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Take every opportunity to promote your business

We should take every opportunity to promote our Colorado-based products, and Pagosa has its fair share of businesses that produce products locally, then distribute elsewhere.

Here are some opportunities for you to get your business noticed.

ABC World News has “Made in America” companies listed on its website. There is a map of the U.S. with a listing of the companies by state that make their products in the U.S.

There are quite a few Pagosa Springs-based companies that fit the profile, yet there are none listed on the site. As a matter of fact, there are no Durango-based companies, either.

It is the responsibility of the business owner to list their company. It does not take long, but it does give your company even more exposure — and for free.

We have growing domes, soaps, lotions and skin care products, clothing, foods, special growing lights and even model airplanes made here in Pagosa. It would be great to see some of these businesses on this website.

You can go to http://abcnews.go.com/WN/page?id=13917383 or e-mail ABC World News at abc.worldnews@abc.com. Let’s add some Pagosa Springs-based products to this website.

On Oct 7 and 8, the Colorado Entrepreneurship Marketplace will be held in Pagosa Springs.

Along with more than 70 educational tracks, there will be the Colorado Corners Market where Colorado produced products can be displayed and sold. With more than 400 attendees expected at the Marketplace over two days, your products will get great exposure.

You can purchase a booth space for $100 for Friday and Saturday and this rate also includes one registration admission to the conference. There are lots of Pagosa-based businesses that can not only sell products, but gain exposure for their enterprises.

Business owners interested in getting a booth space should visit the Colorado Entrepreneurship Marketplace site at www.ruralcolorado.org. If you do not want to sell your product, but would like to attend the conference, registration is open for the marketplace at the rural Colorado site. Tickets are only $30 to attend one day and $50 for two days.

This is an amazing deal and with so many activities going on, it is well worth the price of admission. Questions concerning the Marketplace, including inquiries about volunteering for some part of the event, can be directed to Mary Jo Coulehan at 264-2360.

Lest we forget

It is hard to imagine, but, this year, the country will be noting the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist disaster in 2011. Similar to Pearl Harbor for an earlier generation, people will always remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news of the strikes.

This year, Pagosa will remember the event and pay tribute to the lives lost. Spearheaded by three local churches, the ceremony is open to the public. The Community United Methodist Church, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and Pope John Paul II Catholic Church will join forces and congregations for the ceremony.

Beginning at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, people of all faiths are encouraged to gather on the 400 block of Lewis Street in downtown Pagosa Springs. The ceremony will start out with bagpipe music. There will then be approximately 10 minutes of silence. Following this period of quiet, bells will ring and attendees are encouraged to bring a bell of their choice. Bells will be rung until the last person leaves. This is meant to be a simple yet powerful remembrance of innocent victims and a tragedy that hit many people close to home. Questions can be directed to any of the offices at the three churches listed.

ColorFest tradition

A weekend of hot air balloons, food and wine, and music and microbrews is set for Sept. 9-11.

The Passport to Pagosa Food and Wine Festival will feature local restaurants and wines from Colorado, Oregon, northern California, Argentina, Chile and Portugal. Argentine and Chilean wines are still the hot topic with excellent vintages as well as price points. From the United States, Pinot Noir continues to gain rave reviews. We will also feature some crisp and colorful white wines to refresh your palate. There will be fantastic foods from our local restaurants, all vying for “Best of” categories including the coveted “Peoples Choice” award. Tickets for the Passport are $40 in advance and may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce.

Over 14 microbreweries from Colorado and New Mexico will be in attendance on Saturday, Sept. 10, for the Bands, Brew, etc. festival. There will be several new breweries in attendance this year, so it is an event not to miss. There are five musical groups picked to perform, with the variety of music to include western, rock and even salsa. There will be plenty of time and room to listen and dance. Prior to the Bands, Brews, etc., there will be the Kidde Karaoke contest beginning at noon and lasting until 2 p.m. If your child has always wanted to get on stage and perform, now is their opportunity. This family-friendly event will be a treat for all and a great way to use up some of that performing energy. Tickets for the day are $5 and an additional $15 if you would like to participate in the beer tasting. Advance tickets may also be purchased at the chamber. Don’t forget that, weather permitting, there will be a balloon glow at the athletic field in Town Park on Saturday evening at dusk — approximately 7 p.m. The hot air balloons will also ascend Saturday and Sunday mornings at about 7:30 a.m. after the pilot briefing. Saturday’s ascension will take place downtown and Sunday’s ascension will take place on the west side of town. Make sure your camera batteries are charged and your cards are clear, so you can take lots of pictures.

Labor Day

Along with the annual Sidewalk Sale, during which businesses can clear out their summer merchandise to get ready for winter products, there are also other festivities on tap.

Don’t miss the dinner and fashion show with designer Pat Dahnke at Hart’s Rocky Mountain Retreat on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 5 p.m. You can upgrade to a retreat, including horseback riding, massages, facials and lodging at Hart’s Rocky Mountain Retreat. Tickets are available by contacting Shayla White Eagle at (970) 309-6067.

The Four Corners Folk Festival returns with a stellar lineup this year. The festival will begin on Friday afternoon and continue to Sunday evening. Headliners will be Natalie MacMaster on Friday, Los Lobos on Saturday, and Keb’ Mo’ on Sunday. Other noteworthy musicians include Punch Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, Jimmy LaFave, The Black Lillies and Joy Kills Sorrow, just to name a few. The late night stage will be held at the Ross Aragon Community Center Friday and Saturday nights. The Friday night concert is included in your onsite camping, three-day or Friday ticket. The Saturday show will require an additional $5 charge to your Saturday, three-day or onsite camping ticket. The late night stage capacity is 540 people, so make sure you don’t miss out on this lively event. Onsite campers will have a shuttle ride from and back to Reservoir Hill. For the latest information, lineup and festival happenings, including the kid’s camp and activities, visit the website at www.folkwest.com.

We would like to also welcome the motorcycle riders who pass through or stay in Pagosa during the annual bike rally in Ignacio. Don’t miss the antique Indian Motorcycle show at the new Southern Ute Heritage and Cultural Museum in Ignacio. You can just view the show, or go over for a barbecue and the show on Sept. 3 and 4. Tickets for the barbecue and show are $25 and proceeds go to the museum. For more information, call the museum at (970) 563-9583.

Membership

Thanks again to Pagosa PubWorks for hosting a great August SunDowner. We saw lots of new faces there. We would like to remind business owners that these networking events are a great way for you to keep your business name out there, especially if you do not have store frontage. We would also like to remind everyone that signup for 2012 SunDowners will be Monday, Oct. 3, at 8 a.m. Details will be coming soon.

We have one new business to welcome this week and it is from out of town. Mountain Comfort Furnishings and Design in Taos, N.M., offers unique furnishings and interior design skills. They are located at 1405 Hwy 64. You can check out their store at www.mountaincomforttaos.com and if you are looking for something specific for your home and are in the Taos area, give them a visit.

Our renewals this week include La Plata Electric Company; Alco Department Store; Subway, downtown; Pagosa Auto Parts, Inc.; Southwest Elegance Gallery and Gifts; Pagosa Wireless; Bogey’s Mini Golf; and A Hummingbird Haven.

We appreciate all our renewals and look forward to seeing many local businesses at the Entrepreneurship Marketplace in October. There will be no better place for you to invest in your business than at a conference of this caliber.

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