Small Business

Restaurant industry seeks help for struggling restaurants amid COVID-19

19 Views   The New Mexico Restaurant Association is requesting additional funds at the 2023 legislative session ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The restaurant industry has taken a huge hit since the start of the pandemic nearly three years ago. So, CEO Carol Wight with the New Mexico Restaurant Association is requesting additional funding

Nob Hill cocktail bar named best bar in country

86 Views   ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – One cocktail bar in Nob Hill is getting plenty of national recognition. “I’ve always been a proponent of small markets. I always feel like you know New York, Chicago, L.A., they always get the love, but you know we’re doing really good things out here,” said

What’s the outlook for the New Mexico chile industry?

128 Views   NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Chile is woven into the fabric of New Mexico’s history and culture. But is the industry on the cusp of a massive shift? There is concern amongst some farmers over the chile industry’s ability to survive in the coming years.

Report shows 18% of New Mexico restaurants closed during pandemic

133 Views   ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The New Mexico Restaurant Association predicted roughly 10% of restaurants would have to close because of the pandemic. But, a new report shows the actual damage is almost twice that prediction. “Those numbers came up and I was floored,” said Carol Wight, executive director of the

Small businesses respond to mask mandate lift

173 Views   Although Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham lifted New Mexico’s indoor mask mandate in mid-February, small businesses have been deciding for themselves whether or not they really want to stop wearing masks. Matt Alexander, the owner of Picture Perfect Photo Lab, said he allowed his employees to vote on if they

Who’s applying to be New Mexico’s first cannabis producers?

167 Views   ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – In just two months since the Cannabis Control Division (CCD) began accepting applications for producer licenses, there have already been more than 1,500 applications started by would-be entrepreneurs, according to the CCD. Of those, more than 1,000 of the applications are for what are called “microbusinesses,”

Tech Company connected to ex-NM house member files federal suit

158 Views   NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The company at the center of the fraud case against former House Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton claims they are an innocent victim. The owner of Robotics has filed a federal suit to get almost a half-million dollars the feds have seized.

NM winery adapts as worker shortage leads to ‘necessary evil’

167 Views   ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – As New Mexico’s worker shortage continues, some business owners are adapting, including at some of the state’s vineyards. They’ve rebounded from the drought, but as a 5th-generation farmer told KOB 4, the way some operate may have changed forever.