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Register for Pagosa Springs Area Tourism Conference

There are several business events coming up you should register for, now!

On Tuesday evening, April 24, and all day Wednesday, April 25, the second annual Pagosa Springs Area Tourism Conference will be held at the Pagosa Lodge.

This conference is not only important for those businesses involved directly with tourism, but also for those that utilize social media, advertise, have a website and want to know what the state of Colorado is doing for our tourism efforts. Al White, former Senator and director of the Colorado Tourism Office will be the keynote speaker Wednesday morning. Other noteworthy sessions and speakers feature the state’s marketing firm MMG, Internet Honey — the TTC’s new integrated engagement to conversion system, Jack Rabbit Systems — the community’s new lodging central reservation system, the Four Corners Film Office and more.

Find out how your business can benefit from the efforts of the TTC and the new marketing techniques, including central reservations, online advertising, website presence, co-op opportunities and general support. TTC Director Jennie Green will provide a day jam-packed with information and contacts to help your business succeed.

Just because you’re not in the lodging business does not mean you should not go to this conference. Obtain as much ammunition as you can to involve your business in the tourism industry. This event is free and interested parties should register now so an accurate count can be obtained for meals. To register, go to http://bit.ly/GXEIsd and, to view the agenda, go to http://bit.ly/GDXwxa.

Don’t miss out on the fun and education being offered by the TTC at this conference, sponsored by the Pagosa Lodging Association and Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation.

Business to Business Expo

The second annual Business to Business Expo, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, will be held Wednesday, June 6.

This will be a half-day event during which businesses will be able to display their products or services at a vendor booth and everyone will be able to enjoy two nationally-known speakers.

Marc Willson and Cinda Baxter will enthrall the audience with their expertise, creative ideas and desire for Pagosa to succeed. “Surviving and Thriving in a Big Box Environment” is the theme of this year’s expo.

The event will be held at the Ross Aragon Community Center from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The day starts with a lunch and guest speaker Marc Willson. As founder of the Virginia Small Town and Retail Merchant Program, Willson’s passion and expertise is helping small businesses compete with large-format retail. There are still openings for private consultations with Willson, to be held Thursday, June 7. Please call the Chamber to book your 90-minute consultation for only $50.

In the mid-afternoon, Cinda Baxter, founder of the 3/50 Project, will be the headliner. Cinda is passionate, energizing and creative in getting businesses to work together. She will keep you entertained and get your creative and collaborative juices flowing.

Both Willson and Baxter are excited to come to Pagosa and work with our small businesses. Throughout the day, business owners will be able network, talk about their services and let the general public know what they have to offer. This is a fantastic opportunity to display your services, especially if you do not have store frontage.

We would like to thank the Pagosa Springs CDC and Bank of Colorado for being our first sponsors. General admission is $25 and this entitles you to lunch, both speakers, the business networking and evening reception. You can register for a booth space or general admission for the event on the Chamber website, www.pagosachamber.com. Registration is located on the events calendar for June 6 — Business to Business Expo. For more information on this event, contact me at the Chamber.

More events

On Wednesday, April 25, the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program will sponsor “Walk a Mile in Their Jeans.” This fun walk will begin at the Bell Tower Park at the corner of Lewis Street and U.S.160. This will be a quick walk and participants are encouraged to wear their favorite jeans in honor of Denim Day. Come out and show your support in the fight against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

On Sunday, April 29, from 3-6 p.m., the Archuleta Seniors, Inc. will host the Senior Prom. There will be music by John Graves and Company and lots of other entertainment. ASI members are $7 or $11 for couples and non-members are $10, with couples being $17. Step back in time to those good-ole prom days and come out to Pagosa Springs High School for an afternoon of fun.

On Tuesday, May 1, La Plata Electric Association will hold two informational meetings at the Ross Aragon Community Center about their new “Smart Meters.” The sessions are scheduled for 3 and 5:30 p.m. These Smart Meters are being installed all over the United States as the industry begins to upgrade the electrical grid. Topics to be covered include radio frequency emissions, security, privacy issues, benefits and cost savings, plus energy management capabilities. Everyone is encouraged to attend and find out how these meters affect you and how they are anticipated to be of greater service to the members, while reducing environmental and fiscal costs. These sessions are open to the public.

For all you salsa enthusiasts, First Southwest Bank will host a salsa contest on Friday, May 4, in honor of Cinco de Mayo. The contest will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the bank and is open to the public. There will be prizes for first, second and third places, as voted on by the public. For more information, contact First Southwest Bank at 731-1300.

Business news

While Mother Nature certainly played havoc with this year’s early Earth Day celebration and Volunteer Recruitment Day, those who attended had a fun time. It is often difficult to make weather-related decisions, and we thank the Southwest Organization for Sustainability for working so hard to put this event on. Everyone should be finding ways in their business to recycle paper, cardboard and other frequently used items (cans, toner).

The Volunteer Recruitment books with information on over 30 non-profit organizations in our community are located all over town. Stop by the Chamber and pick up a booklet. Look over the various options, mark off the organizations that are of interest to you and turn the book in at the Chamber. We will make sure you get some correspondence from the organization(s) you are interested in.

We have two new members to report on this week.

Thompson Machinery Sales works with used construction and mining machinery. They purchase or sell late-model, low-mileage machinery. Many of the machines they have for sale are never published in advertising. With their resources and experience, they can and are willing to source any equipment you may need. Please keep them in mind if you are considering selling equipment; they are cash buyers for quality machinery and offer an excellent consignment program. For more information, contact them through their listing on the Chamber’s website or call John Thompson at 264-4000.

From out of the area we also have Garcia’s Tents joining the Chamber. Garcia’s offers not only tents of varying sizes but complete event packages including stages, lighting, tables, chairs, linens and a plethora of accessories. Garcia’s also has limousine service for that wedding or prom event. From a backyard reunion to a formal wedding, check out Garcia’s menu of rental items.

Our renewals this week include Healing Waters Resort & Spa; JR Ford and Pagosa Land Company; Scott Lee and Sherwin Williams Company; Maria Isabel Garcia with Tequila’s; and Marcy Mitchell with MTECH Internet Marketing. Our individual members renewing are Dr. Mark and Claudine McAnelly.

Don’t forget to order your hanging baskets. There are only a limited number of 12-inch baskets and 16-inch baskets available. Please call the Chamber to reserve yours today.

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