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Star Client Awards

Every year across New Mexico, each NMSBDC center selects a business that has shown an extraordinary commitment not only to their own business success but also to their community.  The businesses selected meet criteria based upon the diverse New Mexico economy.

Pictures from this years event


SBDC @ New Mexico Junior College

2016 Star Client

DLS, LLC was established in 2012 by Don Ray and Margarita De Los Santos offering fire extinguisher sales/service, first aid kit inspections, H2S monitor calibration, AED inspections, and emergency shower trailer rentals. Recognizing the opportunity for entrepreneurship, Mr. De Los Santos took advantage of his safety certifications he had earned through his previous 19 years of oilfield industry experience. The years of work experience led to his expertise in providing safety goods and services to oilfield businesses. DLS, LLC operates with five full-time employees and offers 24-hour sales and service; creating strong, professional relationships with its customers. With safety being the company’s expertise, Mr. De Los Santos and DLS, LLC staff enjoy visits with customers to educate, enlighten, and answer questions about inspection processes and the status of their equipment.
With the help of workshops and business counseling services offered by Brandon Hunt at the Small Business Development Center at New Mexico Junior College, DLS, LLC was able to develop a comprehensive business plan and secure financing to expand business operations. With the business thriving, DLS, LLC expects to hire additional employees and expand into the nearby markets of Southeastern New Mexico and West Texas. The business has been recognized locally for its economic contribution to
Hobbs and looks forward to the future of their business operations.

“The SBDC at NMJC was fundamental in helping us to pursue contracts and secure financing. We started with three contracts and have grown to serving over 45 business contracts. We are forever grateful for the knowledge and assistance we received from
the SBDC at NMJC.”

Don Ray & Margarita De Los Santos

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