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Show Pagosa pride with a basket of flowers

It’s that time of year again. Get ready to spruce up homes and businesses by planting and putting out some beautiful flowers.

The Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual Pagosa Pride hanging basket drive. We are taking orders for gorgeous hanging baskets that will be available for delivery at the end of May.

This year, we again offer two sizes of baskets. There will be 12-inch baskets, which we have sold each year. We will also have huge, show-stopping 16-inch baskets available for order.

The 12-inch baskets are scheduled to be delivered on Friday, May 24, and the 16-inch baskets will be delivered shortly after Memorial Day.

The baskets are made with sun and drought resistant flowers and are filled with fertilized soil. The flowers in the baskets will have room to grow over the summer and additional fertilizer will be provided so you and your flowers can, “Grow with the Chamber.”

The 12-inch hanging baskets are $28 per basket, the 16-inch hanging baskets are $100, and they will be personally delivered by a Chamber staff or board member.

Thank you to Ponderosa Lumber Co. and to Bayfield Gardens who will provide the baskets again this year.

There will be a limited number of baskets ordered in each size. Orders will be taken until Friday, May 10, or until sold out. Forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce, or you can call in your order to one of our staff members. We have received so many comments and calls from visitors about these beautiful baskets lining the streets and enhancing the entrances to our businesses. Don’t miss your chance to let us do some of the gardening work for you again this year. Order your hanging baskets now. Remember, only a limited number of each size has been ordered.

Marketing for Smarties

The popular Marketing for Smarties workshop series will begin Thursday, April 25. For many business owners or start-up companies, marketing can be a challenge. Whom do I market to? What marketing avenues should I take: print, Internet, brochures, radio or television? What is the niche that my business serves?

This workshop will help you quickly figure out what you know and what you don’t know, what you need and what you can skip. Through these interactive classes you will be guided step by step through a simple, straightforward development program. It will provide you with hands-on tools you’ll need to improve your marketing skills. The Marketing for Smarties Challenge strips marketing down to the essentials so small business owners can jump-start leads, find business opportunities and stay on a growth path.

The classes will be facilitated by Marcy Mitchell. Marcy has been successfully coaching Marketing for Smarties for several years now. Marcy brings her combined marketing experience and passion for helping local business owners thrive in the new economy. The series consists of three classes to be held on Thursdays, April 25, May 23 and June 6 from 6-9 p.m. here at the Chamber. The class is $149 and includes all the study work and tutorial assistance. There are scholarships available. To register for the class, or find out how you might qualify for a scholarship, contact Lynn Asano at the Fort Lewis College SBDC office at 247-7009 or e-mail her at asano_l@fortlewis.edu. This series will probably be offered only once this year, and class size is limited. Find out more about this excellent educational and business opportunity.

USDA training

Attention businesses that are expanding, renovating or opening: There will be a free information session for business owners or agriculture producers interested in seeking additional funding for energy-efficient upgrades and renewable systems.

Pattie Snidow and Charles Thompson with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be on hand to inform interested parties of the grant opportunities that may be available for your project. This might include equipment such as coolers and refrigerators or energy efficiencies. This free session will be held at the La Plata Electric Association multi-purpose room in Durango on Thursday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are required, and you can make those reservations by calling Sue Maxwell at 382-7170.

Membership

While we have no new memberships to report this week, we want to thank our renewing members for committing to another year supporting the Chamber and our endeavors. Our renewing members this week include long time members Healing Waters Resort & Spa, MTECH Internet Marketing, Scott Strategic Investments, Homespun Comforts, B&S Excursions and Incredible Pagosa Vacation Rentals. From out of the area, we welcome back graphics designer Barbara Rosner and Rosner Creative.

Remember to take this time during the slower spring season to evaluate your business, your facility and your future plans. Call the Chamber for assistance or even to bounce some ideas around.

This story was posted on April 11, 2013.