It’s showtime for the Chamber Saturday

On Saturday, Jan. 24, beginning at 6 p.m., the Chamber of Commerce will host their annual membership meeting and celebration.

This year, the venue will be at the beautiful Winslow on the Shire, three miles south on U.S. 84.

The house will be set up for a wonderful flow; there will be several cash bars, hors d’oeuvres and pizza stations, as well as food that is passed around by Alley House Grille, and lots of room for sitting and visiting. Providing plenty of room to park and several entrances to the house, we will be there to make sure you have a grand time. Winslow on the Shire is unique and versatile and we are excited to host this event in the facility — to see the house is worth the price of admission.

The Citizen and Volunteer of the Year recipients have been chosen and we are pleased to distribute those awards at this event, as well as the Pagosa Pride awards. The recipients are well known in our community and deserving of the awards. It was a difficult decision for the committee to choose winners, as all the nominees were very deserving.

This will also be the last time you will be able to vote for three of the six candidates who are running for the Chamber board of directors. The winners will serve three-year terms. It is important that you vote either at the party or beforehand so you can choose the people you want to represent the business community. There is only one vote per membership. The Chamber board needs to continue to be a vibrant, involved part of the business community.

With the theme being,“Some Enchanted Evening,” attire for the party can be enchanting costumes or just evening attire. Have fun with the theme and come prepared to have a great time.

Tickets are available at the Chamber, $35 in advance and $40 at the door. For tickets or information, call 264-2360.

Leading Edge

Beginning Thursday, Feb. 5, Archuleta Economic Development Association will begin its 12- week Leading Edge class. This intensive program is geared to encourage business expansion and growth for both startups and existing companies. It teaches the art of better business practices, while participants produce a comprehensive business plan to guide the owner’s decisions and activities.

The class will be held every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the community center. The class is $280, or $395 if you would like three hours of college credit. Region 9 Economic Development District is sponsoring one $280 scholarship, which you can apply for online. If you finish the class and present an acceptable business plan, the Fort Lewis College SBDC will provide a $100 reimbursement scholarship. There is also going to be a business plan competition: first place brings a $500 cash award; second place, $250, and third place, a $100 cash award.

For more information on this opportunity, call Bart Mitchell at 731-1443, or go online to www.aedaed.org for the admission or scholarship applications. Sign up now and start working on your business strategy.

Art Contest

The Pagosa Artisans’ Co-op is hosting an art contest every month for different age groups. In January, the contest will be for children grades one to four. Children may submit artwork in any medium to the Pagosa Artisans’ Co-op by 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. The winners will be chosen and announced at a reception Sunday, Feb.15 from 1- 4 p.m.

What is considered artwork? Painting, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, drawings, etc. The possibilities are endless. Next month, the contest will include children in grades five and six. For rules and applications, stop by the co-op at 150 Pagosa St.

Membership News

We have an addition to an existing Chamber member to welcome aboard this week. Crazy Horse Outfitters, with Willie Swanda, brings Crazy Horse Old West Photos to the Chamber membership roster. Crazy Horse Old West Photos is located downtown, at 420 A Pagosa St. They can produce those fun and crazy old-time photos in full costume. Call for an appointment at 946-5940, or stop by their store.

Renewals this week include: Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant; Kip’s Grill and Cantina; First Inn of Pagosa; Blanco Dove Ministries, Art Gallery and Studio; Curt Christensen, CPA; Holladay Auto and Truck Repair; Short Civil Engineering; and Sharon Garrison with Sharon’s Cottage Creations.

Our friends of the Chamber this week are Jon and Char Neill and Shari and Gus Gustafson. Both couples are great supporters of the Chamber and of events in this community. Thank you.

Don’t forget to get your tickets for a fabulous “enchanting evening” at Winslow on the Shire. You can be ahead of the curve and know all the award winners and will have been involved in adding to the fun at the Chamber membership celebration. We look forward to announcing new events, honoring some of Pagosa’s citizens, and having a good time.