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WASHINGTON – New Mexico small business leader Janice Lucero of Albuquerque was the guest of U.S. Senator Tom Udall at a Capitol Hill discussion on best practices creating jobs and strengthening America’s economy.

Lucero is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MVD Express, a public-private partnership with the State of New Mexico that provides high-quality, efficient motor vehicle services throughout 11 locations in the state.

Representatives from the technology, IT, manufacturing, food industry and more from a dozen states attended the meeting hosted by Udall and the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, with MVD Express providing an example of its successful public-private partnership.

Click here to view a photo of Mrs. Lucero in Senator Udall’s Washington D.C. office.

Click here to view a photo of Mrs. Lucero & Senator Udall at the Steering Committee meeting.

“Washington can learn a lot from the success of New Mexico companies like MVD Express,” said Udall. “Janice has done a terrific job building a company that creates jobs while providing important services to New Mexico. I was proud to showcase her proven results on growing the economy from the middle-class out.”

“MVD Express was proud to attend today’s Senate Steering and Outreach Committee meeting to share how entrepreneurs are working hard to expand our economy,” said Lucero. “During a slow economic downtime in 2010, we invested in the development of our real capital – our people. As a result, we grew from 63 to 100 employees just three years later. MVD Express is committed to growing the economy even more while providing the quick and efficient services New Mexico residents have come to expect.”

According to the most recent data available from the Small Business Administration, New Mexico is home to more than 150,000 small businesses – representing almost 96 percent of all employers.