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Taos Chamber: Your Success is Our Success

Mandy Sotelo
Posted 11/15/19

If you’re in business in Taos County, you have a handy team of allies dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. The Taos County Chamber of Commerce looks after the interests of the local …

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If you’re in business in Taos County, you have a handy team of allies dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. The Taos County Chamber of Commerce looks after the interests of the local business community with an enthusiasm that can only come from like-minded individuals; its membership is made up of fellow businessmen and -women with a commitment to success.


“Our members are fiercely loyal, as we are to them,” said Taos Chamber Executive Director Susan Cady.


To be involved in the Taos Chamber is to actively pursue a healthy business environment by adding your strengths, skills and talents to a diverse pool of resources put to work in developing unique initiatives and advocacy programs, community events, networking opportunities and publicity strategies. It is this cooperation that makes possible popular community events like Taos Plaza Live, which is about to enter its 20th year, according to Cady, who noted that big things are in store for its 2020 lineup.


“We’ll build on some of this year’s success while incorporating new themes unique to our community,” she said.


What that will look like has yet to be announced but will likely include special tributes to the art community and Pueblo culture.


“The idea is to share the sense of community that Taos Plaza Live creates with all these different facets that make up our strong, vital, fun community,” said Cady. “It’s why we’re all here.”


She recalls a particularly moving Taos Plaza Live in 2019 that helped inspire new ideas for the new decade.


“Taos Pueblo Night was the most magical night of the year,” she said. “During intermission we had Taos Pueblo singers, drummers, and dancers doing their friendship dance, in which they pulled people in from the crowd and had this huge line of dancing including Pueblo residents and all other residents and visitors – all caught up in this friendship dance.”


Maintaining a continuous stream of activities takes hard work, dedication and organization. To accomplish this, Cady, along with Director of Membership and Events Lindsey Pfaff Bain, have the support of the Taos Chamber Board of Directors as well as targeted committees made up of local business representatives.


The Education Committee, for example, contributes to the well-being of Taos County by focusing on research and training resources for local educators, employers and their employees, while the Chamber Ambassadors work to recruit and retain members by engaging them in events like ribbon cuttings and grand openings, Mix-and-Meets, and other Taos Chamber functions. The Government Affairs Committee is Taos County’s voice in the conversation with elected officials, with a goal of promoting a sustainable environment for business in our area.
Successful trainings and seminars on customer service, leadership, and NM Workforce Solutions Employment Law for Business Owners are among the countless services that have been provided as a result of these committees’ work.


One fresh innovation introduced this year is a member-to-member educational gathering known as Lunch and Learn, in which the community is invited to share a lunch-hour discussion on a topic presented by a Taos Chamber member. The topics so far have been wide ranging, including Accepting and Understanding the Culture and Traditions of Taos Pueblo, Solar Power, Social Security, Essential Oils, and Travel, to name a few.


Moving into a new decade, the Taos Chamber encourages input from all members of the community to help keep our local business community moving in a strong, positive direction.

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