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Wednesday, April 3, 2002

City offering new services for businesses

Staff Writer
PECOS, Wed., April 3, 2002 -- Local small business owners now have the opportunity to receive information on how to better their business and keep it successful with the new Small Business Resource Center located in the Community Center on Oak Street.

Pecos Main Street Director Tom Rivera said that the resource center is open to anyone in the community and surrounding areas that already owns a small business or wants to open a business.

"It's for any individual that is interest in starting a business," he said.

Numerous resources are available to the community including Internet access, a resource library and software, all of which are free of charge.

The city is funding the center with the help of a few area universities, according to Rivera.

"We're getting some help from the small business development centers out of Sul Ross (State University) and (University of Texas-Permian Basin)," he said.

Rivera said that City Manager Carlos Yerena is the person who pushed for this program.

"He's been very supportive of this program," he said.

The resources include many different types of software and several books.

The software includes information on complete business plans, small business start-up, hiring top performers, business letters and forms, do-it-yourself advertising, 500 businesses you can start, managing people and customer-focused selling.

Rivera said that anyone wishing to use the software would have the opportunity to use it at the resource center or sign out a copy to take home.

The library includes approximately 50 different books that address several of the same and related topics as the software.

Rivera said that along with the resource center, he is planning to host workshops and already has two planned for the near future.

The first workshop planned will cover business etiquette and will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on May 9 at the community center.

The second would also be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on June 6 at the community center and would cover business planning.

Rivera was named the first director of the Town of Pecos City's Main Street Project in February. The city is not officially a member of the state program, which qualifies cities for grants to fix up downtown areas, but was given the chance to reapply for it after being rejected two years ago. Rivera is supervising this new application effort.

As part of the Main Street Project, Rivera said that he is focusing on the small businesses first because he said, "they are the backbone of the community."

"They need to be assisted first and foremost," he said.

Rivera said he believes that the small businesses in Pecos are what keeps the city going.

"I think it's going to be a very useful tool for the community," he said.

Rivera said he would open up the resource center by appointment for now, until he is able to get an assistant and is willing to set up a time for interested people to come by the center any time of the day including evenings if there is a need.

Interested community members may call Rivera at 445-9656 or 940-4387 to set up an appointment to use the resource center.

Chamber sponsoring "Entertainers" hoop games

PECOS, Wed., April 3, 2002 -- A fun-filled evening for everyone with the "Harlem Entertainers" basketball team, sponsored by the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce, is planned for Friday, April 19.

"Everyone is invited to come out and join us for a great evening of fun," said Interim Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce Linda Gholson.

The Harlem Entertainers, the "professional clowns of the court," will be on hand that evening to perform and to play against four local teams.

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m., at the Pecos High School New Gym.

"We'll have four local teams that will `compete' against them, including one made up of Lion's Club members, Tino Acosta will be putting together a high school team, we'll definitely have a team made up of school coaches and a team is going to be put together by local law enforcement," said Gholson.

The team made up of Lion's Club members will be coached by Fred Dominguez and Brian Gibson will be the coach for the coaches team.

"Each team will play one quarter," said Gholson.

The Pecos Eagle Athletic Booster Club will have the concession stand open and a referee who is not certified will be on hand. "The referee will one that's not certified, but here for entertainment purposes," said Gholson.

Tickets for the event are in advance, $5 for children 12 and under and $7 for adults. Tickets at the door will be $7 for children 12 and under and $10 for adults.

Tickets can be purchased at the chamber office, located at 111 S. Cedar or call 445-2406 for more information.

"This will be a very entertaining evening for everyone and we want everyone to come out and join us," said Gholson.

Special entertainment is planned for the halftime show.

The Harlem Entertainers consist of "Wizard" Washington who played for Goose Tatum; "Showboat" Brannon _ played with the Harlem Wizards; "Badnews" Hardiman _ played for the Harlem Wizards; "Dr. Dunk" Leroy Harper of Brooklyn, N.Y.; "T-Bone" Posey of Burnsville, MN; "Razzle Dazzle" Jo Von Singleton of Los Angeles, Calif.; "Silky" Leroy Hudson _ Atlanta, Ga.; "Youngblood" Washington _ Milwaukee, WI and "Sidekick" Rhomie Chamberlain _ Portland, Ore.

Benefit softball tourney planned for next weekend

PECOS, Wed., April 3, 2002 -- A men's softball tournament will be held the weekend of April 12-14 at the Pecos softball fields, to benefit youth attending the World Youth Day in Canada this summer.

Entry fee will be $110.

For more information contact Chap at 445-1772 or Lupe Herrera at Gibson True Value, 810 W. Walthall St.

Sign-ups starting at rec department for girls' softball

PECOS, Wed., April 3, 2002 -- Registration is underway at the Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department for the summer girls softball program.

The program is open to girls ages 7-15, with an entry fee of $10 per child. Forms can be picked up at the RCCRD office at the old Pecos High School gym.

A birth certificate and signatures from both parents are needed on the registration forms. For further information, call 447-9776.


PECOS, Wed., April 3, 2002 -- High Tues. 84. Low this morning 41. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 40 to 45. SE winds 5 to 10 mph. Thurs.: Mostly sunny and warmer. Highs near 80. SE winds 10 to 20 mph. Thurs. night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. Fri.: Partly cloudy and breezy. Highs in the mid 80s. Sat.: Partly cloudy and breezy: With a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows 50 to 55. Highs 80 to 85.


Manuel Mondragon

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