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Registration has begun for conferences focusing on small businesses

Students from New Mexico State University's College of Business Administration and Economics (CBAE) and the Hispano Chamber of Commerce de Las Cruces will jointly host two business conferences April 29 and 30 highlighting issues concerning small businesses.

ents are in celebration of National Small Business Week, April 25-29.

On April 29, local business owners will have the opportunity to network with their peers, students and community leaders during CBAE's business conference "Dilemmas and Solutions," sponsored by Access Bank. The event will be in the Corbett Center ballrooms, with sign-in from 11 a.m. to noon.

The day will feature the following speakers: Las Cruces City Manager Terrence Moore will share his vision for the city at 12:45 p.m.; Terry Adler, NMSU assistant professor of management, will speak on "Lessons from Project Management: How to Streamline Your Business" at 1:15 p.m.; Alan Berryman, NMSU college assistant professor of finance, will reveal his ideas on "Curbing the Costs and Increasing Knowledge: Worker's Compensation" at 2:45 p.m.; Elise "Pookie" Sautter, NMSU associate professor of marketing, will discuss "E-Commerce and Its Importance to Your Business" at 3:30 p.m.; and James Wetherbe, NMSU alumnus and internationally known speaker, author and authority on the use of computer and information systems, will close the day with "Win, Win Communication: The Single Most Important Skill for Succeeding in Business" at 4:45 p.m.

During lunch, middle and high school students involved in the Innoventure program will be recognized. Innoventure is a competition/exhibition in its third year that brings together the concepts of technology and business.

People can register for "Dilemmas and Solutions" until April 25. A registration form can be printed from the Web site http://arrowhead.nmsu.edu/businessconference/. The cost is $25 per person, including lunch.

Payment along with the registration form can be mailed to: NMSU College of Business, P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3AD, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001. For more information, contact Cherri Coffelt at (505) 646-7035 or ccoffelt@nmsu.edu.

On April 30, the Las Cruces Hispano Chamber of Commerce's first Regional Development Conference and Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Teakwood Inn and Suites, 2600 South Valley Dr. This event is sponsored by Comcast.

Las Cruces Mayor William "Bill" Mattiace will welcome participants at 9 a.m. At 11:40 a.m. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce will deliver the keynote speech. Eleven workshops will be offered throughout the day ranging in subject matter from legal to insurance, from workforce training to assisting small businesses and from marketing to staffing and personnel. In conjunction with the seminars, a mercado will be available for companies to showcase their services.

"This will give businesses a chance to get regional and international exposure," said John Vasquez, president of the Hispano Chamber of Commerce de Las Cruces. "It's a great opportunity to network so we encourage everyone to bring their business cards."

Businesses from southern New Mexico, El Paso and Juarez are encouraged to attend and can register for the expo from April 11-30. Registration ranges from $26 to $139 for members and from $41 to $169 for non-members. Registration forms can be picked up at the Hispano Chamber of Commerce de Las Cruces, 301 W. Amador. For more information contact Vasquez at (505) 528-0415 or jvasquez@1stnbnm.com.