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Get the most for your Chamber buck

Throughout the month of April, there will be opportunities to find out how to make the most of your Chamber membership, to discover some of the changes that will be coming with the new Chamber website and to see if your business qualifies for an Enterprise Tax Credit.

First, the Chamber continues with the monthly Maximizing Your Membership sessions. These sessions have been moved to mornings at 8 a.m. The next one will be held Tuesday morning, April 12 , at the Bear Creek. The focus will be how the Chamber website and your membership will enhance your business. Downtown merchants in particular are invited; however, anyone may attend. The other April Maximizing session will be held Tuesday, April 26, at the Boulder Coffee Cafe in the Aspen Village Center. The focus will again be on the retail merchants, but anyone may attend.

Kimberley Siler, Chamber office manager and membership coordinator, will take you through ways the website can help your business, how other Chamber amenities can help your business, and how our social marketing programs keep you current on Chamber activities. She’ll show you the many benefits you may not even know exist with your membership. The class is free, unless of course you would like to order something for breakfast. If you walk away with even just one tip, it is worth the hour of your time. Just so we can get a head count, R.S.V.P.s are requested, but walk-ins are always welcome.

On Tuesday, April 19, the Chamber will host our monthly Business Bites luncheon session. This month, Laura Lewis from Region 9 Economic Development will be the guest speaker. Laura will focus on Enterprise Tax Zone Credits. Region 9 receives tax credits that are offered to communities that qualify. Archuleta County is one of these Enhanced Enterprise Zones. If you are planning on opening a business, expanding a business, or increasing your work force, you should come to this session. Lunch is offered for only $5 for Chamber members and $8 for non-members. The lunch lasts about an hour and will be held at the Chamber conference room. Laura will be available to answer questions on other Region 9 programs or general questions you might have. Walk-ins are welcome for this seminar, but we ask that you R.S.V.P. so we can ensure enough lunch is provided.

For more information about these classes or any other educational sessions that the Chamber offers, call the offices at 264-2360.

Business Expo in May

The Pagosa Springs Chamber will host the first Business Expo on Friday, May 13, at the Pagosa Lodge.

This evening event is open to the public, but business owners and operators are especially encouraged to attend.

There will be numerous booths featuring local businesses, regional businesses working in Pagosa, and the Southwest SDBC and Region 9. The event will take place from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and will include time set aside where all business owners who have a booth can explain how they or their products can help other Pagosa businesses.

There will be lots of door prizes, a reception with complementary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

We will also be celebrating businesses that have received a tax rebate credit from the Town of Pagosa Springs.

It is going to be a great evening as we focus on how we can better serve each other, learn about businesses in our community and give our businesses even more exposure. This type of event is excellent for those business owners who are home based and don’t get regular “store front” exposure. If you are in the market for website design, office supplies, business services, or just want to find out more of what is out there in Pagosa business world, come out to this fast-paced, informative and fun event. Admission is free, however, registration for booth participation is required. There are registration forms in the latest Chamber newsletter or you can call the Chamber for more information. We look forward to a great evening.

Upcoming events

Rummage sale. It’s time to clean out those closets and head down to the Ross Aragon Community Center for the annual Spring Rummage Sale Saturday, April 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event just keeps growing and almost every square inch of space at the center is filled with vendor booths. Shoppers will find bargains galore with items that are new, used or antique, and sellers have an opportunity to clean out a closet or two. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the community center at 264-4152.

Earth and E-cycling Day. The Chamber is pleased to collaborate again with Archuleta County and provide an E-Cycle Day in conjunction with Earth Day. E-Cycling will take place this year at the Mary Fisher Park area on San Juan Street (old Seeds of Learning location) across from the Healing Waters Spa. Collection will take place on three days this year — April 14-16 — from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can drop off items such as keyboards, cables, cell phones, CD players, laptop batteries or hand-held game units. However, there is a charge for other electronic equipment due to the fact that the recycling facility in Durango charges us. Desktop printers, CPUs, scanners and smaller items are $5. Laptops, monitors, TVs up to 27 inches, etc. are $15, and TVs over 27 inches are $25. You are not supposed to dispose of your electronic equipment in the landfill, so please make use of these days to clear out the equipment from the closet or garage.

Earth Day festivities on April 16 will take place in Town Park. There will be live music, a clothing exchange, educational booths and activities for the kids. Participants are encouraged to bring their own glasses and plates and make it a really eco-friendly event. Look for Earth day posters around town for even more information.

Wine Glass Dash. Enjoy the outdoors at the Wines of the San Juans in the Navajo Dam area in Blanco, N.M., at the second annual Wine Glass Dash. The event takes place Saturday, April 16, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The event includes a race T-shirt, wine glass, your favorite Zuberfizz soda to fill your glass with when you cross the finish line and a reception following the race at Wines of the San Juans. The race consists of either a 5K trail run/walk or a 10K trail run. Proceeds from the event go to families that have children with Niemann Pick Disease. This inherited disease has various forms, but most often occurs in small children and affects the spleen, brain and motor skills. To register for the race, call (970) 769-7963 or e-mail jenarnold_42@hotmail.com. Registration is $35 before April 11 and $40 thereafter. Get out and enjoy this beautiful spring weather.

Ross Memorial Basketball Tournament. The 16th annual Dirk and Colt Ross Memorial Basketball tournament will be held on April 14-16. Teams from all over the region and state will be in attendance, including college competition. There will be three divisions: open, 6 feet and under, and 35 and over. Spectators will enjoy the slam-dunk contest and 3-point shootout, and be eligible for door prizes galore. Proceeds from this annual event go to a scholarship fund to benefit the youth of Pagosa Springs. The school gymnasiums will be filled with fast-paced action. Get out for a few hours and watch Pagosa’s own March Madness Basketball Tournament ... in April.

Membership

We welcome Yale Espoy and Austin’s BBQ. Located on Bastille Drive, Austin’s is open for lunch and dinner and has a full bar. The patio will be opening soon for even more relaxed dining. Pulled pork, brisket, links and killer combination sandwiches and sides make for a delicious, yet reasonably priced meal. Stop by and experience Pagosa’s newest BBQ place.

Our renewals include: Archuleta School District 50 Joint; Riverside Health Practices with Drs. Brown and Polczynski and Women’s Health specialist Susan Kuhns and chiropractor Scott Anderson; Abba Eye Care; ReSport; P.S. Just for Fun; St. Francis Sanctuary and Wildlife Rehabilitation; the Historic Strater Hotel in Durango; and Durango Coca-Cola.

Don’t forget to visit SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts as they kick off their new exhibit, “Spring View.” The gallery is located at 333 Bastille Drive and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information, visit their website at www.shyrabbit.com.

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