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Summer is a great time for a business tuneup

On Thursday, July 14, the Southwest Small Business Development Center will host the second annual Women’s Small Business Conference in Durango.

This conference is targeted to both start-up businesses and existing businesses. The full-day conference will include educational seminars, one-on-one counseling, networking opportunities and exciting keynote speakers. The Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce is a supporter of this valuable event.

The event is reasonably priced at $30 for early registration completed before July 1. After that time, registration is still only $40. This price includes the seminars, breakfast and lunch. There are also scholarships available. Information about how to obtain a scholarship can be obtained by calling the Women’s Resource Center in Durango at 247-1242 or the Small Business Development Center at 247-7009. You can register for the event by going to the SBDC designated website: http://www/

Attendees will get to choose from topics such as Starting a Business; Website, Social Media, and SEO; Small Business Legal Issues; Financing Your Business; Cash Flow Planning; a Women Small Business Panel at the end of the day, and even more topics. The event will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Durango from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Networking from 4 to 6.

Fliers on the event or more information can be obtained from the Pagosa Springs Chamber or by calling the SBDC office. We hope our Pagosa business women will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn more about women in business and how to better manage or grow your business here in Pagosa.

SunDowner block party

Our June SunDowner will showcase six businesses and their products.

As they visit Toner Mountain Copiers, Raymond Rent a Nerd and Design a Sign around the corner, SunDowner participants will be able to take advantage of what is basically a mini-business expo. Toner Mountain Copiers and Raymond Rent a Nerd, Old West Press, Century 21, Studio 160, Chivalrous Shark and Design a Sign will all participate in this fantastic networking opportunity. We will be visiting new businesses and old businesses, but all the businesses would like to show you what they can do for you these days.

Business After Hours events, or SunDowners, are open to Chamber members and invited guests. If you did not receive your Chamber member invitation, please contact the Chamber to make sure we have the correct mailing information following our data base upgrade.

We look forward to a fun evening with lots of ways for you to network, as well as check out all the happenings along the 2100 block of Eagle Drive.

New Relocation Guide

We want to turn our visitors into residents — give them some tools to help them in their decisions and assist them once they have moved to the area.

In the past, the Chamber has put together a packet of information for parties interested in relocating, and, in truth, it wasn’t very informative. Businesses were able to include their marketing materials, but there wasn’t much community information.

The Chamber and The SUN Publishing Company were both interested in distributing a more informative relocation piece, but neither company wanted to duplicate efforts. So, we have cooperated and our new publication is designed to be different from local visitor guides and to be more informative and business oriented. The product produced by The SUN with the assistance of the Chamber is now available. The guide contains useful numbers at your fingertips, as well as information about Pagosa’s and Archuleta County’s various entities and opportunities such as education, health care, business options, real estate and construction.

Guides are available at the Chamber, The SUN and CDC offices and at locations that advertised in the book. This will now be the fulfillment piece for those individuals requesting residential or commercial relocation information. Plans are already in the works to expand the next issue.

Get your Busy Shoes on

The weekend of July 24-26 will be a busy one in Pagosa Springs. We have two new events joining our calendar of annual events and we hope each is very successful.

On Saturday, beautiful Golden Retrievers will parade around Pagosa Springs at the inaugural Golden Retriever Roundup. The event kicks off on Friday, June 24, with a barbecue dinner at 6 p.m. and registration beginning at 5 p.m. at the Pagosa Lodge.

Also on Friday, June 24, there will be the champagne opening of the Thingamajig Theatre’s presentation of “Sylvia.” This romantic comedy is the perfect play for the Golden Retriever weekend: it centers around a married couple and, of course, a dog. While “Sylvia” will be playing until July 17, the opening night special package consists of a glass of champagne or beverage of your choice, light hors d’oeuvres and the play for $25. The evening begins at 6 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. If you are not able to attend this opening night, don’t miss another production this upcoming weekend or until mid-July. Tickets are only $15.

On Saturday morning, June 25, there will be a breakfast held at The Springs Resort, which is where the parade will begin. The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. and will end in Town Park where the festivities will occur for the rest of the day. The parade will not be held on U.S. 160. The parade will take place on the Riverwalk and Hot Springs Boulevard and there will be plenty of opportunity to show off the animals. Homer, one of Pagosa’s more visible and recognized Goldens, and companion of Springs Resort owner Bill Whittington, will be the grand marshal.

Come out with your Golden and participate, or watch dogs enjoy an agility course, fun races, and a contest for the best trick. Dogs and owners will also be vying for the prestigious pet/owner look-alike award, where costuming is encouraged to accentuate the look-alike component. Local veterinarians will hold an information session focusing on health issues and behavior common to Golden Retrievers.

Enjoy the day in Town Park. There will be food booths provided by the Venturing Crew and the Pagosa Lodge, and a beer garden with wines and refreshing Pagosa Brewing beer.

Registration forms can be found online by contacting the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation at, by calling Karin Kohake at 731-1443, or at the Chamber. Dogs of other breeds are also welcome; however, registration is still required.

Western Heritage Days. What better location to celebrate our local western heritage than at the Harman Museum? Activities will take place on June 24, 25 and 26, including fast draw shootouts, cowboy yodeling, games and activities, with lots of vendors displaying creative wares and offering delicious food. There will be live entertainment, including a dance on Saturday evening with Bluegrass Cadillac. There will be a ribbon cutting for the Heritage Days Festival on Friday, June 24, at 2 p.m. to kick off this inaugural event. This event is a fund-raiser for the Harman Museum while honoring our western heritage here in southwest Colorado. Check out the Chamber website at for daily activities. For more information about the event or about being a vendor, contact Tari Woods at 731-8877.

Relay for Life. The annual Relay is also being held this weekend. This year’s relay will be held at the Pagosa Springs High School, but events will not start until Saturday, June 25, where previously they started on Friday evening.

There will be lots of entertainment, organization competitions, and companionship as walkers travel around the football field at Golden Peaks Stadium raising money to support the American Cancer Society’s goal to find new cures for various cancers. Community members can also purchase luminarias to be lit at a ceremony Saturday night.

There will be a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning and all festivities will be completed early enough that participants can attend the church services of their choice. Come out to the opening ceremonies — they are always inspirational and you can support the cancer survivors in our community.

“South Pacific.” Bloody Mary and crew will entertain you in this summer season’s Music Boosters’ production of “South Pacific.” The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic will be performed June 24 and 25 and Thursday, June 30, as well as July 1 and 2, with all performances at the high school starting at 7 p.m. There will also be a performance on Sunday, June 26, at 2 p.m. — the only matinee.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Chamber from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday until June 28. The ticket office will then stay open until 4 p.m. from June 29-July 1. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, if available. Tickets are $18 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $8 for persons 18 years and under. Let these talented performers take you away to the magical island of Bali and enjoy an enchanted evening.

Navajo State Park. On Saturday, June 25, Navajo State Park will host a day of educational experiences. Featuring nature walks, geological talks and tales of the area’s wildcats, this is a fun day for the whole family. Admission is free with a Colorado State Parks pass. There will also be a hike and talk on Sunday morning. For more information, contact Navajo State Park at 883-2208.

Celebrate America. To kick off the Fourth of July holiday activities, Celebrate America night will be held Thursday, June 30. The festivities will take place at the Ross Aragon Community Center and will begin at 7 p.m. Enjoy folk dancing, square dancing, American folk music, local entertainment and much more. Buy a hot dog for a dollar or bring your own picnic to the center. There will be free lemonade and dessert. Following Celebrate America, Pagosa Springs will be filled with numerous activities to enjoy over the Fourth of July holiday. Parade applications can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce. To hold a spot in the parade line, applications must be in by the close of business on Thursday, June 29. Late parade entries will be placed at the end of the parade. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Community.” The parade will be held on Monday, July 4, at 10 a.m. Watch for a full schedule next week.


Kick off Pagosa Baking Company’s 10th anniversary with the bakery’s participation in the Bread Bakers Guild of America’s international open house. This year’s guild theme is “Breadville USA, Exploring Local Baking in America.” Pagosa Baking Company will be one of 53 bakeries participating in this event. On Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can enjoy demonstrations, tasty samples and enter to win some door prizes. Let’s celebrate a business that has been in Pagosa for 10 years and continues to grow!

Renewing members this week include Let It Fly; Navajo Lake Alpacas; and the Bar D Wranglers.

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