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LANB Icon Bill Enloe Retires

on February 6, 2013 - 10:48am

Bill Enloe

By Carol A. Clark

The Los Alamos Daily Post has learned that effective Friday, Feb. 1, Chief Executive Officer Bill Enloe retired from Los Alamos National Bank.

Enloe is a beloved figure in Los Alamos and White Rock. His strong support of community organizations and events has touched the lives of thousands of people over the past four decades.

LANB President Steve Wells worked with Enloe for nearly three decades. He shared his sentiments about Enloe’s retirement with the Los Alamos Daily Post late Tuesday.

“I have worked with Bill for 28 years at LANB and have a great

Alicia Estrada Completes Career Agents Course

on February 6, 2013 - 8:58am

Alicia Estrada

FARMERS INSURANCE News:

Alicia Estrada, Farmers Insurance agent in Los Alamos, has completed the Career Agents Course at the University of Farmers training facility in California.

The University of Farmers training facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan was officially dedicated in September 2011, while the training facility located in Agoura Hills, Calif., was dedicated in November 2006.

Farmers CEO Jeff Dailey noted that the University is national in scope, and offers training to Farmers' 15,000 agents and their staff, 500 district managers and 10,000 claims staff year round.

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LANS: Funding Available for New Mexico Businesses

on February 6, 2013 - 8:26am

LANS News:

  • Los Alamos Venture Acceleration Fund accepting 2013 applications

The Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) of Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), the company that manages and operates Los Alamos National Laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration, is accepting applications for the 2013 calendar year.

Companies selected will receive awards that can range from $10,000 to $100,000 in order to commercialize technology and take it to market faster.

VAF helps innovative companies reach the next level of success through business and technology development

Money IQ: Avoiding Overdraft Fees

on February 6, 2013 - 7:08am
Money IQ
By Fidel Gutierrez

Avoiding Overdraft Fees

Whether you have had a checking account for years or you just recently opened one, a fee that should have been discussed with you is the overdraft fee. 

This fee can also be called non-sufficient funds or bounced check fee. Your financial institution may even have a fee for both, one for the non-sufficient funds item and another for overdrawing your account.

How does one avoid overdraft fees? Don’t allow your account to become overdrawn. This is easier said than done as a person’s cash flow might be tighter in these tough economic times. 

In

Bonnie Gordon Joins Los Alamos Daily Post

on February 5, 2013 - 10:54am

Bonnie J. Gordon has joined the Los Alamos Daily Post as lifestyles editor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff report

Thanks to overwhelming community support, the Los Alamos Daily Post is growing in readership and revenues every day and is pleased to announce an important addition to its news team.

Longtime Los Alamos resident Bonnie J. Gordon has joined the online newspaper as lifestyles editor.

"Bonnie is well known and respected throughout the local artistic community," Publisher Carol A. Clark said.

Los Alamos Daily Post Awarded 2013 Small Business of the Year

on February 4, 2013 - 3:11pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, center, with members of the Los Alamos Daily Post news team Friday, from left, Reporter Kirsten Laskey, Publisher Carol A. Clark, Lifestyles Editor Bonnie J. Gordon and Webmaster/Reporter Greg Kendall. Courtesy photo

LACDC News:

The Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC) has selected the Los Alamos Daily Post online newspaper as its Small Business of the Year for 2013.

“We are pleased to announce that the Los Alamos Daily Post will be recognized as our 2013 Success Client," LACDC Executive Director Kevin Holsapple said. "Carol A.

New Eatery Offers Creole, Cajun and Down Home Food

on February 4, 2013 - 10:07am

Creole Nouvelle co-owner Esther Lucchini inside her new restaurant at 1793 Deacon St. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

After working in Los Alamos for LANL contractor Canberra Industries for several years, Peter Lucchini suggested to his wife Esther that the town could benefit from a different type of restaurant.

"Peter loves creole food and had a good friend who was a chef in the Louisiana/Mississippi area who was willing to move out here," Esther Lucchini said.

LANB Hosts School Bond Celebration

on February 4, 2013 - 7:40am

Aspen Elementary School Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom spoke at a gathering at Los Alamos National Bank Friday afternoon celebrating the recent school bond passage and thanked everyone for their support. A portion of the $20 million bond will provide a much needed construction overhaul of the aging Aspen Elementary School building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Councilor Steve Girrens spoke of the importance of the school bond and thanked everyone for their efforts. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Superintendent Gene Schmidt, right, expressed his appreciation to

Column: A Sensible Organization Is Not A Perfect Organization – Part I

on February 4, 2013 - 7:17am

A Sensible Organization Is Not A Perfect Organization: Drawing Boundary, Yes; Generating Unlimited Rules, Not So Much – Part I

Column by Elena Yang

Plenty of organizations are not sensible but work very hard trying to generate perfect rules to make them look sensible.

The more rules they make, the more innovation they choke off, but the safer they feel within the comfort of all the known rules.

As usual, when dealing with complicated topics, I try to break them into two or more entries, as in today’s topic. 

One way of understanding the third law of thermodynamics: To drive all

Los Alamos Visiting Nurses Make Permanent Move

on February 2, 2013 - 10:46am
Sarah Winton of LAVNS near the sign facing the elevator at the company's temporary office in the LATA Building on Central Avenue. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
Staff report
 
Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Inc., moved Jan. 24-25 from temporary quarters on the second floor of the Los Alamos Technical Associates Building on Central Avenue to their permanent location at the former Boy Scout Cabin on Canyon Road.
 
Telephones and computer systems were up and running quickly at the new location in order for the organization to continue serving their large clientele.
 
The

Chamber Breakfast Facilitates Communication Between LANL and Local Small Businesses

on February 1, 2013 - 11:34am
Local small business representatives met Thursday at UNM-LA with LANL staff to discuss relationships between the laboratory and the local business community. The event was sponsored by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By Bonnie J. Gordon

Fifty local small business owners and managers met with the new head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Small Business Office, Chris Fresquez, and staff from the LANL Community Programs Office Thursday during a Business Breakfast at UNM-LA.

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce hosted the event, which was a

Enterprise Holdings Lands Local Contract

on February 1, 2013 - 11:14am

By Carol A. Clark

Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental brands announces its new location in Los Alamos County.

Its new office will open Feb. 4 at the Los Alamos County Airport, 1040 Airport Road.

A grand opening event in which the community will be invited is scheduled to be announced in the near future.

"We are excited to be opening in the County of Los Alamos. We see this as a wonderful opportunity and look forward to becoming involved in the community both in business and in the community itself," Area Manager Mark Arambula said.

Paradox Plays Jazz Tonight

on February 1, 2013 - 10:10am

CHC News:

The jazz trio Paradox, with Carl Greef, Jim Ziomek, Jim Gattiker, will be playing at the Coffee House Cafe (723 Central, thecoffeebooth.com, 662-CAFE) 6-8 p.m. today, Feb. 1.

The Paradox Trio of piano, guitar, and saxophone, performs acoustic jazz standards and classic tunes.

 

'Seeker' Donated to New Mexico State Police

on February 1, 2013 - 8:58am

The Seeker - a special mission surveillance aircraft. Courtesy/CSI Aviation

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – CSI Aviation, Inc., a New Mexico-based aviation support and logistics company, is giving New Mexico State Police a special mission surveillance aircraft, that is excess to the company’s needs – a SB7L-360A Seeker.

“On behalf of CSI Aviation, we congratulate the New Mexico State Police on their outstanding response to our RFP, which was sent to several law enforcement agencies in New Mexico.” said Allen Weh, Chief Executive Officer of CSI Aviation, Inc.

Udall Bill Increases Federal Contracting Opportunities

on February 1, 2013 - 8:24am
U.S. SENATE News:
  • First bill of new congress would help New Mexico small businesses
WASHINGTON – In his first bill of the 113th Congress, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is seeking to expand opportunities for small businesses to secure federal contracts, and make the reporting requirements for those awarded more transparent.
 
The Assuring Contracting Equity (ACE) Act of 2013, would raise the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) government-wide small business contracting level from 23 to 25 percent.
 
It would also increase the contracting goal from 5 to 10 percent for businesses owned by veterans,

Blue Sky Pilates Moves to New Location

on February 1, 2013 - 8:22am

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

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Money IQ: SBA 504 Loans

on January 30, 2013 - 7:58am
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 504

Entrepreneur Nicholas Seet Speaks at Hive Thursday

on January 30, 2013 - 6:05am
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 his business concept.

Blue Window Bistro Hosts FAN 44 Lunch

on January 29, 2013 - 8:18am

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.

Column: Some Reflections on Conflicts

on January 28, 2013 - 10:48am
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 conflict is that there are

UNM-LA Offers New Class in Entrepreneurship

on January 28, 2013 - 9:05am

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

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

on January 28, 2013 - 8:38am

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 are

New Business Offers Kitchen Spice & Everything Nice

on January 25, 2013 - 11:28am

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

Patrons Pack Final Night At Canyon Bar

on January 24, 2013 - 10:40am

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

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

on January 23, 2013 - 12:19pm
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

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