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Business Bites luncheon will cover changes in tax laws

The monthly Business Bites luncheon on Tuesday, March 15, will cover some changes in the tax laws that affect sole-proprietor or home-based businesses.

At this first Business Bite luncheon of 2011, the Chamber will focus on getting you better prepared for tax season. As the tax laws continue to change, are you familiar with those changes? Are you missing out on items that could save your business money? Are you claiming correctly? This brief session will give you some guidelines for your 2010 taxes.

The March Business Bites luncheon will be held at the Ross Aragon Community Center and is only $5 for Chamber members and $8 for non-members, with a light lunch served. The session begins at noon and lasts about an hour. To make sure that enough food is provided, reserve your spot by calling the Chamber at 264-2360.

In April, Laura Lewis with Region 9 Economic Development will be the guest speaker at the Business Bites luncheon and will talk about Tax Zone Credits. Does your business qualify? If you are going to start a business, expand or relocate to Pagosa, are you eligible for some tax credits? And what are these enterprise zone credits?

In the February/March Chamber newsletter, there was a brief explanation of Enterprise Hub Zones and what some of the credits might be. With business owners searching for every credit possible, this topic might be just what you need. Come to the April meeting and get more information about this topic.

Business Bites luncheons are just one facet in the Chamber’s continuing education efforts. For a small investment — and lunch — you might be able to bring much more than $5 back into your business.

St. Patrick’s Day parade

Break out your green and get ready to participate in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17.

The parade will be begin at 4:30 p.m. and run on U.S. 160 from 6th Street to 2nd Street, with staging for the parade at the high school. The highway will be swimming with green as more than 25 floats take to the streets.

Tout your business, bring recognition to your organization or just come out and compete for some of the awards. There will be cash prizes awarded for the Most Green or the Most Bizarre entry. A $5 entrance fee is requested.

Get your registration forms at the Chamber of Commerce and get out and celebrate this day when everyone is Irish. This will be spring break week, so a lot of people will be out watching the parade. Let’s make it a green one!

Upcoming events

Little Black Dress Affair. The women in Pagosa can enjoy an evening out on Saturday, March 5, at the Seeds of Learning’s Little Black Dress Affair. Since the theme is “The Animal Within,” animal prints will also be in style. There will be a fashion show hosted by Goodman’s Department Store and the clever Little Weedz Dresses that Grow, for the growing girls in our lives. Scrumptious food will be provided by Alley House Grille and there will be silent and live auctions and a cash bar. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at Seeds of Learning downtown or Switchback Mountain Wear in the Pagosa Country Center.

Gentlemen, don’t start pouting because the women have a night out. They are only doing this so you can gather and have a night out on the town yourselves. The men are invited to Pagosa Brewing where no black dresses or tickets are required. Mug club pours will be available all night; there will be pizza and burger specials, and your NHL and NBA games will be on. Another exciting aspect of the evening is that signed Colorado Avalanche jerseys will be auctioned off simultaneously at both locations. A portion of the proceeds from Pagosa Brewing will be donated to Seeds of Learning.

Dog sporting events. Now here’s something you don’t see around Pagosa all the time. New to the area are some winter dog sporting events, including dog sledding, skijoring and cani-cross, all happening Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13. There will be a variety of races where dogs pull you on skis — skijoring — or where dogs pull you on snowshoes — cani-cross. Cash prizes will be awarded after all events are concluded on the 13th. There will be musher prizes for the dog sledders.

Races will be held at the West Fork Trailhead and this is a terrific event for both participants and spectators. Take a break from skiing on one of these days, experience this exciting sport and cheer on the two-legged and four-legged athletes.

Fish fries

Beginning Friday, March 11, the Knights of Columbus Fish Fries return to Pagosa. The fish fries will take place every Friday until April 15.

The meal consist of delicious deep-fried catfish, fresh French fries, coleslaw, hush puppies, ice cream and a beverage. The cost is only $10.50 for adults, $9.50 for seniors and $6 for children 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Also, look for discount coupons for the fish fry all over town, including here at the Chamber and in The Pagosa SUN. When attending the dinner, you can buy a chance to win a free dinner at another time during the season. So there are lots of opportunities for savings this year — don’t miss out! The fish fries will be held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall on Lewis Street. Bring the family and eat in, or take a couple of meals home.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Big Brother Big Sisters hosts their annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake this year at the beautiful Rolling Thunder Lanes at the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, on Saturday, March 26.

Get a team of four together from your business, family and friends, raise at least $50 each and have a rolling good time. If you raise $100, you get entered into a drawing for $200 worth of gift certificates from Pagosa merchants. This is a simple but fun way to help an “at risk” child in Pagosa. There are also ways you can sponsor a lane, sponsor a child, or even sponsor a Big/Little match. For more information, visit the BBBS website at bbig.org.

Membership

We continue to have a steady stream of renewals this week: Pagosa Power Sports; Spectrum Construction; Homespun Comforts; Hickory Ridge Apartments; Diamond Hitch Stables; and the Archuleta County Education Center.

Don’t forget — you can participate in one of the Chamber’s subcommittees, including Education, Membership, Financial, Special Events and Marketing. We’ll be creating a Hospitality group to introduce the art of hospitality throughout the community, including sessions for our youth. Stay tuned for more information on this topic. For meeting times for the subcommittees, visit the Chamber website at www.pagosaspringschamber.com.

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