national trade association

FARMINGTON Garcia & Co. Jewelers has joined Jewelers of America, the largest national association for fine jewelry retailers.

Jewelers of America members adhere to a Code of Professional Practices, which sets social, environmental and ethical business standards.

"We joined JA because their mission of high ethical business standards is completely in line with what we do," Garcia & Co. Jewelers owner Mark Garcia said in a news release. "We provide customers with the most stunning fine jewelry, but always with the highest social, environmental, and ethical good in mind."

Garcia & Co. Jewelers has been in business since 1989 and specializes in fine diamond jewelry and engagement rings. It is located at 4540 East Main St. in Farmington. For more information, call 505-326-7353 or visit www.garciajewelers.com.

Forum targets women,

minority-owned businesses

FARMINGTON San Juan College will host the Four Corners Diverse Business Development Forum on Oct. 18.

The workshop aims to help small businesses owned by women, minorities and veterans achieve self-sufficiency.

The event is set for 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 18 at the college's Henderson Fine Arts Center. There is no charge to small business owners.

Sponsors include Arizona Public Service Co. and the Four Corners Power Plant, the Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development, the New Mexico Small Business Administration and Veterans Procurement Assistance Center, ConocoPhillips, Public Service Company of New Mexico, the city of Farmington and San Juan County.

For more information, contact Alicia Corbell by email at corbella@sanjuancollege.edu, or register online at www.nmsbdc.org/farmington/showevent.html.

Real estate office opens

FARMINGTON A new real estate office opened in early September east Farmington.

Golden Door Realty has three Realtors handling residential and commercial real estate transactions.

Julie Blair, previously of Re/Max and ERA Four Corners Real Estate, opened the office to start her own business. "I got my broker's license and just wanted to do my thing," she said.

Golden Door's other agents are Treva Fox-Christy and Rebecca Swarts.

Golden Door Realty, 4022 E. Main St., is open Monday-Friday and weekend by appointment. The office may be reached at 505-325-4153.

Durango company SoundTraxx

recognized

DURANGO SoundTraxx, a company that makes realistic sounds for model trains, has been named one of the Colorado Companies to Watch.

The Durango company is located at 210 Rock Point Dr., in the Durango Tech Center.

Colorado Companies to Watch is a program of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and several partners. The program focuses on fast-growing companies based in Colorado.

Eligible companies must have six to 99 full-time equivalent employees, and $750,000 to $50 million in sales or working capital.

Durango to host Manhattan

Short Film Festival

DURANGO The Durango Arts Center will screen the 15th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival on Sept. 28 and Oct. 7.

The film festival selected 10 short films as finalists from 520 entries received from 49 countries. Each film is 18 minutes or less in length.

Countries represented this year include Norway, The Netherlands, Russia, England, Ireland, Peru, France, Romania, Spain and the U.S. in what festival organizers describe as the "United Nations of Film Festivals."

The festival will screen at only four locations in Colorado Denver, Boulder, Vail and Durango.

Tickets will be sold at the door, which will open for seating 30 minutes prior to show time. Tickets are $10 per person, or $5 for students. Films are appropriate for patrons age 14 or older.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Sept. 28 and 7 p.m. Oct. 7

Both screenings will be held at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave., in Durango.

The Manhattan Shorts Film Festival is brought to Durango by the Durango Independent Film Festival.

For more information, visit www.Manhattanshort.com.

Hospitality seminar set

FARMINGTON The Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau will host a hospitality training seminar featuring speaker John Garcia on Sept. 28.

The "State of Enchantment Spirit of Service" seminar will tackle what customers want and how to give it to them, why employees are so important to service delivery and essential steps to service excellence.

The event will be held 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m. and 2:-3:45 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St.

The cost is $10 per person, or $5 for Convention and Visitors Bureau members. Tourism Association of New Mexico members get in free.

For more information, contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 505-326-7602. The event is presented by the Tourism Association of New Mexico and the New Mexico Restaurant Association, and sponsored by Wells Fargo & Co.

Local bank to debut new website

FARMINGTON Ð Four Corners Community Bank, based in Farmington, launched its revamped website in September.

In a release, the bank said the website will be easier to use and cleaner in design.

"Our new site is simplified and easy to use," said Sheila Mathews, president and CEO. "It acts as a customer-facing information portal that allows small businesses, new residents and new customers to read about us and our mission, and find key contact information, such as if you lose your debit card or if your credit card is compromised."

Mathews added, "Even more importantly, we added a new contact form for those who would like to be contacted or arrange an appointment to meet with a bank officer. The new site is just one new upgrade that shows FCCB as the leading community business bank in the Four Corners."

Contact Jessica Finocchio at 505-327-3222 or email askmybanker@thebankforme.com with any questions.