3/15 Business Digest

Southwest Cheese taking applications
Southwest Cheese is beginning to hire key production personnel.

Candidates should be interested in working in food production, have good communication skills, high work standards and be committed to a team where excellence is the standard, a press release from the company showed.

“We aim to have a strong performance culture where everybody knows what is expected of them and each person is given regular feedback of their performance,” said George Chappell, cheese plant manager.

Interested candidates should apply for a job by Thursday at the company Web site, www.southwestcheese.com.

Domenici given chamber award
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., with a Spirit of Enterprise award for his strong support for pro-economic growth legislative agenda in the second session of the 108th Congress, according to a press release from the chamber.

The chamber awards the Spirit of Enterprise based on rankings it gives members of Congress. Domenici earned a 100 percent score last year, the press release showed.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce represents more than three million business and organizations.

Wells Fargo tops in small loans
Wells Fargo is leading the nation in small business loans, according to new government data. The bank lent more than $10 billion for loans under $100,000 in 2003, a press release from the company showed.

The Clovis branch fits the mold, bank officials said.

“I’m very busy with (loans to small businesses),” said Lisa Dunagan, vice president of Wells Fargo in Clovis. “I just think we have products and services designed to help smaller businesses throughout their business growth cycle. It’s been a focus we’ve had for a long time.”

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ staff writer David Irvin. He may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: david_irvin@link.freedom.com