Los Alamos Chamber News: March 7-17, 2023

Los Alamos Chamber Of Commerce Upcoming Events:

Los Alamos Job Fair – To be rescheduled
Due to weather, the March 2 event was cancelled. As soon as we have a date to reschedule we will let you know! Thank you to sponsors TechSource and Del Norte Credit Union, and to host UNM-LA.

Funding & Grant Opportunities

MainStreet Backing Small Businesses Program

Applications Open & Close: Opens March 20, 2023 and Closes April 7, 2023
Notification of Award: Notification of $5,000 award in June 2023
Funding: $5,000 – if awarded, may be eligible for additional $25,000 enhancement grantNote: 350 $5,000 grants will be awarded, 25 $25,000 grants will be awarded

Eligible Businesses:

  • Applicant must be an owner of the business and at least 18 years old
  • The business must be at least 51 percent owned, operated, and controlled by small business owners who identify as: Asian American and/or Pacific Islander; Black and/or African American; Hispanic and/or Latinx; Immigrants, Refugees, and/or Forcibly Displaced; Members of the LGBTQIA+Community; Middle Eastern and/or North African; Native and/or Indigenous; People with Disabilities; Veterans; Women
  • The business has a brick and mortar location and operates in an older or historic main street, downtown, or commercial district.
  • The business is independent and not a franchise and employs less than 20 full-time employees
  • The business has been in operation since January 1, 2022
  • Business must be in good standing in the state and has an active business license in the state

Eligible Expenses:

  •  Accessibility upgrades
  • Community events and programs
  • Equipment and inventory
  • Marketing
  • Operational strategy
  • Physical improvements
  • Sustainability upgrades
  • Technology upgrades
  • Rent, payroll, and utilities

See website for more detail on eligible expenses. More information/to apply: https://tinyurl.com/2ar2nvjc

Regional Development Corporation’s Micro-Grant

Grow Your Business – Small Scale Funding Can Bring Big Results
Grants up to $3,000: project based, made on a competitive basis
Applications Accepted: April 10 to May 12, 2023


  • For-profit business
  • Headquartered in either Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe or Taos County
  • In business for at least 6 months
  • Business license, CRS# and Business-only bank account
  • Award use examples: specialized business/manufacturing equipment, commercial food processor, storefront sign, woodworking/jewelry-making machinery and tools, marketing/advertising services, specialized training, and much more!

Requirements: Attend a mandatory Micro-Grant Fund Information Session

For more information, visit: www.rdcnm.org/micro-grant

Webinars & Training:

New Mexico Economic Development Department

Ongoing Webinars:

On Demand NM SCORE Webinars:

Visit our YouTube channel to view previously recorded EDD webinars.

UNM Rainforest Innovations
2023 Lobo Hackathon
6 p.m. Thursday, April 13 – 8 p.m. Friday, April 14

Rainforest Student Pitch Competition
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Saturday, April 4
(open to ANY higher education student in the state of New Mexico): https://innovations.unm.edu/epc/

For more information contact Cecilia Pacheco, Program Manager. UNM Rainforest Innovations, Supporting Technology Transfer and Catalyzing Economic Development at The University of New Mexico Lobo Rainforest Building, 101 Broadway Blvd., NE, Ste. 1100, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Main: (505).272.7900, Direct: (505).272.2548, cpacheco@innovations.unm.edu

Promotional Opportunities

Oppenheimer/ScienceFest Business Specials

As we do for ScienceFest every year, we would like to promote your unique experiences, products, programming, or attractions.

This year we will promote anything with an “Oppenheimer” twist! This can be as simple as a menu item, t-shirt design, or a one-time Oppie-themed Trivia Night, to an on-going tour or art program. But instead of just doing this for ScienceFest, we will promote these specials for a longer period of time.

The plan is to announce these specials on Oppenheimer’s birthday April 22 and then continue to build the offerings as this “Year of Oppenheimer” moves along. So, please send us your “Oppenheimer” offerings, with a photo if possible, to Sam at sam@losalamos.org. Contact us if you have questions!

Advertise at SALA Event Center

SALA Event Center advertising is a great way to reach viewers in a captive setting. SALA receives hundreds of visits per month and your message can be featured in lobby areas and on-screen in pre-show promotions.

Deliver your message to receptive audiences waiting to see a movie, show, or participate in an event. Most people arrive early to buy a ticket, purchase concessions, and find a seat and get comfortable, and that’s when they view the ads. Ad options include common :15 and :30 second videos. Advertisers may alternatively run a static image with music or voiceover for the entire spot.

Video Ad Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 1920px W x 1080pxH (all text/logos should be contained within 80% of total video or 1536 x 864 pixels)
  • Format: MP4 or JPEG2000
  • Length: :15 or :30 seconds
  •  Audio: All on-screen ads must contain audio (voiceover, licensed music, etc.)
  • Deadline: Thursday prior to scheduled ad run
  • Recommended Videographers:
    ○ PAC-8, Jean Gindreau, 662.7228, pac8@losalamos.com
    ○ Main Gate Media, Brian Clayton, 660.8672, brian@maingatenm.com
    ○ Anthonyography, Tony Mitchell, (385).444.6847, Anthonyography.comtonymitchell331@msn.com
    ○ If you choose to use a different videographer or self-produce, please consult with us well in advance to preclude issues

Ad Rates (30 second ads):

  • Monthly Rates – 5 percent discount for six month commitment; 10 percent discount for 12 month
    commitment: 15 second ads will be 60 percent of the standard rate
  • On-screen pre-show promotion – $TBD per month
  • Screen advertising in lobby areas – $TBD per month
  • Social media streams – included in all packages
  • Combination offer (on-screen and, lobby areas) – $TBD per month
  • Limited slots available – scheduled placements are on a first-come,
    first-served basis

Special Start-up Promotion: SALA Event Center is waiving advertising fees during our start-up period until April 15, 2023. Schedule an ad and get us the video and we will play it for free during the promotional period.

Email sala@losalamos.com to schedule. We plan to set regular rates in early April.

Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC) Program

Los Alamos Newcomers Meetup – TONIGHT
First Monday of the Month (except holidays)

New to Los Alamos? Know someone who is? Join us at 5:15 p.m. every first Monday at project Y cowork Los Alamos (150 Central Park Square) to get insider information from locals about living, working, and playing in Los Alamos. This event is sponsored by Zia Credit Union, hosted by project Y cowork Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, and we usually end this casual conversation at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op. The first drink is on us! The dates for the rest of the year are as follows: April 3, May 1, June 5, July 10, Aug. 7, Sep. 11, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, and Dec. 4.

ScienceFest Returns!

Each year, thousands typically participate in Los Alamos ScienceFest week and Discovery Day. Returning this July 7-18 for its 16th year, Los Alamos ScienceFest will feature a dynamic line-up of activities for all ages, celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) topics under the theme, “Energy.” Join us for Discovery 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 8 at Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos.

Please follow us on Facebook for the latest information. For more information visit: Los Alamos ScienceFest

Office furniture for free
2 filing cabinets and 3 office desk chairs. Pickup 10a-2pm at the White Rock Visitor Center.

Los Alamos County

COVID-19 Community Newsletter for March 3, 2023

This week’s COVID-19 Newsletter is full of great information! Read about how COVID testing sites across the country are closing, why keeping your kids up-to-date with their vaccinations is so important, and how data about long COVID tells us things may be changing. Click here!

Community Services Department: 100 Days of Summer Activity Guide

Thank you all who submitted information for the Swing Into Spring 2023 Activity Guide. The link for the Spring Activity Guide.

It is now time to turn our attention to the 100 Days of Summer Activity Guide: running dates May 28 – Sept. 9.

If you have any information to update, an event or activity scheduled within the above dates please send the info to me, and we will start compiling a document. If you have an image to go with the information, please include that in your submission. Please note the following submission requirements and important dates below.

Please include:

  • Title of Event/Program
  • 1-2 sentence description
  • Date, Time, Location of Event/Program
  • Fees & Registration Information
  • Contact Information

Important Dates:

  • Content Deadline: March 31
    Print Date: Apr. 23
    Distribution Date: May 25
    Booklet Coverage Dates: May 28, 2023 – Sept. 9
    Sara Martinez, Program Specialist, (505).662.8272, sara.thurgood@lacnm.us

Cone Zone Newsletter starts March 10 – Subscribe for weekly email alerts 

As the weather warms up, road construction projects will soon begin throughout the County. To keep residents informed about the latest updates and assist with planning for daily activities, the County is restarting the Friday email newsletter called The Cone Zone – brief updates on construction activities planned for the coming week. The first newsletter for the 2023 construction season will be sent Friday, March 10.

To sign up for the newsletter, visit the “Subscribe to Newsletter” page and select The Cone Zone. Subscribers will receive an “opt in” e-mail notice and must validate that they wish to receive the newsletter. Individuals who have subscribed in the past do not need to sign up again.

Subscribers can expect to receive information regarding Public Works, Roads & Streets, and Utilities projects, as well as other non-county projects or events that may impact traffic or roadways.
The Cone Zone will be delivered Fridays through the duration of the construction season until work ends – typically in November. The newsletter can also be viewed on the County’s website on the Road Conditions page.

For questions regarding the Cone Zone, email Leslie Bucklin at le.bucklin@lacnm.us or call (505).663.1726. 

Community Survey on Short-term Rentals Program for Los Alamos County Open Through March 26

Los Alamos County residents are encouraged to participate in a survey to assess the community’s experience with and perceptions of short-term rentals (STRs), and to gauge the degree of STR regulation that the community will support.

The online version of the survey is available here until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 26. To learn more about STRs in the County, go to https://www.livehostvisitlac.org/.

Capital Improvement Projects Poll open until March 9

Los Alamos County Manager Steven Lynne hosted two town halls this week to update residents on the County’s existing capital improvement projects (CIP) and to request feedback on the level of importance for 10 potential projects that would add new assets to the County’s portfolio, such as community broadband, or a tween center.

Those in attendance were invited to take a quick poll at https://lacnm.com/CIP-Poll to prioritize the importance of the 10 projects. Lynne noted that the poll will remain open until 11:59 p.m. March 9 for others in the community to weigh in. These 10 projects do not include maintenance of existing facilities, as County policy and the Council’s 2023 Strategic Leadership Plan already dictate that maintenance projects take higher priority over adding new assets.

This poll, combined with the results from the recent 2022 National Community SurveyTM and the 2022 Integrated Master Plan Survey, will be used by county staff to plan and prepare the fiscal year 2024 budget and forecast capital improvement projects over the next five to seven years.

To view the presentation materials and the recorded meetings visit https://lacnm.com/CIPRecording.

Chamber Member News

2023 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series: Sponsorships Are Available NOW

The 2023 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series is the BEST free summer concert series in the state reaching more than 55,000 concert attendees each summer and bringing nationally touring bands, tribute artists, and local fan favorite bands to Los Alamos each summer. Sponsored concert nights are available each Friday May 26 through September 1, and sponsors receive a robust media package of advertising benefits. Exclusive night of sponsorships are available as well as co-sponsorship opportunities.

For more information regarding available concerts, benefits, and co-sponsor opportunities, please email: info@sancreproductions.com to receive your copy of the Official 2023 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series Sponsor Packet. 

Del Norte Credit Union presents LEGO Creations Contest

Live-build March 11-12 at Santa Fe Home Show and Remodelers Showcaseat Santa Fe Community Convention Center, or build at home and submit photos online through March 7. Entry details and info at: SFAHBA.com/projects/legos.

Zia Credit Union 2023 Merit Scholarships

Going to college is a big step in a young person’s journey. That’s why Zia Credit offers Merit Scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the categories of Academics, Leadership, and Special Achievement. 2023 Merit Scholarships help cover the cost of the 2023-2024 school year for high school and homeschooled graduating seniors. Students must apply by March 17 to be considered. To learn more and download the application, visit https://www.ziacu.org/about#ZIAEducationFoundation6.

LANL 2023 Summer High School Internship Program

Calling all New Mexico high school students! There’s still time to apply for the 2023 Summer High School Internship Program. This program offers rising high school seniors the opportunity to develop skills and gain work experience, while receiving exposure to a variety of career fields. Learn more here.

Skiesta Celebration at Pajarito Mountain

Skiesta will take place Saturday, March 18, and feature live music, refreshments from local craft brewers Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op and Boese Bros Brewing, plus costumes, and ski races. Ski events and racing will kick off in the morning, after registration, followed by music 2-5 p.m. from The Surf Lords. The Pajarito Mountain Café will be open noon to 4 p.m., serving up New Mexican dishes and specialty burgers. Pajarito will be open daily March 10-19, with rentals and lessons available for Spring Break skiers. For more information on Skiesta and Pajarito Mountain, go to https://www.pajarito.ski.

Mesa Top Games & Toys Presents: Catan World Championship
The local qualifying tournament for the Catan World Championship has been approved! Join in March 18-19 to be named Catan on the Mesa Top Champion and automatically qualify for the Catan World Championship (travel and accommodations paid by participant). Must be 18+ years. Cost $12.00 includes 3 qualifying games with chance to play in semifinals and finals. Prizes available! Top 4 players will win unique neon game pieces and decorative game tiles.

Sign up in store or through this link.

For more information about the event visit this link. 1247B Central Ave, Los Alamos, (505).521.2000, games@mesatopgames.com; mesatopgames.com

PEEC’s annual Earth Day Festival
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at Los Alamos Nature Center (2600 Canyon Road)

Are you looking to promote your organization, sell local wares, or engage members of the community at a fun, outdoor setting this spring? Join us for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC’s) annual Earth Day Festival Saturday, April 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. We can’t put this event on without great booths, activities, and vendors, so we really hope you’ll join us.

The festival takes place in our parking lot here at the nature center, so there is no shelter for booths and very few areas have accessible power. Please read the booth information page carefully.

If you would like a booth space, you can register using this link. Booths are available for a $40 fee. However, we do waive the fee for fellow STEAM organizations or if someone can’t pay for any reason. We would much rather have everyone participate!

The deadline to reserve a booth is Friday, April 7. If you would like more information about the event, click here or feel free to call or email me. Also, feel free to pass this along to anyone you know who might want a booth. Thank you!

Beth Cortright, Operations Manager, (505).662.0460, www.peecnature.org

SALA: Happening This Week
March 8-12

Get ready for a week filled with exciting shows and events at SALA!

Starting Wednesday, March 8, at our regular After School Program, kids can enjoy arcade games and even bring their own devices to play digital games on the big screen. We will also be hosting “Los Alamos Got Talent,” a talent contest for kids to showcase their skills and win fantastic prizes!

Catch the highly anticipated “Ant Man & the Wasp: Quantumania” Wednesday through Sunday at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. This action-packed movie is sure to be a hit with audiences of all ages.

Thursday, we will continue celebrating International Women’s Month with our program “Parallel Cinema.” The movie of the day will be “Volver”.

Saturday is jam-packed with events for the whole family. Start the day off with “Pjs and Cartoons,” our weekly program that includes breakfast and cartoons. “The Chosen” plays at 3 p.m. Saturday also features “Classics” themed “Women’s Month” at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Sunday, Hollywood Comes to SALA! Roll out the red carpet for the Oscar’s live streaming and Gala event at 6 p.m. Join SALA for an unforgettable evening of glitz and glamour as we celebrate the Oscars in style.

$10, Get your tickets here.

And don’t forget Los Alamos Golf & Games: 1-8 p.m. Wednesdays – Sundays

Little Studio on the Mesa
St. Paddy’s Day Pussy Rag Dance Party
7-10 p.m. Friday, March 17

Tickets $20 in advance/$25 at the door, space is limited so buy your tickets in advance!

Beer and wine available from Bathtub Row Brewing.

For questions or more information, contact Amanda Sanchez at 505.515-7001 or Little Studio on the Mesa at 505.487.2009. 113 Long View Drive, WR


For more job postings, visit: losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/jobs

Century Bank
Hiring Tellers (open to part-time tellers) and Universal Bankers.
Job descriptions can be found at the Los Alamos Chamber – Jobs page. Link to Century Bank application process: Employment Opportunities › Century Bank (mycenturybank.com)

Los Alamos Family Eyecare, PC
Busy, fast-paced optometrist’s office seeking full-time help. Professional, dependable, excellent customer service skills, & extreme attention to detail. A team player expected to learn all aspects of the practice, including eye exams, insurance, electronic medical records, eyeglasses, and contact lenses. Competitive pay with benefits based on past work experience. Please submit resume with references to 800 Trinity Dr. Ste B or email at 1@Laicare.net.

Jemez Mountain Brewhouse
Snag a summer job! Now hiring Servers, Cooks and Dishwashers.
Contact 575.829.4222, contact@jemezmountainbrehouse.com, or facebook.

How can the Chamber of Commerce help you?

Another Chamber Benefit!
Business Referrals

Tourists, visitors, and Los Alamos residents (including recently relocated individuals) visit the Chamber and Visitor Centers requesting information about local businesses and organizations. Visitors often request information about where to shop or have a great meal. Receptionists in all locations make referrals which are tracked. We always refer chamber members first.

Ryn Herrmann, Chamber of Commerce Director, 505.661.4807 ryn@losalamos.org
Sam McRae, Chamber Member Services Manager, 505.661.4816 sam@losalamos.org


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