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The second in the Women’s Conference series was to have taken place June 19 at the Quality Resort from 4-7 p.m. The three-part series focuses on women in business and on assisting them with developing or growing their businesses on different levels.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the keynote speaker had to cancel — and we can’t blame it on weather this time. Also, due to the increased activity in the community during the summer months, we will wait to have another session of the Women’s Conference series in the late fall, after the Business Expo.

However, the good news is, if you are interested in examining tax credits for women-owned businesses, or other more general tax credits, expanding your business, looking for capital or looking for financial assistance, our other guest speakers are still in the area.

Laura Lewis-Marchino is with Region 9 and can be contacted at 247-9621. Sherry Waner is with First Southwest Bank and she can be reached at 946-6160.

Chamber Business Expo 

The Business Expo has been held in June the past two years, but has been moved to October this year due to the community’s business demands. This year’s Business Expo is shaping up to be a dramatic and timely event for our community.

One set of guest speakers will be Tim Merriman and Lisa Brochu, authors of “Put the Heart Back in Your Community: Unifying Diverse Interests Around a Central Theme.” Tim and Lisa have decades of experience and have traveled around the world studying successful communities, assisting communities in need and documenting results. If you have not had the chance to read their book, you can purchase it online or borrow it from a Chamber director or CDC board member. The book is filled with community stories of all different levels of success and failure and some thoughts behind the failures. The book is laid out with beautiful photographs and is easy to understand. We are thrilled they have agreed to be our guest speakers.

Also coming in October is the release of the Colorado Exchange Health Care Program. We are excited to have Linda Gann, with Connect for Health Colorado, as a guest speaker. Connect for Health Colorado is the entity that will be administering the Colorado Health Exchange program. This portion of the conference will be a must for business owners to attend to learn about the options. We anticipate a number of representatives of insurance carriers involved with the Colorado Health Exchange to be in attendance. With the health care laws changing, you need to know the impacts and the alternatives available to you and your business.

We will also have Jack Jostes with Ramblin Jackson Marketing Agency and Constant Contact vendor on hand to talk about the latest with social media. Using new techniques, you can now manage your website, mobile website, notebook-size website all in one fell swoop. Come find out about the new techniques and see how social media can work for your business.

We will be opening registration for booth and attendee space in about a month. Think about your presence at the Business Expo and create an awareness of your product or service. The format will be similar to last year: a lunch with a keynote speaker, sessions in the afternoon, and a reception in the evening. Stay tuned for more information, but save the date of Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Little Sand workshop and tour

On Tuesday and Wednesday, June 18-19, there will be workshops and a tour of the Little Sand Fire area open to area residents. Tuesday’s workshops will feature fire experts, landowners and citizens discussing issues about the management decisions for the Little Sand Fire, and the social and economic impacts of the fire. The Tuesday workshops will take place at the Ross Aragon Community Center from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and lunch will be provided.

The field tour on Wednesday will start at 8:30 a.m. when the group will meet at the Coyote Hill parking area just past the cattle guard on Piedra Road. The tour will return at about 4:30 p.m. and lunch will be provided this day as well. If you are interested in attending either of these activities, contact the Mountain Studies Institute at www.mountainstudies.org to register.

Membership 

There are plenty of ribbon cuttings occurring in the next few weeks.

Let’s start on June 13, with the opening of Martie’s Mercantile at 52 Trinity Lane, No. 2. This 2,400 square-foot establishment has a collection of antiques, new and old furniture, home accessories, jewelry, and arts and crafts by local artists. Please welcome Martie Henderson to our community by attending her ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m.

Then, on Saturday, June 15, we have two ribbon cuttings.

The first takes place at Mountain Landing Guest Quarters, where they will unveil their new, 30-space RV park. Mountain Landing is located on Piedra Road and we look forward to having another convenient RV park in town.

At 6 p.m. Pagosa’s latest brewery, Riff Raff Brewing Company, on Pagosa Street, will cut the ribbon celebrating their new endeavor. There will be food and beverages and live music. Congratulate owners Jason, Shelly, Eleanor and Randy on the new brewery and restaurant.

On Wednesday, June 19, the Aspen Grove area on 2nd Street comes alive with the opening of Jitterz ice cream and caffeine lounge. The ribbon cutting will take place at 5:30 p.m. and it will be a block party with Farrago, First Crush and the Back Room Wine Bar joining in the festivities.

Don’t miss out on these celebrations and congratulations on all of these openings and expansions.

We welcome Riff Raff Brewing Company to the Chamber this week. Located in a historic Victorian building at 274 Pagosa St., Riff Raff offers an excellent selection of hand-crafted beers. They also offer an eclectic burger menu and some tasty appetizers and scrumptious desserts. Relax in their outdoor beer garden and enjoy their ribbon cutting on June 15.

Renewing their memberships this week are Wilson, Rea, Beckel & Associates; Pagosa Hypnotherapy; High Country Fishing Charters; and Riverdance Condo. And thanks to Harris and Karen Bynum for renewing as associate members.

We have had a busy week with the Folk ’N Bluegrass Festival and Ride the Rockies. Please take time to complete your economic impact study for Ride the Rockies. Forms need to be returned to the Chamber by June 21. Check your e-mail inboxes or contact the Chamber if you did not receive a survey. Thank you for participating in this project.

This story was posted on June 13, 2013.