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Business Bites chews on social marketing

The impact of social marketing is almost overwhelming these days: Facebook, Twitter, My Space, Flickr, YouTube, Tripadvisor and blogs.

Can these interactive digital methods actually impact your business? Can they generate sales or cause someone not to patronize your business?

The Business Bites Seminar on Sept. 15 will focus on the “buzz” of these marketing techniques — yes, marketing techniques.

Some businesses are actually using these methods, instead of building Web sites. And many other businesses are enhancing their sites and generating sales through an interactive approach.

Marcy Mitchell, with MTECH, will host this Business Bites class: “Drawing Customers In and Expanding Leads Through Social Marketing.”

If you don’t know any of the terms listed, you need to attend this session just to get introduced to the terminology and gist of the next generation of marketing. More than 250 million users are on Facebook; that’s no small number.

Can you Twitter? This “micro-blogging” site grew by 1,700 percent over the past year!

We expect this class to be quite popular, and space is limited.

Business Bites will be held at noon on Sept. 15 at Boss Hogg’s Restaurant. The cost is $12 for Chamber members and $15 for non-members, and includes a choice of entrees, non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity.

Seating is limited, so please call the Chamber at 264-2360 to reserve your space. Walk-ins are always welcome as long as space is available.

Tool Belts and Tiaras

Habitat for Humanity in Archuleta County will host a gala adult evening celebrating its 15th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Pagosa Springs Community Center. Dancing to “Leadfoot Ruthie,” hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and silent and live auctions will make up the evening entitled, “Tool Belts and Tiaras.”

Included in the auction will be custom birdhouses and a 6x6 children’s playhouse.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door and are available at the Chamber Visitor Center and at the Habitat Office on San Juan Street. Come out for a night of rollicking fun and festivities.

Call the Habitat office at 264-6960 for more information.

Membership news

No new members to welcome this week but some great renewals: Higher Grounds Coffee; Abracadabra, with Ray and Robin Ball; Civil Design Team with Scott Farnham and Judy Nicholson; Brooks Lindner and the Sonrisas Spanish School; and the Pagosa Springs Area Association of Realtors.

We hope everyone stays busy over the ColorFest weekend. Show your family and friends a great time in our community and enjoy all the festivities.