11/29 Business Digest

United Way taking applications soon
The United Way of Eastern New Mexico will soon begin to accept applications requesting donor funds to serve area families and individuals.

According to the charitable organization, distributing donor funds is the most important function they perform.

The funds will eventually serve local families, individuals or children in four priority areas: crisis intervention, strengthening youth and families, increasing self-sufficiency and putting citizens to work.

Local agencies who wish to receive United Way donor funds should call 769-2103 to reserve a place at one of the mandatory training sessions. Two training sessions will be available:

• 4 p.m. today at Portales Public Library Meeting Room
• 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at Clovis Carver Public Library, Ingram Room.

The program application period will be from Dec. 15 through Jan. 15. Funding amounts will be set and approved at the March board meeting. The new fund distribution process increases accountability to donors of United Way by requiring agencies to define how donor funds will be spent.

For more information, contact Erinn Burch at 769-2103.

First State hires regional president
First State Bancorporation, which recently acquired Access Bank, announced the addition of Jed Fanning as regional president of Southern New Mexico and Arizona.

According to a bank press release, Fanning began banking in 1985 in El Paso, Texas. His responsibilities included corporate lending and correspondent banking. He later joined Wells Fargo where he gained experience in commercial lending and retail banking.

Spa celebrates one-year anniversary
Hydrations Day Spa recently celebrated its one-year anniversary in Clovis.

The full-service day spa originally opened with two employees, and is currently staffed with seven. Brook Smith is owner and esthetician.

Department appoints assistant secretary
Rick Homans, secretary of the Economic Development Department, recently announced the appointment of Eric Griego as assistant secretary for economic development.
Griego previously served on the Albuquerque City Council and recently ran for mayor of Albuquerque.

“Eric Griego is a great addition to my administration,” Gov. Bill Richardson said. “I am confident that he will help us create new, good paying jobs across New Mexico that will move our economy forward.

New Web site offers travelers tips
The New Mexico Economic Development Department and the New Mexico Tourism Department recently unveiled a new Web site


which gives travelers tips on shopping, hanging out or eating on New Mexico Mainstreets.

Information on Clovis’ Mainstreet is available on the travel site. There is also a fun quiz that matches personalities to New Mexico’s road trip destinations.

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ staff writer Tonya Garner. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: