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The Silver City Small Business Development Center has agreed to send weekly columns to the Beat. We’re starting with ones that have already been published in the Daily Press.

The opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Grant County Beat.

What? No Business Plan?

Perhaps more than watching television and using a knife and fork to eat, thinking ahead is a defining trait of being human. We wake up and we plan our day; take a shower, eat breakfast, hurtle our car-- Continue reading

Data-Rich Repositories Can Help State's Businesses Research Their Markets

Statistics are readily available to allow you to make sure your business is on solid ground. Take advantage of the NM Bureau of Business & Economic Research (BBER) and the state Economic Developme-- Continue reading

When and How to Hire an Accountant

Is it time to hire a professional? If your business has grown beyond basic financial tasks, you should consider engaging someone to handle complex finances. It may be for planning strategy, to analyze-- Continue reading

Perfect Pitch: How to Avoid Common Presentation Pitfalls

Baseball is not the only game where a good pitch is essential. Pitching an idea or a business to investors or backers can be daunting. It's got to go well, or...you're out. Get tips on presenting well-- Continue reading

SBA-Backed Loan Program Helps Businesses Buy Growth Assets

Ready to make things look better, or need more space? Let the US Small Business Administration (SBA) give you a helping hand. Your business may qualify for a 504 loan, which could make expanding or sp-- Continue reading

The Secret of the Soft Sell

You know the old saying, and it is true in the business world. Customers are uncomfortable with aggressive salespeople. Forming long-term relationships is more important for your business than pushing-- Continue reading

New Model for Artists Borrows From Business

When is an artist most like a business-person? It had better be every day. Art making is a business, and the artist should be at the controls if he/she hopes to succeed. To hone your business skills,-- Continue reading

Industrial Revenue Bonds Offer Novel Approach to Economic Development

How can local governments stimulate economic development? Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs) offer tax subsidies to help new or existing businesses create jobs. They are not without controversy, but may-- Continue reading

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