Business Briefs: Cid's invites public to design its T-shirt

By Doug Cantwell
Posted 1/24/20

Because Taos is a town of artists, Cid's Market has decided this is the year to stage its first-ever "Design Our New T-Shirt" contest.

If your design is selected, you'll win a $500 Cid's gift certificate, and T-shirts will be printed for you and the entire Cid's staff.

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Business Briefs: Cid's invites public to design its T-shirt


Because Taos is a town of artists, Cid's Market has decided this is the year to stage its first-ever "Design Our New T-Shirt" contest.

If your design is selected, you'll win a $500 Cid's gift certificate, and T-shirts will be printed for you and the entire Cid's staff.

The rules are pretty straightforward:

• One entry per contestant.

• Submit your entry by Feb. 16.

• Once all entries are in, Cid's customers are invited to vote on the entries for one week: Feb. 17-23.

• No purchase necessary.

• You must live within a 60-mile radius of Cid's Food Market.

• To enter or vote, you must have a Facebook account.

• Your entry must have one of the following file extensions: .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .png.

• To enter, upload your art to Cid's Facebook contest entry page:

HIVE Project to participate in nationwide rural innovation program

The University of New Mexico-Taos' Hub of Internet-based Vocations and Education (HIVE) project will receive funding as a participant in the 2020 Rural Innovation Initiative.

Selected as one of 10 projects in a nationwide competition, Taos HIVE will receive technical assistance from Rural Innovation Strategies Inc. (RISI), which is funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, to catalyze internet-based job creation and online small business development.

The HIVE Project adapts the nationally trending model of the co-working office and small business development hub to include UNM-Taos adult education and college classrooms all under one roof. HIVE provides the education and training, basic supports, job opportunities and networking opportunities needed for upward mobility.

"Taos HIVE stood out to us for their inclusive approach to developing strategies that tackle poverty, as well as their dedication and creativity toward building a vibrant entrepreneurial digital ecosystem by focusing on career education for the underserved," said Matt Dunne, executive director of RISI and founder of the Center on Rural Innovation.

"The fact that Taos HIVE was the only rural community to win a grant through the Institute for Educational Leadership's 'Minds That Move Us' national competition demonstrates their tremendous leadership and forward thinking," Dunne continued. "We're excited to partner with this team to help them build on the strong groundwork that has already been laid."

Rural Innovation will work with HIVE and the nine other participants to identify and prepare for federal and other funding opportunities that align with their respective goals. Participants will also have access to technical assistance to refine their economic development strategies, help them identify partnerships and leverage existing resources.

The HIVE Project is supported by UNM-Taos, the Taos Community Foundation, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, Kit Carson Internet, the LOR foundation, FatPipe, the town of Taos and the Northern Area Local Workforce Development Board.

Attorney general defends student loan borrowers

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a coalition of 18 other states and the District of Columbia in supporting congressional efforts to reject the so-called Borrower Defense Rule enacted by the U.S. Department of Education, claiming that it fails to protect student loan borrowers from unscrupulous for-profit schools.

"New Mexican students trying to make a better life for themselves and their families should never be the victims of predatory lending, and this attempt to strip them of the protections they need is unacceptable," said Balderas. "The safety and welfare of our students is our priority, and we will continue to fight to protect them."

According to a letter submitted by the attorneys general, the DOE's rule provides no realistic prospect for borrowers to discharge their loans when they have been defrauded by predatory for-profit schools, and it eliminates financial responsibility requirements for those same institutions. "If this rule goes into effect, the result will be disastrous for students while providing a windfall to abusive schools," the letter states.

The DOE's new rule would rescind and replace its comprehensive 2016 Borrower Defense Rule, which included a thorough rule-making process that addressed borrower defense and financial responsibility and was based on the views of numerous schools, stakeholders and public commenters. The 2016 rule also provided borrowers who had been defrauded with a transparent process for seeking debt relief and protected taxpayers by holding schools accountable for their misconduct.

The letter also stated that the DOE's 2019 rule provides an unworkable process for defrauded students seeking to obtain loan debt relief, arguing that it will do nothing to deter or hold accountable schools that cheat their students. Instead of ensuring that borrowers do not bear the costs of institutional misconduct, the rule empowers predatory for-profit schools and cuts off relief for victimized students.

Investigations and enforcement actions by attorneys general have revealed the misconduct of numerous for-profit schools and helped secure relief for tens of thousands of student borrowers.

Balderas joined the attorneys general of California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia in submitting the letter to Congress.


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