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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2012 3 SBDC Business Plans arent irU00c;t for S!oai!'t-Ups In last week's article, Roy Miller, market changes or t in- se " success Keep in Retired, State Director of the New Mexico Small Business Develop- ment Centers, discussed the busi- ness plan as a tool for guiding your business to success -- much like a Global Positioning System helps you find a specific loca- tion. But business plans aren't just for start-ups, as he makes clear in his article below. By J. ROY MILLER, Retired State Director, New Mexico Small Busi- ness Development Centers Once you open your 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 Seni0rCitizens CenterLunch Menu Monday, February 27 Hamburger Macaroni Green Beans Corn Apricots Peanut Butter Cookie Tuesday, February 28 novations make your assump- tions 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 external influences changed? Consideration should be given to such things as com- petitors, current and potential customers, suppliers, technol- ogy, trends, demographic 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- ness. -Given this review, think about any changes you should make regarding your assump- tions of market share, revenue growth, inflation, and expenses. If necessary, rework the calcula- tions on your financial projec- tions. Take a close look at your per- formance objectives. Are they still relevant? Are there others that would be more appropriate? Are you achieving your objec- tives? Have you met key dead- lines? Are your financial controls working? Identify any barriers that may inhibit or prevent you from reaching 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 in- mind that you will never be able to eliminate every problem in your business, but there will al- ways 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. An archive of SBDC Busi- ness Reports can be found at http://www.grantcounty The weekly Business Report is brought to you by Western New Mexico University's Small Busi- ness Development Center (SBDC) located in the Besse-For- ward Global Resource Center on campus. SBDC assistance is for anyone interested in beginning, improving, or expanding a small business. The SBDC specializes in individual counseling while offering free services in a confi- dential environment. For more in- formation about SBDC free ser- vices, call 538-6320, or email The web site is silvercity/index.html. The SBDC has scheduled the following training sessions. Call 538-6320 for more information. February 23: "Using the SBA 504 Program for Business Refinancing" February 28: "How to Write a Business Plan" March 22: "Basic Over- view of QuickBooks" WNMU and the SBDC are proud to support Up with People coming to Silver City February 24 and 25. Lettersi to the Editor The Hidalgo County Her- ald Urges readers to voice their opin- ions by writing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Motel Drive, Ste. B, or canbe e-mailed to Only let- ters that are signed by the au- thor will be considered for publication. All letters that are published should be consid- ered the opinion of the author, and not necessarily that of the Hidalgo County Herald. Read- ers are encouraged to practice their First Amendment right of free speech. The Truth Dear Editor, If one GOP Candidate will be brave enough to state the truth. The truth is: If Obama is re- elected, the middle and lower class will eventually become slaves. As businesses close, obama's 'millionaires", (you know, the one's that make $250,000), and, as businesses continue to move overseas, who will pay the government to take care of the 50-75 percent out of work? As in the USSR, they fi- nally realized if they killed ev- eryone there would be no work- , ers to do the work for the elites. So, they took dissenters out of prison and shipped them to work camps in Siberia and elsewhere. If only one candidate would say this, it would get national coverage and could become a part of the conversation. People, please open you minds and spend.ten minutes thinking about where the money comes from for your foodstamps, subsidies, so-called free medical care, Medicaid, social security, military retirement, etc. Even working middleclass depend on government such as Earned In- come Credits. Baked Pork Loin Carrot/Squash/Tomato WW Roll/Margarine Scalloped Apples Wednesday, February 29 Taco Lettuce/Tomato/Onions Spanish Rice Salsa Corn Gelatin Thursday, March 1 Chicken lajita Pinto Beans Tomatoes:& Green Chile Pumpkin Spice Cookie Friday, March 2 Tuna & Shells Tossed Green Salad/Ranch Dress- ing Crackers Peaches elude things like initiate a telemarketing program, 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 operating, manufacturing, per- sonnel, facilities; or marketing plans. By understanding such a process, you should be able to monitor not only the perfor- mance of your business, but also those accountable - including DECLARAT ONS OF CANDIDA(:Y PatsyCamacho o,. bycandidates I, Patsy Camacho, do hereby announce my declaration of' candidacy for HIDALGO COUNTY TREASURER under the Democratic Party, subject to the June 5, 2012 Primary Election. Your vote of support is humbly appreciated. Patsy Camacho City Council Position 1 Your Vote is Very Much Appreciated. No olitical, ersonal or amily ain, ust the Cest 3nterests o[ the Cit o[ ,F.ordsburg Richard A. Chaires I, Richard A. Chaires, do hereby announce my declaration of candi- dacy for re-election to the office of Hidalgo County Commissioner, Position 3, subject to the June 5, 2012 Democratic Primary Election. Your vote of support will be deeply appreciated.. Richrad A. Chaires c Melissa K. DeLaGarza " I, Melissa K. DeLaGarza, do hereby announce my declaration of can- didacy for the office of Hidalgo County Clerk, subject to the June 5, 2012 Democratic Primary Election. Your support and vote will be greatly appreciated. Melissa K. DeLaGarza Bobbie J. Orphey I, Bobble J. Orphey, do hereby announce my declaration of candi- dacy for the office of Hidalgo County Clerk, subject to the June 5, 2012 Republican Primary Election. Your vote and support is greatly appreciatedl Bobble J. Orphe) New Mexico Press Iiii 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 2012 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- 948. 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 i *2, 3 & 4 part business forms *Business Cards *Letterhead *Invoices *Envelopes *Work Orders *Tickets 11 *Certificates *And Much More! *Bumper Stickers *Photo Reprints .*Posters *Flyers *Rece!pts ! 575.542,8705 For the middleclass, why should you pay taxes only to have to apply to programs to get it back so you can make ends meet. City governments, school boards, county and state govern- ments that apply for grants or take handouts from government are becoming their slaves, too. The money comes with strings " attached and the local elected officers do not have control. When the elected officials in your city, county, state must bow to the EPA, and federal regulations, who does it matter for whom you vote? The fed- eral government is in control, thus, the PEOPLE are not in control. A government OF THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE," AND BY THE PEOPLE ceases to exist. When a federal government can tell insurance companies how to run their businesses, why would you think your grocery store, bank, cafr, beauty salon, Dollar Store, McDonald's, can- not be told to provide a service, FREE of charge. Example: Beauticians must go to the school and cut hair for one day a week, all people will be re- quired to pick up trash, wash windows at the government buildings, mow the side of the highway, WITHOUT PAY. Man- date: not volunteer: = SLAVERY. THINK!! Mary Snyder Hachita, NM Submitted by Mary Snyder/Hachita, NM LIEWEI'I00Y Huge Selection/: ;  Lip" Be/ Button" Tongue" Ear, Nose @e00row . Silver P, Jngs Dangles Logos 14K I @ , , inside 214 E. 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