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Of the 21 firms to be honored during the 13th Annual New Mexico Small Business Development Center Day, which will be held Friday, there will be a familiar name recognized.
Paul Terp and Lee Bernstein of Strategic Management Solutions, LLC will be among the outstanding business clients recognized. Strategic Management Solutions is a client of the UNM-Los Alamos SBDC.
Incoming NMSBDC State Director Michael A. Rivera chose the firms. He said, “This day honors the hard work and dedication of all small business in the state of New Mexico.”
This year marks the 22nd year that the NMSBDC has been giving essential services to small businesses statewide.
Each of the 21 firms has been selected as a Success Client by the SBDC where it receives business counseling.
Beginning at 8 a.m. the firms shall display their services in the Halls of History in the State Capitol Rotunda, appearing with their SBDC Service Center. At 10 a.m. the clients shall be introduced in the State Senate and House of Representatives Chambers. At 1 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, a formal presentation shall recognize the NMSBDC Success Clients. Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela of the New Mexico Economic Development Department has been invited to address the group. The public is invited to tour the displays and watch the ceremonies.
Emiley Bainbridge, a certified business analyst, said Strategic Management Solutions has worked with the local SBDC for about a decade.
She said their services are project management, environmental, safety and health and regulatory compliance, quality assurance and quality control, engineering support, nuclear facility and operation safety and waste management.
“We’re recognizing them because over the last 10 years, they have built an outstanding reputation of client focused performance,” she said. “They took advantage of advice and resources our counselors had to offer and early on in their business the SBDC helped identify local resources and referrals. Then our later work with them involved in to addressing challenges and one of (those were) SMSI’s key customers procurement practices that were barriers to the growth of the company.”
Bainbridge encourages other businesses to turn to the SBDC.
“I would encourage local bus to come see us whether they are an aspiring small business or an existing business because we offer so many different perspectives and all the counselors have different specialties and we’re happy to help anyone with business start up issues, loan package assistance, marketing and advertising human resource issues, customers service issues and business plan development.”
The goal for this year is have 120 clients throughout 2011. Bainbridge said the clients for last year were right under that number.
The State of New Mexico and the U. S. Small Business Administration funds the NMSBDC. For information, visit www.nmsbdc.org or call 800-281-7232. For more information about the local office, visit, www.nmsbdc.org/losalamos.