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NMSU, others take part in small business recruitment workshop

New Mexico State University and more than 100 New Mexico businesses will take part in an all-day recruiting workshop spearheaded by U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman and New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans.

The Future Combat Systems and Secure Border Initiative workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Feb. 21 in Las Cruces at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road. The event is designed to allow small businesses to learn more about these two major federal programs and the business opportunities they bring for New Mexico.

Future Combat Systems and Secure Border Initiative are two different multi-billion-dollar programs focused on developing new technology to make the military more agile and mobile and the border more secure.

NMSU's Arrowhead Center and other community members are lending logistical support to the event. Arrowhead is a nonprofit corporation owned by NMSU and charged with promoting economic development, including the creation and expansion of small businesses in New Mexico.

"We see both of these initiatives as tremendous opportunities not just for NMSU in terms of research and development, but also for New Mexico vendors to work alongside those major players," said Arrowhead CEO Kevin Boberg.

The event is an opportunity to match New Mexico businesses with major U.S. contractors in need of their support and expertise. FCS and SBI contractors include Boeing, SAIC, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Lucent and others.