Hot! Small Business Success Stories

The National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show, a client of The Garrity Group, showcases the best and hottest of all things related to spice and barbecue. While companies throughout the world participate, the presence of New Mexico small businesses is what caught my attention this year.

Companies like Las Cruces’ Pastamore Gourmet Foods that featured balsamic vinegars, infused oils and pasta and Albuquerque’s Joliesse Chocolates with their unique confections and amazing cracked corn, were two of many New Mexico small businesses represented.

Others included the Lusty Monk Mustard based in Albuquerque, The Old Windmill Dairy based in McIntosh, Ranchline All Natural Lamb in Roswell as well as Elixir Boutique Chocolates and Disc-it outdoor grill in Albuquerque; all had something for every palate.

My takeaway from visiting with each of these small business owners is simple:  Despite the recession that our collective New Mexico economy is stuck in, small business ingenuity is alive and well because residents are pursuing their passion.

From an economic development perspective, these small businesses also represent the coveted “economic-based” jobs.  This means their product is exported outside of New Mexico generating a new revenue base for their community through direct spending and taxes paid.

Congratulations Dave DeWitt and the National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show for providing a national and international stage for New Mexico small businesses to shine.