Upcoming Events

 

Downloadable Aztec Sparkles & Santa's Gift Bag flyer to download, print and pass out to customers! Print pages back-to-back and cut in half.

Specific times and locations will be in the Aztec Sparkles Shopping Guide & Member Directory. The Guide will also direct you to artisans, retailers, and businesses ready to provide you with gifts and ideas for your holiday shopping. Look for your shopping Guide in the December 1 issue of TALON. Visit our website at www.aztecchamber.com to learn more about Aztec Sparkles and how you can participate in this fun event. 

VENDORS - We are looking for unique, one-of-a-kind artisans and crafters. Artisans and crafters will be placed in vacant or non-retail Main Ave. buildings and will most likely share the building with multiple vendors depending upon available space. Additional information is included in the below vendor information and form. Booth Fee MUST accompany your vendor form. Spaces are limited! If we are unable to accommodate your booth due to lack of available space, the Aztec chamber of Commerce will notify you and your un-cashed check will be available for pickup.

Vendor Information          Vendor Form

How Aztec Businesses can get involved:

  1. Enter the Business Lighting Contest hosted by the City of Aztec. Applications can be downloaded from the City's website: www.aztecnm.gov or picked up and returned at the Utilities Office.
  2. Build a dazzling float for the Aztec Sparkles light parade. Pick up parade forms at the Aztec Visitor Center or call 505-334-9551 for information.
  3. Donate an item for Santa's Gift Bag - Aztec First, Buy Local promotion. Single purchase receipts of $50 or more at any Aztec business dated Dec 1-15 make person eligible for drawing. Customer takes receipt to City Visitor Center to have a copy made and give name and contact info for drawing entry by Dec 20. Drawing will be Dec 22.
  4. Print and hand out fliers to your Customers about Santa's Gift Bag & Aztec Sparkles. Put them in shopping bag when customer makes purchase. Fliers will be available for download at www.AztecChamber.com beginning 11/15 and will be updated as new info comes in - so, print them for your business in batches.
  5. Host an activity or demonstration at your business and list it in the schedule of events.
  6. Offer a special sale of existing merchandise or offer a special item just for Aztec Sparkles;
  7. Offer Cross-Promotions with fellow businesses - buy something here, get a free items or discount there or vice-versa.
  8. Offer Gift Certificate Purchases with specific expiration dates.
  9. Use Aztec Sparkles branded flyer to promote your special as a poster and electronically online or via social media.
  10. Purchase ad space in TALON's Holiday Shopping Guide to promote your special. Contact 505-258-1161 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  11. If space allows, host a craft vendor in your business.
  12. If space allows, host Santa during Aztec Sparkles.
  13. Offer refreshments for caroling groups during Aztec Sparkles.
  14. Don't have a Main Ave., or retail business? Co-sponsor the Hay Rides with Microtel Inn & Suites so that everyone can ride FREE - Promote this as a Christmas present from your business to the Aztec Community in the Holiday Shopping Guide!
  15. Use taglines for Santa's Gift Bag & Aztec Sparkles in your other Holiday promotional efforts.
  16. Coordinate your activities & specials with the Chamber so that your events may be included in schedules and event maps!

The ways to participate in Aztec Sparkles are limited only by creativity and imagination - no matter what you do, take advantage of this opportunity to promote your business during the Holiday Season. It may just make an impression that lasts all year long!

Additional Holiday Marketing Articles and Ideas:

DECEMBER CHAMBER BUSINESS LUNCHEON

Thank you for your feedback on the Chamber’s selection of topics to help impact your business by offering solutions to assist you in your day-to-day decision-making and with cost-savings ideas. 

Thank you Bryan Vincent for sharing your knowledge and insight with us at our last Business Chamber Luncheon, “Healthcare Issues for Small Businesses.” Many questions were answered while some discussion left the audience with food for thought for decisions we make as small business owners. Thank you Hiway Grill for a hot savory and delicious lunch! 

Mark your calendar for our final Chamber Business Lunch, Thursday, December 18 when Mayor Sally Burbridge recaps, “Aztec – A Year in Review.”  You won’t want to miss this. All businesses in the Four Corners are invited to attend. Visit our website to learn more: www.aztecchamber.com.  

·         December Business Luncheon: Thursday, December 18 – 2014 End of Year Report – City of Aztec & 2015 Overview Who:  City of Aztec, Mayor, Sally Burbridge

        Registration begins at 11:30 am. Come early for networking opportunities and don’t forget those business cards. Networking at the Chamber’s luncheons opens the door to a multitude of opportunities for making new contacts, building relationships, and forging strategic partnerships in a casual setting while offering new ideas. Lunch is $10 per person.

·         January Business Luncheon: Thursday, January 15 - Insurance: “Supplemental Benefits for Employees” Who: Exclusive Agent/Business Owner, Kelly Berhost,  Allstate Insurance

·         February Business Luncheon: Thursday, February 19 - How to Use the Chamber To Be More Effective? Who: A panel of four experts in the areas of Facebook, Advertising, Public Relations, & Business After Hours/Business Luncheons. This question and answer opportunity will help you learn how to increase your reach with new clients by using Aztec Chamber services.

Now through the end of December 2014 all non-member businesses and interested individuals may attend Aztec Chamber Luncheons for the same $10 per person fee as Members. We invite all non-members to attend and learn about what the Aztec  Chamber of Commerce is doing and how we can include your business. Beginning January 2015 the attendance fee for all non-members will increase to $15 per person. 

 

CREDIT & DEBIT CARD TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP

If you’ve visited our website or are an avid reader of the Chat, you have read about the new EMV payment process for credit and debit cards. By now as businesses this may have you shaking in your shoes or you may fear the liability switch from the long awaited change from strip credit and debit cards to the new chip embedded cards. Then there is the new technology and equipment that must be purchased for this form of payment. To top it off, all must be in place by October 2015.

The Aztec Chamber of Commerce is here to help all businesses in the Four Corners as we hold the first-ever credit and debit card technology workshop, January 28 OR January 29 at the Microtel Inn & Suites in Aztec. Registration forms will be available on the Aztec Chamber of Commerce website beginning December 1, 2014. Seating is on a first-come basis to reserve your spot. The workshop will begin at 9 am and end at 2 pm. Lunch will be included. Price of the workshop for chamber members is $25; nonmembers are $35.

You can read the latest informational articles on EMV changes here: 

Seating will be limited and reservations will be accepted beginning December 1, 2014.  Stay tuned to learn more. This workshop is open to all businesses and you do not have to be a chamber member to attend.

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN THE AZTEC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

There are probably 1,000 reasons you should join the Aztec Chamber of Commerce, but here are our Top 10!

  1. Networking – Meet and network with Chamber members and community leaders at monthly business luncheons (breakfasts meetings beginning Jan 2015), and special events.
  2. Promote your business – We refer only our members when people call or visit the Chamber. Only members may purchase our membership mailing list and advertise in our e-mail newsletters.
  3. Free web links and listings – Every member is listed in our Online Business Directory by business name, category and contact person. We also link your listing to your website at no charge. Additionally, we will print our entire Member Business Directory in a pull-out insert in Aztec Sparkles shopping guide found in TALON in December. Over seven thousand copies will be printed and distributed to subscribers and available to members and the public.
  4. Member to Member Discounts – We post your Chamber Member Specials and promote your business in our e-Newsletter. This benefit is free to our members. Send your posters, inserts, and fliers to the Chamber. 
  5. Business Advocacy – We are the “Voice of Business” at City Hall, the State Capital or wherever we are needed. Members can meet public officials at many of our events and meetings. We never stop watching your back!
  6. Community Connections – Meet and interact with business and civic leaders by participating in our workshops, special events, Business Luncheons, After Hours and Task Forces ranging from Membership, Networking, ATOS (Aztec Trails & Open Spaces), Special Events, and IT. Call the Chamber for more information at 505-334-7646.
  7. Business Resources – We can provide you with information and referrals to help grow your business, including free business counseling, informative speakers, and discounts on business services.
  8. Ribbon Cuttings – As a member, the Chamber will help you organize a ribbon cutting if you are a new business or recently moved to a new office. Then, we publicize your Ribbon Cutting photo on our Facebook Page and our website - for FREE!
  9. Keeping you Legal – We help keep your business in compliance with mandatory State and Federal Labor Law posters. Your membership includes a 10% discount on the purchase of all mandatory compliance and safety products (January 2015)
  10. Fun & Fellowship – We believe business should be fun, and we practice fun as often as possible! We enjoy our members and we look forward to doing whatever we can to help make our members successful!

Do you like what you see? Contact us today to renew your membership. Our membership directory deadline is November 15. Interested in meeting and making new friends? Sign up to help out with one of our Chamber Task Forces: Networking/ Membership, Events, IT, or ATOS (Aztec Trails & Open Spaces). 

There is a lot going on and it’s all for YOU but we know there is more that the Aztec Chamber of Commerce can do to help you grow. So what is that? What topics would be of interest to you as a business owner? Where do you need the most help or answers? Are you aware of the many membership benefits available to you included in your membership dues?

Written by Vangie Garza Neil

Vice-President/Secretary

Aztec Chamber of Commerce

 

As a reminder, the Chamber is not part of the City. The Chamber does not receive funding from the City of Aztec. The work we do and its support is based solely on your chamber membership dues and the Chamber’s fundraising events. We felt it was important for you to know that as our role is to be your voice in so many levels.

Aztec Chamber of Commerce
110 N. Ash
Aztec, NM 87410
(505) 334-7648 (fax)

Chamber of Commerce:
(505) 334-7646
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City of Aztec Visitor Center:
(505) 334-9551

 

 

 

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