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Voting is an important part of our country and government. It’s an opportunity to engage in helping determine the future of our county, region, state and nation, and it significantly impacts...

Getting back to the basics

As the summer winds down and schools start up again, we’re reminded that it’s time to get back to the basics. The pandemic and the resulting aftermath of inflation, labor shortages and suppl...

Tips on starting a new business

Steve Jobs once said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” We all spend most of our waking hours working, so we better enjoy what we do. The Durango Chamber is often asked...

Are you prepared to handle a crisis?

June 9, 2002, I was flying out of Durango to Denver. As we boarded the flight, we could see a large plume of smoke over Missionary Ridge. While flying over the fire, I knew that it wasn’t go...

Investing in yourself through Leadership La Plata

I look out the window and see trees budding and tulips blooming, signifying springtime in Durango. It marks a time for regrowth and an opportunity to think about developing personally and pr...

Annual event rewards excellence and celebrates community

For more than 40 years, the Durango Chamber of Commerce has been honoring our community leaders and businesses during the Chamber’s annual awards ceremony, and it’s been my pleasure to be pa...

Shoutouts!

We just received some much needed snow as February winds down and we head into spring. As I look out the window at 10 to 12 inches of new powder, I am not able to shovel and help clear a pat...

Reflections over the past 40 years

Forty years ago, I came to Fort Lewis College. I remember sitting on the bench just north of the chapel looking down on Durango, and thought, “Wow, the next four years of my life will be in ...

What’s your word for 2022?

As we say goodbye to 2021 and welcome 2022, it’s a good time for reflection. In looking back over the past year, we’ve seen struggles, losses and challenges, but we’ve also seen acts of kind...

Do something unique – give an experience

’Tis the season, and the spirit of giving has never been felt more than now as we continue to navigate “the new normal.” Gifting can mean different things to different people. It can be som...

Shop where your home is

You’ve heard about supply chain issues and how it could affect holiday purchases so buy your presents early. My message is a little different but just as impactful – if not more so. This yea...

Chamber seeks local rock stars

Our businesses play a major role in our culture and society. They stimulate the economy and allow our community to thrive. Every year, the Durango Chamber of Commerce recognizes our area’s ...