Keeping dollars local is very important to our community and encouraged by the Chamber of Commerce. Pagosa Perks are local checks that come in various denominations that spend just like cash at any Chamber business. They may be purchased at the Chamber or by phone. We accept cash, checks or credit cards for their purchase. Pagosa Perks make great gifts any time of the year and are valuable employee incentives or can be included in a lodging package. Remember to Shop Pagosa First! View our Business Directory for the list of local businesses that accept Pagosa Perks. Businesses, CLICK HERE to view how to handle Pagosa Perks once you receive them.
Business After Hours Networking Receptions (formerly SunDowners)
Business After Hours receptions are perfect for a new business, a business that has added a feature or expanded your services, or a great way to bring recognition to your existing business. Signing up to host a reception occurs during the month of October through a lottery system. We encourage businesses to partner for a Business After Hours event, especially if you are a home-based business or your business is located in a plaza adjacent to other chamber businesses. For more information about hosting a Business After Hours reception, contact the Chamber.
Business Bites occur once a month. Every month there is a different topic including marketing, finance, insurance, tax credits, business expansion, and other pertinent information that would aid you in running your business more efficiently. The sessions last approximately one hour. A small fee is charged. Contact the Chamber or check the calendar for the monthly topic and location.
Maximizing Your Membership
Maximizing Your Membership is a service offered to Chamber members or businesses interested in becoming a Chamber member where your Chamber benefits are reviewed. This session will aid you in utilizing the Chamber website to the best of YOUR advantage and gives you content management control. The short class also informs you of various sponsorship and advertising opportunities and services offered by the Chamber at little or no cost and how your business can best utilize the benefits offered through your membership. Maximizing Your Membership classes are held once a month on Mondays at noon. Check the Chamber calendar or call for time and location.
The Chamber of Commerce offers business inquiry or assistance through its consultation services. Interested persons can visit with the director to obtain information on site location, financial assistance programs, Enterprise Tax Zone information, licensing, business plan assistance, community or regional statistics and data mining assistance. The chamber partners with many organizations such as the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation (CDC), Region 9, the SBDC and Club 20 to assistance your business in getting off the ground or expanding your services.
Small Business Development Center
The Southwest Small Business Development Center , located at Ft. Lewis College in Durango, has a certified SBDC business advisor scheduled to consult with clients one day each month for free. Individual meetings can be made to discuss a business plan, loan opportunities, business creation or anything related to business.