Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce | May 26, 2020
The Week Ahead: Weekly News & Updates
Join us for Session 11 of "On the Menu"
"I have learned over the years that life is what you make it, you can make it hard or you can make it fun!  Your career should be a serious conscious decision & you need to have commitment. I love to see people smile and laugh out loud! I am not as serious as I should be sometimes but I like to see what kind of personality people have and want people have FUN!!" - Shannan Wright

Shannan plans on discussing the following topics:      
  1. Influences in my life
  2. Peers-People I surround myself with
  3. Opportunities
  4. Work Ethic
  5. Your work is your Autograph
  6.  Leave a Legacy
  7.  Never Stop Learning
  8.  Church Family
  9. Never Stop Learning
  10. Learn from your mistakes

On the Menu with Shannan Wright

05/28/20 12:00pm - 05/28/20 1:00pm

Meeting ID: 840 0979 6225
Password: 998249
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Virtual Talent Show Coming Soon!
The "Alamotero Strong" Virtual Talent Show will be hosted by the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by TDS. It will take place on the Chamber's Facebook page, June 1 - 26, 2020. Be sure to follow the Chamber's Facebook for the guidelines and rules. More details to come.
How to Cope in a Lone Wolf Business

Making ends meet is top of mind for a lot of business owners and employees these days. Even if your business is open, reduced revenue may make it necessary to furlough employees. Rather than close altogether, many small business owners have decided to move to a one-person staff until things pick up again. This can be incredibly stressful on the person “left behind.” 

Whether it’s a boss or a lone employee, the following tips will help decrease the stress behind being the only person representing the business.

Reduce Hours
Yes, you want the doors open but not at the cost of driving the one employee crazy. Businesses all over the country have reduced hours right now. If you have a single employee running the business, shorten hours. Make sure you update this change on all forward-facing, information areas like your website, social media, and your Google My Business listing. 

Identify Stressors  
If you are the lone employee, recognize what brings you the greatest amount of stress. Is it a line of customers that you can't process quickly enough? Maybe it's an angry customer that tries your patience. Or perhaps having to limit your services under the new normal brings you the most amount of stress. If you have a lone employee working for you, find out where their biggest stressor is. Once you know what it is you can solve for it. 

Leave it at Work 
While this is easier said than done, the human body can only handle so many hours under stress. If you are stressed at work, create an after-work ritual that helps your mind recognize when the workday ends and your rest time begins. 

This is especially important when working from home. In the days when we had a commute, getting into the car and playing a favorite song could act as the ritual that signified the end of the day. Today, we need something more. Your end of day ritual could be going out for a walk, tossing the ball with your dog, or talking to your kids. Whatever you choose, do it every day when your workday ends. The pattern of it will help your brain feel more at ease. 

Bring in Help 
The budget may not allow for several full-time employees, but if there is a particular time of day that you've noticed a crowd building at your business, think about bringing in help for that time. This will reduce the stress of the single employee.

Don't Compound 
You don't want to compound the stress of the workday by piling on other things that make your body feel unhealthy. For instance, while you may be tempted to end a busy day with fast food, don't. Making unhealthy choices will only increase your stress and decrease your body's resilience. Instead, have a healthy snack while you cook a good meal or purchase takeout from a restaurant that specializes in healthy cooking.

Reframe How You Think About the Job 
When you are the only person working at the business it can feel very lonely as well as exhausting. While you can't change the fact that you are the only employee keeping the business running, you can flip or reframe how you feel about the experience. Instead of focusing on the stress and the work that never seems to get done, think of the things that you are thankful for. For instance, some people are currently out of work with no salary coming in. Other businesses have had to close their doors permanently because they can't wait out these business closures. Thousands of people have lost their lives or a loved one to this illness. When you start looking at it from the perspective of gratitude you will come to appreciate your job and your health more. 

If you are the only employee at your business, you need to safeguard your own physical and mental health. Concerns about money can be stressful enough without adding in the stresses of being on your own. With these tips you can help navigate some of the strongest causes of stress and begin to appreciate the job you have.

Written by: Christina R. Metcalf
New Updates & Resources
The Community of Alamogordo Helping Our Friends in the Navajo Nation
NaOClean and White Sands Energy Solutions have teamed up along with the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce and the Albuquerque Home Depot to donate 500 gallons of NaOClean disinfectant and deodorizing solution to the Navajo nation to help combat the Caronavirus in Northern New Mexico.
Alamogordo City Commission Meeting

Below is the Agenda for the Regular Commission meeting on May 26, 2020 at 6:30 pm by virtual meeting. The livestream link is

During the time of holding Virtual Commission meetings, members of the public may submit comments to the City Clerk prior to 3 p.m. on the day of a Commission meeting day at  or (575) 439-4100.   These comments will be distributed to the Commission and the City Manager and will be included in the public record.

America's Recovery Fund

Last week, an additional 2.4 million jobs were lost in America, bringing total unemployment to nearly 39 million. Congress needs to act fast to ensure businesses can keep their doors open so Americans can go back to work.

Please view the infographic below outlining what the Recovery Fund is and why it is the best solution to ensure Americans can get back to work.  

Update Your Business Information
As you start to move forward with re-opening your businesses, we know that you may have temporarily adjusted your business hours. Please click the button below to send us an email with your updated information. We want to be sure to represent you, our valued chamber members, the best way we can by providing accurate information to our community.

As a courtesy to our chamber members, KHII Active Radio is doing free radio mentions for our members who provide the information below.

Name of Business
Business Phone
Business Address
Hours of Operation

To view updated chamber member business information on our website, click here .