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Members urged to complete survey

It is time that, as a Chamber member, you can formally offer suggestions for improvement or words of encouragement, voicing how the Chamber can assist you.

Our survey will help the Chamber board set a path for this next year, and also in our strategic planning session, which will take the Chamber road map out three to five years.

The survey consists of 15 questions; most of them simple yes/no or multiple choice questions. However, there are questions where we would like your comments on things such as services that the Chamber offers that you like or new services you would like to see implemented. We want to make sure we are offering the benefits that assist you and can give your business better exposure.

You will receive reminder e-mails asking you to fill out the survey. You will be able to access the survey directly from the e-mail or you can log on to the Chamber website at You need to go to the Membership Section and then to Membership Login. If you do not know your login user name and password, just give us a call and we can give them to you. Remember, you can always change your user name and password after initially logging in. After logging in, go to Take a Survey. You will get a description of the survey. At the end of the paragraph is the word “GO.” Click on this word and the survey will appear. You have as long as you want to complete the survey, depending on how much you want to say. However, it should really only take an average of five to seven minutes to complete the questionnaire.

We have not conducted a survey for three years, so it is vitally important we obtain your feedback. Surveys are due at the end of the day on Wednesday, Jan. 18. We would like to try and have some feedback ready for members at the annual meeting and celebration to be held Jan. 21. If you have any questions about taking the survey or logging on, please contact the Chamber so we can assist you. Thank you for taking the time to help us help you.

Annual meeting

Our annual meeting and celebration on Saturday, Jan. 21, features Tim Sullivan.

The Pagosa Center for the Arts will come alive with a different type of production on Jan. 21, with “A Magical Evening.” The event will start with a fabulous buffet dinner and silent auction. Following dinner, we will have some brief membership announcements and we will present the awards for the Citizen and Volunteer of the Year and the Green Business Leadership Award. After the awards, attendees can dance the rest of the night away to the rockin’ western sounds of Tim Sullivan and Narrow Gauge.

Attendees will be able to participate in a silent auction with some fantastic items and services provided by our generous businesses. In addition, participants will be able to take advantage of some valuable coupons offered by our businesses. This will be the kickoff for the Member-to-Member coupons that the Chamber will offer on our website. Only attendees to the annual meeting will be able to take advantage of these coupons.

Tickets are now available at the Chamber of Commerce, or you can purchase them online at The link to purchase tickets is on the home page where the membership meeting is announced. You can also go to the events calendar and click on the annual meeting. The tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Seating is limited, so don’t wait until the last minute to get your tickets for a magical evening.

Positive About Pagosa

The Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation is sponsoring a “Positive About Pagosa” Youth Logo contest. The logo will be used on, but not limited to, T-shirts, banners and posters. Youth contestants should design a logo that incorporates the words “Positive About Pagosa” and associate it with your own sketch or art work. Contestants can also create a team, with as many as four students. The logo should be submitted on 8 1/2x11 paper and you do it freehand, or use a computer and design graphics to create your logo. You must reside in Pagosa and be an active student at the high school, G.O.A.L. Academy, Southwest Colorado Community College or the Education Center.

All logos must be submitted by mail to the Pagosa Springs CDC at P.O. Box 1183 and postmarked no later than Wednesday, Feb. 15. Make sure you put your name, phone number, address and e-mail, if applicable. The winners will be announced at the March 5 CDC Board of Directors meeting. Get your creative hats on and, if you can’t design a logo on your own, collaborate with one or two other people to complete the design. You could win $500. Good Luck Pagosa youth; and parents, encourage your talented children to enter this contest.

Upcoming events

This weekend is the first Outlaw Snowdown event and it looks like there won’t be much snow — with some gorgeous weather for an outdoor, under-the-tent concert. There will be a number of bands in attendance, coming from all over the country. You can purchase tickets and find out about the complete lineup on the website, Congratulations to Buckwild Productions for bringing this new event to the community.

For all you skiers, United Way Ski Day at Wolf Creek is Wednesday, Jan. 18. There are special adult and senior/child lift ticket pricing. A portion of the lift ticket price goes back to United Way, assisting our community in so many ways. If you’re going to ski, make sure you ski on this fund-raising day.

The next Leading Edge Entrepreneurial Training Session begins on Wednesday, Jan. 25. This is an intensive 12-week course to help you hone your business skills and business productivity. The classes will be held at the Ross Aragon Community Center from 6-9 p.m. every Wednesday. It is $280 for the class, or $50 per session. You can obtain forms at the Chamber of Commerce, register online through the SBDC at, or call Lynn Asano at the Fort Lewis SBDC at 247-7009.

Membership news

We’ve had a flurry of activity to kick off the New Year this week with new members and renewals.

Creede Repertory Theatre, absent for a few years, has come back online. If you have never treated yourself to a summer repertory production, you are missing a gem. Rated as one of the best repertory theaters in the nation, we are lucky to have this facility so close to our community. We will have the summer schedule soon and encourage you to take visiting family and friends to this theatrical center.

Julie Brown with A Time for You Hair Salon also joins. Julie was trained at Bruno’s International School of Hair Design in Toronto, Canada, and at Grahm Webb Advanced Hair Technology in San Diego. She specializes in trend-cutting and hair coloring and is a master specialist. A Time for You Hair Salon is located at 117 Navajo Trail Drive, Ste. F, in the plaza located behind Boss Hogg’s. Stop by and see Julie or give her a call at (970) 507-1234.

Our renewals this week include centennial-plus business Goodman’s Department Store; Pagosa Brewing Co.; Elkwood Manor; Main Street Antiques; Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant; Lee Riley, with the Jann C. Pitcher office; Pagosa Fire Protection District; Stacy Boone and Step Outdoors; and Durango Credit and Collection. In the non-profit sector, we have the Archuleta County Republican Women. Our Individual Associates renewing are Bob and Carole Howard, and Don and Nancy Strait.

Chamber members have a lot on their plates with the annual meeting coming up and the very important Chamber membership survey due soon. Again, we thank you for giving us your input and taking the time to complete this short survey.

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