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Two business classes offered in September

In September, there will be some significant business classes and seminars offered to the public.

On Thursday, Sept. 16, the Pagosa Springs Chamber, along with the Fort Lewis College Small Business Development Center (SBDC), will host a QuickBooks intro class. This class will be the first in a QuickBooks series offered during the next three months. This intro QB class is being offered due to the response from our Peer Networking initiative groups and feedback from members attending Business Bites. Bethany McManus will be the instructor. She is a certified QB instructor and conducts classes in Durango. The QB class will be held from 1-5 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The cost will be $30 for Chamber members and $40 for nonmembers. As an added bonus, the cost of the class also includes a follow-up private session with McManus the next week. Attendees can go back to their business after the class, implement what was learned, then get a follow-up session to answer any questions they might have.

This class will be followed in October with a QB payroll class with the day to be announced. Each class is independent and you can take the session, relative to your QuickBooks level. To register for the class, contact the Chamber, 264-2369, or the SBDC at 247-7611.

The next information session will be the September Business Bites. This session, offered on Tuesday, Sept. 21, will focus on Gateway Reservations and their involvement with tourism businesses in Pagosa. Gateway Reservations is the central reservations system the Town Tourism Committee has contracted with to enhance lodging and tourism activities through a website and via phone calls about Pagosa Springs. The September Business Bites is $5 for this session and includes lunch. This is an important talk for anyone in the tourism industry: lodging, activities such as skiing, horseback riding, outfitting, rental equipment and tours, and others. The session will last about an hour and there will be time afterwards to speak with Gateway Reservations representatives about any questions you might have. Gateway Reservations is a commission organization, but even if they sell a product with a commission (versus.a product just sitting there), aren’t you farther ahead? A percentage of nothing is still nothing, but a percentage of your regular fee is income to you. Come to the Ross Aragon Community Center to hear how this organization can help you attract business. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that you call the Chamber to reserve a spot so we can provide enough food. You can call 264-2360 and let us know your name and business.

We look forward to offering these classes so business owners can gain more exposure and develop and fine tune their skills. Please call the Chamber with any questions.

Labor Day holiday

Annual Sidewalk Sale: As the seasons begin to change, so does the merchandise in the stores. Merchants all over town will display items for the first time and enhance their display tables at the annual sidewalk sale. There will be great discounts offered by our retail merchants to encourage locals and visitors alike to pick up a unique item from one of Pagosa’s great retail stores. As the merchants gear up for the winter merchandise coming in, they are offering specials on the outgoing summer merchandise. Look for special merchandise coming out beginning Thursday, Sept. 2, until Monday, Sept. 6. Get ready for some great merchandise.

Business ribbon cutting: Also on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 5:30 p.m. come out to cut the ribbon at High Mountain Consignment and Gifts, formerly Slices of Nature, located at 262 Pagosa St. Bonnie Nyre still has her fantastic gift items, but she will also be taking and selling consignment items of all kinds. The ribbon cutting will be festive, with food and beverages and Bonnie’s outstanding flair for hospitality. What a great way to kick off the Labor Day weekend and show your community support for our local businesses!

There has been lots of information disseminated about the annual Four Corners Folk Festival, with this year’s headliners Ricky Skaggs and Sam Bush. The festival continues to upgrade and enhance the event and what it brings to the community every year. This year, the late night stage will be at the Ross Aragon Community Center to encourage better movement in the downtown area. The late night stage will occur Friday and Saturday nights, beginning at 9 p.m. The festival music begins Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. You can pick up tickets online at www.folkwest.com, or at the Chamber of Commerce or Moonlight Books.

SHY RABBIT Print National 2: After the overwhelming success of the juried exhibit Print National 1, the decision was made to make this event an annual exhibit. The Print National 2 showing will have its kickoff artists’ reception on Saturday, Sept. 4, from 5-8 p.m. at their studio and gallery at 333 Bastille Drive. Juror Yuji Hiratsuka selected a total of 90 pieces for inclusion in this show, representing 45 fine art printmakers. If you have never been to the SHY RABBIT studio, you just have no idea what you are missing. This fantastic space is a ceramic studio, a fine-art gallery, includes two mixed-media workshops and is also exhibition space. The talent displayed there is amazing and the exhibits that SHY RABBIT continuously offers throughout the year are first-rate. Add this gallery on your list of places to visit when you have friends in town, or when there is a new exhibit, even if you can’t make opening night. The Print National 2 Exhibit will continue until Oct. 17.

The Springs Resort and Spa will host a rare showing Saturday of John Mountain Lion’s incredible mixed media work. His work includes stained glass, crystals, fossils, precious stones and artifacts. The showing will be held in the EcoLuxe Conference Room. So, when you’re walking around downtown enjoying all the shops, take a short detour up Hot Springs Boulevard, or over the pedestrian bridge, to the Springs Resort and view this fantastic show. For more information, call (719) 680-0064.

On Friday from 1-6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Pagosa Springs Area Association of Realtors will host their first Tour of Homes. Watch for the blue balloons all over town denoting a home to go in and tour. Many of the local Realtors have maps for the tour and you can contact one of them for more information.

Get the kids out and head over to the Buffalo Inn on North Pagosa Boulevard for breakfast and a seminar on fly fishing, spinning and bait fishing on Saturday morning, beginning at 8 a.m. Experts will be talking about lures, techniques, equipment, and strategies to help you get the best out of your fishing experience. This is still a great time to get out and enjoy the lakes and streams in our area. For more information, call Gary Gray at 731-0739.

Don’t miss the activities going on all over town and the live music that will be available Labor Day weekend at our great food and entertainment establishments.

ColorFest

Passport to Pagosa Wine & Food Festival is also moving right along and will be held on Friday, Sept. 10 from 6–9 p.m. Rain or shine, don’t worry, the event will be protected under a large tent in the athletic field in Town Park. Restaurants are planning their fabulous menus and wines are being selected. So far we have the following restaurants participating: JJ’s Riverwalk, Ajia, Alley House Grille, Farrago Market Café, Nello’s, Plaza Grille, Boss Hogg’s, Pagosa Brewing, and Pagosa Baking. We will have some wines this year from South Africa — there are some great chenin blancs from this region, as well as some new vintners from Oregon and Washington. We will also look at wines coming out of Spain, and don’t forget the fabulous Italian wines. Come out and see what is popular in the wine industry this year. Tickets are available for $35 in advance at the Chamber of Commerce. This price includes a collectable glass and plate and some fantastic food and wines, or beer provided by Pagosa Brewery and sponsored by Citizens Bank.

On Saturday, Sept. 11, the Bands, Brews, Etc … Blowout will commence at noon and continue into the evening hours. We have 12 microbreweries involved and several food vendors. For the entertainment competition we will have single artists, trios and bands competing for recording time and cash prizes. This is a fun family event as the children can enjoy the Kid’s Section with the bounce house, face painting, balloons and more. Admission to the event is $5 for persons 12 and older. If you would like to participate in the microbrewery tasting, the cost is an additional $15 and includes a collectable tasting glass. The Balloon Glow will take place in the downtown park area at dusk, so this is a terrific time to bring the family out for a grand time.

Membership

We have two new members to welcome to the Chamber this week.

First off, we have the producers of the new “Pagosa Springs Vacation Planner,” the Cassio Group. Their marketing and consulting business includes graphic design, advertising, web design, graphics and animation, virtual tours, photography, video, brochures, flyers and interactive CD’s and DVD’s. Check out their menu of services by calling Mel or Darlene Cassio at 264-0562.

The other business to welcome is Dancing Bear Retreat, a luxury executive home with over 4,800 square feet of space. This home has four bedrooms with private baths, flat screen TVs with satellite, WiFi, and fabulous living amenities including two living areas, a basement, a hot tub, two decks and outdoor fireplace. For a larger group of visitors, this is a perfect arrangement. Contact Linda Earnhart at (214) 987-0438.

Renewing this week are La Plata Electric, and Colorado Workforce. We also have a “friend” of the Chamber renewing — Kennith Ceradsky.

We appreciate all the renewals and referrals. Remember, for every referral who signs up at the Chamber, you receive two free admission passes to a SunDowner of your choice. Have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend.