Jerry Schalow Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO

The performance of small businesses is crucial, not just to business owners but to the economy of New Mexico as well.
Our state is built on the success of small businesses, which are the primary source of jobs, pride and tax dollars that drive our economy. The Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce has focused on supporting the efforts of our locally owned businesses during one of the most trying times in the history of the United States.
Our local businesses are important to drive our economic recovery, and we know these business owners and employees; they are our family, friends and neighbors.
According to, as of last week, Sandoval County has increased consumer spending by 6.4 percent, compared to the pandemic’s start last year. Small business revenue is up 20.7 percent in the county, which is the only county in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona or Colorado that can make this claim.
In comparison, New Mexico is down 32.7 percent in small-business revenue, Albuquerque is down 30.3 percent and Santa Fe is down 30.5 percent. These results are compiled by Harvard, Brown University and the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation.
A story like this is because of you. If you live in Rio Rancho, Corrales, Bernalillo, Placitas, Cuba, Jemez Springs or anywhere in between, you have shown your support and belief in our community. Not every business in Sandoval County is improving, but our combined efforts are having a positive impact.
When was the last time anywhere in New Mexico was No. 1?
Today, much of New Mexico is now yellow or green, so we can support our local businesses with expanded options. The chamber has been offering free advertising for businesses via radio, newsprint and online social media to support these businesses.
On behalf of the chamber and local businesses, thank you!
“This is great news,” said Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull. “I have long held, and now we are seeing the proof, that shopping local has a positive impact on local businesses and local government. The impact of Rio Rancho and Sandoval County citizens supporting local businesses has aided in the survival of many small businesses and helped local government provide consistent services during a very difficult time. Thank you to everyone and a huge shout-out to the Rio Rancho chamber for their commitment to local businesses.”
In addition, Sandoval County Commissioner Dave Heil said, “We are No. 1 because of the outstanding collaboration within our community. Thanks to all who are working hard to keep Sandoval County growing.”
For more information on area businesses, go to the chamber’s website, See a virtual tour of local businesses on our Facebook page with Chamber Chat or with Tour De Local.
Once again, thank you! Eat. Drink. Shop. Play. Local!
(Jerry Schalow is president of the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce.)