Taos County business

Business briefs: August 16

Chamber networking, regional transit award, Guzman Energy Group, OSHA offers free program

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Posted 8/17/18

Upcoming chamber networking events: The Taos County Chamber of Commerce hosts a networking event on the second Thursday of each month. The events are held at different locations around Taos from …

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Taos County business

Business briefs: August 16

Chamber networking, regional transit award, Guzman Energy Group, OSHA offers free program

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Upcoming chamber networking events

The Taos County Chamber of Commerce hosts a networking event on the second Thursday of each month. The events are held at different locations around Taos from 5:30-7 p.m.  Check taoschamber.com for updates in case locations change. 

 The next meetup is planned Sept. 13 at Habitat for Humanity of Taos followed by one Oct. 11 at Taos Lifestyle.

 Regional transit honored with national award 

The North Central Regional Transit District was awarded a certificate for excellence in financial reporting for its annual report from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. 

NCRTD Finance Director Hector Ordoñez and Financial Analyst Pat Lopez were specifically named in the certificate award.

 “This award reflects the commitment of the NCRTD to meet the highest principles of governmental accounting, financial reporting and standards of communication and accountability to the constituents of Northern New Mexico,” said Ordoñez in a statement.

In November 2017, the department received its second consecutive award from the same organization for producing a “distinguished budget”.

Guzman Energy Group announces new investment funds

Guzman Energy Group, a Colorado-based wholesale power, energy trading and hedge fund services, announced it has secured $130 million in additional funds to “deliver cheaper and greener energy to consumers in the West and beyond.” The capital influx is from investors Vision Ridge Partners and ZOMA Capital.

In February 2017, Guzman Energy partnered with Kit Carson Electric Cooperative on a plan to expand solar energy production in Taos, Colfax and Río Arriba counties. The stated goal is to produce all day-time summer energy needs for all 30,000 KCEC customers from solar by 2022.

OSHA offers free health, safety program

Preventing job-related injuries and fatalities requires companywide safety consciousness and a commitment to spend time and money on workplace safety. Providing a safe, healthy workplace also increases productivity and lowers worker compensation payouts, according to the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau.

To encourage small businesses with 250 or fewer employees to take a proactive approach to workplace safety, federal OSHA provides 90 percent of the funds necessary to run the free and confidential New Mexico State Occupational Health and Safety Bureau Consultation Program. The point is to help employers find workable and cost-effective ways to eliminate or control dangerous conditions.

Participating in the program doesn’t guarantee that a company will pass an OSHA inspection, but employers learn what is required to comply with health and safety laws.

And they learn of the significant benefits of participating in the program: potential reduction of workplace accidents and lost work time, fewer fines and lower workers’ compensation insurance premiums and health care costs, and better retention as employees see that the company cares about their well-being.

To request a free and confidential onsite consultation, businesses should call (505) 476-8700 or visit the NM OSHA website at env.nm.gov/Ohsb_Website.

— Submitted reports

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