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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014 3 SBDC UPCOMING EVENTS Improve your company's By SBDC STAFF Keeping an eye on your company's cash flow is as impor- tant as watching the fuel gauge while driving a car. If your com- pany is running low on cash and you're not sure why, here are some trouble-shooting tips to "fill up the tank." Cash flow is king. It flows into your business from satisfied clients who pay your invoices, and it flows out as you pay em- ployees, suppliers, and others who serve your business. And, if you play your cards right, some of that cash flows into your own Pockets as a return on your in- vestment in your business. Keeping an eye on your company's cash flow is as impor- tant as watching the fuel gauge while driving a car. In fact, poor cash flow is a big reason why one in every four businesses won't sur- vive its first year, and why more than half of businesses don't sur- Seni0rCitizens Lunch Menu Monday, October 20 Chicken Strips Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Broccoli Carrots WW Roll/Margarine Oatmeal Cookie Tuesday, October 21 Enchilada Casserole Mixed Squash/Margarine Tossed Salad Banana Apple Spice Cake Wednesday, October 22 Baked Chicken Wild Rice/Margarine Carrot Raisin Salad Mandarin Oranges Biscuit/Margarine Thursday, October 23 Fish Wedges Potato Wedges Sliced Tomatoes/Cucumbers Coleslaw/Dressing Orange Sherbet Friday, October 24 Green Chili Cheeseburger Lettuce/Tomato/Onion Peas & Carrots Oven Fries Applesauce vive past the fifth. If your company is running low on gas and you're not sure why, here are a few trouble-shoot- ing tips to help you keep cash flow balanced. 1. Keep good books You won't be able to figure out where the money goes if you don't track it. It's crucial that you track money movements such as: ' Invoices issued to cli- ents Invoices paid by clients Invoices received Invoices paid Taxes withheld A good accounting software solution can help you keep this information up to date. Some cloud accounting solutions auto- mate the invoicing process and flag late and unpaid invoices, so it's easy to stay on track with your cash flow. 2. Watch your accounts receiv- able The longer the period be- tween the date you issue an in- voice and the date you receive payment, the lower your bank account balance can sink. To avoid cash flow issues, when you submit a project pro- posal or contract, be clear what your payment conditions are. Likewise, when sending an in- voice, ensure that the payment terms are clear on the invoice. Research from shows that using the words "21 days" as op- posed to "Net 21" in your pay- ment terms gets invoices paid more often and faster. While the words "Net 21 days" or similar makes sense to most business owners, that kind of wording may not be as clear to less business- savvy clients or consumers. The same research also found that being polite matters. A simple "please pay your invoice within" or a "thank you for your business" can increase the percentage of invoices paid by more than 5 per- cent. 3. Follow up on bad debts If a client is past due, you need not involve shady charac- ters and baseball bats. Try emailing a friendly reminder with the details of the payment in the body of the message. An easy way to stay on top DECLARATIONS OF CANDIDACY Ed Kerr 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. Your vote of support will be very much ap- preciated. --Warren Walter Carmen Acosta I, Carmen Acosta, hereby announce my candidacy for the office of Probate Judge. I have 35 years of service 5n county govemment. 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 General Election. --Carmen Acosta www.smithfordlordsburg, com Saturnino "Nino" Madero I, Saturnino "Nino Madero, Democratic candidate for the office of Hidalgo County Sheriff, respectfully ask for your support in the upcoming General Election in June 2014. Thank you. --Saturnino "'Nino" Madero Mark Thomas I, Mark Thomas, would like to announce my candidacy for the position of Magistrate Judge. Your support will be greatly apprec~'- ated. -- Mark Thomas 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 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 Joseph "J.J." Salinas 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. -- Joseph "J.J." Salinas Nick Varela Ruiz I, Nick Varela Ruiz, would like to announce my Independent Party candidacy for Hidalgo County Commissioner, Position 1..Your votes of support in the November General Election will be greatly appreciated. -- Nick Varela Ruiz Tom Bill Black I, Tom Bill Black, announce my candidacy for NM House of Representative District 32. I will go to Santa Fe and work very hard for the people of Hidalgo County, Your support will be greatly appre- ciated. Thank you -- Tom Bill Black Check our our great selection of Tires at competitive prices! Sara Saenz I, Sara Saenz, announce my candidacy for the office of Hidalgo County Probate Judge, Independant candidate. Your votes of support will be greatly appreciated. Paid by candidates -- Sara Saenz h flow of these reminders is to schedule follow-ups to email messages, including phone calls, until you receive payment. Some cloud accounting so: lutions enable automated late payment reminders, so you can avoid the late payment dance al- together. 4. Schedule your bill payments Schedule payment of your bills to happen on the day before they are due. This is what profes- sional organizations like utilities and credit card companies expect. This is one tactic that slows the speed at which cash flows out of your business. 5. Make your terms work harder for you Large organizations hone their accounts receivable pro- cesses to maximize their own cash flow. Would any of their payment terms work for your business? If you think the answer is yes, implement the terms for a fixed period and track the results. If the changes in terms help you get your money sooner, they're worth keeping. 6. Forecast your cash flow Keep track of variances be- tween forecast and actual cash flow. Unless your forecasts are off (and they might be--predicting future cash flows is more art than science), those variances can sig- nal issues you need to deal with. An accountant can help create a cash flow forecast with you. You'll be able to see which times during the year you can expect to see a cash deficit, and which times during the year you'll ex- pect a surplus. This will give you a pretty good idea how much cash will be required over the coming months to run your business. Forecasting cash flow and then comparing actual figures against it can also help identify areas of the business that require extra attention. If you see an un- expected discrepancy between the two, you can examine further and identify where spending may be out of control. For example, your electricity bills may be climbing, which could indicate a need to review your building's energy efficiency, or search for ways to save energy. Young businesses often face cash-flow problems during the first few years. Paying close at- tention to these issues and troubleshooting along the way will help keep cash flowing into the business. 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 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. Contact the SBDC office for more information about these events. November 4 - November 4 - Acci6n, an Alternative Funding Source for Small Business Week In iration Continued from Page I BYA Tutoring The BYA will be open for tutoring every Wednesday from 4-8 P.M. Tutoring is free, and we have new computers with internet! Arts & Crafts Festival The Rodeo Arts and Crafts Festival will be held Saturday November 22nd from 9 am till 3 pro. Please join us for your Holi- day Gift shopping and a Green Chile Stew Lunch. If you would like to reserve a vendor table, please call Donna @ 557-1400. Fuente de Vida Fuente de Vida church, 1032 E. Motel Drive, holds services on Sundays at 11 AM and Wednes- days at 7 PM. All are welcome. Dutch Oven Cook-Off Into Dutch Oven cooking? Come to Discover Hidalgo on October 18 and show your stuff! We are hosting a Dutch Oven cook-off featuring main dishes. For more information, call 575- 538-8446 or 575-590-1432. 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 3ra and Animas Streets. Team Kids is open to kids grades 1-6. Variety Show Discover Hidalgo is hosting a Variety Show at the Discover Hidalgo Day on Saturday, Oc- tober 18. If you have something to show off, bring it to the Va- riety Show! Songs, poems, a skit, a magic trick, juggling, if your dog does a trick-anything that is Family-Friendly- come and entertain us on October 18th at the Hidalgo County Fair- grounds! For more information, call Bill Cavaliere at 520-558- 2580. Costume contest Don't forget about the Hal- loween Costume contest at the Discover Hidalgo Event on Oc- tober 18th! Zumba classes As part of the DTMS after school program, Zumba classes are being offered by certified in- structor Francis Paul in the DTMS Cafeteria Monday through Thursday at 5 and 6 p.m. The classes are for all levels of expe- rience. The classes are free, but donations are accepted. Fit Camp 24 Fit Camp, a boot camp style exercise group, is held Mon- day-Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the R.V.T. Cafeteria. The free classes are open to the public. For more information contact Fabiola Cano at 575-542-2356. HMS collecting glasses Hidalgo Medical Services is currently accepting eye glasses that are no longer being used. They will be recycled for needy patients. If you would like to do- nate, drop. them off at the Family Support Department at HMS. Democratic meeting The Hidalgo County Demo- cratic Party will be holding their monthly meetings at the James H. Baxter Civic Center, 313 E. 4th Street, on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Meeting dates are November 13 and De- cember 11, 2014. The Democratic Party encourages voters to vote early. For more information call 575 542-8087. Walking group A walking group will be meeting Mondays and Wednes- New Mexico Press Iill 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 days from 9 to 10 AM at the LHS Football Field and on Tuesday and Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m. at Southside Elementary School. For more information call Fabiola Cano 575-542-2356. AI-Anon Bayard A1-Anon. 6 p.m. at the New Church of the Southwest Desert (1300 N. Bennett behind Food Basket in Silver City) until further notice. Meets Wednes- days. 575-313-7094 Literacy Program The Hidalgo County Lit- eracy Program (HCLP) offers 1-to-I/class tutoring for basic reading, language, math and computer skills HCLP also of- fers tutoring in English Second Language (ESL) and pre-GED/ GED prep. Office location is 317 E. 4th St., Ste. B. Entrance to HCLP is located off the al- ley, second door to the right. Contact Program Director, Sherri Arredondo at 575-313- 7738 or 575-542-9407, email hclp @ Water Aerobics Active and Alive Water Aero- bics will be held at the Comfort Inn on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information call Fabiola Cano 575-542-2356. Wednesday Bible Study The Church of Christ (5'h & Pyramid) has started Wednesday Bible study again at 1 p.m. The study hour is open to men and women. For more information contact Karen McDonald at 57.5- 313-5963 or Lindy Kerr at 575- 538-8446. Step Aerobics The Active and Alive Hot Steppers Aerobics class is held at 6:15 PM at Central Elementary School on Tuesday and Wednes- day. For more information call Fabiola Cano 575-542-2356. Line Dancing The Crooked Halos ad- vanced line dance group is mee'~s at the Senior Citizens Cen- 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 Cano 575-542- 2356. 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. 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. AA/NA Meetings Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings are held on Wednesdays from 8-9 PM at 1036 E. Motel Drive and Fri- days at noon at La Frontera ih Lordsburg. Narcotics Anony- mous (NA) meetings are held on Saturdays from 5:30-6:30 PM at the First Methodist Church. For more information call 575.542.8115 or 575.654.6698. 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. Listing your event Have your upcoming event listed in the Hidalgo County Her- ald by calling 575.542.8705 or emailing it to hcherald@ 7( B 2012 Ford Explorer Loaded, Certified Pre-Owned Retail $32,350 ONLY $29,995 2011 Ford Fusion Loaded, Certified Pre-Owned Retail $18,165 ONLY $15,995 2000 C)01 Ford F-150 4x4 ? Need Service. W, o#,, FMI emploYees speeiai We offer great deals on tires, pricing on new and and Discounts on oil changes and brake repairs, used vehicles~ Keep Your Mot WE WILL any written deal to keep your business in Hidalgo Countyl 542-3551 412 'E. Motel Drive, Lordsburg, NM 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 out Special Pricing on New Fords