Business Spotlight

Tilling the Soil course for small ag producers

Today is the deadline to register for a Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center NX Level Tilling the Soil course that will begin on Saturday, Feb. 2. This year's class, with nine sessions total, will be offered in Mancos at the Public Library from Saturday, Feb. 2, 5:30 p.m., and ending on Saturday, April 13.

Participants will be provided with information, professional advice and tools to develop business skills and create plans to start new or grow existing agricultural operations.

Tuition is $280 for the entire nine session class that includes 36 hours of instruction, books and materials, plus five hours of individual time with a business advisor, or $50 per session (ask for an agenda). To register, contact the SW Colorado Small Business Development Center at 247-7009, email Lynn Asano at, or register online at:

Scholarships are available: For more details on the schedule, logistics and subject matter, contact CindyDvergsten at 970-882-4222, or

PCC president will speak at Business Club Luncheon

Higher education takes the spotlight at the Chamber of Commerce' Business Club Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at noon in the community room at First National Bank.

Pueblo Community College President Patty Erjavec and Norm Jones, the new Dean of Southwest Colorado Community College East and West Campuses will be our featured presenters.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this informative presentation. Lunch is $12 and space is extremely limited. RSVP to Dena by Monday, Feb. 4, at 565-3414 or

Zumba classes zoom into dance studio

Zumba Fitness is an exciting Latin dance inspired, calorie burning, easy to follow workout that is enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. Zumba is for all levels of fitness and for all ages. Join Zumba instructor Chanelle Benally at Come Dance Tonight!, located at 30 W. Main St., for a challenging workout. Her classes are Mondays from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. and Thursdays 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All classes are $5. For more information, contact Chanelle Benallay at (505)862-6406 or email her at

Chamber seeks nominees for annual community awards

The Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual awards to recognize leaders and businesses making significant contributions to the community.

Nominations are still being accepted and the awards will be presented at a ceremony in March. The Chamber needs the public's help to find individuals and businesses to join the ranks of the Chamber's "Best of the Best" in the following categories: Cortez Journal's Citizen of the Year; Dad & Daughter's Agribusiness of the Year; Empire Electric's Green Business of the Year; The Four Corners Character Council's Volunteer of the Year; Dolores State Bank's Unsung Hero Award.

Nominations need to include the nominee's name, address and phone number, the reason for the nomination and the name and phone number of the person making the nomination.

For more information, call Dena at the Chamber at 565-3414 or online at Nomination forms can be dropped off at the Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce, 928 E. Main St. or emailed to

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