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Blue Sky Pilates Moves to New Location

Mary Lutes working out. Courtesy photo

Blue Sky Pilates Moves to New Location

  • Larger space means more classes

By Mandy Marksteiner

Blue Sky Pilates has moved to the suite where Karen Wray Fine Art was previously located at 2012 Trinity Dr., Suite B-2.

More classes and a more flexible schedule

The larger space makes it possible for owner Mary Lutes to fit more clients into her schedule, offer more mat classes during the week, and have a smooth transition between private sessions and classes because she no longer has to move heavy equipment.

Blue Sky Pilates offers mat classes for people of all fitness Read More

Money IQ: SBA 504 Loans

Money IQ
By AL HERNANDEZ

SBA 504 Loans

The U.S. Government offers a number of business assistance programs through various entities, the most well-known of which is the Small Business Administration (SBA.)

The SBA offers direct, indirect, sponsored and guaranteed loan programs largely through existing lending institutions in your community and throughout the country.

This column is going to focus on just one of the many SBA products, the SBA 504 Loan program. 

For small businesses that are currently paying rent, outgrowing their current space or even needing to downsize, the SBA’s Read More

Entrepreneur Nicholas Seet Speaks at Hive Thursday

Nicolas Seet. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

HIVE News

Nicholas Seet will give a presentation tilled “From Engineer to Entrepreneur” Thursday, Jan. 31 at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock. 

The brown-bag will start at 11:30 a.m. and Seet’s presentation will begin at noon. The lunch and presentation are free of charge and open to the public.

Seet is a successful entrepreneur and founder of Auditude® , a venture-backed online video advertising platform that was acquired by Adobe® in November 2011.

In 2005, he won the Rice University Business Plan Competition for Read More

Blue Window Bistro Hosts FAN 44 Lunch

Business people met at restaurants all over Los Alamos Friday, Jan. 25, for the Chamer of Commerce FAN 44 networking event including the Blue Window Bistro, 813 Central Ave. From left, Philo Shelton of Los Alamos County, Suzette Fox of MainStreet, David Sutton of KRSN, Blue Window owner Melissa Paternoster and Bonnie Gordon of the Los Alamos Daily Post. The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce’s FAN 44 stands for Food and Networking for four, and is based upon a rotation of interested Chamber members who meet every other Friday for lunch. Sixteen restaurants are involved and nearly 80 Chamber Read More

Column: Some Reflections on Conflicts

Some Reflections on Conflicts
 
Column by Elena Yang

There are functions of conflicts that aren’t necessarily destructive. This notion really jarred me when I was reading for my PhD courses. 

And I am still not sure that I am terribly fond of this notion. I accept that differences can serve us beneficially: diversity of thinking, logic, styles, and ideas.   

And I can imagine that certain conflicts may bring about positive changes, as the case in the “parallel process” discussed in the last two column’s entries clearly demonstrated. 

What disturbs me about Read More

UNM-LA Offers New Class in Entrepreneurship

Nicholas Seet will teach Introduction to Entrepreneurship during the spring semester at UNM-LA. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By Mandy Marksteiner

Have you ever wanted to start your own business? Got a great idea but need a little help getting started? Looking for all the hidden pitfalls and business secrets? 

UNM-LA is offering a class where students can learn the process of starting a successful company from someone who has both academic training in entrepreneurship and the experience of turning his garage-invented technology into a successful business.

“Everybody has an idea,” said Read More

Meet LANL’s Chris Fresquez at Thursday’s Business Breakfast

CHAMBER News:

Members and prospective members of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce are invited to the Business Breakfast Roundtable: LANL and Small Biz event, 7:30-9 a.m., Thursday Jan. 31 at the UNM-LA Lecture Hall, 4000 University Dr.

The purpose of the gathering is to introduce Chris Fresquez of LANL’s Small Business Office to the business community.

There will be a roundtable/discussion format, so that business people can provide input as well as hear from Fresquez about his plans for the Lab’s Small Business Office.

The presentation starts at 8 a.m., but business people Read More

New Business Offers Kitchen Spice & Everything Nice

Former Los Alamos Fire Marshal Mike Thompson and his look-a-like cake that Darby Martinez created for his retirment party. Courtesy photo

By Bonnie J. Gordon

From cakes shaped like Yoda or a fire hydrant to the most elegant tiered wedding confection, to a cookie bouquet, Darby Martinez, owner of Kitchen Spice and Everything Nice, can dream it up and bake it.

Yoda cake by Darby Martinez. Courtesy photo

She wants customers to be able to manage the same kinds of kitchen magic with the help of her online store.

Kitchen Spice and Everything Nice has a wide variety of kitchen essentials and a huge array Read More

Patrons Pack Final Night At Canyon Bar

Patrons packed into Canyon Bar in Central Park Square Wednesday night, Jan. 23 for its last night in business. Photo by Sal Zapien/ladailypost.com

AnnMarie and Michael Cutler. Photo by Sal Zapien/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

It was a bittersweet moment for owners Michael and AnnMarie Cutler as the doors closed forever Wednesday night on the Canyon Bar in Central Park Square.

The Cutlers have owned the popular establishment at 163 Central Ave., for 16 years, but recently received a purchase offer for their packaged liquor license from Giant Gas Stations.

Cutler explained that Giant plans Read More

Money IQ: 2013 Estate Tax and Annual Gift Tax Exemption Limits

Money IQ
By Dara L. McKinney

2013 Estate Tax and Annual Gift Tax Exemption Limits

Although Congress temporarily avoided the “fiscal cliff”, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“Act”), enacted Jan. 2, 2013, made some permanent changes with respect to the lifetime estate and gift tax exemptions that may affect your estate plan.

This column outlines two key changes and also discusses how the annual gift tax exemption may be used as an estate planning tool.

Lifetime Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions: 

Legislators permanently approved the lifetime estate and gift tax exemption (also referred Read More

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