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Happy New Year!

I hope your New Year is off to a good start. Here at the chamber, we are very excited for 2017. We are looking forward to working with our members and the business community on making the new year one of their best.

As we start a new year, we would like to remind you to please remember to shop local. When you buy local, you are helping our economy by keeping local people employed and helping with our gross receipts tax, which in turn keeps the city running and able to offer services to our community.

Did you know that the chamber has seven committees? These committees are run by chamber business members who care about our business community. Each month, they volunteer their time to serve. Below is a list of all the committees and what they do. If you would like to be more involved in the chamber and would like to join one of these committees, please give us a call, we would love to have you.

Education Committee: Meets at 4 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Welcomes new teachers by hosting a New Teachers’ Luncheon for Farmington schools. Implemented the "It’s YOUR Life" program, taught to every ninth-grade class in Farmington schools by business professionals within the chamber, and hosts Rocinante High School career day.

Farmington Young Professionals: Meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. FYP consists of motivated, energetic, young-at-heart professionals who seek enrichment by participating in professional, community and social activities that improve the community and its members. Some of their events are Speed Networking, New Mexico Young Professional Conference and serving dinner once a month at Childhaven.

Finance and Operations Committee: Meets at 4 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the Board of Directors meeting. Responsible for overseeing the finances of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce, including reviewing the monthly bank statements, invoices and the management of the chamber’s investments.

Health & Wellness Committee: Meets at 3:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. Responsible for the annual health fair and health seminars and promotes exercise initiatives in the workplace.

Legislative Committee: Meeting vary from October through December. Responsible for publishing a legislative brochure stating the chamber’s perspective on issues as they concern the chamber’s membership base.

Promotions and Special Events: Meets at noon on the second Thursday of the month. Responsible for creating and implementing new fundraisers for the chamber, most notably, Chile in October and Music on the Greens

Redcoat Ambassadors: Meets at noon on the second Monday of the month. Official ambassadors to the chamber, participate in ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings and make a yearly trip to the New Mexico Legislative Opening Reception in Santa Fe.

Thank you to all of our new and renewing members for 2016 and to everyone who supported the chamber last year. The Farmington chamber is organized for the purpose of serving and advancing the civic and business interest of the city of Farmington and the Four Corners region. If you are a business owner and would like more information about the chamber, please give us a call at 505-325-0279 or stop by our office at 100 W. Broadway Ave. We would love to visit with you.

Audra Winters is the president/CEO of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce

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