of armed forces served and war or conflict the veteran served in, if applicable. If you are unsure whether or not the photo is on file, call 575-542- 8705. Team Kids Team Kids youth group will be meeting every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Lordsburg, corner of 3  and Animas Streets. Team Kids is open to kids grads 1-6. Emergency food boxes Emergency Food Boxes are available to families in need at La Frontera NM, located at 332 E Motel Dr in Lordsburg. To get a box, stop in anytime Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 12 noon. For more information about this or other food programs in Hidalgo County, call Christy at 520-507-0455. Annual Coat Drive Lordsburg AmeriCorps Team and Lackey Cleaners are teaming up again this winter to have new or gently used coats available for residents who need th.em. If you have extra coats, sweaters, or hoodies that are just taking up room in your closet, there are people in our area that really need them - kids, teens, and adults. Last year, the team collected about 100 coats that were available for people to pick out at Lackey's Cleaners in Lordsburg. We can pick them up from you or you can drop them off at Corner Mart or Lackeys. For more information, call or text Christy Ortiz at 520- 507-0455 or email hidalgospirit @yahoo .com. Line Dancing The Crooked Halos ad- vanced line dance group is meets at the Senior Citizens Con- Vote GREENE if you want a councilwoman who is accessible, approachable, willing to listen, and anxious to learn and help. After all, this is OUR cityl My goal, if elected, is provide public service with integrity, humility, family values--where freedom and fairness lead to straightforward honest politics. Ensure that all city codes & policies are enforced and reflect the working relationship between the city, the residents, and the local business' it serves. Ensure all city departments are held accountable for their actions and held to the highest of standards. Support local businesses and continue to seek to bring employment and economic growth opportunities to Lordsburg's workforce: I may not have experience in politics, but I DO have experience in: Accounting Fraud Investigating Finance Business Management Local Business Owner Active Community member TODAY'S PROBLEMS REQUIRE TODAY'S SOLUTIONS --NOT YESTERDAY'S ANSWERS! I VOTE MARCH 4, 2014 Check our our great selection of Tires at competitive prices! for LORDSBURG CITY COUNCIL Your vote is greatly appreciated. 575-639-484 i ter from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Thursday eve- nings. The Sassy Sunflowers beginning line dance group is meets at the Senior Citizen's Center from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. every Wednesday morning. Bring your water and come join in the fun for some low impact exercise, good music and fun! It's free and no experience is necessary. For more informa- tion call Fabiola Cane 575-542- 2356. step Aerobics The Active and Alive Hot Steppers Aerobics class is held at 6 PM at Central Elementary Tues- day and Wednesday. For more in- formation call Fabiola Cane 575- 542-2356. Fit Camp Fit Camp, a boot camp style exercise group, is held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. at R.V. Traylor Elementary School. The free classes are open to the public. For more information contact Fabiola Cane at 575-542- 2356. Wednesday Bible Study The Church of Christ (5 h & Pyramid) hast started Wednesday Bible study again at noon. The study hour is open to men and women. For more information contact Karen McDonald at 575- 313-5963 or Lindy Kerr at 575- 538-8446. Fuente de Vida Church Welcome to Fuente de Vida Church at 1032 Motel Drive. Worship is every Sunday at 11 AM and Wednesdays at 7 PM. Services are open to everyone. 60s Reunion Website The 1960s Reunion website is up and running with pictures of the reunion now included. To access the site, visit lhs60s and click on "pho- tos". Anyone who has photos to share can continue to send them to the Hidalgo County Herald at hcherald@ Literacy Program The Hidalgo County Lit- eracy Program offers services to improve individual skills in En- glish, Reading, Language and Math, as well as Pre-GED and GED preparation. Quit putting it off, it's not too late! Contact Di- rector Sherri Arredondo at 575- 313-7738, 575-542-9407 or email Water Aerobics Active and Alive Water Aero- bics will be held at the Comfort Inn on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11. For more informa- tion call Fabiola Cane 575-542- 2356. AA/NA Meetings Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings are held on Saturdays from 7-8 PM at the First Method- ist Church and on Wednesdays from 8-9 PM at 1036 E. Motel Drive. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings are held on Satur- days from 5:30-6:30 PM at the First Methodist Church. For more information call 575.542.8115 or 575.654.6698. March 4 T "'"' 2014 Ei David L. ESCOBAR n nil (Position #8 kordsburg City Cou ..... on the Ball0t) Only $t2,485 2008 Toyota Tundra NOW14,996 2009 Mercury Milan Low Miles $t4,947 2009 Ford Focus Cleanl $8,988 I Need Service? We offer FMI We offer great deals on tires, employees special and Discounts on 0il changes pricing on new and and brake repairs, used vehicles! 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