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Keeping up with technology, updated website

Technology changes by the minute it seems, and in order to keep up with technological trends, the Chamber of Commerce has rolled out a new website.

The name or URL of the site is still the same: www.pagosaspringschamber.com or www.pagosachamber.com. However, with this new site, there is a lot more information dedicated to the business aspects of our community.

There will still be a great Calendar of Events including featured events, but we will feature businesses. The Business Directory will be a focal point of the website with “Quick Link” shortcuts throughout all of the pages. This site will be important not only for people who live and work here, but also as an attraction for people who may want to move to Pagosa, relocating themselves and, perhaps, a business. We will be feeding other important sites such as the Visitor Site at www.visitpagosasprings.com and the Community Development Corporation site at www.pagosaspringscdc.org. We will also be adding Tools for Business Success.

With smart phones the rage and people having the capability to get just about everything they need through their phones, the Chamber website will also have mobile capability. You can tag or mark the Chamber site on your phone and have the business directory and calendar at your fingertips. You can be plugged into all the Facebook, Twitter and RSS information you can possibly want and remind people of community or business events you would like to attend or are even interested in.

Another great feature of the website is that you will now be able to sign up as a new member online, renew your membership online, arrange payments online and even buy your Chamber special events tickets online to functions such as the annual meeting, Passport to Pagosa, or Bands, Brews, Etc. We will not be able to arrange other special event tickets online, however.

You will still have your own log in code at the “Member Login” tab where you can change your information, such as a phone number or even a description. The only bad thing is we really like to see people, so don’t let all this technology drive you away from the Chamber office. The point of the website is to give the public as much information as we can, make the site as useful as we can, and promote your businesses as best we can.

As with everything new, transferring to a new site does have its challenges. It will take some time for the membership to get used to the new site and play around with the information contained in the database. Therefore, we will host some important training sessions and encourage you to send representatives from your organization to learn how the Chamber website can best help you. We also ask you take this opportunity to check your own listing or look around for other listings. Can you find it easily? Are you in the category you want to be in? Are you coming across any broken links? We need your help to make sure the website is up and running and connecting to people.

We would like to thank our website components: WebLink International — the data base provider that powers the directory and member pages — and Marcy Mitchell with MTECH, who won the design bid, put the site together with website design and lots of advice and helped our organization attain some great search rankings.

Watch for important notices alerting you to the upcoming training classes.

This site is designed to help our businesses gain more exposure and drive people to their websites. For more information or questions, contact Kimberley at the Chamber at 264-2360.

Home and Garden Show

Don’t forget the Home and Garden Show at the high school Saturday and Sunday. Building, renovating, home decorating, landscaping and even gardening will be featured at the show. The show runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take time from all the other activities being held during the weekend to visit the show.

Memorial Day

Graduation, more music, a children’s play day and beautiful hand-woven crafts will fill the Pagosa Springs community over the Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-29. The town will be on high vibes as some of our young adults get ready for their next stage of life and celebrate graduation. Parties will be in full swing all over town, so please watch out for visitors looking for locations and try to point them in the right direction.

On Saturday, the first San Juan River Music Festival will take place at Yamaguchi Park from 2 to 10 p.m. There will be five bands, concluding with Great American Taxi from Nederland, Colo. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. There will also be food vendors at the show. Tickets for the show can be purchased at the Chamber.

On Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29, the annual Pagosa Fiber Festival returns with furry animals, magnificent crafts, competitions and the fast-paced Navajo Rug Auction. The Fiber Festival will be held on the athletic field in Town Park, with food vendors in addition to all the crafts. It will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The rug auction will be held at the Ross Aragon Community Center beginning at 5 p.m. with a social hour. This annual event grows every year and the vendors just keep getting better. Bring the family out for hours of fun and education.

Also on Saturday in the Town Park area, there will be a “Kids Outside Play Day” as a fund-raiser for Relay for Life sponsored by Step Outdoors. The day is meant for children ages 5-13. There will be a nature-based scavenger hunt, crafts and games, a kid zone and super fun activities. A snack bar will be hosted by the Ladies of Alpine Ranch and the first 50 children receive a bag of goodies. A suggested donation is $10 per child. For more information, contact Stacy at 946-5001.

Membership

We have two new members to welcome to the Chamber membership this week starting off with the promoters of the San Juan River Music Festival. San Juan River Music, LLC provides bands, venues, sound, recording, video, photography, advertising and print design for your event. They are partnering with other groups to provide a full scale of musical and promotional talent. Jesse Lee can be contacted at 264-4324 for more information or to help you plan an event.

Longtime residents and now new Chamber members are our friends John and Lori Unger with BossTin. BossTin produces lead-free fishing weights and shot for fly fishing, bass and bait and jighead fishermen. These products can not only be found locally, but also at Cabela’s, online and even through ZLT Angling Ltd., distributors of the products in Europe and Asia. We appreciate the Ungers’ support of the Chamber as their business continues to grow.

Renewing members this week include Avjet Corporation; White’s Family Funeral Home; Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center; and Buzztown.com of Durango.

Summer is definitely upon us. We still have 12-inch hanging baskets available, but we are sold out of the beautiful large 16-inch baskets. Don’t forget to order your basket today. We are waiting to see what the weather does before we commit to a delivery date. Stay tuned and we’ll contact regarding delivery. These beautiful baskets are still only $27, including delivery. To order a basket, contact the Chamber at 264-2360 or we can fax you a form. We have received so many comments from locals and visitors about how beautiful our town looked last year. Don’t miss out dressing up your storefront or home.

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