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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2011 3 SBDC Match employees with the right job By FRED OWENSBY,'DIREC- TOR,/Small Business Develop- ment Center at Done Aria Com- munity College .- When it comes to hiring people, small businesses usually don't have the resources of large corporations, which have human resources specialists who are trained to recruit employees and to monitor their performance with regular performance appraisals. A small-business owner usually has to rely on gut instincts, observa- tion and pointed questions when hiring a new employee and there- after has to monitor how the em- ployee is doing to make sure she is a good fit for the job and is per- forming at the height of her abili- ties. While large corporations sometimes tolerate the -underperformance of mismatched workers, hiring the wrong person can be devastating to a smaller company. Beyond appearances A job applicant can look great on paper, with all the fight E: Obltuar,es David Martinez David Martinez, 42, passed away on February 22, 2011. He was born April 23, 1969. A me- morial service was held at St. Josephs Catholic Parish in Lordsburg on Tuesday, March 2, 2011. He is survived by eight chil- dren, Maria, Angel, Davinae, David, Jesse, James, Vanessa and Andrea; his mother, Amelia Martinez and her companion Andy Esquivel; his father, David Martinez; sisters Mary Jane Ramirez and her husband, Fred, Danette Venegas and her husband Manuel; brother Rick Martinez and his companion Tina Molina; uncles Edward, Arturo, Bobby Botello; aunts Judy Martinez, Barbara Sanchez and D.ebra Camacho; and 12 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in deathby h'is grandmother, Augustina Botella; grandfather Andres Martinez; and grandmother Bonnie Martinez. Honorary pallbearers were Rick Martinez, Edward, Bobby, Fernando and Arturo Botello, Rene Atilano, Fred Ramirez, Manuel Venegas, Ricky Venegas, Ricky Molina, Steven Molina, Maria Gallegos, Gabriel Ramirez, Matthew Ramirez, Daniel Rodriguez, Fabian DeLaO, Oscar Martinez and Ramon Botello. UPCOMING EVENTS small step no.( FETCH THIS PAPER YOURSELF TAKE A SMALL STEP TO GET HEALTHY www.smallsbep,ov training and experience and com- plimentary references. But that doesn't mean he'll be able to ad- just to a specific business's inter- nal culture or the demands of a specific job. Just because some- one has qualifications doesn't mean he has the qualities needed to perform in a specific job.(Too many businesses hire the appli- cant who seems best for the job, then train him and hope he ad- justs to the job and the workplace. A better approach for a small busi- ness is to consider what the job requires before looking for the person who can fill that spot. For example, filling a leadership po- sition with a person who prefers to work alone on one task at a time can have chaotic results in a work group: Other employees can lose sight of the group's goals and become demoralized and disen- gaged. Start with the job While large corporations of- ten use tests and other assessment tools in hiring, the person in charge of hiring for a small busi- ness can increase her likelihood of hiring the right person by tak- ing the time to thoroughly .evalu- ate the professional, behavioral and communication skills needed for an individual to succeed in a specific job. If the job calls for a general- ist, for example, the company shouldn't recruit a specialist. The small business owner can use in- house expertise to make this as- sessment by talking to the people with.whom the new hire will work. Co-workers and supervisors are in the best position to know what skills and behaviors the job re- quires, and that helps the inter- viewer know what kinds of ques- tions to ask. If the job requires Continued from Page 1 Assessor closed The Hidalgo Assessors Of- fice will be closed February 18 and 25, 2011 for annual assess- ments. Water Aerobics HMS'.Active .and Alive will be' holding a water aerobics class from i0 to 11 a.m. at the comfort Inn in Lordsburg. For more infor- mation call Bridget at 542-8384 ext. 442. Suicide prevention Suicide Prevention meetings are held the first Monday of each month at the Hidalgo Complex in Lordsburg at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Gem & Mineral Society The Grant County Roiling I To the Citizens of the Lordsburg School District: Your new Board of Education takes office on March 1, 2011. As of this time, one of your new Board members is breaking the law. The law clearly states that "No member of a local school board shall be employed in any capacity by a school district governed by that local school board during the term of office for which the member was elected or appointed." NMSA 22-5- 5. You, as citizens of this community need to speak your concerns about a member of the School Board knowingly breaking the law. Call the School Board president or catlthe Superinten- dent of Schools. Marianne Stewart long periods of solitary work on attention-intensive projects, the interviewer should steer away from someone whose gregarious, chatty nature might distract oth- ers and lower workplace produc- tivity and efficiency.( The most productive and motivated workers are those who fill positions that correspond with their passions. A person who lacks empathy, for example, would be a poor fit for customer service or for technical assistance for the company's computer network.( (Once the employee is hired, the smart small-business owner should give him all the support he needs to be a top performer in the job but should also monitor his adjustment and regularly evaluate his progress. Business advisors at the Small Business Development Center can help you develop a hiring plan, or write your busi- ness 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 Visit our Web site at silvercity/index.html. The SBDC is located on the campus of Western New Mexico University on the second floor of the Besse-Forward Global Re- source Center on the corner of Kentucky and 12 h Street. An archive of SBDC Busi- ness Reports can be' found at h t t p : / /! Home.html The SBDC has the following workshops scheduled. Contact the office for more information. March 23: "How to Write a Business Plan" Stones Gem and Mineral Society has field trips the third Saturday of the month. For questions you may contact Ansel Waiters at 388- 2010. AA/NM Meetings Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings are held on Monday at 3 p.m. at the Kokopelli Office and on Satur- day at 7 p.m. at the First Meth- odist Church. Narcotics Anony- mous (NA) meetings are held Mondays at 5 p.m., Wednesdays 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. Cancer support group Hidalgo County Health Consortium is offering a free on- line support group for those deal- ing with cancer or other medical needs. This support group offers support to surwvors and caregivers or family and friends. The group leader is PLTC (people living through cancer) trained and is a survivor as well. Please email the following to chat or for more info: hidalgosurvivors group Step Aerobics The Active and Alive Hot Steppers Aerobics class is held at 6 PM at Central Elementary School on Mondays, Wednes- days and Thursdays. For more information call 575-534-0248 ext. 227. Walking & Activity Club The Active and Alive Walk- ing & Activity Club, Sweet Team, meets from 12-2 PM at'the Spe- cial Events Center on Mondays and Wednesdays. For more infor- mation call 575-534-0248 ext. 227. _ ||1|_ 'IP Association Member H da go County Hera d (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 $30 per year. 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- Ilisher. Any unsolicited manuscripts become the property of the :Hidalgo County Herald and will not be returned. All information con- tained herein is copyrighted 2011 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 Student artwork on display at Western Bank Lordsburg High School's art class, under the direction of Mr. Alexander, currently has artwork on display at Western Bank. Above,Western Bank employees pose with the pieces on exhibit. Students who have artwork in on display Include Ashley Hughes, Angle Polanco, Halley Gonzales, Serena Levarlo, Mariah Grado, Rudy Ortega, Aron Chavez, Jeeua Arroyo, Kristen Gutlerez, Michelle Tho- mas, Solomon Salinee, Brandon Jacquez, Armando Rodriguez, Andi Callaway and Sabr!na Medina. Courtesy photo $46 million for economic development in low-income communities in NM ' Submitted by SEN. TOM UDALUS OFFICEIWashington, DC U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D- NM) last week announced that Finance New Mexico will receive $46 million to support job cre- ation and investments from the private-sector in economically distressed communities across the state. The $46 million comes through the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program under the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Develop- ment Financial Institutions Fund. The NMTC is an important tool in economic recovel'y that supports job creation and small business . growth in the struggling communities. "Economic development in our low-income communities re- lies heavily on important invest- ments from the private-sector to foster job growth. In an economy that is still recovering, this fund- ing will help to encourage addi- tional investments to help com- panies that are located in New Mexico or plan to expand there" Udall said. Through these credits, Fi- nance New Mexico will spur growth in distressed communities Funding available for homes damaged by cold Continued from Page 1 plications for emergency, repairs for water line replacement (to include inside home water line repairs), water heater and/or replacement or repair in the counties of Catron, Grant, Hidalgo and Luna. Cost esti- mates will be accepted and a contractor will be hired to do the work once eligibility is veri- fied. Reimbursements will be accepted for those homeowners who have incurred emergency water line replacement, water heater and /or furnace repair costs not exceeding $2,000 af- ter February 1, 2011. They must provide copies of receipts and copies of checks or payment to the contractor. To be eligible for the reim- bursement funding, the property must be occupied by an income eligible homeowner and be their primary place of residence. Fur- thermore, only those homeovners that did not have insurance will be eligible. Property types that will be covered include traditional single-family housing that is owned fee simple, condomini- ums, manufactured homes, in- cluding mobile homes on a per- manent foundation. The SWNM Council of Governments will hold an in- formational meeting on Tues- day, March 8, 2011 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Lordsburg City Hall to help citizens with applications and to go over guidelines. Applications may be picked up at the office of the SWNM Council of Governments, 1203 N. Hudson 2nd floor, Silver City or call 388-1509 to have one mailed it to you. The dp_ plication is also be available on the SWNM website at The appli- cation assistance will be based on a first come first served ba- sis until the funds run out. Deming Silver City area (575) 546-0070 (575) 537-0777 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. by catalyzing private-sector in- vestments that will help create jobs at operating _businesses, in construction and through various real estate projects. Created by Congress in 2000, the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) is an incentive to encourage private capital invest- ment in low-income communi- ties. NMTCs are allocated by a bureau within the United States Department of the Treasury and reduce the tax liability of inves- tors who make qualified equity investments over a seven-year period. To date, the NMTC has brought over $20 billion of pri- vate-sector capital to urban and rural communities throughout the country. Finance New Mexico is a partnership of public and private entities with the goal of increas- ing economic development. For more information about Financ New Mexico, please visit their website: http:// Largest Inventory of Quality Used V hi le in the Area! Check out these great on used 1recks! 000 Chevy Blazer 2010 Ford Explorer 2008 Ford F-350 4x4 2007 Ford Explorer 2008 Ford F-250 Gasoline 2003 Ford Ranger 2007 Toyota Camry 2007 Ford Focus 2010 Ford Flex 2003 Chev Monte Carlo