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E-Cycle Days return to Pagosa Springs

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The Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Archuleta County Solid Waste Department, will host the fourth annual E-Cycle Days on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26.

This year’s e-cycling will take place at the Archuleta County Transfer Station south of Pagosa Springs on Trujillo Road.

As with last year, it is illegal to dispose of electronic devices at the landfill. This includes televisions, computers, monitors, CPUs, ink jet cartridges, keyboards, scanners, printers, cell phones and other similar electronic equipment.

We will join the Cortez community in their e-cycling event the same weekend and combine to send off a truckload of equipment to an appropriate location, where the electronics will be dismantled and disposed of properly.

Since we need to pay for the equipment to be recycled once it is delivered, there will be costs associated with leaving your equipment. Costs will be as follows:

• CPU’s, desktop printers, scanners — $6.

• Monitors, laptops and TVs up to 27 inches — $16.

• TVs over 27 inches — $26.

• Keyboard, mouse, cords — $1.

• Cell phone, Gameboys, CD and DVD players — $1-$3.

• Laptop batteries, inkjet cartridges — $2.

You can obtain a more detailed list of the costs at the Chamber of Commerce.

Volunteers at the transfer station will accept the equipment, load and wrap it, and send it off. The hours of the E-cycle event will be Friday, Oct. 25, from noon to 3 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Cash or checks will be accepted. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 264-2360.

Active and involved 

In addition to the Business to Business Expo that was held Wednesday, Oct.16, there are several other opportunities scheduled that allow business owners to work on their business instead of in their business.

On Monday, Oct. 21, we are asking downtown merchants to meet at Home Again at 6 p.m. to finalize some holiday festivities. The Chamber and TTC are looking to put the finishing touches on a Holiday Palooza calendar that we will hand out to locals and visitors to encourage them to get out and shop and play in Pagosa the entire month of December. Questions can be answered by contacting Mary Jo at the Chamber.

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the seventh annual La Plata County Economic Development Alliance Economic Summit will be held at the Sky Ute Casino. It is a full day of educational breakout sessions, networking, and a luncheon with keynote speaker Jay Elliot, former senior vice president of Apple. The event is sold out at this time, but if you are interested in being placed on the waiting list or purchasing unused tickets, contact Donna Hanes at donna@yeslpc.com or 259-1700.

While it seems a long way off, 2014 is right around the corner. Region 9, the SBDC at Fort Lewis College and regional high schools will host Career Day on Thursday, Jan. 9. High school juniors and seniors will participate in this career fair at Fort Lewis College.

We are looking for speakers and session moderators from all areas of industry. This includes trade skills, advanced education and specialized study. If you are interested in sharing your experiences on panels, either in the morning or afternoon, go to www.mapmypath.org and go to the PoWer Career Fair tab to sign up. Even if you are retired but have in interest in moderating, contact the people at this website, or contact the Pagosa Springs Chamber for additional information. Share your knowledge, passion and expertise with our future business leaders.

The Fort Lewis SBDC is offering another training opportunity. They will host a LEAN Principles for Today’s Office systems class on Thursday, Nov. 14. These LEAN classes will help you run a more efficient business and teach you how to operate a more effective office. The cost for the class is $189 and you will work on how to improve customer service, reduce waste, improve teamwork and discover added value methods. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the First National Bank of Durango.

Budding entrepreneurs

Have a great business idea that you’ve been working on? Ready to start your business and you are looking for investors and a little help in taking your product or idea to market? The Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs (SCAPE) is readying for a second round of applicants who will vie for four coveted slots and a chance to bring their products to fruition. Launched this past July, SCAPE’s objective is to create high-growth, job-creating companies in southwest Colorado. SCAPE’s focus is on emerging growth companies, and the program provides funding, education and intense mentoring to fully prepare participants to enter markets, raise capital and increase their chances for success. Any industry or idea will be considered, but the focus of SCAPE is on high-growth startups whose primary markets will be outside southwest Colorado. Those applicants selected for the program will receive up to $30,000 in equity capital to help build their company, along with free office space and discounted business services. Most importantly, they will receive valuable mentoring to help them address specific challenges in establishing and growing their companies. At the end of the four-month program, there will be a presentation given by all finalists to potential follow-up investors. You can find the application on SCAPE’s website at www.goscape.org. The application deadline is Nov. 15, and the second program kicks off Jan. 13.

Membership 

The next Business After Hours function will be a “block party” hosted by Pagosa Photography, Pagosa Skin Therapy and Memory Lane on Wednesday, Oct. 23. This is a perfect opportunity to see what is new at these downtown businesses. You might drive by them every day, but this evening is a time to stop and find out just what they have to offer. The function is from 5-7 p.m. and the cost is $7 for Chamber members and invited guests. For more information, contact the Chamber at 264-2360.

The next Maximizing Your Membership class will be held Monday, Oct. 28, at the Chamber of Commerce from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A free lunch is provided along with a plethora of information on how you can best utilize your Chamber membership. If you are a business owner who has been thinking of joining the Chamber, we encourage you to attend this class. Please R.S.V.P. at 264-2360 so enough food can be ordered for lunch and we can ensure there is enough space.

We again have a good number of renewals this week: Alley House Grille, The Healing Waters Resort & Spa, Ponderosa Lumber Company, WW Ranch, Be Our Guest B&B, the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association and the Ross Aragon Community Center.

We would like to thank our guest speakers who attended the third annual Business to Business Expo. It was an enlightening event with a ton of information that was available to those who attended. Many thanks to Tim Merriman, Lisa Brochu, Linda Gann and Jack Jostes. We appreciate their expertise and the time they took to speak at our Expo.

This story was posted on October 17, 2013.