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1 0 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JULY 15, 20tl Udall bill will aid small businesses By MICHAEL HARTRANFTISen. Udal/'s Office A federal bill introduced Thursday would help create jobs, including some locally, by ex- panding the opportunities for small businesses to seek federal contracts, said bill sponsor Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. The proposed Expanding Opportunities for Main Street Act would raise the value of federal contracts set aside for small busi- ness to $500,000 and also in- crease the govemmentwide small- business contracting goals. "Small-business owners in New Mexico are often frustrated with the federal contracting pro- cess," Udall said. "They tell me it's too complex, too difficult to navigate and places them ata dis- Danielle Rose Esquivel Scott alad Alyssa are proud to announce the birth of their daughter. Danielle Rose Esquivel, born on June 29, 2011 at Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City. She weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19 inches long. She is welcomed home by her family. advantage against larger firms. This bill will help New Mexico small businesses createjobs while benefiting from federal en- titles in our own backyard." New Mexico is home to a number of federal agencies, two national laboratories, military bases and the Waste Isolation Pi- lot Project in Carlsbad. Currently, federal agenmes only have to set aside, to the ex- tent practicable, contracts under $100,000 to small businesses, said Jessica Borchert, Udall's deputy press secretary. The higher cap means a greater num- ber of contracts and larger dollar contracts would be available for small businesses, she said. Borchert said the govern- ment-wide contracting goal would be raised from 23 percent would go to small businesses owned by women, minorities and economically disadvantaged groups from 5 to 10 percent," she said. The measure also is intended to make the contracting process more transparent by requiring federal agencies to explain in writing why a small business was not awarded a contract. Terri Co president and CEO of the Greae Albuquerque Chamber of Commerces.said Con- gress needs to create a support- ive environment for small busi- nesses as they recover from the recession. "Our embers will create jobs when they are strong and able," she said. 'To the extent that Sen. Udall's legislation helps do this, he is right on tile money." to 25 percent. A companion measure has "In ...... addltmn, the bill would been introduced m the House. raise the goal for contracts that ' , Scam Alert: Bogus ' ' calls ustng Road ru n ner Food Ba n k na m e Submitted by ROADRUNNER ing a bogus telephone call from FOOD BANKISanta Fe someone claiming to be from Roadrunner Food Bank is Roadrunner Food Bank, PLEASE alerting the public that there are DO NOT provide any personal bogus telephone calls being made to residents in Hidalgo County andLuna County by someone falsely claiming to work at Roadrunner Food Bank. Two agencies in Hidalgo and Luna counties have also received these calls. The caller is seeking per- sonal information from local resi- dents using the Food Bank name specifically asking questions about food commodities we dis- tribute. Roadrunner Food Bank DOES NOT collect" personal in- formation from clients and never asks for personal information from those seeking help with food. Please be aware that agen- cies we work with that distribute our commodity food products keep minimal information about clients they serve. Roadrunner Food Bank NEVER solicits information from clients over the telephone. Also. Roadrunner never solicits dona- tions over the telephone. If you believe you are receiv- information about yourself, the agency you represent or the cli- ents you distribute food to. You can always call the Food Bank at 505.247.2052 in Albuquerque or 575.523.4390 in Las Cruces, or email info @rrfb.org. Please report any bogus calls to the New Mexico Attorney General's Office at 505.827.6000 in Santa Fe or 575.526.2280 in Las Cruces. ooc00,oustrl ser00ation News A terrific transformation accomplished in Deming : A recently remoyed" "slipcover," accomplished in one day by volunteers interested in historic preserve-  tion, revealed a small treasure. The old telephone building, located at 118 E. Pine Street in Deming, ws7 transformed from a dull and ugly building,when the front and side panels were removed revealing t l original windows and brickwork. The preservation group, known as the "Faqade Squad," always sus pected that a historic building was hiding under the paneling. The results are dramatic. The Detains_ preservationists are considering removing coverings-from other buildings to expose more of the city,s original historic buildings. "lhad a Good Antonio Rodrtguex, GRCC Deming, NM Your Choice for Patient-Centered Care 575/538-4009 SflNr City www.grmc.org NOW $100 $200- We want to make you a loanl Build Your Credit. No Checking Account Needed. Apply in person or call ahead/ ENTRY FINANCE 204 E, 41h St, tordsburg, Call today/ 575-542-