Chamber Corner

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce President Scott Terry will provide a weekly column to the Beat, featuring items and announcements of interest to the community.

Managing the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business & Conference Center really helps me understand the importance of having events here, rather than sending people to other cities to attend similar conferences. We recently held a conference of the Arizona and New Mexico Range Management Society. We had guests from all over New Mexico and Arizona visiting Grant County, staying in our hotels, and eating at local restaurants. Later this week we will have the Episcopal Diocese of New Mexico making a site visit of the Conference Center to plan for a state-wide convention in Silver City. And in April, we will host the New Mexico Historical Society state meeting. Then, in February, Oni Ken Karate will host a large karate tournament at the Conference Center. The good thing about these events…they are bringing people to Silver City.

In March, the Chamber of Commerce will host Glenn Shepard Seminars to hold a Human Resource seminar in Grant County for HR Specialists and business owners and managers. We already have people from other towns registering for this event. And we also have people from right here in Grant County registering for the seminar. The great thing for HR managers and specialist is that this seminar that will be held on March 18, 2019 is approved for 3.25 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute and SHRM. This is pretty cool for people needing the recertification credits. The other cool thing is that the seminar is only going to cost $129 for Chamber Members and $149 for non-members. There is no overnight travel for people in Grant County, because the seminar is right here. There are no mileage costs, because the seminar is right here. There are no extra meal expenses for folks from our area, because the seminar is taking place here. This is a win-win event. How can you learn more about the Glenn Shepard Seminar? Visit our Chamber of Commerce website page here. Go to the calendar of events, the month of March and click on March 18.  You can learn more about Glenn Shepard here. Glenn’s seminars are great for HR Specialists, business owners, business managers, or any one who needs training in dealing with people (customers and fellow employees).

Yesterday, I found a pack of John Wayne DVD movies on my desk when I returned from the Post Office and visiting some of our Chamber members. When I called the nice lady, who left the movies along with a note, she asked if I found the “bribe” she had left. I most certainly did, and I said yes to her request. Yep, I’m pretty easy and pretty cheap. The price tag on the pack of John Wayne movies was marked $9.99. Not bad for 25 movies and an exclusive documentary about the American West of movie director John Ford. But I’m not always that cheap and easy.

For us here at the Chamber of Commerce and the Grant County Business and Conference Center, this is sort of our down time. It slows down a little after Christmas and the New Year holiday, giving us a short window to recharge our batteries. Unlike a lot of people who get holidays off, who slow down during the summer and they can take vacations…well those are our busy times of the year. If we want July 4 off, we will need to quit or be fired. However, for those of you who get to relax during the winter holidays, we hope you were able to recharge your batteries enough to make special things happen all the way until Memorial Day, or maybe the spring break for students.

Now that we have regrouped and we are feeling a little feisty again, what’s happening at the Chamber of Commerce.  Well, we have a great lunch meeting scheduled for Thursday – January 10. Our speaker will be Joanie Griffin, the founder and owner of the Albuquerque company that will be planning and implementing the tourism advertising campaign for Silver City and Grant County.

On Friday – January 11 from 4 to 6 p.m., we will help with a ribbon cutting and open house for the Grant County Art Guild’s open house at their new gallery. The new gallery is located in the old Hester House building at 316 North Bullard Street in downtown Silver City.

Businesses always want the next year to be better than the past one. It doesn’t matter if you are selling Toyotas, tacos, term life insurance or even newspapers…you want the next year to be a greater success. So how do you do it?

If you are a restaurant, you might change up your menu. If you have served the same food for the past five years, people may begin taking your menu for granted. Shake it up a little bit. Drop some of the menu items that you rarely serve and add some new exciting items to your menu.

Business should also think about the market. Is your business open when people want to shop with you? Honestly, if I were in the food service industry, I would probably be open on Mondays since so many other restaurants are closed on that day. It’s not about convenience for me as the business…it’s about making money. You hate to see employees working on holidays, but I’ll bet you Walgreen’s does excellent sales on those days when everyone else is closed.

Check out your budgeting for the year. Does your business spend any money on advertising? A single small ad in the paper or an ad once a week on the radio doesn’t give you any return on your marketing investment unless it is a piece of magical advertising. If you want people to shop, dine or invest with you…you have to let those potential clients and customers know you are here.

What do these four businesses have in common?  Well, over the next several weeks the Chamber of Commerce will help with their ribbon cutting ceremonies and open houses.

Friday – December 21

10:00 a.m. – The remodeling construction is almost completed and Lawley Toyota is celebrating with a ribbon cutting and huge sale. The outside of the dealership looks great, but wait until you see the differences inside the dealership! Plus, we hear that owner Paul Leetmae will be making a huge announcement during the ribbon cutting ceremony that will include even more changes. Lawley Toyota is located at 2750 Highway 180 in Silver City.

4:30 p.m. – Though the HoneeBeeGoods bakery has been open a while, they have never had an official ribbon cutting. So, we will help fix that problem this Friday. Great baked items and fresh fruit smoothies, soups and sandwiches, cookies, pies… and they can help design specialty cakes for any occasion. HoneeBeeGoods is located at the corner of Bullard and Broadway Streets in downtown Silver City.

Friday – January 11

4:00 p.m. – The Grant County Art Guild has moved its gallery from Pinos Altos, NM to the Hester House building in downtown Silver City. To celebrate the move, we will assist with a ribbon cutting and open house from beginning at 4 p.m. You be able to see the art, meet the artists, and enjoy their open house. The address is 316 North Bullard Street.

This Friday, December 14, the Chamber of Commerce will help with a ribbon cutting and open house for the Gila Regional Ankle and Foot Clinic. Dr. Gregory Iwassa and his staff look forward to meeting the public as they show  their new offices and discuss all the health procedures that can use to help you with problems you may have with your feet or ankles. The ribbon cutting and open house begins at 11:00 am. Gila Regional Ankle & Foot Clinic is located at 1280 East 32nd Street in Silver City. The clinic is across the street from Gila Regional Medical Center.

Then on Friday, December 21, the public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting and open house for HoneeBeeGoods bakery at the corner of Bullard and Broadway Streets in Silver City. So, big deal, they have been open for a while...but they never had a ribbon cutting or a big open house. That's why they are inviting you to visit their shop at 4:30 p.m. next Friday, just in time for Christmas. It's sort of a holiday open house - official Grand Opening. Owners Sarah and Alex look forward to meeting you and you may even get to taste some of their delicious baked goods.

Tapas Tree Grill has opened in their new location at 619 North Bullard Street in downtown Silver City. They still have the same great menu filled with delicious foods that some say is a Global Street Food Adventure. There's no doubt we will be announcing a ribbon cutting ceremony for Tapas Tree in the near future.

So, many people travel around the country during the holiday season. More than likely, some of you reading this article have trips planned for Christmas or the New Year. I pray that you have safe travels.

There are always things that can happen when traveling. The vehicle breaks down or maybe you have a flat tire. For whatever reason, your flight gets cancelled or runs late. You never know. And it doesn’t matter how well you plan the trip… something could go wrong.

Recently, I have made several trips to Scottsdale, Arizona. I enjoy the daytime driving down Highway 90 to Lordsburg, then Highway 70 to Globe and Highway 60 into the Phoenix area. It’s a beautiful drive and I think it is much better than going down Interstate 10. But on the return trip, I usually don’t get back to Grant County until after dark. The roads are great – until you get to Lordsburg and turn north of Highway 90. That’s when the driving gets tough.

So, Black Friday has come and gone. The 2018 Small Business Saturday is now in the history books. And of course, the news is that more money was spent this year than ever before on Cyber Monday sales.

I know many of you hit the stores and markets this past weekend, but did you spend all your money?

Hey, we have another weekend of holiday markets, entertainment and the promise of delicious food right here in Grant County… so I hope you aren’t broke yet.

This Friday will be a busy day at the Chamber of Commerce. We will start the morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the offices of the Grant County Community Foundation at 10:00 a.m. Although their offices have been located at 1106 North Pope Street in Silver City, New Mexico for a while, there never was an event for the public to stop by and check them out. Well, now you can, so please stop by on Friday – November 16 at 10:00 a.m. Rather than having to search for a street number, the Grant County Community Foundation is located in the old Silver City Office of Sustainability building just south of Gough Park (used to be a gas station). We hope you can come by and meet some of the Grant County Community Foundation Board of Directors and learn what they do for this community.

Then at 6:00 p.m., Friday evening, November 16, the doors open at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center for the annual Grant County Awards Banquet. The cost for Chamber Members is $40.00 each, or a table for eight is $280.00. The cost to non-chamber members is $45.00 each or $320.00 for a table of eight. There are still a few seats left. You can call our office at (575) 538-3785 to purchase tickets.

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