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Small business Q and A Wednesday

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County: Fisher will discuss assistance programs, hear owners concerns

As Los Alamos National Laboratory revenues become increasingly dicey, the need to diversify the Los Alamos economy becomes more pressing. The county’s efforts to attract and keep small business continue Wednesday with a small business Q and A.
“This is just part of our outreach to small businesses. Small businesses are important to the community, and especially our community, where we have one major employer. We need to diversify and support the small businesses that are growing and happy to be in Los Alamos,” Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher said.
“One of the first things we want to do is listen to business concerns. I’ve received a number of calls and talked to a number of different business folks, and we really want to encapsulate more of their concerns at this meeting.”
Business owners are concerned about competition from Santa Fe and other locations, but the most frequent complaint Fisher hears is that lease rates are too high.
“People have moved offices to Española and other places because it’s cheaper,” Fisher said. “We need to encourage people to have their office here. When Los Alamos people are commuting to Española because their office rates are half, we’ve got to try to work on that problem.”


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