Business in Brief – March 21

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Posted 3/20/19

Local favorite Mante's Chow Cart at 402 Paseo del Pueblo Sur has recently been spotted on the far southern end of town at a second location.The food truck turned local hot …

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Business in Brief – March 21


More Mante's Chow Cart

Local favorite Mante's Chow Cart at 402 Paseo del Pueblo Sur has recently been spotted on the far southern end of town at a second location.

The food truck turned local hot spot's sign was spied in the parking lot of La Cocina de Taos at 1541 Paseo. La Cocina and Mante's share ownership and the "Chow Cart" sign replaced La Cocina's Facebook profile picture.

Mante's Chow Cart is a local family-owned and -operated restaurant that serves its version of Northern New Mexican cuisine. Most famous for its unique burritos like the Suzie and Trujillo, Mante's expansion is the latest in a series of steps for the restaurant since its 1973 origins in Taos. In a social media post, La Cocina said that a new sign for Mante's would also be placed at the current Mante's location soon.

- Jesse Moya

High Country Real Estate Services in Taos wins achievement award

High Country Real Estate Services in Taos won a prestigious Member Achievement Award presented by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, an invitation-only global community of more than 565 independent real estate firms.

Award winners were announced during the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Annual Conference, which took place February 20-22 at Wynn Las Vegas, Nevada.

High Country Real Estate Services was recognized with the Crown of Excellence Award, which honors superior results in sending and servicing clients referred through the network. The award is presented to the member firm with the highest achievement in various referral performance metrics within their company-size category, including sales production, outgoing referral production and equivalent closings.

"We are honored to be the only brokerage chosen to represent Taos, New Mexico, in the real estate industry's world-wide franchise and network leader. To be recognized by the best of the best in this manner is comparable to winning an Oscar in the film industry," said Sharon Bumpas Gilster, owner/broker of High Country Real Estate Services, in a statement. "It is an extraordinary validation of our efforts to provide an exceptional real estate experience to our clients, and no other Taos brokerage has received four International real estate awards of this caliber."

High Country Real Estate Services is the Taos representative of LeadingRE (, a global real estate community that spans six continents. As a member of LeadingRE, High Country Real Estate Services provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in virtually any market worldwide.

High Country Real Estate Services is a multilingual, full-service brokerage serving the Taos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque markets.

For more information about High Country Real Estate Services, visit

- Submitted by High Country Real Estate

Hackers are after your small business

Jennifer Kurtz, cyber program director at Manufacturer's Edge in Colorado, boiled down the reasons small businesses should care about cybersecurity.

You want to keep your business, your reputation, your customers, your money and your people. You don't like getting sued. And you want to sleep well.

Kurtz told attendees at last fall's 2018 New Mexico MEP's Manufacturing Day that phishing, ransomware or security breaches result in data being stolen or compromised. And, she said, it has led to financial loss and, in some cases, businesses having to close entirely.

Kurtz reported that more than half of small or midsize businesses have experienced data breaches or cyber attacks. In 2016 alone, 70 percent of targeted attacks were aimed at small or midsize businesses and 60 percent of those were severely impaired by the attacks. Some 50 percent of small and midsize businesses were victims of ransomware, with 48 percent of the victims paying. All told, small businesses had an average cost of $38,000 to recover from the attacks.

She said 94 percent of hacks are made possible by people in the organization doing something that is preventable. That can be as simple as using public networks at hotels while traveling for business, not securing computers with appropriate passwords, responding to suspicious emails or opening attachments that allow malicious software to be installed surreptitiously on a computer.

"This is a business problem, not just a technology problem," Kurtz said. "Every business is being attacked, no matter how small. If, we mean when, it happens, you can lose your business."

Kurtz recommended that owners and managers educate themselves on available resources and make the time to educate employees about the risks of cyber breaches and attacks. Regularly review security and technology and write and enforce simple policies to ensure secure networks, she advised. Finally, Kurtz recommended preparing to respond to a breach by regularly backing up data, developing a plan of response when breaches inevitably happen and lining up a response team.

- Jason Gibbs, Finance New Mexico


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