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Web site addition: Tools for business success

How do you start a business?

What can a business do in these tough times?

How do you apply for a business license from the state, and locally?

What are the requirements for proper signage?

Are there grant opportunities out there, or where can you look for funding assistance?

These questions and pages more of answers are now at your fingertips on the Chamber Web site.

A wonderful new resource has been added to both the Chamber Web site and the Archuleta Economic Development Association Web site.

This resource is called “Tools for Business Success,” and is an invaluable tool for our businesses. The “Tools” site will also take you to other Web sites that include business library resources, local and state sources where you can find out about registering your business, proper forms to complete, information on how to start a business, including sole proprietorship, LLCs, S Corps, tax information and tax incentives, and so much more. There are also programs that can assist you with cash flow calculator sheets, free workshops including tips for “Recession Stressed Entrepreneurs,” a customer survey tool, compensatory wage scales, and many more business assistance tools.

If you have business questions, this site is a great starting point. Research your questions on the site and if you can’t find the answer, contact the Chamber. The Chamber and AEDA added “Tools for Business Success” site to our sites to assist businesses on many levels and make it super convenient; it’s just a click away.

We would like business owners to “play” with the site. Research questions and see if you can obtain the answer. If you can’t, please let us know. New information goes up almost weekly, and we can certainly give recommendations to the host company regarding information that we would like to see on the site. We’ll also be sending out regular tips that hopefully will be of interest to you and your business. Please give us your feedback as we continue to improve this great business tool. Check us out and bookmark us at or

Business Bites

Questions are pouring in again about the H1N1 virus.

How can I prevent it? Is there a vaccine I can take? Are there cases in Pagosa?

Colds and flu are also rampant in Pagosa right now. How can you avert a health crisis in your business this season? How can your workplace be healthier considering your business is in public interaction mode all day, every day? How can you assist your employees even if your company does not offer health benefits?

A representative of San Juan Basin Health Department will be our speaker at the October Business Bites luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Boss Hogg’s Restaurant. If you think you know all there is about San Juan Basin Health, then you should probably make the effort to come out and hear about all the services they offer these days. As business owners, we should know about our community resources and this service is a gem. Food programs, health screenings for adults and children, vaccines, food service management, drug programs and even home and business flu preparedness made easy will be highlighted.

Call the Chamber at 264-2360 to reserve your space. The luncheon is $12 and includes a choice of entree, beverage, gratuity, and tons of take-home information to put in to practice immediately. Don’t miss this important, short seminar and let’s see how healthy we can keep ourselves at our business and at home. You might avoid a work crisis just by picking up a few tips on keeping your workplace healthy and offering your employees alternatives for improved health for themselves and their families.

Membership news

Our renewals this week include the following businesses: Centurytel of Colorado, which will be changing its name to CenturyLink; SkyWerx Wireless Internet; Terry’s Ace Hardware; Kim Moore with Exit Realty Advantage Pagosa; and Tree of Life Massage, located at Satori Boutique.