Former Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham is proud to announce Duran Central Pharmacy as the Featured Small Business for the month of September. Lujan Grisham will be at Duran Central Pharmacy, 1815 Central Avenue, NW, on Saturday Sept. 8, 2012 at 8 a.m., to answer questions about the Small Business Saturday initiative.
Duran Central Pharmacy, which features a unique diner/pharmacy setting, is a frequent stop for locals and tourists. All of Duran’s food is made in-house, including the hand-rolled tortillas. As September is the height of chile roasting season, the Bernalillo County Commission selected Duran (known for its excellent green chile) as an ideal example of a locally owned and run business. The authentic New Mexican food is a local favorite and the pharmacy is one of the only remaining independently owned pharmacies in Albuquerque.
The Bernalillo County “Small Business Saturdays” initiative is designed to promote small companies and encourage Bernalillo County residents and visitors to buy locally.
“Duran Central Pharmacy is an excellent example of the local entrepreneurs we want to highlight,” Lujan Grisham says. “What they offer to this community cannot be replaced at a national chain store. When we shop at businesses like this, 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 participant in the “Small Business Saturdays” program. Any Bernalillo County small business will be eligible to participate. Business owners can register for the program at www.bernco.gov/smallbiz
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy,” Lujan Grisham 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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