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Local Cassidy named as veterans business adviser

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James Cassidy will assist veterans interested in starting or expanding their own businesses in south or southeast New Mexico. (Submitted Photo)

The New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center has named James Cassidy as its veterans business advisor.

The outreach center is the business development division of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services.
Cassidy will be based in Roswell to provide free assistance to entrepreneurial-minded veterans in southern and southeastern New Mexico. He will report to VBOC Director Rich Coffel from the outreach center’s main office in Albuquerque.
Cassidy has been working in Roswell as the southeast region coordinator for the NMDVS Rural Veterans Coordination Program.
Cassidy’s appointment will allow the outreach center to expand its mission of assisting veterans in New Mexico looking to start their own business or expand an existing operation, said NMDVS Secretary Jack Fox.
According to Fox, Cassidy was selected after an intensive search that drew applications from several dozen candidates.
“Jim has built a stellar reputation throughout southern and southeastern New Mexico as someone who is passionate about helping veterans succeed after their military service,” said Fox. “His knowledge about and dedication to the job of how we serve veterans will be a tremendous asset for the VBOC as we expand our reach in the region.”
Cassidy came to the NMDVS two years ago from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, where he served as a Roswell-based Disabled Veterans Outreach Program specialist. Previously, he was a DVOP specialist and a local veterans employment representative in Clovis.
He is also an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who retired after 20 years of service with the U. S. Air Force, having been stationed in bases and temporary duty assignments around the globe working in aircraft maintenance and logistics. After retirement, Cassidy continued his aviation career in Roswell as vice president of Great Southwest Aviation until 2012. Cassidy earned several degrees in professional aeronautics and aviation safety during his career.
The Veterans Business Outreach Center was created by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services. It was the first state-funded center in the nation created specifically to help veterans and is funded through a grant by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Cassidy can be reached at jamesm.cassidy@state.nm.us or 505-228-3024.