Chamber members hear about SBDC



CREEDE— New Executive Director Kathleen Murphy kicked off the Creede Chamber of Commerce membership meeting on Nov. 14 with a chili feast for everyone. By Patrick Shea
CREEDE— New Executive Director Kathleen Murphy kicked off the Creede Chamber of Commerce membership meeting on Nov. 14 with a chili feast for everyone.
Gathering twice a year, Chamber of Commerce members share business stories from Creede and discuss economic issues. Since the group was two members shy of a quorum on Nov. 14, they couldn’t make final decisions. But they shared information and heard from Small Business Development Center representatives. Run through the Small Business Administration, the SBDC helps enterprise owners across Colorado.
The new director of the San Luis Valley SBDC, Tom Monaco, said his group functions as a “support mechanism” throughout the Valley. Monaco described the 12-week Leading Edge program in Alamosa for business owners next year, and he said QuickBooks accounting classes regularly draw attention. On Dec. 6, his group will also offer a start-up business class in Alamosa.
The SBDC monthly power lunch program will bring free presentations (and food) to different communities throughout the Valley in 2019. More detailed, the SBDC is also working with Adams State University to lead longer business-development workshops.
Murphy described her first tasks on the job during her Executive Director report. She worked through more than 700 unread emails until she could keep pace with the average of 20 received every day. Murphy also described her coordinated marketing message — “Visit Creede” — through Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. An estimated 40 percent of Pinterest posts are travel-oriented, so Murphy has a particular interest in Pinterest.
But in February, Murphy will focus on Instagram. Leading an “Instagram take-over,” Murphy will be in charge of the Colorado Tourism Board Instagram account for two weeks, noting surprises in and around Creede and Mineral County.
Murphy distributed multiple public service announcements to media for the Creede Chocolate Festival. She also joined Danica Simmons on KSLV’s “Daybreak with Danica” to talk about the Chocolate Festival, the Golden Pick Pond Hockey Tournament and other upcoming events in Creede.
Gathering twice a year, Chamber of Commerce members share business stories from Creede and discuss economic issues. Since the group was two members shy of a quorum on Nov. 14, they couldn’t make final decisions. But they shared information and heard from Small Business Development Center representatives. Run through the Small Business Administration, the SBDC helps enterprise owners across Colorado.
The new director of the San Luis Valley SBDC, Tom Monaco, said his group functions as a “support mechanism” throughout the Valley. Monaco described the 12-week Leading Edge program in Alamosa for business owners next year, and he said QuickBooks accounting classes regularly draw attention. On Dec. 6, his group will also offer a start-up business class in Alamosa.
The SBDC monthly power lunch program will bring free presentations (and food) to different communities throughout the Valley in 2019. More detailed, the SBDC is also working with Adams State University to lead longer business-development workshops.
Murphy described her first tasks on the job during her Executive Director report. She worked through more than 700 unread emails until she could keep pace with the average of 20 received every day. Murphy also described her coordinated marketing message — “Visit Creede” — through Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. An estimated 40 percent of Pinterest posts are travel-oriented, so Murphy has a particular interest in Pinterest.
But in February, Murphy will focus on Instagram. Leading an “Instagram take-over,” Murphy will be in charge of the Colorado Tourism Board Instagram account for two weeks, noting surprises in and around Creede and Mineral County.
Murphy distributed multiple public service announcements to media for the Creede Chocolate Festival. She also joined Danica Simmons on KSLV’s “Daybreak with Danica” to talk about the Chocolate Festival, the Golden Pick Pond Hockey Tournament and other upcoming events in Creede.


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