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Take Out Talk On Friday

CHAMBER News: 

Jessica Chapira of Anthem Financial will present the Take Out Talk "Weathering the Slow Month" Friday at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

Chipera, MBA, will introduce the public to a tool that highly successful entrepreneurs like Walt Disney and JC Penny have used to fund their businesses during slow months. If the economy is bad and sales are low or if you want to expand and you can't get a loan or an investor, you'll stress a lot less after attending this talk. Only 15 seats are available. Register to attend at http://losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/take-out-talk-oct-2017-214

Chamber Breakfast Wednesday 

CHAMBER News:

Join the County and the Tourism Strategic Plan team for a discussion of the future of how tourism will be handled in Los Alamos Wednesday. Breakfast and networking will begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by the presentation at 8 a.m. in the Lecture Hall in Building 2 at UNM-LA at 4000 University Dr. This is a catered breakfast so please register http://losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/chamber-breakfast-oct-2017-221

Small Business Saturday Commercial In Production 
Kate O'Donnell of the Reel Deal Movie Theater, left, and Jean Gindreau of PAC 8 filmed Thursday at Rose Chocolatier to promote Small Business Saturday. Courtesy photo
 
Filming for a commerical to promote Small Business Saturday began Thursday. Courtesy Photo
​Chamber News: 

Production is underway on a local commercial promoting the businesses participating in Small Business Saturday in Los Alamos. Filming started Thursday, Sept. 21, at several of the retailers who have already signed up to be involved in the popular activity which encourages consumers to shop local on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Jean Gindreau of PAC-8 and Kate O’Donnell of Real Deal Advertising started early Thursday with their camera at Rose Chocolatier, filming actresses, locals and shop owner Marguerite McClay. Filming was scheduled to take place during the day at Pet Pangaea, Boomerang, Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, and CB Fox. Metzger’s Do-it- Best Hardware is among the businesses on the production schedule for next week.

The commercial will air at the Real Deal theater in late October and November when the holiday block buster movies are scheduled for release.

Businesses can still sign up to be part of Small Business Saturday. The Small Business Saturday

Committee needs businesses to sign up early this year because a scavenger hunt app game will include every single business that signs up. It’s free to sign up to participate and gives the business substantial promotion. Additional opportunities to leverage participation with optional additional advertising will be available.

To sign up call Ufemia Bernal-Rios at 505-661-4816 or email Ufemia@losalamos.org.

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is a program of the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area since 1983. LACDC serves as the umbrella organization for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet, Discover Los Alamos, Los Alamos Small Business Center, Los Alamos Research Park and projectY cowork Los Alamos.

The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s mission is to build a vibrant community through a thriving economy by leveraging public and private sector investment to achieve sustainable economic development. LACDC works to drive economic progress by providing services to businesses using its broad portfolio of programs and initiatives.

Work Is Underway For Small Business Saturday

CHAMBER News:

It takes a lot of time and effort to plan for the holidays. 

That’s why the Small Business Saturday Committee has already started working on the biggest holiday shopping day of the year – the Saturday after Thanksgiving – which is Nov. 25 this year. Businesses are invited to sign up to participate in the county-wide event that increases awareness of the variety of stores located in our community and encourages residents to shop local.

It costs nothing to register to participate. The benefits include being listed on the Small Business Saturday map, listed on the SBS website, mentioned in SBS social media posts, potentially being the focus of a SBS feature article, potentially being included as a challenge in the SBS Goosechase game, and receiving SBS swag to decorate your store for Small Business Saturday. To sign up, contact Ufemia Bernal Rios at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce at 661.4816 or ufemia@losalamos.org. Chamber membership is not required to participate; the Chamber of Commerce just assists in organizing the event.

A SBS tradition in Los Alamos is for the participating businesses to donate a portion of their proceeds from Small Business Saturday to the nonprofit of their choice. This sets Los Alamos apart from all other communities that observe American Express’ Small Business Saturday and gives it a unique nature that makes it more about community. Businesses select what percentage or flat dollar amount they want to donate, and they select the nonprofit – which can be local, statewide, national or international, animal or people focused. Anything goes, including choosing not to participate in the tradition.

The SBS committee includes Chamber staff, businesses, nonprofits, and local media. If you have some ideas for SBS and would like to serve on the committee contact Chamber Director Nancy Partridge at 505.661.4872 or nancy@losalamos.org.

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is a program of the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area since 1983. LACDC serves as the umbrella organization for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet, Discover Los Alamos, Los Alamos Small Business Center, Los Alamos Research Park and projectY cowork Los Alamos.

The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s mission is to build a vibrant community through a thriving economy by leveraging public and private sector investment to achieve sustainable economic development. LACDC works to drive economic progress by providing services to businesses using its broad portfolio of programs and initiatives.

 

2018 Healthcare Benefit Plans Topic of Chamber Breakfast

CHAMBER News:

Business owners and human resource managers will find the Wednesday, Sept 13 Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast particularly informative. Anne Sperling, President and CEO of Vanguard Resources, will discuss the healthcare benefit options for 2018.

The Chamber Business Breakfasts are sponsored by the LANL CPO’s office and attendance at the breakfasts is a benefit of Chamber Membership.

Sperling’s presentation will include correctly setting up and implementing benefit plans, issues with the State of New Mexico’s premiums for large groups and premium tax audits, issues with the health exchange, New Mexico Health Connections, Medicaid, and the state of the ACA and where things were left in Washington, D.C.

Sperling has more than 33 years of employee benefit experience. She was the national chair of the Professional Development Committee for the National Association of Health Underwriters for five years. As chair, Sperling personally authored and delivered certification courses for employee benefit specialists across the nation. She received numerous awards for her distinguished service to her profession and to her community including the prestigious New Mexico Woman of Influence Award, Santa Fe Business Woman of the Year, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year, highest-level lifetime achievement Leading Producer Roundtable Designation, and NMAHU’s “Anne Sperling Award.”

The Chamber Business Breakfast will be from 7:30-9 a.m.  Wednesday, Sept. 13, at UNM-LA, 4000 University Drive, building 2, room 230. Breakfast is catered so please register on the Chamber website events page www.losalamoschamber.com/events.

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is a program of the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area since 1983. LACDC serves as the umbrella organization for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet, Discover Los Alamos, Los Alamos Small Business Center, Los Alamos Research Park and projectY cowork Los Alamos.

The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s mission is to build a vibrant community through a thriving economy by leveraging public and private sector investment to achieve sustainable economic development. LACDC works to drive economic progress by providing services to businesses using its broad portfolio of programs and initiatives

 

Chamber Take Out Talk To Feature Representatives From SunPower By Positive Energy Solar

 

CHAMBER News: 

 

Karen Paramanandam
 
Join Karen Paramanandam and Emma Starrett from SunPower by Positive Energy Solar to learn more about how you can take control of your electric cost by going solar at the Chamber Take out Talk from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Chamber Conference room. Bring your lunch to eat while you learn. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the cost of solar, working with local permitting or your HOA, available incentives and how this technology works in Los Alamos County. Seating is limited to the first 15 attendees so please register http://losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/take-out- talk-sep- 2017-213.
 
Paramanandam is the Business Development Manager at SunPower by Positive Energy Solar. As an Employee Owner and Technical Sales Advisor, Paramanandam has helped home and business owners in Northern New Mexico take control of their electric costs by going solar for more than six years. Paramanandam is committed to sustainability and is very involved with various civic and professional organizations in New Mexico that strive to do business better.
 
Paramanandam is the local coordinator for the Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network (LASE) and sits on the Board of the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce. Los Alamos has been her home for the past four years and she enjoys exploring all that the community has to offer.
 
​Emma Starett
Starrett is a residential PV Designer who has made White Rock her home for the past four years. She draws on her experience working as a structural engineer in the construction industry and in product development for a solar PV racking manufacturer to design and specify the optimum solar installations for individual properties. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and rock climbing. Committed to encouraging the growth of solar, she is excited to be part of the movement to provide distributed power generation in the community her two young children will grow up.
 
Chamber Take out Talks are held from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month. Chamber Members present educational information about a variety of topics for the benefit of other Chamber Members and, if there is room, the general public. Seating priority is always given to Chamber Members first.
 
The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is a program of the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area since 1983. LACDC serves as the umbrella organization for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet, the Los Alamos Meeting & Visitors Bureau, Los Alamos Small Business Center, Los Alamos Research Park and projectY cowork Los Alamos.