The First-Ever Simulated Convention of States: NMBC President Carla Sonntag, along with NM Representative Yvette Herrell will be in Colonial Williamsberg later this week for a historic, simulated Convention of States. "Despite this year’s election chaos, I feel optimistic about the future of our nation. Why?

Last Chance to Nominate an NMBC Hero is this Friday: The Annual NMBC Heroes Banquet will be on November 17, from 6pm – 8pm, at the Albuquerque Marriott, 2101 Louisiana, NE. This uplifting banquet will honor Heroes in our state who devote their time, energy and talents to protect our families, expand free enterprise and improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans. The Deadline to Nominate a Hero is September 16.

If you know an Elected Official, Appointed Official, Business Leader, Community Leader, or Young leader who deserves to be recognized as an NMBC Hero, download the nomination form HERE and email it to NMBC at nmbiz@nmbizcoalition.org no later than 9-16-16.

So Many Issues: In the midst of important issues our elected officials (and voters) should be focused on, the Bernalillo County Commission has called a special meeting for Thursday, September 8, at 2pm. The point of the meeting is what to do with an Albuquerque Ordinance that will dictate to employers the type of paid leave they provide employees. While the issue is in Albuquerque for now, it has implications for every city in the state. NMBC will be at the meeting with several business owners to speak against the ordinance being placed on the November 8 ballot.

NMBC Invites You to Attend a Rally in SE New Mexico Supporting our Oil and Gas Industry and 'Push Back' Against the 'Keep it in the Ground-ers': Are you tired of special interest groups attacking New Mexico's Oil and Gas Industry with their anti-fossil fuel agenda? NMBC is and we're joining others to rally in Roswell, celebrating oil and gas and all that it means for NM. Join us Wednesday, August 31, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Roswell Convention and Civic Center Parking lot for a fun, free event!

Our Federal Government is Out of Control: Unless some political force outside of Washington, D.C., intervenes, the federal government will continue to bankrupt this nation, embezzle the legitimate authority of the states, and destroy the liberty of the people. Rather than securing the blessings of liberty for future generations, Washington, D.C., is on a path that will enslave our children and grandchildren to the debts of the past. The problem is big, but NMBC is up for the challenge and will be in Virginia to demonstrate a solution. Article V gives us a tool to fix the mess in D.C.

Historic Williamsburg, Va., will host a first-ever practice of a Convention of States (COS) next month. The practice COS will focus on shutting down President Obama's use of executive orders and blocking the Supreme Court's heavy hand by returning power to state governments long overshadowed by Washington. The "Convention of States Project" said Monday that it is hosting the meeting September 21-23 in Colonial Williamsburg to show how the event, proposed in the Constitution's Article V, would work to restore a power balance between the federal and state governments. Read more from the Washington Examiner HERE.

Join the NMBC in Roswell to Support and Celebrate New Mexico Oil and Gas: NMBC will be in Roswell to support and celebrate all that New Mexico Oil and Gas producers do for our state. Please join us on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center Parking Lot.

National groups that are pushing the ‘keep it in the ground’ agenda are again trying to make sure they are the only voice heard. NMBC, along with others in the state who appreciates all the GOOD that comes from oil and gas will make sure our voices are heard too! Don’t miss this free event that will have food, music and lots of fun. More information about the event HERE.

NMBC Members Give NM Public Regulation Commissioners Feedback supporting Cleaner Air and Carbon-Free Energy in NM (Sign the Petition HERE): An articulate and engaged NMBC member had some the following thoughtful feedback for the NM PRC:

“Dear NMPRC Commissioners: I respectfully submit to all five PRC Commissioners the following comments in opposition to the proposed rate cuts.

The NMPRC may be on the cusp of making a really bad decision to cut PNM’s requested rate by about two-thirds. While the PRC Evaluator may believe that such a reduction is in the best interest of the rate payers, I think that not having the leverage of PNM’s negotiated Palo Verde position will be more expensive in the long run because alternative fuels to supply the delta distribution will be more costly than nuclear and contain carbon emissions; which nuclear does not.

NMBC Puts New Mexico ‘Back on the Map,’ at the 2016 Conference of State Manufacturers Associations (COSMA): As the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) State Affiliate Group (SAG), NMBC represented New Mexico last week at the annual COSMA in Biloxi, Mississippi. It’s been nine years since NM was at COSMA, meeting with other SAGs, industry experts and top NAM officials and NMBC is proud to put our state ‘back on the map,’ advocating for this very important aspect of our economy!

New Mexico can’t go much lower in many of our national ratings and the outflow of great people is evident that many are looking for something better. No doubt about it, there has to be something better for our educational system and our economy.

But what about making it better here? What about getting out of the cesspool of opinions about New Mexico and looking for solutions?

We want to hear from you on ideas that go beyond the ‘box’ of our borders – that span the horizons to better our lives in New Mexico. Here are a couple of ideas that are hugely outside the norm and, quite frankly, outside the comfort zone of many:

The Farmington Job Interview BASH (Business and Social Hour) held on July 26th was a great success, informative and a lot of fun too! The event provided some of New Mexico’s statewide and congressional candidates the opportunity to let voters know where they stand on the issues.

The New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) thanks our event partner, Audra Winters, Executive Director of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce, our host, T. Greg Merrion, Merrion Oil and Gas, and Eddy Aragon, The Rock of Talk who interviewed candidates.

REMINDER: The Farmington Candidate Job Interviews are tonight! The BASH (Business and Social Hour), is from 5:00 pm– 7:00 pm tonight at Merrion Oil and Gas.

We see acts of extreme bravery each and every day from men and women who put their lives on the line to protect and serve us. President Ronald Reagan once said, “Those who say that we're in a time when there are no heroes, they just don't know where to look.”

NMBC couldn’t agree more. There ARE many Heroes protecting our way of life and we wanted to say, “Thank You,” to our men and women in blue with this video by Paul Harvey titled ‘Policeman’.

Why Does the NMBC Care About Business? The work and success of the NMBC equates to a brighter future for all New Mexicans and local businesses. It gives all New Mexicans the opportunity for a better economy through private sector job growth. NMBC is proud to profile some hard working people and great businesses that provide the jobs, products and services that improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans.

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Eddy Aragon is the CEO of Rock of Talk LLC, a media company comprised of two radio channels on Fox News ABQ.FM- 95.9 FM and AM 1600. It also has over 100 radio stations located at www.abq.fm and on the apps for Android and Apple mobile phones. The stations are locally owned and operated and have great advertising platforms to promote businesses and initiatives.

Eddy is an 11th Generation New Mexican, a graduate of the University of New Mexico with Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Economics. He has worked in Washington D.C. for Jeff Bingaman and on several campaigns including those for Tom Udall and former Speaker of the House Raymond Sanchez.

As NMBC seeks to promote New Mexico business growth, we invite you to consider advertising on these platforms. Here’s what you will receive as part of a special offer if you become a monthly subscriber by July 31st, 2016:

The reasons New Mexico has some of the highest unemployment, poverty and crime rates in the nation are complex. One thing stands out, however, and it points to the value of quality leadership.

It's not uncommon in New Mexico to hear of federal investigations and court actions to include oversight of an appointed 'Special Master' or 'Monitor' due to problems with how things have (or have not) been done. Regardless of the complexity of the issues, it's evident that leadership at many levels has an important role in where we are today and the ability of our state to improve as we go forward.

So the question is: "Can leaders improve, learn from others and be motivated to do better?" Fortunately, the answer is 'yes,' and the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) is coming up on August 11th and 12th to provide that opportunity. With five in-state locations to choose from, New Mexicans don't have to travel far to benefit from outstanding faculty of world-class teachers and speakers either. New Life New Mexico, at 2701 American Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM, 87124 is hosting the GLS for the second year in a row.

Register for the GLS in New Mexico today!

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