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There are only four months to go.

The annual Colorado Rural Entrepreneurship Marketplace will be coming to Pagosa Springs Oct. 7 -8.

Several months ago, Pagosa won the bid to host this prestigious conference. Since that time, there has been a core group of dedicated people and businesses working to make this conference the best one yet.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Elevate Your Business.” The theme fits in well with not only Pagosa’s elevation, but also with the opportunity to use the tools this conference offers to improve your business acumen.

Every year the conference offers five educational tracks that business owners can choose from: marketing, finance, agriculture or local food production, business development and community development. Every day there will be approximately 10-12 tracks offered concurrently, three times a day.

The day will start with a continental breakfast and a keynote speaker. There will be mid-day breaks and lunch served. All the classes, courses, meals — including the receptions — will be offered at an extremely reasonable price. Business owners are encouraged to attend, as are community leaders and interested community members. There will also be a Youth Track that will be offered only on Friday, Oct. 7. We hope Pagosa students and youngsters from region schools will attend.

The conference will be held at the Pagosa Springs High School. Sessions will end early in the day, which will give our visitors the opportunity to explore our community. There will be receptions offered for the attendees on Friday and Saturday evenings. This conference is a wonderful opportunity for our community to show off the beauty of the area, to highlight our businesses and to attract potential business owners.

We will put together welcome bags for our guests. If you are interested in working on our gift bags, or your company would like to contribute to the welcome bags, contact me at the Chamber.

While much of the planning is in the final stages, there will still be lots of opportunity for people in our community to help with the conference in a voluntary capacity. We will need volunteers for registration, greeting, directional assistance, and many other logistic duties. If you are interested in helping out at the event in October, please contact the Chamber so that we can add your name to our volunteer list.

The conference will be here before we know it, after busy summer and fall seasons. Once again, we will need to make sure that our best hospitality foot is put forward. More information about the conference will be forthcoming in the next couple of months. We look forward to being the hosts for this Marketplace and have plans to make it the best yet.

Discover scenic Ireland

A vacation opportunity has arisen, thanks to the Durango Chamber of Commerce.

This year the Durango Chamber is offering Pagosa Chamber members an opportunity: An Ireland trip, to leave Nov. 5, is planned for eight days. The trip is being conducted by Chamber Discoveries, which specializes in group travel.

Vacationers will experience highlights such as Adare and have a medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle, travel to the Cliffs of Moher, visit Kilkenny Castle, travel to Galway, and experience many other exciting excursions. You can even tack on a two-night extension to Dublin. The cost of the trip is $2,199 per person, which includes round-trip airfare, transfers, luggage handling, upgraded hotels and villas, breakfasts, dinners and many other perks. We are pleased that Durango has made this offer to Pagosa Chamber members, as we will be looking to add this benefit to our membership menu next year. If you are not a Chamber member, you can still go on the trip but there is a price difference. For more information, contact Rita Simon at the Durango Chamber at 247-0312. What a great experience!

Golden Retriever

Roundup

The Golden Retriever Roundup is alive and well, and will be coming to Pagosa Springs on Saturday, June 25.

Registration for the event will take place on Friday, June 24, at the Pagosa Lodge. Then, beginning Saturday morning, the fairhaired animals will have a parade, with a great route soon to be announced. The parade will end in Town Park where there will be myriad activities for the canines. Events include agility and obedience trials, best trick, race/retrieving heats, and costumed owner/pet look alike contest. There will also be veterinarians on hand to discuss common Golden health issues and how to deal with them. There will be lots of wading pools around the area, food vendors, crafts vendors, including those with animal products, and a beer garden. Access to the river will also be available, to cool down the animals. Other breeds are welcome, space contingent.

For more information on participating in the Roundup with your pet,or being a food or craft vendor, contact Karin Kohake at the Pagosa Springs CDC at 264-1443 for more information.

Trail marathon

The athletic summer season will officially begin with the Turkey Track Trail Marathon, Saturday, June 11. The event — half-marathon, full marathon and kid’s fun race — will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the fun race. At 8 a.m., the full marathon and half marathon begin. Registration can be done online at www.joingecko.org. This race is the first in the three-set series consisting of the Turkey Track Trail Marathon, the Mountain Chile Cha Cha, and the Devil Mountain Ultra.

Registration for the event begins at 6:45 a.m. at the trailhead, 3.4 miles north on North Pagosa Boulevard. After the event, there will also be a race party at Pagosa Brewing Co. For more information, visit their website.

LASSO fund-raiser

Tim Sullivan and Narrow Gauge return to town for the LASSO fund-raiser on Saturday, June 11.

The event will be held at the Pagosa Center for the Arts and will consist of dancing, a silent auction, wonderful food, and a cash bar. The evening will be filled with the country and western dance sounds of Tim Sullivan. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Home Again, located downtown, and the Hideout, located in the Silverado Shopping Center on the west side of town. Get out for an evening dining and dancing ... all for a great cause.

Membership

We have one new member to welcome to the Chamber this week. Actually, this business signed up weeks ago, but got lost in our data transfer from our old database to the new one. We welcome Eagle Eye Inspection Service, coming back to the Chamber as a member, and we apologize for the delay in mentioning them as members. Eagle Eye looks after homes for absentee owners. They offer on-site inspections and month end written reports, as well as direct notification if any problems arise at the residence. John and Carol Frakes have been offering property management services in and around Pagosa Springs for over 30 years. With many second home owners in Pagosa, you can check out the services offered by the Frakes and Eagle Eye Inspection Service.

This serves as a reminder to all Chamber members to check their listings on the new website. It is imperative you list the correct information about your business and are positioned in the category appropriate for your business. If you notice a problem, contact the Chamber immediately so that we can address the concern.

We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped the C3 subcommittee with raising funds for the Town Park event infrastructure. We hope we will have enough to purchase at least the necessities for the improvements. Special thanks go to Lou Jean Espinosa and her sisters, June and Edna, for making those delicious frybreads. We are continuing to work to improve our events and park areas. Thank you, everyone.

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