PNM Entrepreneurial Award Winners: from left, Nicole Villareal, Pioneer Award; Silvia Terrazas, Entrepreneur of the Year Award; Karen Carr, Rural Entrepreneur Award; Jennifer, Neil and Ty Juana Hise, CEMCO, Leadership Award; Elisa Dry, Emerging Entrepreneur Award; Mickey Rogers, Rising Star Award; Roy Miller, Entrepreneurial Advocate Award
Albuquerque, NM; June 20, 2008 – This year’s entrepreneurial award winners are all from outside of Albuquerque, a clear indication of the vibrancy of rural businesses in New Mexico. From Silver City to Santa Fe, these business owners have proven that a well-designed and executed business plan can succeed outside of major metropolitan areas.
PNM and WESST started the Entrepreneurial Leadership Awards Program in 2000 to acknowledge entrepreneurial excellence in New Mexico. The program is designed to honor some of our state’s most successful women and minority-owned small and micro businesses who are frequently excluded from traditional awards programs.
RISING STAR AWARD: MICHELE (MICKEY) ROGERS
Pet Suites, Inc – Santa Fe, NM Mickey Rogers is the kind of person who goes above and beyond for family, friends, and clients. She donates her money, time, talents and merchandise to almost anyone who has a legitimate need. Mickey started “Critter Sitters,” a pet sitting business which grew rapidly and ultimately led to the creation of “Pet Suites, Inc.”, a state-of-the-art pet boarding and grooming business. Pet Suites, Inc. has increased 600% in its first two years of operation and employs 6 full-time and 3 part-time employees, some of whom have disabilities. Award Sponsor: Intel Corporation
Michele (Mickey) Rogers
Pet Suites owner Michele "Mickey" Rogers is an active participant in animal rescue and an advocate of animal rights. Years ago she started "Critter Sitters" a pet-sitting company which grew through popular demand and led to the creation of Pet Suites, Inc. Mickey is happy to have created jobs for many people and provided a safe, loving place for people to board their pets.