Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie HartStebbins is proud to announce “Land of Enfigment” as the featured small business for the month of July. The commissioner will be at the Fig Man’s booth at the Downtown Grower’s Market, Saturday July 7 at 8am, Robinson Park, 8th & Central to answer questions about the Small Business Saturday initiative.
Lloyd Kreitzer, “The Fig Man,” is a local small business owner who sells 84 varieties of local Albuquerque and New Mexico historical fig trees at local grower’s markets throughout the year. Kreitzer is the author of a local fig manual and a font of information about New Mexico history. He can track immigration waves to New Mexico by the fig species and is known to start conversations with local fig tree owners by explaining the history and identifying the fig in question by their taste and texture.
The Bernalillo County “Small Business Saturdays” initiative is designed to promote small companies and encourage Bernalillo County residents and visitors to buy locally. “The Fig Man is an excellent example of the entrepreneurs we want to highlight,” Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins says. “What he offers to this community cannot be replaced at a national chain store or on an out-of-state website. When we shop at businesses like his, our money is reinvested in our community and our homegrown businesses thrive. This improves our local economy and the quality of life in our community.”
The Bernalillo County initiative highlights selected small businesses monthly at commission meetings, promotes them on the county’s web site and places a sign where the small business owner sells their wares, designating them as a participate in the “Small Business Saturdays” program. Any Bernalillo County small business is eligible to participate. Business owners can register for the program at www.bernco.gov/smallbiz
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy,” Michelle Lujan Grisham, the County Commissioner who started the Bernalillo County Small Business Saturday initiative, says “There are nearly 20,000 businesses in Bernalillo County that are critical to our economic future and I encourage people to support them.”
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