by Melissa Unger
RATON — In May of 2017, The Raton Chamber of Commerce voted in a new president, a very prominent author and business woman, Dee Burks. Burks is innovative and visual with a new direction for the chamber that enables it to support businesses and events, rather than compete with already ongoing events.
The chamber board is behind Burks in this vision. After all, the greatest success to any endeavor is vision, workforce, and collaboration between all entities to bring entertainment, commerce and value to a town who loves its community. The chamber began its new direction at the beginning of the fiscal year of 2017 and has had the opportunity to sponsor the first annual Run to Raton, a local youth golf tournament, and is supporting the resurrected Cash Mob events for local businesses.
In November, the new chamber had its first quarterly member lunch meeting. It is looking at these meetings as a gathering of local business owners to share ideas on bringing commerce and tourism to the area and keeping the local community economy strong as well as giving financial advice to businesses.
There are several perks to being a chamber member. Depending on which level a business chooses to come in at, advertising and promoting are the biggest advantages for businesses to join. The higher the level of membership, the more advertising and promoting businesses get. You can pick up a membership brochure at the Raton Visitors Center at 100 Clayton Rd. Raton.
Every Thursday between 8:15 and 8:30 am, Burks or a chamber officer is speaking with KRTN on the Chamber Bullet about the community, businesses and what they have to offer, and events that are being held in the community.
The chamber produces a weekly email, called the Week In Raton. This publication keeps the public up to date with happenings and important contact information and is emailed out every Monday morning via Email. There is also a calendar that lists events as well and is posted on the Raton Chamber Facebook page and hard copies are available at the Raton Visitor Center, Arthur Johnson Library and Raton Post Office. To receive a copy of the Week In Raton in your email box, please send an inquiry to RatonChamber@RatonNM.US with your name and email address and you will be entered into the data base. Also if you have a local event, send a poster in JPEG format or your information to RatonChamber@RatonNM.US by Thursday at 5 pm each week.
The Raton Chamber invites you to come be a part of the chamber and support the community of Raton, let’s build a strong foundation for Raton’s business community together!