December Presidents Letter

image  What an impressive SIGNATURE event “SPEAK OUT” was! It was obvious from the interaction between our members, legislative representatives and guests that we have shared common goals and need to work together to “Make it Happen.”  It truly was a learning experience for our Legislative representatives to hear about some of the issues that NAWBO Northern New Mexico members and other small businesses confront on a daily basis that impact them in a negative way.  Our three position statements related to TAXATION, PROCUREMENT TRANSPARENCY and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. They are issues that we would like for our representatives to acknowledge and legislate based upon our recommendations.

Regarding taxation, Joan Schlueter from ON SITE HIRING CONSULTANTS gave examples of the impact of “pyramiding” and cited several taxes (often called fees) that make a difference in a business’s success.  Our recommendation on TAXATION is …”legislative corrections to gross receipts tax pyramiding must be immediately continued and effectively expanded.”  On PROCUREMENT TRANSPARENCY, NAWBO recommends that “the legislature address the issue of procurement transparency and protections for subcontractors not otherwise covered by state law.”  Our Platinum member, Sam Lapin from POD, described the lengthy process and negative experiences her company went thru and still the result was “no work no money!” COMPA, my company, has experienced similar setbacks, and despite our 26 years’ worth of capabilities and local presence we ask ourselves “Why bother?” Lastly, our member Kay Carrico, from IN-COMPASSE INTERNATIONAL, gave in detail the concerns of a small business owner and related NAWBO’s recommendation regarding ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, the legislature consider “post-performance incentive legislation tied to job creation” during the 2014 legislative session.


Where do we go from here? We are committed to follow up with our Legislative representatives - whether they were able to attend SPEAK OUT or not. Contact them, relate our concerns and express our appreciation for their time and effort in order to effectively represent us! Personally meet with them, respond when they ask for our assistance, testify if needed, and make plans to attend ‘Santa Fe Business Days.’ This interaction will make a difference.

We want to give special thanks to our Public Policy Director Lorie Guthrie.  The coordination with Debbie Maestas-Traynor and Minda McGonagle made this event a success. Other members, too many to mention, also stepped up to the plate and helped out. And above all, a big thanks to our Sponsors who made it possible to support our mission related to Public Policy! SPEAK OUT is one of three Signature events NAWBO takes pride in presenting to our members and guests. 

The next Signature event will be held in March 2014. NAWBO Means BUSINESS will include “Five Essential Functions of Business Success” plus networking, breakout sessions and displays.  Then on May 21, 2014 our GO GLOBAL will be just as informative and promises to be beneficial to all who attend. Learn how your business can compete and succeed in the international marketplace.

Ongoing each month is our regular meeting held on the third Wednesday of each month. The December 18th meeting will bring “Economic Forecast for New Mexico” and an opportunity to network with friends and guest for the Holiday season - a must meeting to attend. Bring a guest to qualify for great door prizes!

If a short and informative networking meeting fits your schedule, attend one of our Satellite meetings. Albuquerque’s breakfast meeting will be on Monday, December 2, 2013, at The Egg & I, Menaul/Louisana, at 7:45 am, call 505-843-8421 for reservations or questions. This month’s topic will be “Summary Updates on Obamacare” presented by Kevin Pelletier, insurance broker from Agency for the Professions.  Our Santa Fe Satellite Breakfast meeting will be held the 2nd Tuesday, December 10 at Joe’s Diner, 2801 Rodeo Rd, call Christy Martinez 505-660-1224 for details and topic.

Thank you for taking time to read our newsletter and helping us fulfill our NAWBO Promise: “Only NAWBO Northern New Mexico serves the Women’s Business Community by providing opportunities to develop business relationships, nurture personal relationships, build community connections and influence public policy resulting in greater business success.”

See you at the next meeting!