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Saguache News – October 1

Mike Wheeler Next Chamber Speaker on Tuesday

The Saguache Chamber of Commerce continues with their speaker program tomorrow, October 2 featuring Mike Wheeler, owner of Casa Roofing. Many of you may know this long-time Saguache resident, Mike Wheeler as has deep roots in Saguache.Saguahce Chamber logo

Wheeler graduated from Mountain Valley High many years ago, and left the next day to travel and see the rest of America. An established roofing contractor, he returned to Saguache two years ago to set up shop and reestablish his ties to the area.                                                                                                                                                

Wheeler is a Conklin Roofing Distributor, specializing in applying the elastomeric coating method to his roofs. Mike is passionate about this roofing method, noting several big advantages for use of this method.

Wheeler is well known around town as a business owner, entrepreneur, and civic leader, having recently run for the office of Mayor in Saguache. Come and hear him talk about his roofing business and a variety of other entrepreneurial and civic passions he has.  

The Chamber monthly meetings (as always) are open to the public. Please contact the Chamber at info@saguachechamber.org or call Barry at 719-322-7298 if you have any questions about this meeting or if you’d like to be part of the Chamber Speaker Program in the future.

Join others from the community at 6 p.m. at the County Road & Bridge at 305 3rd. St. in Saguache on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

 

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Saguache News – August 6

Laura Archuleta Next Chamber Speaker on Tuesday

The Saguache Chamber of Commerce continues with their speaker program tomorrow, August 7 featuring Laura Archuleta. Many of you know Archuleta for her years of service with the US Fish & Wildlife Service and as a local entrepreneur and sole proprietor of Findley Ridge Herbals.

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This year’s 25th Annual Fall Festival & Quilt Show is sponsored by the Saguache Chamber and will take place September 15. Pictured here from last year’s festival is Saguache President Barry Van sant Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

In recent years, she has taken to world travel, all across North America and around the globe on several exciting journeys.  Come, here about Archuleta’s adventures in Nepal! Laura will be speaking about her Everest Base Camp Circuit Trek and her visit to Chitwan National Park. Covering both the highest of lands in Nepal’s Himalayas and the lowest of lands in the Nepal’s Terai Lowlands.

The Chamber monthly meetings (as always) are open to the public. Please contact the Chamber at info@saguachechamber.org or call Barry at 719-322-7298 if you have any questions about this meeting or if you’d like to be part of the Chamber Speaker Program in the future.

Join others from the community at 6 p.m. at the County Road & Bridge at 305 3rd. St. in Saguache on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

 

Saguache News – December 4

Laurie Vigil Next Chamber Speaker on Tuesday

The Saguache Chamber of Commerce continues with their popular speaker program tomorrow. Next up to share her professional experiences with the group will be lifelong Saguache resident Laurie Vigil.

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Saguache Chamber of Commerce Board members Carita Ginn (left) and Barry Van Sant (right) greet attendees at the 7th Annual Saguache Holiday Bazaar sponsored by the Friends of the Saguache Library. Readers interested in Chamber Membership can connect HERE. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

As Community Coordinator, for H.E.A.R.T. of Saguache/KV, Vigil has devoted her efforts to assist those in need in the town and county of Saguache. Vigil and her team of community-minded partners have been working with the Colorado Trust since 2015, and have collaborated to create the Health Equity Action Team (HEART) of Saguache/KV. HEART is working to achieve health equity, ending inequalities so that those most affected will have fair and equitable opportunities to attain good health.

Vigil is also well known for her culinary talents as owner of Mama Laurie’s Kitchen.

Vigil will give her presentation tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. in the County Road & Bridge conference room at 305 3rd. St. in Saguache.

Come and hear Laurie Vigil speak about herself and her current role with this important community organization, and learn more about the many great successes and plans for the future of HEART of Saguache/KV.

The Chamber monthly meetings (as always) are open to the public. Please contact the Chamber at info@saguachechamber.org or call Barry at 719-322-7298 if you have any questions about this meeting or if you’d like to know more about the Chamber Speaker Program.

Latest News – August 30

Chamber’s Speaker Program: Computers, Cleaning

Next Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Saguache Chamber of Commerce continues with its popular speak program, welcoming Brenda Garcia, Owner/Proprietor of Bear Claw Computers and the Westwind Cleaning Company. The presentation beings at 6 p.m. at the County Road & Bridge at 305 3rd. St. in Saguache.chamber logo

Brenda Garcia, a Saguache native and longtime resident, has offered to share her story at the next Chamber meeting. A few years ago, Garcia started Bearclaw Computers in Saguache to help fill the need for local computer services. Garcia services desktop and laptop computers, configures and troubleshoots computer networks and internet access, and she provides data security services as well. Some of her notable clients at Bearclaw include Saguache Works and the Town of Saguache. she also recently began the Westwind Cleaning Company performing all cleaning services for commercial and residential and even auto detailing. Westwind Cleaning Company provides, for example, commercial cleaning services at the Joyful Journey Spa.

Come and hear Brenda Garcia speak about herself, her businesses, and hear why she has decided to remain here in Saguache and provide these valuable and needed services to the community. Brenda is from a long line of Saguache natives and her family extends back to the original settlers of the Town. Maybe she’ll share some insight into the town history as well!

The Chamber monthly meetings (as always) are open to the public. Please contact the Chamber at info@saguachechamber.org or call Barry at 719-322-7298 if you have any questions about this meeting or if you’d like to know more about the Chamber Speaker Program.

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BECOME a Chamber Member! Saguache Chamber President Barry Van Sant provides an update regarding Saguache tourism during the San Luis Valley Tourism Association held at Adams State University on February 21. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

Latest News – June 3

Chamber Speaker Program Continues Tuesday

Next Tuesday, June 6, the popular Saguache Chamber of Commerce Speaker Program continues  with Cara Reano, the Sales Membership Manager of AirMedCare Network. The program begins at 6 p.m. in the County Road & Bridge Meeting Room at 305 3rd. St. in Saguache.

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The REACH Air Medical Services helicopter gets ready to leave the Colorado Central Regional Airport in Buna Vista Colorado. Photo: REACH Air Medical Services

The AirMedCare Network, a member of the Saguache Chamber of Commerce, is an alliance of affiliated air ambulance providers. Reano will explain how to benefit from the AirMedCare Network and how membership in this service may benefit you in case of a medical emergency. This service is particularly applicable to residents in the San Luis Valley where fast medical service to remote areas can be critical.

Come, learn more about the AirMedCare Network and how its unique service has come to Saguache and the entire San Luis Valley. Readers can also check out the Saguache Today regarding AirMedCare Network: HERE.

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One bad backcountry bike crash is all it takes to start the clock ticking between life and death. Be prepared.

The Chamber monthly meetings (as always) are open to the public. Please contact the Chamber at info@saguachechamber.org or call Barry Van Sant at 719-322-7298 if you have any questions about this meeting or if you’d like to know more about the Chamber Speaker Program.

 

Latest News – April 11

Saguache Chamber of Commerce: Decade of Progress

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The Saguache Chamber of Commerce Board presented its Annual State of the Chamber on April 4, 2017. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

The Saguache Chamber of Commerce held its annual State of the Chamber meeting last Tuesday, April 4. While a spring snow storm that dumped more than half a foot of snow in some areas of the San Luis Valley might have accounted for a sparse attendance, the report brought more than a ray of sunshine to the county seat.

Chamber President Barry Van Sant opened the meeting with the announcement of the results of the recent Chamber election. New board member, Theo Boudreaux with Joyful Journey Hot Springs was welcomed in as a Member-at-Large and Byron Williams, was re-elected as Vice President. The annual meeting continued after a few gracious comments from the newly elected, the new Saguache Chamber Board was seated as follows: Barry Van Sant, President, Byron Williams, Vice President, Jean Collier, Treasurer, Theo Boudreaux, Member-at-Large, Carita Ginn, Secretary. Congratulations to all and thank you for your service to the Saguache community.

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Newly elected Saguache Chamber Board member Theo Boudreaux (center) expresses his gratitude to the membership for their recent votes in the March election. Pictured here with re-elected Chamber Vice President Byron Williams (right) and Chamber Secretary Carita Ginn (left). Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

The main presentation given by President Van Sant was entitled: A Decade of Progress. The Saguache Chamber of Commerce – as it is known today – was established in 2007. As it heads into its 10th year, it was time to look back and reflect on the progress made by this  group of dedicated volunteers.  

Through a series of photographs, Van Sant took attendees through the story of hard work and dedication starting with the renovation of the downtown core district in 2007. Most remember the ScSEED funding that combined with the county commissioners, town trustees, and local citizens’ efforts was able to move a dying rural community away from the edge of darkness. That upgrade set into motion a momentum that continues in Saguache today.

“These combined efforts have allowed the Chamber to exist, grow, and define itself,” explained Van Sant to a hardy group of ten chamber members who braved the spring snow storm for the presentation. “Today, the Saguache Chamber of Commerce is the largest community organization in Saguache County with membership levels hovering at 70 members.”

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Saguache Chamber President Barry Van Sant shows the Decade of Progress the chamber has made through a series of pictures, Photo: Saguache Today

Each year, the Chamber focuses on three primary events: the Hollyhock Festival, the Art Festival, and the Fall Festival & Quilt Show. In 2016, reported Van Sant, these chamber events brought a combined 1,000 event-goers and an estimated $140,000 in monies inserted into the economy. That’s in addition to providing locals a chance to get out, have some fun and visit with their neighbors!

The chamber board also instituted several new programs which have proven to be informative and well-attended. The Saguache Chamber Speaker program invited local business owners to speak about their vetures and the service they offer so that folks would know what is available in Saguache. One of the added benefits to the program, stated Van Sant was a shared insight “that it takes a special person to live and work in Saguache and Saguache County, and hearing from our fellow members offers insight into the commonalities of our members and the methods used to make-a-go-of-it in an area of low income and population.”

Last year also saw the introduction of the new Chamber Sponsorship Program and two seminars, including The Basic Food Safety Program, which was a big hit with local restaurant workers as well as those who sell food at festivals during the summer. Each participant received a Basic Food Safety certificate and learned “correct and safe” methods of serving food to the public. This was one of the best-attended event and indicates that the chamber is on-track providing services and programs that are relevant to the membership and community it serves.

Looking ahead, the Saguache Chamber of Commerce is planning on two overarching activities as it celebrates its 10th Anniversary.

  1. Continue to make the Chamber Events bigger and better.
  2. Continue to expand the outreach and services provided by the Chamber. 

 

Full Report_Link ChamberIn conclusion, stated Van Sant: 2016 was a banner year for the Saguache Chamber of Commerce. Revenues were up, membership totals were up, product sales were up, and several new programs brought new sources of income and larger expenditures back out into the community and citizens.

Congratulations on all of your success and hard work!

If you are interested in becoming part of the exciting momentum that is the Saguache Chamber of Commerce, memberships are a real bargain considering the benefits and programs; they start at just $25 a year!

Latest News – March 6

Chamber Speaker Program Continues Tuesday

Tomorrow, March 7, the popular Saguache Chamber of Commerce Speaker Program continues with Mike and Karen Cowan, Owners, Accent USA Inc., will be our featured speakers for the Saguache Chamber Speaker Program. The program begins at 6 p.m. at the County Road & Bridge at 305 3rd. St. in Saguache.

Accent USA relocated their business to Saguache several years ago. Mike and Karen have been in the specialty apparel and promotional products business for over 30 years. They provide custom embroidery and silk screening for customers throughout the United States. Accent USA is one of the few small industrial businesses found in Saguache County. Mike and Karen built a warehouse and small industrial plant in Saguache where their products are custom prepared and shipped.

Come and learn more about Saguache’s own small manufacturing, wholesale, and retail promotional clothing business. Accent USA is the perfect model for those who might be interesting in starting their own small manufacturing business in Saguache.

The Chamber monthly meetings (as always) are open to the public. Please contact the Chamber at info@saguachechamber.org or call Barry at 719-322-7298 if you have any questions about this meeting or if you’d like to know more about the Chamber Speaker Program.