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Are you a new business in the community? Do you want more exposure for your existing business? Do you want to build better relationships with other small businesses such as yours? These topics will be covered at the second annual Business to Business Expo to be held on Wednesday, June 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center. Last year’s Expo was a big success and we are anticipating this year’s expo to be even better.

One of the huge advantages to this year’s expo is the addition of three guest speakers — all experts in their field. For the price of admission, participants can attend the conference to hear one or all three speakers in addition to lunch, a reception and networking opportunities. Kicking off the day will be Marc Willson, consultant for the Virginia Small Business Development Center in retail and restaurant management. Willson specializes in working with small businesses that may be threatened by the addition of a “Big Box” to the community. In addition to speaking at the luncheon, Mr. Willson will be available on Thursday for private, confidential consultations with your business. There will only be five slots available.

Are you bombarded with social marketing and how it fits into your business? Do you want to try and start some direct e-mail marketing or even a newsletter? Zak Barron, Regional Director with Constant Contact, will be here to try and help you make sense of e-mail marketing and how you can communicate with your clients in a simple, direct way. Did you know that if you sign up with Constant Contact through the Pagosa Springs Chamber, you get a discount? Find out how at the expo.

Closing out the day will be national speaker and small business advocate Cinda Baxter with Always Upward and the 3/50 Project. Cash mobs, easy ways to support small local businesses and small business collaboration are all topics that Baxter will be addressing as we close out a very busy and energizing day! Baxter has been quoted or featured in magazines and television shows, such as the “Wall St. Journal,” “Forbes,” “Fortune,” and CNN. Her passion and ideas for the success of small business is contagious and is an opportunity not to be missed here in Pagosa Springs.

Both general admission and vendor booth space are available at the expo. Registration for both types of admission are available online at the Chamber’s website, www.pagosaspringschamber.com. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, as well. Businesses can purchase a table of eight for the lunch and speaker. This sponsorship also allows these people attendance to all or some of the speakers, as well as admission to the closing reception. The booths that will be in attendance are also very informative. If you have been thinking of investment opportunities, health insurance or collaborative interactions with other Pagosa businesses, this is the place to be on June 6.

For more information about the conference, visit the Chamber website or call Mary Jo at 264-2360. We look forward to moving Pagosa in a positive, informative and educated direction.

At the beginning of the year the businesses asked for some great education — the Chamber is here to give it to you at the second annual Business to Business Expo.

Calling all volunteers

There is still time to get on board and volunteer at one of the two Visitor Centers in Pagosa. We have now switched to summer hours, which means that we are open seven days a week downtown, and hopefully the same on the west side. Even if you are fairly new to Pagosa, there is no better way to get involved in the community than learning about it as thoroughly as our diplomats do. Training for the volunteers is provided, as well as multiple tours of our businesses throughout the community and surrounding areas. Pagosa Springs is such an easy sell, and we love telling people where to go and what to do — with a smile. The Pagosa Springs Visitor Center continues to get rave reviews from visitors about the quality of our center and the information we have. We greet over 40,000 people a year from all over the world.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Visitor Center, please contact Patricia Shoffner, Visitor Center coordinator, at 264-2360. Come see about one of the “funnest” volunteering opportunities in Pagosa and be proud of this community we live in.

Festival season

With a very successful Car Show at Pagosa and a Rapids & Rhythms River Fest, festival season has begun. Keep your calendars handy and ready to be changed at a moment’s notice for all the events that will be coming up this summer. Every week, the Visitor Center puts out an “Events & Live Music” section highlighting all the activities for the upcoming week running Thursday through Wednesday. Patricia Shoffner, Visitor Center coordinator, e-mails out this list to all lodging and restaurant properties and any other business that is interested in sharing this information with its clientele. If you do not receive this information on a weekly basis but would like to, please contact Patricia at info@visitpagosasprings.com and she will add you to the e-mail list. Businesses should also “like” the Chamber on Facebook to receive timely event reminders that are informative, brief and pertinent.

Fiber Fest

Memorial Day weekend is the time for the Pagosa Fiber Festival as the athletic field at Town Park transforms into a fiber mecca. You will enjoy the beauty, talent and products to be had at the Pagosa Fiber Festival. There will be fiber-producing animals, raw fiber goods and finished products, all in one place. Festival-goers can also watch competitions, demonstrations, sheep sheering, and attend educational sessions. There is a small admission charge of $2 for the entire weekend and children under 12 are free. For more information regarding workshops and competitions, check out the website, www.pagosafiberfestival.com.

Community Choir

The Pagosa Springs Community Choir presents their spring concert, “A Journey of Life,” June 1 through June 3, at the Pagosa Springs High School. The performances on Friday and Saturday will be at 7 p.m., and the Sunday matinee performance will be held at 4 p.m. There is no admission charge, but donations are accepted and appreciated.

Chimney Rock programs

Chimney Rock kicks off the season with Local Appreciation Days May 25 through the 28. Admission price to the area is only $5 for adults and children 5-11 years old are $2.50.

There is a full moon program at the site on Sunday, June 3. Gates are open from 6-6:15 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. Reservations are required, and tickets are $15 per person. Then, on Tuesday, June 5, Chimney Rock will host a Transit of Venus viewing, which is a rare occurrence and will not happen again until 2117. The reservation-only program begins at 3 p.m. and participants will receive special glasses to view the sun and then receive a new moon viewing program talk. There will be special telescopes set up and a brief lecture.

Enjoy all the Chimney Rock programs that will be held throughout the summer. Visit their website for all the details at www.chimneyrockco.org.

Ladies Night Out

Don’t miss the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program’s annual Ladies Night Out on Thursday, June 7. This year, they will be focusing on services and auctioning off silent and live services provided by professionals such as mechanics, landscapers, carpenters and many, other services. In addition to the auctions, there will be live performances, great food and drink.

The event will take place at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts and will begin at 5:30 p.m. You can purchase tickets at the Chamber or online at www.ACVAP.org for $25. You can also call 264-9075 for more details.

Folk ‘N Bluegrass

The annual Folk N’ Bluegrass Festival will take place on Reservoir Hill June 8-10. Talented musical groups will once again entertain the masses with main and late night stages. There will also be jam sessions and workshops. Enjoy food vendors, crafts and lots of music. The music begins on Reservoir Hill on Friday evening at 5 p.m. There is no Free Friday in Town Park this year. Tickets are available online at www.folkwest.com. Don’t miss the great lineup of musical talent.

Membership news

Congratulations again to Mark Miller, aka “Pops,” at Let It Fly on the 15th anniversary of his business located on Put Hill. “Pops” is donating a rod and reel to the Humane Society, which is conducting and benefitting from the raffle of the rod. The raffle drawing will be held on Monday, May 28, at 5 p.m. at Let It Fly and tickets are only $10 each. Congratulations on 15 years of business in Pagosa and for all you do for our locals and visiting clientele who love to fish!

We are excited to announce three new Chamber members this week – one of them being a two for one! We welcome Anna Harbison and her two businesses: A-1 Truck Caps and Hydro-Cut. Both A-1 and Hydro-Cut are located on Goldmine Dr., and we are excited to have these diverse businesses as part of the Chamber.

We also have Kit & Caboodle with Brittney Chaisson joining the Chamber. Check out their website at www.kitcaboodleparty.com or call (805) 651-9151.

Our renewing members this week are GOAL Academy, Aviation Business Concepts, Pagosa Brokers with Brianna Jacobson and Southwest Property Trust with Scott Tonges. Beth Gillich with her beautiful and convenient Riverdance Condo, the San Juan Mountains Association and Mild to Wild.

Don’t forget that you can still submit your photos for our 2013 calendar. Perhaps someone has some great shots of the Car Show or River Fest that they would like to submit. For more information about the calendar, contact Stacy Kirby at events@pagosachamber.com.

The Chamber wishes the 2012 Pagosa Springs High School graduates much success. We hope some of you will be in Pagosa now or in the near future with a very successful business! Congratulations to all receiving diplomas this week, including GED grads. Continue to tackle the world and let us help you.

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