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Start a new year by getting involved

SUN Columnist

At the beginning of the year, the Chamber asked businesses to reevaluate the way they do business and how they interact in the community.

With this being only February, there are still ways to start the new year off right.

If you missed the Dancing With Stress/Managing Overwhelm seminar, the first in a three-part series directed to women, then you missed a great opportunity to garner some easy and practical tips to move your daily actions into a better routine. Dr. Nicola St. Mary and Puja Parsons were inspiring speakers and offered great support. The networking was electric.

Women can mark the next seminar on their calendars now — Wednesday, June 19. The session is titled “Passion to Production.” You will hear more about this session in the upcoming months.

On Monday, Feb. 25, the Chamber will host the monthly Maximizing Your Membership luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This presentation is packed with information on how you can better utilize Chamber benefits to your advantage. You will have time to ask questions about your membership or discover advantages that you may not have known existed. There is also a free lunch included. To reserve your space, contact the Chamber at 264-2360.

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, the monthly SunDowner will be sponsored by Wyndham Resorts. The festivities will be held adjacent to the Wyndham activity center. If you’ve been hearing rumors about an expansion project at Wyndham, attend the SunDowner and find out what is happening. Just as the networking was fantastic at the Women’s Conference, SunDowners are meant to encourage business interaction, especially if you are a new business owner trying to get your name out there. SunDowners are open to Chamber members and invited guests. If you are new to the community and would like to attend a Business After Hours SunDowner, contact the Chamber for an invitation. Remember, if you refer someone to the Chamber and they sign up as a member, you get a coupon for a free admission to a SunDowner. Increase your business exposure, get your name out there or, if you are an established business, come to a SunDowner and meet some of the new players in town. We thank Wyndham Resorts for sponsoring this month’s Business After Hours gathering and look forward to all their announcements.

On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Imagine Downtown group will hold its monthly general meeting at 6 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center. On the roster is the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership, with an update on the Greenhouse Project. Representatives from Habitat for Humanity will also be at the meeting to talk about their rehabilitation efforts — “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” — and residential beautification efforts, as well as their “Recycled Art” fund-raiser scheduled for mid-April. They are looking to utilize an empty building downtown for a time and bring some life to a vacant space. Representatives of the TTC will also be present to garner input and potential volunteers to look at the “Overlook,” which is the space next to Tequila’s Restaurant that overlooks the river and hot springs. This location was identified by the DCI group as a natural congregation area and an area that could be a more enticing visitor destination. TTC has been looking to improve this space. More public meetings will be held on the design concept for the Overlook in upcoming weeks.

If any of these projects are of interest to you as a community resident, I encourage you to attend the Imagine Downtown meeting. Find out what is happening in the community and get involved. In addition to the Imagine Downtown meeting, attend a class or seminar the Chamber is hosting. Add some new ideas to your business plan. If you are interested in talking about expansion or redesign projects for your business, contact the Chamber and schedule an appointment to discuss your options. Remember that the Small Business Development Center at Fort Lewis College, with Joe Keck, is at the Chamber the last Tuesday of every month for free consultations. You must schedule an appointment and can do so by calling the Chamber at 264-2360.

Business news

We have one new business to welcome as a Chamber member this week. Cynthia Ortutay has Serenity Now Massage Therapy. Cynthia offers a wide variety of massage modalities including reflexology, deep tissue and trigger points. She can also treat you to a sugar scrub or a couples’ massage. Another amenity at Serenity Now Massage is that Cynthia is mobile and can come to the comfort of your own home. For more information, contact her at 903-9105.

Our renewing members this week include the Malt Shoppe; Sunetha Property Management; Pagosa Inn and Suites; Hickory Ridge Apartments; and Precision Granite. In the non-profit arena we have the Humane Society Thrift Store, United Way of Southwest Colorado, the Pagosa Area Trails Council, and Region 9 Economic Development District all renewing. Our individual members and supporters are Jim Carson and John and Carrie Weiss.

This story was posted on February 21, 2013.