June 30, 2011

IRS increased tax rates mid year in 2011 to assist small biz owners

Ashlea Ebeling blogged about the new tax advantage for small business owners that goes into effect July 1, 2011.  http://blogs.forbes.com/ashleaebeling/2011/06/24/irs-helps-taxpayers-with-high-gas-prices/

The mileage rate for business purposes is 55.5 cents a mile, up from 51 cents a mile during the first half of 2011. The mileage rate for medical and moving expenses is 23.5 cents a mile, up from 19 cents a mile during the first half of 2011. The last time the IRS put in a mid-year increase was in 2008, when the business mileage rates went from 50.5 cents a mile to 58.5 cents a mile, and the rate for medical and moving purposes went from 19 cents a mile to 27 cents a mile.

South Fork hosts Business Seminar

Find out how you could start or move your business to this location in South Fork!

Doing Business in South Fork Seminar

July 11th, 2011  8:00a.m.-noon

Have you ever considered Starting your Own Business?

There is Opportunity for you in South Fork, CO!

The South Fork Chamber of Commerce Presents:

Doing Business in South Fork Seminar

When: Monday July 11th, 2011

Where: South Fork Community Building
Why: South Fork needs additional business and services

And has VACANT Commercial Properties
• Learn what businesses are needed

(bring your own ideas too)

• Learn what Commercial properties are For Sale or Lease

• Learn what it takes to do business in South Fork.

• Make a match!

Guest Speakers

Door Prizes

Free Breakfast
Questions and RSVP:

Chamber of Commerce Office 719-873-5556
No Franchises will be represented.

South Fork Community Center


Welcome Glynn Polter
Chamber President and SF Shop Owner

Starting a Small Business in San Luis Valley
Donna Wehe
Director – CO Small Bus Dev Center for San Luis Valley

Review Needed Businesses in South Fork
Glynn Polter


Review Commercial Properties For Sale or Lease in South Fork
Connie Goodnight
Chamber Board Member and Realtor

Information you need to know about setting up a business in the Town of South Fork
Sharon Fairchild SF Town Clerk

Bill Matthews SF Town Manager
Useful information in setting up a business in South Fork

Kim Krahn
Chamber Board Member and SF Shop Owner
Close and Follow Up

June 17, 2011

New Retail Business is For the Birds in Alamosa, Colorado

This story is for the birds. Cranes and Crows to be specific.

Lori and Joel Korngut, Adams State College Alumni, recently became new residents of Alamosa. Lori is the owner of a new retail store in downtown Alamosa and she invites you in for a field trip experience at the corner of Main and San Juan (701 Main Street, Alamosa, Colorado  81101).

Lori moved her business here from Albuquerque when Joel took on a job at Adams State College. They sell gifts, educational material, art, jewelry, t-shirts, puppets, children’s books & puzzles, bird feeders and bird seed…all around the nature/wildlife theme.

It’s an experience just to wander the store, as you browse through books, play with puppets and check out unique hummingbird feeders. Lori and Joel are bird watching aficionados and love to talk birding with other nature lovers.

This inviting retail store is open Monday-Saturday from 10-6. You might find the store open on Sundays if they are available. The phone number for the store is 589-1100 and they deliver bird seed in the Alamosa area.

They appreciate the assistance they received from Donna Wehe at the SLV Small Business Development Center, 589-3682, for marketing ideas, networking to events and artisans, and setting up their sales tax license and legal structure in Colorado.

June 6, 2011

Summer workshop series

1) Thursday, June 9, 7:30-9:00 a.m. Disaster Preparedness (physical and IT) for your business presented by Lisa Werts and Roger Jackson. At the Depot, Free to chamber members ($10 if not a chamber member)
2) QuickBooks™ Beginner Class , Thursday, June 16, 2011; 5:00-6:30 p.m. 610 State Avenue, At the Depot, upstairs, $20 per person; Presented by Donielle VanGieso
3) Tuesday, June 21: Google Places for your Business @ Monte Vista Information Center; 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Free)
4) Wednesday, July 20: Hire Your First Employee @ the Depot, Alamosa, 5:30-7:00 p.m. $20 (1/2 any SLV Chamber member), presented by Cindy Morin

Please Call Donna at 589-3682 to RSVP for any of these workshops