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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014 3 SBDC Six tips for coming up with your million- dollar business idea By MICHAEL KERPJBPlans 1. Write it down on a napkin Voices.com, an online mar- ketplace that matches voice ac- tors with advertising agencies and TV and radio stations, began in 2004 as an idea scribbled down on a napkin by newlyweds David and Stephanie Ciccarelli. DAVID'S ADVICE "Don't get focused on the tech or how to dominate the mar- ket, just identify a problem and set about solving it. By doing so, you'll be advancing human- kind." 2. Feed a need "I realized in the early 1990s that there was no appropriate yoga for fitness professionals," says YogaFit® founder, Beth Shaw. At that time, she says, most yoga consisted of people sitting on the floor and doing simple poses. Beth developed her own in- tensive curriculum and, with the help of seed money from a stu- dent, founded YogaFit® in 1994 to fill the niche. Today, that niche has grown into a chasm and YogaFit® has become the largest training school for yoga instruc- tors in North America. The com- pany operates on six continents and boasts more than 250,000 graduates worldwide. BETH'S ADVICE "Have a well-rounded under- standing of business. Entrepre- neurs starting out are typically stronger in sales and marketing than they are in other areas--I think it's really important for them to get a grasp on financials and operations as well" 3. Get a little help from your friends HourlyNerd, an online mar- ketplace that connects businesses and MBAs from the top 40 busi- ness schools for projects and con- suiting work, began as a team as- signment in a Harvard Business School classroom. Of the six people who started HourlyNerd, three are still run- ning the company, including co- CEOs Rob Biederman and Pat Petitti and CFO Peter Maglathilin. Along the way, the group brought on another class- mate, Joe Miller, to handle the technology end. Since then, the company has picked up a num- ber of investors, including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. ROB'S ADVICE "Only start a business if you are deeply passionate about solv- ing the underlying problem for your customers. If you aren't, the money (there isn't much) and the hard work (there's a lot of it) will beat you before the idea catches on. If you're passionate, the money and hard work won't bother you at all." 4. Get professional help Nutritionist Stacy Goldberg says she tried a lot of things be- fore deciding on the idea for her company, Savorfull, in 2012. Savorfull provides its De- troit, Michigan, business clients with a surprise mix of healthy, allergy-free ("free from") snacks delivered straight to their offices for a small monthly fee. She says her idea began to take shape after she went through Bizdom De- troit, an entrepreneurial accelera- tor program founded by Quicken Loans and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. DECLARATIONS OF CAND DA(:Y Ed Ker00 I, Ed Kerr, hereby announce my candidacy for the office of Hidalgo County Commissioner, Position 1. Your continued support will be greatly appreciated. --Ed Kerr Warren Walter I, Warren Walter, hereby announce my candidacy for the office of Hidalgo County Sheriff, subject to the Republican Primary Election. Your ,ote of support will be very much appreciated. --Warren Walter DavidJustice I, David Justice, hereby announce that I am a Republican candi- date for the office of Hidalgo County Sheriff. Your votb of support in the June 3, 2014 Primary Election will be deeply appreciated. --David Justice Carmen Acosta I, Carmen Acosta, hereby announce my candidacy for the office of Probate Judge. I have 35 years of service in county government. I have also earned a Certificate of Completion on Probate from NMSU. It would be an honor and privilege to serve as your Probate Judge. I respectfully request your consideration in the 2014 Primary Election. --Carmen Acosta Saturnino "Nino" Madero I, Saturnino "Nino Madero, Democratic candidate for the office of Hidalgo County Sheriff, respectfully ask for your support in the upcoming Primary Election in June 2014. Thank you. --Saturnino "Nino" Madero www.smith fordlordsburg, com Maria Sanchez I, Maria Sanchez, am hereby declaring my candidacy for the of- fice of Hidalgo County Magistrate Judge. Your vote of suppurt dur- ing the Democratic Primary Election on June 3 2014 --Maria Sanchez Darr Reynolds Shannon I, Darr Reynolds Shannon would like to announce my candidacy for Hidalgo County Commissioner. Thank you to all for the past support, and please know that I work for you...Hidalgo County. -- Darr Reynolds Shannon Morgan O'Donnell I, Morgan O'Donnell, do hereby announce my Democratic can- didacy for the office of Hidalgo County Sheriff in the June Primary. Your friend--your fellow citizen. Your support is greatly noted and appreciated. O'Donnell--the name you can trust. The name you can remember. --Morgan O'Donnell Marianne (Mimi) Stewart I, Marianne (Mimi) Stewart, hereby announce my Democratic candidacy for the office of Hidalgo County Commissioner, Position 1. Thank you for your support. -- Marianne (Mimi) Stewart Mark Thomas I, Mark Thomas, would like to announce my candidacy for the position of Magistrate Judge, subject to the Democratic Primary Elec- tion in June. Your support will be greatly appreciated. -- Mark Thomas Robert E. Hall I, Robert E. Hall, hereby announce my Republican candidacy for the office of Hidalgo County Sheriff. I have 16 years of experience as Hidalgo County Sheriff. Your continued support and vote in the June 3, 2014 Primary Election will be greatly appreciated. -- Robert E. Hall Louis "Lou" Tavizon I, Louis Tavizon, hereby announce my candidacy for the office of Sheriff of Hidalgo County, subject to the Republican Primary Elec- tion on June 3rd. Your vote will be greatly appreciated. Together we can make a difference! -- Lou Tavizon Joseph "J.J." Salines I, Joseph "J.J." Salinas, would like to announce my Democratic candidacy for Hidalgo County Commissioner, Position 2. Your sup- port will be greatly appreciated. Paid by candidates -- Joseph "J.J." Salinas After that, she used a combi- nation of high-te'ch and low-tech to develop her idea. "I used sev- eral platforms," she says. "I also used many different colored sticky notes and I use whiteboards constantly." STACY' S ADVICE "Walk before you run. Think big but start small. See if you even have a market that wants your product--that will PAY for your product!" 5. Crowdsource "Before starting OwnerListens in 2011, I spoke with over 100 business owners across (the country in various sec- tors and from various business sizes and types," says company co-founder, Adi Bittan. The result was OwnerListens, a service that puts business own- ers in touch with their customers in order to both improve their businesses and manage their online reputations. Today, the rapidly-growing upstart boasts thousands of clients across the U.S., including industry giants Whole Foods and Philz Coffee. ADI'S ADVICE "Not all startups have to re- invent the wheel. Sometimes just making an existing idea a little more efficient or cheaper can be enough--provided the market is big enough." 6. When in doubt, go with the backup plan "Initially my partner and I wanted to raise capital for a local services platform similar to ThumbTack or Task_Rabbit," says Check Maid co-founder, Alex Brola. "The issue was that we didn't want to get into something be- fore we knew anything about any of the industries we'd be selling to and marketing for," he says. They decided to backburner their initial idea and start a home cleaning business instead, so they could learn more about the indus- tries they'd be serving from the inside, says Alex. "If it went well, then we'd reevaluate." Check Maid took off. Today Frances Lazos was the 2014 Mother of the Year. News from Ena Mitchell Senior Center By LIBBY KNECHTELIEna Mitchell Senior Center Hi Everyone! I am such a bad girl! I did not realize it has been so long since I gave a newspaper article. I am sorry to all. We had our Mother's Day party and (drum roll please!) Frances Lazos was our special Mom. Again, I am sorry this was not in last week's paper. We want to take this opportunity to thank our local merchants for donating the gifts for our mom" Border Rock Shop/Verla's Western Wear, Cottage House for donating the corsage, E1 Charro, Goldhill Out- post, Kranberry's Family Restau- rant, Desert Wildflower, Mama Rosa's Pizza, Ramona's Cafr, Saucedo's Super Market, Smith Ford, Inc., and Western Auto As- sociate Store. Thank you to all. Without your help, our special Mom would not feel as special as she does. We really appreciate all that you do! Thank you to Gloria Vargas who sang some beautiful songs of which we are extremely grateful for her coming each year and singing for us. There were a couple of times there were tears Senior Citizens it operates in most major U.S. metropolitan areas and has been Lunch Menu featured in Forbes, TIME, and the New York Times. Talk about clean- -, Monday, May 26 ing up! Center closed for Memorial Day Tuesday, May 27 Chicken Adovada Pinto Beans Spinach Tortilla Rice Pudding Wednesday, May 28 Spaghetti Italian Veggies/Margarine Garlic Bread Fruit Cocktail/Yogurt Oatmeal Cookie Thursday, May 29 Chicken Strips Mashed Potatoes/Gravy BroCcoli Carrots WW Roll/Margarine Chocolate Chip Cookie Friday, May 30 Green Chile Cheeseburgers Lettuce/Tomato/Onion/ Pickles/Green Chile Peas/Carrots Macaroni Salad Peach Cobbler cPats maYho for Probate Judge ALEX' S ADVICE "Going in knowing that your initial plan will fail, that things will go wrong, and that you will want to quit at some point, is a huge advantage. I'm fortunate that I was able to make it through those first few months and come out on the other side." Note: Michael Kerr has built and managed a number of suc- cessful businesses before return- ing to school to indulge his pas- sion for writing. An archive of SBDC Busi- ness Reports can be found at http://www.grantcount ybeat.com/index.php/archived- items Western New Mexico University's Small Business De- velopment Center offers assis- tance to entrepreneurs who are starting a business or wanting to expand an existing business. These services are available at no cost. Call 538-6320 for an ap- pointment with a business advi- sor, or email sbdc@wnmu.edu. The SBDC office is located in Watts Hall at 500 18th Street, at the intersection of Swan and Sil- ver Heights Blvd. An appoint- ment at your office is available by request. More information may be found at www.nmsbdc.com/silvercity/ index.html. Call the SBDC office to get details about the following events: Your vote and support on June 3, 2014 are greatly appreciated! PAID BY CANDII)ATE New Mexico Press Ii!1 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 hcherald@aznex.net falling because of the sentimen- tal remembrances and how beau- tiful she sang them. Next month will be our Father's Day party. How about coming out to see who gets the honor of being our special Dad? We really have a good time at our parties. We don't just sit around and stare at each other! There are Police searching for missing SC woman Lorraine Ramirez was last seen May 2, 2014 in Silver City, NM. Ramirez is 47 years old with brown hair and eyes. She is 5'1" and 150 pounds. If you have any information regarding her, con- tact the New Mexico State Po- lice at 575-388-3977. Submitted by NM DPSlSanta Fe puzzles to try to outdo each other, the laughter and teasing, the con- tests. It is a lot of fun. If you don't come, you'll miss out! The par- ties start at 1:00 and usually last till 2:00-2:30 p.m. If you don't come to eat, boy do you miss out. Everyone has a good time and really enjoys the food. After the meal the partici- pants enjoy some rousing games of dominoes and enjoy putting puzzles together and before and after they enjoy going into the exercise room to use the ma- chines. I know there are some people who have not come and see what our new building is like. We have in the last several weeks, quite a few people who were cu- rious about what the new build- ing was like and they were really impressed with it! So, come on over, check us out and I am will- ing to bet that you will be im- pressed too! Got to go. Love to all-Libby D ALS! / 2009 Dodge Caravan LOW MILESI 2010 Ford Edge LEATHER & SUPER CLEAN! 2007 Chevy Aveo CHEAP AND GAS SAVER! Need Service? We offer great deals on tires, and Discounts on oil changes and brake repairs. We offer FMI employees special pricing on new and used vehicles! Jl well I00A'r LLI00 Im III/ V" any written deal to keep your business in Hidalgo County! SMITH 542-3551 FORD 412 ;. Mole, Drive, I.,rdsbur,, N, Come in and take a look at our full line of new Fords. If we don't have it we can get it. Freeport Employees: Ask about our Special Pricing on New Fords Check our our great selection of Tires at competitive prices!