June Breakfast at Horseshoe Cafe

by Lupe Diaz - President on June 19th, 2014

June 2014

Steve Roseman from The Vail Voice Newspaper and economic developer gave a short presentation on networking and a community profile overview this morning at our Chamber Breakfast. His topic was "Effective Networking for Your Business". He shared with us the potential for economic growth that Benson has in its community. We discussed some of the projects that are possible to pursue, during our Q and A session. Steve, said, "We can't forget that tourism is still a big industry in Arizona and we can all benefit from that. We just need to start thinking tourism". 

Some of the other points that were brought up were: 
The Chamber can work with a mentoring program for the youth. It is possible to work with FBLA and FFA and such organizations to help mentor the youth in our area. If we can couple our local business with the youth, we can help develop a employment pool for the future. It is beneficial for all concerned.  

Lupe mentioned that, "Benson is on a Boarder to Boarder Motorcycle route. This is something that we can place on our website directing people to that activity." Steve added that, "There are several people that come through Benson to stop for the night or to eat and refuel". George Scott said, "The Motor Cycle Rodeo has their event in Benson every year. They bring in several people into the community".

Geoff gave an overview of the Red Leg Loan Program that helps people secure small business loans. He said "people still have to qualify for the loan just like a conventional loan". Cindy from the National Bank of Arizona said that they offer similar loans as well.  

There is help to put together a business plan from Cochise College Development Center Small Business. Mark Schmidt the director who partners with SBA comes to the Cochise College Benson Branch and helps people for free. The idea of having classes available here in the area came up as a possible activity if the interest was there. http://www.cochise.edu/sbdc/ is the link for the Development Center.

Angelica said that The Arizona Workforce Connection also provides several services that businesses can take advantage. Especially in posting jobs, training staff and providing a avenue for business to find the right staff. 

Here are some one-liner announcements 
Benson Hospital Mixer will be held at the later part of July 
 Arizona G&T to Provide / sponsor food to help businesses to host mixers 
Benson is a perfect place for Rosemont education branch for the mining industry
Benson Food Pantry served 400 people yesterday 
Farmers market to start at Cowboy Way, soon
City Council Candidates Council is set for Thursday July 17th at the Lion's Club 

Report from the office 
Chamber and parents looking at the possibility of a BMX track with the City of Benson
We are looking at doing a float for the Fourth of July parade 
Mural Dedication ceremony is taking place, June 27 10- 1 am at the Benson Visitor Center

Did you know that we are the oldest chamber in Arizona? It is 57 years old. It was established in 1957.

Our next Breakfast will be held at Galleano's Thursday July 17th at 7 am.

Lupe Diaz - President 

Benson San Pedro Valley Chamber of Commerce

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