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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.

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SBDC @ University of New Mexico - Valencia Campus Alfred and Linda Montoya of Belen, NM, started their Kona-Ice business in May 2014. Kona-Ice is a mobile, Hawaiian-style shaved ice franchise, based out of Florence, Kentucky and was recently named one of the fastest...

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SBDC @ Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell CP Brannicks manufactures and distributes a patented product called RefreshMint, a natural oral care product that neutralizes and freshens breath. Grace Miller is the Owner/CEO and directed operations for 12 years before...

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SBDC @ Santa Fe Community College From the Artisan Market to the Plaza - It’s now Designs of Erika®. Erika Eckerstrand has been sewing since she was old enough to hold a needle. Born in Sweden to a family of artists, her mother was a textile instructor and seamstress...

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SBDC @ Western New Mexico University EZ Does It Farm is located in the heart of the Gila River Valley, 30 miles northwest of Silver City, NM. Nestled among hundred-year-old cottonwoods, the 30-acre farm is home to the Casillas family. They specialize in grass-fed and...

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SBDC @ University of New Mexico - Taos Monica Martin and Allison Burke are the owners and operators of Mountain Yoga in Taos. They offer a range of classes, such as Hatha, integrative, therapeutic, pranakriya as well as beginners. Allison teaches a six-week session...

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SBDC @ Mesalands Community College ROPES Western and Casual Wear was launched when Rita Chaparro of Clayton, New Mexico, purchased the business. When the owners of the only western wear store in the community decided to close its doors, Rita (an eleven-year employee)...

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