Agriculture industry suppliers in Doña Ana County invited to join Borderplex Alliance Manufacturing Supplier Association


Contact: Kristie Garcia
Public Affairs Director, New Mexico Department of Agriculture

Contact: Natalie Littlefield,
Vice President of Strategy, The Borderplex Alliance

May 24, 2021

Agriculture industry suppliers in Doña Ana County invited to join Borderplex Alliance Manufacturing Supplier Association

Doña Ana County ag businesses also invited to join export initiatives

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LAS CRUCES – The Borderplex Alliance seeks agriculture industry suppliers in Doña Ana County to join its newly-created supplier association. The next Borderplex Alliance Manufacturing Supplier Association’s meeting will be held virtually at 12 p.m. MT Thursday, May 27. To RSVP/register, visit .

If unable to attend this meeting, businesses can receive a recording of the event and be added to the listserv by emailing Christian Diaz,

“At this meeting, we are presenting some amazing funding opportunities related to e-commerce and exporting for small businesses in New Mexico, Texas and Mexico,” said The Borderplex Alliance Vice President of Strategy, Natalie Littlefield. “For example, these programs can help agriculture industry businesses with web development and digital marketing.”

Featured guest speakers include:

  • Luis Godoy Rueda, General Director, Global Economic Intelligence Unit at the Mexican Ministry of Economy 
  • Nora Noble-Christoff, Grants Coordinator, Trade and Business Development Department at the Texas Department of Agriculture 
  • Randy Trask, President, New Mexico Trade Alliance
  • Celeste Nunez, International Marketing Manager, New Mexico Trade Alliance
  • Alma Aranda, Workforce Development Director, Workforce Solutions Borderplex 

New Mexico Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte encourages agriculture industry suppliers to take advantage of this opportunity.

“This is a unique event for ag industry suppliers in Doña Ana County, and I encourage those in the industry to take advantage of these funding opportunities to enhance their businesses,” said Witte.

The Borderplex Alliance also invites Doña Ana County suppliers in the agriculture industry to take part in the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). The State of New Mexico was awarded STEP grant funds by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to assist eligible small business concerns in New Mexico to export their products abroad. The program offers assistance with booth space, interpreters, export training programs and US Department of Commerce’s Gold Key matchmaking services in major markets abroad. Additional eligible activities added to the program in light of COVID-19 travel restrictions and negative impact on small businesses include website optimization for ecommerce and virtual trade shows.

The program’s objectives are to increase the number of small businesses that are exporting and to increase the value of exports for those small businesses that are currently exporting. STEP services are managed and provided at the local level by the New Mexico Economic Development Department, Office of International Trade.

To begin the STEP application process, eligible small business concerns from the State of New Mexico should contact Celeste Nunez, International Marketing Manager from the New Mexico Trade Alliance at

The Borderplex Alliance is an award-winning economic development and policy advocacy organization. The alliance is independent, non-partisan, and private sector-led. Its mission is to bring jobs, hope and opportunity to the Borderplex region.

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture benefits the public by promoting the viability and advancement of New Mexico agriculture and affiliated industries. The agency promotes a fair marketplace, food protection, marketing, and economic development; supports the beneficial use and conservation of natural resources; and works cooperatively with the public and private sectors. For grant cycles beginning in 2019, the agency has administered over $1.5 million in funds to support agriculture initiatives in the state through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and Healthy Soil Program combined.

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