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Bound For Success offers business mini grants

Bound For Success, Inc., is now offering mini grants to women who are interested in enhancing their financial status.

If you have a business idea that will increase your financial security (i.e. need to purchase pots for tamale-making, or a sewing machine for alterations, or yarn for knitting, or tuition for a class), you are entitled to submit a request for consideration.

Your letter should include:

  • Your name, phone, email, and current physical and mailing address
  • Your current situation (stay-at-home mom, recently divorced, un(der)employed, etc.)
  • A brief summary about who you are and what a mini grant will help you accomplish
  • How much money you are requesting (five hundred dollars maximum) and what it will be used for
  • What your five-year plans are

Requests will be reviewed by the board of Bound For Success, Inc. Recipients will be notified by May 15. Deadline for requests is April 30. If you are selected, a brief meeting will be scheduled to discuss your plan and the criteria for measuring your success. Send your requests to: Bound For Success, Inc., P. O. Box 1960, Bernalillo, NM 87004.


Small business workshops offered

—Harsh Hariyani

The New Mexico Small Business Development Center in Sandoval County will be offering four workshops this month: • April 20—Creating your own small business plan

  • April 21—Marketing your small business
  • April 22—Financing your small business
  • April 23—Bookkeeping for your small business plan

Sign up and learn more at www.nmsbdc.rog/sandoval. Classes are from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Rio Rancho SBDC office, located at 4001 Southern Blvd SE. The cost is ten dollars per class. Call 867-5066 for further information.


PRC looks to initiate broadband improvement statewide

—Carlos A. Padilla

In an effort to initiate improved broadband service throughout the state of New Mexico, the Public Regulation Commission has announced plans to create a task force to do just that.

The first step in the process will be the issuance of an order that appoints members of a steering committee responsible for appointing members to the task force. The steering committee will be directed to invite members of the New Mexico Department of Information Technology (DoIT) and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office to be on the task force.

Interested parties are advised to file a letter of interest with the office of Public Regulation Commission Chief of Staff Vincent Martinez.

The task force will be required to submit a report to the commission no later than May 26, defining broadband bandwidths, describing the current status of broadband in New Mexico, identifying infrastructure in place as well as underserved areas in the state, making recommendations for possible legislation and/or PRC rulemakings, as well as identifying possible funding sources that could be utilized for broadband deployment and any potential legislative roadblocks. In addition, the aim of the task force would be to identify areas where broadband services currently exist, as well as the entities presently providing these services and to what degree.

This initiative will go before the full commission at the PRC’s next meeting, set for March 18, at 9:30 a.m., at the PERA Building’s Fourth Floor Hearing Room, located at 1120 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.


Coming soon to your radio dial

—Joan Fenicle, KUPR Radio

KUPR will begin broadcasting from Placitas in April in final test mode, with a regular schedule kicking off May 2. Initial testing shows the signal reaching Placitas, Algodones, parts of Santa Ana and San Felipe Pueblos, and most of Bernalillo. The last big hurdle was reached with the purchase of the Emergency Alert System (required by the FCC).

A big thank you to Commissioner James Dominguez, Sandoval County, and San Antonio de las Huertas Land Grant for making this happen. This funding underscores the continued commitment of the County and the Land Grant to the safety of the residents of Placitas and the larger listening area of KUPR.

Tune in to 99.9 FM on Easter Sunday, beginning at sunrise for a day of devotional music. Then join us at the studio (41B Camino de las Huertas) on May 2, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for an Open House and behind the scenes peek. You will even have a chance to be heard on the air if you wish.

Our mission is to celebrate the art, history, and culture of our communities. The broadcast schedule is beginning to take shape with music of all kinds, a community calendar, interviews with local celebrities and more. We are still looking for on-air talent, behind the scenes volunteers, weather reporters, and traffic watchers. Of course, financial support is also greatly appreciated as we move into paying monthly operating expenses. You can donate on the website (www.kupr.lasplacitas.org) or by mailing a check to KUPR, PO Box 888, Placitas 87043. Want to volunteer? Contact us at kuprinfo@lasplacitas.org

 

 
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