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Chamber Communiqué
November/December 2016

The turkey is baking and the family comes soon,
Christmas lists are written; the tree lights the room,
Memories will be made and others retold,
The gift of the holidays, in our hearts we hold.
Note from the Executive Director                           


Chamber Projects Working for Our Business Community!

Adobe Building Fire
The Chamber of Commerce has been busy with projects - some not so pleasant and others we are very excited about.  Let's start with the Adobe Building Fire and how you can participate in assisting those affected by this incredible disaster.  The Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado based in Durango has offered to be the recipient of donations for those affected by the fire at the Adobe Building which occurred on Saturday, October 22, 2016.  Over a dozen businesses in the Adobe Building and approximately 15 employees at the Bear Creek were affected.  Those wishing to make a financial contribution to assist the employees affected by the fire may do so in two ways.  Visit the Community Foundation website at and click on the Pay Pal Donation tab located on the home page.  Please designate Pagosa Adobe Building Fire to alert where the funds are to be allocated to.  Contributors may also send checks directly to the Foundation at Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado, P.O. Box 1673, Durango, CO  81302.  Designate in the memo section of the check the Pagosa Adobe Building Fire.  Funds will be used to assist hourly employees and those affected by the fire and in need of emergency services due to loss of business. 
Many of the businesses have received generous donations of furniture, printers, and other items.  We still have some items that businesses are in need of as a few of the businesses have not relocated yet.  Please visit the Chamber's website to see what items may still be in need.  With it being the slow season before the rush of the holidays, we know that businesses are having a hard time hiring extra people and need to take care of those already employed.  However, keep the employees of the Bear Creek in mind and contact the chamber if you have an opening and we can contact them.  Many thanks to the Colorado Workforce who has also been working with them.  If you would also like to contribute household goods, non-perishable food or personal items or diapers, you may bring them to the chamber and we will help distribute them to the employees.  Thank you for the generous donations that have come in and for all your support.
2017 Economic Outlook Survey
            Beginning November 15, the Chamber of Commerce and the Community Development Corporation (CDC) will be hosting an online 2017 Economic Outlook Survey that we are asking the business community to participate in.  The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete and includes not only how you look at Pagosa Springs, but also running a business in Southwest Colorado and in the state of Colorado.  The survey will give our community leaders a clear picture of where you think your business is heading in 2017 including hiring, expansion or  downsizing and  what you feel are your top challenges WITHIN your business and DOING Business in Pagosa Springs.  A key question in the survey is "what must happen to make Pagosa Springs a great place to start or grow a business".  You do not have to be a chamber member to participate in the survey.  The link to the survey will be hosted on both the Chamber and CDC's websites.  You can be the owner of a bricks and mortar business, a home based business, or someone renting office space.  We would just like you to participate in the survey! 
            While the community is working on several key issues, we need to hear from the business community where the major emphasis needs to be placed.   Not many people like to fill out surveys, but with major issues in our community such as available workforce, childcare, and housing we need to prioritize and therefore, need the input from our business community.  Businesses will have the opportunity to complete the survey until Friday, December 9.  If you fill out the survey, you will also have the option to receive a free pre-release of the survey results.  This survey also gives the Chamber and the CDC ideas of where to focus their energies and what resources we need to work on.  The survey is being managed through the Baker Strategy Group.  You will be receiving reminders and links to the survey in the upcoming weeks.  Again, we would appreciate your input.
2016 Parade of Stores - SHOP LOCAL
            We are re-invigorated with encouraging people to SHOP LOCAL!  This year's Parade of Stores event will take place from Thursday to Sunday, December 1-4, 2016.  We are encouraging retailers to pull out the stops and help us get people out to SHOP LOCAL.  This event will not be touted as a "No Tax" shopping weekend, but as a "Community-wide Dynamic Discounts".  In this way, each store can choose their discount and market the savings.  We encourage businesses to host "open houses", special deal days - anything you want to do to encourage people to look within their community and shop at home. 
            We will also be working with the restaurants to participate in the event and offer shopping specials throughout that weekend to encourage people to shop, take a break and visit our restaurants as well.  Make the shopping time a fun experience whether you do so with a group of girlfriends or as a family or couples shopping.  Rediscover our community and see what Pagosa has in store for you this holiday season.  We will also be marketing more to our neighbor communities to get them to come to Pagosa for the day. 
Did You Know the Chamber is Working On...
The Chamber is very excited about the programs that we have to offer and our role in the community.  Currently we are sitting on two work groups that the Town and County have identified as issues that need immediate attention in our community:  Early Childhood Care & Education and Housing.  We assisted the ECCWG with their childcare survey.  Through the Community Development Corporation, we wrote a grant and were awarded state assistance through the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) for a Tiny Homes work shop.  City and County officials and planners, architects, builders, housing workgroup leaders and financial representatives were in attendance to not only address Tiny Homes, but housing in general. We know how important these issues are to the running of your businesses and we want to be a part of solving the problems. 
The Chamber is also looking at redefining membership benefits.  We want to make sure that businesses are getting the biggest bang for their buck, NOT because of the size of their business, but what benefits would be MOST USEFUL for you.  This program is a big shift in how we perceive our chamber benefits; however, we want to have your business engaged and perhaps tailor the system more to meet your needs.  Look for exciting membership changes in 2017 - because "nothing is constant but change"  - and we want to make it good change! 
Thank you for your membership and support!


Mary Jo Coulehan

Executive Director

Updates & Reminders
  • There will be a Maximizing your Membership class on Monday, November 28th, from 12-1:15. There will not be a Maximizing your Membership class in December.
  • The November Business after Hours will be hosted by the Pagosa Springs Golf Club on Wednesday, November 16th, from 5-7pm.  The December B.A.H. will be hosted by the Springs Resort on December 14th.
  • The Pagosa Springs Chamber will be hosting the 11th Annual Parade of Stores  weekend, December 1st-4th. If you would like to participate, please contact the Chamber.
  • The Chamber's next Business Bites presentation, Starting your Business, will be held on Thursday, November 10th, from 9am-2pm. $25 fee includes lunch and valuable information. Call the Chamber to RSVP.
See below for more information or contact the Chamber  at 970-264-2360.

Upcoming Chamber Events
The 11th Annual Parade of Stores is just around the corner, and there is still time left to participate in this great community event! 
As the holidays come nipping at our heels very quickly, it is time to remember when you are putting your shopping lists together - what can you purchase locally or how can you help a local family or organization?  The Chamber is working diligently on the 2016 Parade of Stores to be held four days this year, Thursday - Sunday, December 1-4.  While all stores may not be open on Sunday the 4th, those shoppers that are out and about can still get their frequent shopper card stamped and can still enter to win one of the Super Prize packages.  
If your business would like to participate in the Parade of Stores, contact the Chamber at 970.264.2360 by November 14th.
The next Chamber Business Bites presentation will be a Starting your Business  workshop on Thursday, November 10th, from 9am-2pm. There will be a variety of speakers to provide a wealth of information.
The November Business after Hours will be on Wednesday, November 16th, from 5-7pm, at the beautiful Pagosa Springs Golf Club. Come join us for an evening of great networking, wonderful food, and fantastic prizes! All members and their invited guests are welcome! Only $7 per person.

The Chamber is excited to offer our members a new benefit from Associates Insurance Group, Inc., who offers workers compensation plans and health insurance plans at incredible rates! If you would like to know more about their plans, please contact them at the number provided below, or give the Chamber a call at 970-264-2360.

2016 Colorfest

The 2016 Colorfest weekend was once again an event for the record books, with sold out crowds, beautiful weather, and food & drink in abundance!

Colorfest 2016
Colorfest 2016

October Business after Hours
Hosted by Skip's Coffee News & held at Made in Colorado Shoppe
A lot of smiles and great conversation at the Coffee News B.A.H.
Great music entertained guests throughout the evening.
Getting great help from Chamber board members Jack Searle and Mike Beckel.
And the winner is....
Member News
Pagosa Area Trails Council is accepting Letters of Interest for Board Vacancies
Purpose of the PATC:
Promote the use of trails.   Identify needs for new trails and for trail maintenance.   Present needs to funding agencies and oversee where needed the completion of new trails or trail segments.  To mobilize government, private and nonprofit groups in the support of trails.  To resolve trail conflicts between user groups.  To identify future trails conflicts and resolve them in advance.   To provide for communication between trail user groups and governmental entities involved with area trail development and to promote the coordination of trail developmental efforts.  To provide training and education on the use of trails, planning for new trails, and the need for maintenance of existing trails.
Discount Adventures has relocated!
Discount Adventures & Activities and Leslie's Sewing Machine Repair & Alterations have relocated to the Cascade Plaza, located at 46 Eaton Drive, directly behind City Market. We welcome you to stop by and see our new location! 970-731-2117

GGP News
Donate to the GGP at no cost to you:   the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership has joined AmazonSmile.  AmazonSmile has all the same products at the same prices as does its parent site, Amazon.  For every qualifying purchase made at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the GGP.  This is at no cost to the buyer.  All you have to do is type in 'Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership'  when making purchases. For more questions, visit  or .  

GGP Holiday Gifts-The Second Annual ColorFest Breakfast with Balloons tickets will go on sale soon. 
Due to popular demand, the tickets for the September, 2017, signature fundraiser will be available for purchase beginning November 25.  It's the perfect gift for a friend or family member.  Attendees will enjoy a gourmet breakfast with champagne as they watch the spectacular ColorFest balloons ascend. This year's event was a sold-out affair.  Tickets will be available at
SCAPE Deadline extended!
SCAPE creates high growth, job creating companies in Southwest Colorado by providing education, mentoring and access to funding for startups and early stage companies.

Apply to SCAPE by December 5, 2016 at Applications will be accepted through midnight on December 5th. Submissions will be reviewed and possibly interviewed as soon as we get them. So apply today for ample review time!

Axis Health System has resumed operations
Dear Colleagues, October 28, 2016
After the fire last weekend, the community support has been incredible and very appreciated. With a little help from our friends, we have been able to keep patient care and community access available and identify and secure some clinic space. Axis Health System, Pagosa Springs Behavioral Healthcare office resumed some operations on Monday at the Catholic Education Center (CEC) located at 462 Lewis Street. This was a temporary location planned to be used through Friday, November 4 to support basic patient care and community crisis response access while we identified another space to relocate to.
We are pleased to announce that beginning Monday, November 7, Pagosa Springs Behavioral Healthcare will be back to full operations at 46 Eaton Drive, located behind City Market. We will resume providing our full continuum of care at this new location from Nov. 7 through May 2017, when there is a planned move to the new Archuleta Integrated Healthcare clinic, which is currently under construction. While this interim move was clearly unplanned and required as a result of the fire, we are moving quickly to restore services in a manner that will accommodate our patient and community needs until such time that our new facility is available.

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Ribbon Cuttings for September & October
 Walking/Biking Trail

Renewing Members September/October

AAA Propane
Academy Mortgage Corporation
Alpen Haus Ski Center
Archuleta County Extension
Avjet Pagosa Springs
Chato's Mexican Restaurant
Citizens Bank
Diamond Hitch Stables
Directory Plus
Durango Motor Company
Econo Lodge
Exit Realty Advantage Pagosa, LLC
Fireside Inn Cabins
Growing Spaces
Happy Camper RV Park
Happy Trails Lady's Boutique
Harman Art Museum
Bob Hemenger-Musician
Kip's Grill & Cantina
The Lost Cajun
Mud Shaver Car Wash

Navajo State Park
Old West Press
Pagosa Auto Parts, Inc.
Pagosa Health & Wellness
Piedra Automotive
Renner's Mini Storage
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
RVing Accessibility Group, dba Peak Access
San Juan Trading Post
Shaklee Independent Distributor
Spectrum Construction
Step Outdoors, LLC
Subway West
Team Pagosa Realty Group
Terry's Colorado Home Supply
THRIVE Pregnancy Support Center
Two Old Crows
The Water Runner
Where the Buffalo Roam
Wyndham Pagosa

New Members September/October

Elk Peaks Consulting Group, LTD.
Keith Lammey
46 East Ridge, Ste. 100
Battlement Mesa, CO 81635
Phone: 970-285-7482
Elk Peaks specializes in Association and Property management. Unlike many other association and property management firms, we don't sell real estate. Instead, we focus all of our energy on providing services needed by Associations and Property Owners. Because we are specialized, we are able to understand your organization and fulfill those needs timely and efficiently. Whether we are working for a homeowners association or for a property owner, our task is to fully understand your needs and to establish effective strategies to meet these needs fairly, equitably and with as much transparency as possible. By focusing on excellence, we are constantly searching for opportunities to learn more, do more, and to achieve more for our customers. We can provide the three key pieces that every HOA or property owner needs: Administrative, Financial and Physical management. We are licensed under Colorado law to provide services to Homeowners Associations.


La Plata Homes Fund, Inc.
Tara Coghlan
124 East 9th Street
Durango, CO 81301
Phone: 970-259-1418

La Plata Homes Fund, Inc. offers homebuyer education classes, financial counseling, and mortgage assistance. We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation governed by dedicated volunteers who sit on our board of directors and loan committee. As a Southwest Colorado nonprofit, La Plata Homes Fund builds diverse and resilient communities by developing affordable housing and empowering residents with the financial resources and educational tools to achieve homeownership.


Andies Outdoor Undies
Andra Byrnes
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Phone: 970-507-0297

A Women's Base Layer with a Unique Twist. Locally Made. Our clothing is a paradigm shift in how a base layer (long underwear) is made; it is performed to meet a woman's needs. With our 'Gotta-go" leggings you don't have to walk ¼ mile to have privacy. Instead just find a bit of seclusion, and pull down your outer layer and squat. That's it! Check out our "go-to" tops and BEYOND Your Basic Turtleneck for year-round comfort and performance. See the video on our website.


Sherpa Real Estate
Chris Liverett
189 Talisman Drive Unit B
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Phone: 970-444-2570

At Sherpa we are excited to actually be useful to our clients in the buying and selling journey. It is a journey, and sometimes the path is arduous and difficult. Like a good Sherpa , we are prepared to carry the heavy load and skillfully get you to the end of your real estate transaction (and gain another friend). We look forward to employing our 26,000 + hours of experience on your behalf.

CDC Corner
Are you interested in better broadband coverage in Pagosa Springs?  How about more availability of childcare or better housing options?  What about diversifying our  economy and attracting new businesses.  Pagosa Springs is experiencing economic growth and expansion and with that growth comes some infrastructure challenges.  We are not unique - most communities in Colorado are experiencing the same challenges whether a big or small community.  The Community Development Corporation (CDC) is working with others on community work groups to try and solve some of these issues.  Members of the CDC board are business owners and so understand the challenges that businesses experience.  They work behind the scenes to improve the economic vitality of our community by coordinating groups, sitting on workgroups and spearheading initiatives such as improving broadband. 
            The days of bringing in one big company or a "silver bullet" to the community are gone.  Economic Development groups work on improving infrastructure, help to grow existing businesses or assist new businesses and spearhead addressing issues that prevent economic growth and vitality.  So far this year the CDC and Chamber have fielded over 30 inquiries of opening, moving or expanding a business here in Pagosa Springs.  Some inquiries are for the immediate future, some are not for several years.  The CDC in partnership with Region 9 and 1st Southwest Bank created a microloan program and funded 2 start-up businesses here in the community:  Alpine Medical and Specialty Practices and Cabe's Collision.  Another loan is in the works.  The CDC is working with parties interested in expanding to Pagosa Springs. 
            When the CDC works with an interested party, the CDC and interested party need to know the make-up of the whole community and get the community involved.  These efforts include utility companies, banks or investment agencies, government agencies and other businesses.  Your participation in the CDC lends expertise and a voice in helping to shape the economic growth of our community.  Your company should think about becoming a member of the Pagosa Springs CDC.  Membership also has its benefits as your investment over $250 allows you to receive a state Enterprise Tax Zone credit and $50 rebate if you are also a Chamber member and discounts to CDC and Chamber meetings and training events.   Find out more about how your company can contribute to the overall success of economic development here in Pagosa Springs through your membership.  Please contact the Chamber at 264-2360 or email Amanda at .  Visit the CDC website at and stay current of economic statistics, events and meetings.  The latest retail sales tax data is available on the website. 
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The next public meeting of the Community Development Corporation will be held on Wednesday, November 9th at San Juan Marketplace from 5:30 -7:30 p.m.  CDC members and the community are welcome to attend.  Check the CDC website for the agenda.  

To view the latest meetings, events, and other news occurring with the PS CDC, visit their website at  or like them on  Like us on Facebook.

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We appreciate the support and commitment of our members, and we will continue to serve your needs as our commitment to you!


The Chamber Staff

105 Hot Springs Blvd.
PO Box 787
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

President:        Jeannie Sinkey
V. President:    Jack Searle
Treasurer:        Mike Beckel
Secretary:        Jessica Bilazzo
Directors:         Nicki Alley
                          John Janowski
                          Jimmy Muñozcano
                          Chris Smith
                          Jon Johnson

(970) 264-2360
Fax" (970) 264-4625

Executive Director:    Mary Jo Coulehan
Membership Coord.:   Angela Wirth
Events Coordinator:   Cheryl Bowdridge
Administrative Asst.: Amanda Powers
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