Events for Small Business Week are Announced and More


Local non-profits receive grant money from the PNM Resource Foundation, and local events for Small Business Week are announced. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Traegers Bar and CMIT Solutions

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PNM Resources donated $30,000 in grants to local nonprofits at the start of April, giving a much-needed boost to local organizations to reduce homelessness, substance abuse, and the cycles of poverty. 29 nonprofits across the state received $10,000 each, three of which are in San Juan County. And local businesses host events and job fairs during Small Business Week, the first week of May. You're watching the Local News Network, brought to you by Traegers and CMIT Solutions. I'm Wendy Graham Settle. PNM Resources Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PNM Resources, has announced three recipients of its foundation grants in San Juan County. Childhaven Inc., Economic Council Helping Others Inc., and Tres Rios Habitat for Humanity each received $10,000 to apply to projects within the organization. The nonprofits were selected because of programs designed specifically to provide affordable housing, assistance for independence and self-sufficiency, and assistance to help break cycles of substance abuse and homelessness. Childhaven Inc. provides shelter for children, ages infants to 18, who are often coming from abusive situations as well as providing transitional assistance for youths 18 and older. The money from the grant will enable the organization to continue to provide assistance to its clientele. Economic Council Helping Others Inc. provides assistance to individuals and families, ranging from financial support to community empowerment. The PNM Resources Foundation Grant money will be used to provide up to 15 families with rent assistance for the month. Tres Rios Habitat for Humanity is the local branch of Habitat for Humanity, that provides affordable housing to local individuals. The current project in progress will receive some of the grant funding to complete a three-bedroom house for a single mom and her children. To learn more about PNM Resource Foundation, visit For more information about Childhaven Inc., visit For more about Economic Council Helping Others, visit And for more information about Tres Rios Habitat for Humanity, visit Connect Space will host a special event for Small Business Week, the first week of May 1st, on May 3rd at Connect Space's office at 203 West Main Street. The organization will host a networking and resource event from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Tables from local businesses and organizations, and food and drink from Encore Coffee will be available for the event. Two panels focusing on starting a business and how to expand and fund a small business will be presented by local entrepreneurs at 5 and 6:00 PM. Connect Space also will offer free drop-in coworking during the week. Register for the Special Event or reserve your coworking space at Mark your calendars for May 4th. New Mexico Workforce Connections will host a job fair from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the McGee Park Convention and Multiuse Centers. Bring a resume and dress for interviews. Resources will be available to help with resume creation and development, as well as job searching. Employers will be on-site to conduct interviews. For more information about the event as a prospective employee, call 505-566-4212. If you would like to attend as an employer, email Samantha Johnson at Thanks for watching this week's local news roundup. I'm Wendy Graham Settle.


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