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Upcoming expos for work force, tourism and business enhancement

In the upcoming months, Pagosa, as well as Durango, will be offering a number of expos to help you and your business.

Work force, tourism and business enhancement expos are all slated to improve your business knowledge and give you ideas to help your business.

First on the expo agenda is the Colorado Workforce “Virtual & Physical Job Fair” to be held in Durango at the public library Wednesday, April 4.

The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton available to speak with participating employers/businesses from 9-10 a.m. For our veterans, there will be a specialized Veteran’s Job Fair from 10-11 a.m. Then, beginning at 11 a.m., the regular job fair begins.

If you would like to attend as a business owner, there are a limited number of tables available and you must register by March 30. If you would like to attend a virtual fair, you will need to register by March 28. You will need to provide a company logo in .jpg or .gif format, provide two short paragraphs about the company, a list of names and e-mails of persons who will be manning the live presentation, two or three featured jobs and the company URL. Please register by e-mail to Martha Garcia at mgarcia@cwfc.net.

If you have been looking for a job, this is a terrific opportunity to find something now. If you have not used the Connecting Colorado Workforce site to either post or look for a job, you are really missing out. This site is used for jobs throughout the state. So, no matter the job position (high level or entry level), you can list the job or look for jobs not only locally but regionally or statewide.

The next expo will be the Tourism and Business Expo sponsored by our Town Tourism Committee (TTC).

In 2011, this event was a huge success, especially for tourism-related businesses. Hopefully, this year will mirror that success with Sen. Al White, director of the Colorado Tourism Department, as the keynote speaker for the April 24-25 event. All businesses, especially tourism-related businesses are encouraged to have a representative attend and find out about new marketing trends, the consumer, the importance of tourism in our community and ways you can partner with the marketing efforts of the TTC at little or expense. There will also be breakouts and educational classes dealing with social marketing and many other topics. There will be vendor booths, not only from the area, but from the regionally and across the state. This expo provides a fountain of information about a tourism industry that is leading our community economically and that continues to grow. Block off some time to attend this worthwhile expo, see how tourism is doing in Pagosa and the state, and learn how you can participate.

The third expo will be the second Business to Business Expo, hosted by the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, June 6.

This half-day event will include two guest speakers, business vendor display space and networking, lunch and a reception.

Marc Willson, restaurant and retail consultant for the Virginia SBDC and developer of the Virginia Small Town and Merchant Program, will be the lunch speaker. Willson has over 35 years experience in counseling and consulting with small businesses, with an emphasis on those businesses competing with a Wal-Mart or big box in their communities. We will also offer Willson’s consulting services on a one-on-one basis to those business owners interested in retaining his services for a very reasonable fee. The consultation time is a personalized 90-minute slot. If you are interested in obtaining a time slot, contact the Chamber by April 13.

The other keynote speaker will be Cinda Baxter, founder of the “3/50 Project — Building Businesses from the Ground Up,” and owner of Always Upward. Former retailer and now a nationally-known small business advocate, Baxter will provide inspirational and informational tips concerning what our businesses and community can do to survive in a big box environment. She is creative, forthright and inspirational. This expo is not to be missed. Businesses will be able to obtain a booth space, letting others in the community know about their services. The cost for a vendor will be $50 and includes the booth space, lunch, a ticket to hear to both speakers, networking and the reception. General admission to the expo will be $25 and includes lunch, both speaker sessions, networking and the reception.

Registration for the expo for either vendor space or general admission will be available online at the Chamber website, www.pagosaspringschamber.com or at the Chamber office. Make sure you sign up for a booth or send key individuals to the expo and invest in your business.

The circus is coming

It is not a rumor — the circus is coming to Pagosa Springs on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.

The Town Tourism Committee presents The Carson & Barnes Circus, a complete circus including elephants, wild animals, clowns, trapeze artists and more. There will be a petting zoo and the midway opens early.

Tickets go on sale April 9. They will be available at the Chamber, Town Hall, Wild Spirit Gallery and another location uptown, soon to be announced. General admission tickets are $14 in advance for adults and $6 for children. We also have $4 adult discount coupons available at all the ticket locations and online. Upgraded tickets for reserved or box seats are available online or at the box office, if still available.

A fantastic give-back to the community would be to sponsor an elementary school class. The cost to sponsor a class will be $150. Businesses, groups or individuals are welcome to sponsor an elementary school classroom. If you are interested in making this donation, contact Jennie Green at sales@visitpagosasprings.com.

The circus site will be next to Hot Springs Boulevard, across from the post office. Show times will be 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

We have not had the circus to town in many years, and this event will be an exciting spring event addition to our community. We will be able to see the circus (with more than 200 people) arrive in town and set up. This setup is an event in itself! Don’t miss all the fun and excitement as the Big Top comes to Pagosa. Get your tickets early and utilize the discount coupon, or sponsor a school group and watch for more information.

Membership

We have quite a few renewals this week to announce. They include Old Town Market; Majestic Outfitters; Holladay Auto and Truck Repair; HTI Builders; All Purpose Storage and U Haul; Christine’s Cuisine catering services; the Republican Party of Archuleta County; and High Plains Nursery, located in Arboles.

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