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Thank You

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By The Staff

Young

entrepreneurs

On behalf of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and the UNM-LA Small Business Development Center, we would like to extend a large thank you to the following companies, organizations and individuals for their support of the 2009 Youth Business Grant Program.  In its 24th year, the program provides an opportunity for youth in the area to learn the basics of entrepreneurship and business operation.  The program would not be possible without the contributions of time, money, and energy from a variety of sources.

We wish to thank New Mexico Community Foundation and The Consortium of Major LANL Subcontractors Regional Development Corporation Fund, SMPC Architects, SMSI, Plateau Property Management, Los Alamos National Bank, Del Norte Credit Union, Zia Credit Union, Lorraine Hartway, CPA, TRK Management Inc., Neptune & Company, Laboratory Retiree Group, Jeannette Wallace and The CoffeeHouse Cafe for their generous financial support of this year’s program.  We also want to thank and recognize the Los Alamos Monitor for their help in promoting all the youth businesses of Los Alamos.

Additionally, we would like to thank the volunteers for 2009 who served on our interview panel and/or will volunteer time as a mentor: Audrey Garduo, Brian Booth, Bryan Farmer, Cathy Weber, Garland Baker, Glenn Fellows, Heather Campbell and Sarah Taylor.

We had another successful year; 14 youth applicants received over $5,800 in grants to run their businesses in the community. Businesses include lawn care services, wood cutting, deck maintenance, baby-sitting services, personal fitness training, weaving, graffiti art, jewelry and knitting.  You can connect with these businesses on the web at www.ybgp.org.  A brochure listing the businesses may be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce, 109 Central Park Square or the Small Business Development Center, 190 Central Park Square.  Since its inception, the program has helped more than 230 youth entrepreneurs learn the basic requirements for starting and running their own business.

  A sincere thank you to all who helped make this year’s program a great success.  Congratulations to our 2009 Recipients!

Vanessa De Los Santos,

business advisor, UNM-LA Small Business Development Center

Getting into

the spirit

A spirit of Independence was evident during the YMCA’s  July 4 Fun Run. A record 204 entered the race; several runners wore red and blue net skirts for fun. Afterwards, most were laughing or smiling at their effort. We are grateful for the continuing sponsorship of Los Alamos National Bank and Los Alamos Medical Center that make this community event possible, as well as for the traffic barricades donated by Southwest Safety Services and water from Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

Lastly, during these difficult economic times we are especially grateful to the local businesses that donated prizes: Viola’s Restaurant, Pet Pangaea, Bandelier Grill, CB Fox, Village Arts, Daniel’s Café, Ruby K’s and Ten Thousand Waves.

 Also, a heartfelt thank-you also goes out to the volunteers who got out of bed early to help us produce this race: Linda Lambert, Martha Katko, Veronica Rodriquez, David Mutschlecner, Susan Odergard-Fellows, Janet Harris, Janine Morales, Gina Gonzales, Lynn Jones, John Elder, Sarah Weeks, Emi Weeks, Ruben and Roscoe Martinez, Mark Martinez, Chris Ortega, Alicia Herrera, Alahna Weller, Carolyn Conner and the LA Fire Brigade volunteers  Tom Houlton, Charles Hosford and Barry Bingham. Thanks also to Linda Daly and John Marble of the YMCA.

Diana L. Martinez,

development officer

The Family YMCA

Supply drive

Self Help’s Children’s Tools for School Project has started to gather momentum for the 2009-2010 school year.

This year we will serve 25 schools in four districts, and we will emphasize the upper grades.  Thanks to the Northern New Mexico United Way, we have been able to provide help to hundreds of students in Northern New Mexico and Los Alamos.  We are also grateful to RE/MAX for the use of their truck to bring many pallets of supplies to Bethlehem Lutheran Church for sorting and distribution.

We are still in need of a few volunteers July 29 through Aug. 3 at various times as well as donations of  backpacks for older children and youth.  To volunteer or donate, please contact our office at 662-4666

Thank you in behalf of the children and youth we serve.

Ellen Morris Bond, executive director

Self Help, Inc.

Supporting the children

We are writing to show our appreciation to the Kiwanis of Los Alamos. We have been very fortunate to have them as avid supporters of the foster children of the Rio Arriba and Los Alamos Counties. We would like to thank them from the bottom of our hearts for being generous and donating funds that were used toward their school supplies for our foster children. We appreciate what you do for the community. Thank you again, a million times.

Rio Arriba/Los Alamos County Protective Services