Taos County Cham­ber launches col­umn

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Thank you to for pro­vid­ing this col­umn space for the Taos County Cham­ber of Com­merce. The cham­ber Board of Di­rec­tors and staff will write a Cham­ber & Busi­ness News col­umn ev­ery other week. In this first col­umn we would like to share what we are and what we do.

What is a cham­ber of com­merce and more im­por­tantly, what does it do, are great ques­tions. But per­haps it’s eas­ier to be­gin by telling you what we’re not. The Taos County Cham­ber of Com­merce isn’t just a net­work­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion. The cham­ber is not a gov­ern­ment agency, not funded by city gov­ern­ments nor are we part of the U.S. Cham­ber. We do not lend money or set­tle busi­ness dis­putes. And we cer­tainly don’t limit our scope to event plan­ning and rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­monies.

What the Taos County Cham­ber of Com­merce does, is as stated in our mis­sion state­ment: The Taos County Cham­ber of Com­merce ex­ists to cul­ti­vate and sus­tain a healthy busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment in Taos County. We pro­vide busi­ness pro­mo­tion and re­fer­rals, net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, mem­ber news, sem­i­nars, rep­re­sen­ta­tion with the En­chanted Cir­cle Mar­ket­ing Co­op­er­a­tive that in­flu­ences New Mex­ico leg­is­la­tors, Taos County and town of Taos ad­vo­cacy for re­spon­si­ble eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives. We pro­mote our com­mu­nity busi­nesses with our “Keep Taos Lo­cal, put your money where your heart is” cam­paign.

Here’s how we do it. The Taos County Cham­ber of Com­merce is a busi­ness just like yours and we run it con­sis­tent with our vi­sion, mis­sion, goals and ob­jec­tives, just as you do. We sup­port your goals through ad­vo­cacy, busi­ness pro­mo­tion, ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties, and yes, net­work­ing. Our Board of Di­rec­tors has formed com­mit­tees to en­hance our ef­fec­tive­ness through the gov­ern­ment af­fairs com­mit­tee, ed­u­ca­tion com­mit­tee and mem­ber­ship com­mit­tee. Our mem­bers serve on these com­mit­tees and you are wel­come to join them.

The cham­ber is tech­ni­cally a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, but we must gen­er­ate a profit, a profit we rein­vest into our mem­bers and the com­mu­nity. We don’t have share­hold­ers, but we do have stake­hold­ers, which in­clude our mem­ber clients, as well as elected of­fi­cials and strate­gic part­ners. We must show them a re­turn on in­vest­ment, just as you have to show your stake­hold­ers a re­turn on their in­vest­ment.

As a re­gional “in­te­gra­tor,” the cham­ber fosters re­la­tion­ships with busi­ness lead­ers, elected of­fi­cials and trade asso­ciations, as well as eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fices, other mem­ber­ship or­ga­ni­za­tions, work­force de­vel­op­ment au­thor­i­ties, mil­i­tary and vet­er­ans’ or­ga­ni­za­tions, Los Alamos Na­tional Lab­o­ra­tory and Univer­sity of New Mex­ico-Taos.

We place a high value on the im­por­tance of com­mu­nity col­lab­o­ra­tion and the power of “col­lec­tive im­pact.” We firmly be­lieve busi­ness can­not suc­ceed with­out re­la­tion­ships and work tire­lessly to pro­vide your busi­ness op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote and cre­ate new, pow­er­ful al­liances.

We get on the road and rep­re­sent the Taos busi­ness com­mu­nity in the state Capi­tol, ad­vo­cat­ing for leg­is­la­tion to en­sure a con­tin­ual and strong pro-busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment, help­ing pro­mote the bot­tom line for your busi­ness and im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life for all our res­i­dents.

We wel­come our mem­bers’ ideas and use those to shape our fu­ture. We look for­ward to shar­ing in­for­ma­tion and news with you in this new for­mat. Please con­tact us with ques­tions and sug­ges­tions you may have.

Con­tact the TCCC at taoscham­ber.com, (575) 751-8800 or email su­[email protected]­ber.com. The Taos County Cham­ber of Com­merce is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion de­voted to pro­mot­ing lo­cal busi­nesses.

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