NMTD: Partnership Helps Save 830 Tourism Jobs In 2020

NMTD News:

SANTA FE — A partnership between the New Mexico Tourism Department  (NMTD) and the New Mexico Small Business Development Center to offer business counseling services to tourism-related small businesses helped save 830 tourism jobs and secure more than $27 million in equity investments in 2020.

Since the launch of this partnership, tourism business counselors have conducted 11,290 documented contacts to tourism-related small businesses and provided 2,300 hours of direct business counseling to business owners.

The tourism business counseling program provided direct counseling


Rep. Christine Chandler Introduces Economic Security Bill

Rep. Christine Chandler, D-Los Alamos

EDD News:

SANTA FE — A major economic recovery initiative, backed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, that would pump another $200 million into New Mexico small businesses to create jobs and rehire workers, was introduced Monday in the Legislature by Rep. Christine Chandler, (D-Los Alamos).

House Bill 11 taps into the unused dollars set aside by the State Investment Council and the New Mexico Finance Authority for the Small Business Recovery Loan Fund, converting the funds into grants to assist business that have incurred steep revenue losses.



Enterprise Bank Provides Holiday Meals To Local Seniors

Annual Enterprise Bank & Trust luncheon for seniors … a Grab & Go due to COVID. Courtesy/LARSO

Loree Lynch greeting seniors at annual Enterprise Bank & Trust luncheon event. Courtesy/LARSO

Aliki Benjamin at annual Enterprise Bank & Trust luncheon event. Courtesy/LARSO


A portion of the Enterprise Bank & Trust philosophy is that its role in the community isn’t just about banking.

This was on full display when Enterprise employees not only honored a tradition of serving lunch to seniors but allowed it to take place even though it would take place like never


Los Alamos Newcomers Virtual Monday Mixer Feb. 1


New to Los Alamos? Looking for local resources and information on your new community? Well look no further: Join the Los Alamos Newcomers Virtual Monday Mixers.

projectY cowork Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce have partnered together to create this event to share what they know and answer questions for those who have recently relocated to Los Alamos.

This event will be held virtually, until it is safe to gather in person, the first Mondays of the month 4-5 p.m. starting Feb. 1.

After participating in the event, attendees can pick up a welcome packet from projectY at


TechSource Providing Expertise Through Newly Awarded Savannah River National Laboratory M&O Contract

TechSource Chairman/CEO V. Brian D’Andrea


TechSource, Inc., headquartered in Los Alamos, is part of the Battelle Savannah River Alliance, LLC (BSRA) team to which the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) has awarded the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) Management and Operations contract (M&O).

The $3.8 billion cost plus award fee contract scope includes operations and maintenance of SRNL’s nuclear and non-nuclear facilities. The contract also entails DOE missions support in environmental management, national security,


New Mexico Lawmakers To Again Push For Lobbyist Reform

State Sen. Jeff Steinborn


Lobbyists will be a topic of discussion during this year’s legislative session but won’t be physically present to make their case when lawmakers once again consider measures requiring greater disclosure about their advocacy efforts.

They include requiring lobbyists or their employers to list the bills they lobbied on and the position they took, as well as the reporting of all money spent to influence state policy, including all compensation paid to a lobbyist.

A report issued by New Mexico Ethics Watch last year states


Rotary Features Talk By Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann

Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann

Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

“The job has changed a lot,” mused Ryn Herrmann, as she reflected upon her three years as director of the Chamber of Commerce during a zoom meeting Jan. 19 with the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

Few could have foreseen the disruption caused by the pandemic in the personal and professional lives of those who own local businesses.

Herrmann explained that the Chamber is the membership program of the Los Alamos Commerce Development Corporation, a private, nonprofit entity that operates the Research Park across from


On The Job In White Rock: Sharing Smiles At Smith’s

On the job Monday in the pharmacy at Smith’s Food and Drug in White Rock are Pharmacist Kelsey Hornsby and Certified Pharmacy Technician Stephen Jakob. Even behind COVID safe guards and masks their smiles are always evident. Smith’s Food and Drug at 31 Sherwood Blvd. is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For information, visit or call 505.672.9457. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/


County Council Approves Land Sale To Pet Pangaea

A rendering of the proposed new building for Pet Pangaea. In addition to a new space for the business, owner Cyndi Wells is planning to offer four apartment units on the second floor. Courtesy/LAC

A rendering of the proposed parking lot for Pet Pangaea’s new location on Trinity Drive. Courtesy/LAC

Los Alamos Daily Post

Pet Pangaea is getting a new home. During the regular Los Alamos County Council meeting Jan. 5, an ordinance to sell land parcels at 3661 and 3689 Trinity Dr. to Cyndi Wells, owner of Pet Pangaea, passed unanimously.

“I’m definitely