Hello Four Corners!
The Aztec Chamber of Commerce congratulates Mayor Sally Burbridge, recognized and honored as the 2014 Regional Champion from San Juan County by the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments. Thank you for all your hard work, dedication, support and love for the City of Aztec, NM!!
NORTH PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE RIBBON CUTTING
Thank you to the more than 100 supporters that joined us at the North Pedestrian Bridge ribbon cutting last week. The long awaited and new pedestrian trail links downtown Aztec and the Aztec Ruins. Plans for this family friendly site will soon include a boat ramp, plaza, sitting areas, and street entrance to the bridge from North Main. Exciting things are happening in Aztec, New Mexico. The bridge is now open for your enjoyment.
NOVEMBER CHAMBER BUSINESS LUNCHEON
Thank you for your feedback on the Chamber’s selection of topics to help impact your business by offering solutions to assist you in your day-to-day decision-making and with cost-savings ideas.
Thursday, November 20 will offer you an opportunity to discuss healthcare for your employees and ways to help with their healthcare needs, possibly lower your costs and help to improve your bottom line. Join us at Noon at the Aztec Schools Administration Offices Board Room, 1118 W. Aztec Boulevard, Aztec, NM with guest speaker, Bryan Vincent, owner of Aztec Urgent Care to learn more. Registration begins at 11:30 am. Come early for networking opportunities and don’t forget those business cards. Networking at the Chamber’s luncheons opens the door to a multitude of opportunities for making new contacts, building relationships, and forging strategic partnerships in a casual setting while offering new ideas. Lunch is $10 per person.
Thank you Attorney Ryan Lane for sharing your knowledge and insight with us at our last Business Chamber Luncheon, “Avoiding Common Small Business Legal Pitfalls.” Many questions were answered while some discussion left the audience with food for thought for decisions we make as small business owners. Thank you Sunshine Bakery (on Main) for a hot savory and delicious lunch!
Mark your calendar for our final Chamber Business Lunch, Thursday, December 18 when Mayor Sally Burbridge recaps, “Aztec – A Year in Review.” You won’t want to miss this. All businesses in the Four Corners are invited to attend. Visit our website to learn more: www.aztecchamber.com.
· December Business Luncheon: Thursday, December 18 – 2014 End of Year Report – City of Aztec & 2015 Overview Who: City of Aztec, Mayor, Sally Burbridge
· January Business Luncheon: Thursday, January 15 - Insurance: “Supplemental Benefits for Employees” Who: Exclusive Agent/Business Owner, Kelly Berhost, Allstate Insurance
· February Business Luncheon: Thursday, February 19 - How to Use the Chamber To Be More Effective? Who: A panel of four experts in the areas of Facebook, Advertising, Public Relations, & Business After Hours/Business Luncheons. This question and answer opportunity will help you learn how to increase your reach with new clients by using Aztec Chamber services.
Now through the end of December 2014 all non-member businesses and interested individuals may attend Aztec Chamber Luncheons for the same $10 per person fee as Members. We invite all non-members to attend and learn about what the Aztec Chamber of Commerce is doing and how we can include your business. Beginning January 2015 the attendance fee for all non-members will increase to $15 per person.
The response has been overwhelming! Thank you for your participation as residents and as businesses!
Aztec Sparkles will soon be upon us so mark your calendar for this very special Holiday destination when downtown Aztec will come alive with an array of festivities:
Downloadable Aztec Sparkles & Santa's Gift Bag flyer to download, print and pass out to customers! Print pages back-to-back and cut in half.
Specific times and locations will be in the Aztec Sparkles Shopping Guide & Member Directory. The Guide will also direct you to artisans, retailers, and businesses ready to provide you with gifts and ideas for your holiday shopping. Look for your shopping Guide in the December 1 issue of TALON. Visit our website at www.aztecchamber.com to learn more about Aztec Sparkles and how you can participate in this fun event.
VENDORS - Both Commercial and Craft vendors are welcome on a first come, first served basis. Vendors will be placed in vacant or non-retail Main Ave. buildings and will most likely share the building with multiple vendors depending upon available space. Additional information is included in the below vendor forms. Booth Fee MUST accompany your vendor form. Spaces are limited - You will be notified by November 15th as to whether you have a booth space or not. Please do not call to check on your space prior to the 15th. If we are unable to accommodate your booth due to lack of available space, the Aztec chamber of Commerce will notify you by November 15th and your un-cashed check will be available for pickup.
The ways to participate in Aztec Sparkles are limited only by creativity and imagination - no matter what you do, take advantage of this opportunity to promote your business during the Holiday Season. It may just make an impression that lasts all year long!
Additional Holiday Marketing Articles and Ideas:
If you’ve visited our website or are an avid reader of the Chat, you have read about the new EMV payment process for credit and debit cards. By now as businesses this may have you shaking in your shoes or you may fear the liability switch from the long awaited change from strip credit and debit cards to the new chip embedded cards. Then there is the new technology and equipment that must be purchased for this form of payment. To top it off, all must be in place by October 2015.
The Aztec Chamber of Commerce is here to help all businesses in the Four Corners as we hold the first-ever credit and debit card technology workshop, January 28 OR January 29 at the Microtel Inn & Suites in Aztec. Registration forms will be available on the Aztec Chamber of Commerce website beginning December 1, 2014. Seating is on a first-come basis to reserve your spot. The workshop will begin at 9 am and end at 2 pm. Lunch will be included. Price of the workshop for chamber members is $25; nonmembers are $35.
You can read the latest informational articles on EMV changes here:
Seating will be limited and reservations will be accepted beginning December 1, 2014. Stay tuned to learn more. This workshop is open to all businesses and you do not have to be a chamber member to attend.
There are probably 1,000 reasons you should join the Aztec Chamber of Commerce, but here are our Top 10!
Do you like what you see? Contact us today to renew your membership. Our membership directory deadline is November 15. Interested in meeting and making new friends? Sign up to help out with one of our Chamber Task Forces: Networking/ Membership, Events, IT, or ATOS (Aztec Trails & Open Spaces).
There is a lot going on and it’s all for YOU but we know there is more that the Aztec Chamber of Commerce can do to help you grow. So what is that? What topics would be of interest to you as a business owner? Where do you need the most help or answers? Are you aware of the many membership benefits available to you included in your membership dues?
Written by Vangie Garza Neil
Aztec Chamber of Commerce
As a reminder, the Chamber is not part of the City. The Chamber does not receive funding from the City of Aztec. The work we do and its support is based solely on your chamber membership dues and the Chamber’s fundraising events. We felt it was important for you to know that as our role is to be your voice in so many levels.
Aztec Chamber of Commerce
110 N. Ash
Aztec, NM 87410
(505) 334-7648 (fax)
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