By Naomi Hatch
The Snowflake-Taylor Chamber of Commerce schedules events year round to promote area businesses.
The chamber’s Business Expo-Harvest Festival-PTSO Fall Carnival drew a good crowd Oct. 12.
The fall carnival was a fundraiser for Snowflake Intermediate School PTSO, which provided a variety of activities for the kids. Hayrides were given on wagons pulled by a tractor, taking riders to the Willis Farm pumpkin patch.
The business expo gave many businesses an opportunity to highlight their offerings. The Carriage House was the premier sponsor, with grand sponsors being Silver Creek Herald, Black Diamond Auto Glass, Hudson’s Furniture, Pro Build, Cable One and National Bank of Arizona. Eastern Arizona Log Homes was a supporting sponsor.
Crafters reported to Patti Matyas, chairman of the event, that they did better in sales this year than they did last year.
The Snowflake-Taylor Police Department was on hand with a driving course where brave souls could ride tricycles and weave through cones while wearing special beer goggles that showed the effects that driving under the influence has.
Five days later chamber members were invited to participate in a Triple Mixer at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Show Low. It was co-hosted by Cattlemen’s and Golden Eagle Distributers, both members of the Show Low Chamber of Commerce.
The Snowflake-Taylor Chamber has teamed up with Show Low and Pinetop Chambers for the Triple Mixers.
The Snowflake-Taylor Chamber will sponsor the next Triple Mixer at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Our Lady of the Snow Community Center in Snowflake. The mixer will showcase home-based businesses in the White Mountains. You must be a member of one of the chambers to participate and it is not too late to join the Snowflake-Taylor Chamber. Stop by the chamber office at 113 N. Main St. in Snowflake or call 536-4331 for more information on becoming a member.
The October Lunch and Learn will be held at 11:30 a.m. today (Oct. 23) at the Snowflake Social Hall. RSVP the chamber if you would like to attend. If you are a business owner and interested in becoming a member of the chamber, you are invited to attend the luncheon to see firsthand the networking that takes place at these sessions.
The next big event for the chamber will be the first day of the Snowflake Heritage Foundation’s 12 Days of Christmas on Monday, Dec. 2.
The annual Snowflake Town Lighting and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Freeman Home will kick off the 12 Days of Christmas. The Snowflake Fire Department will bring Santa to town, and he and Mrs. Santa will be at the Freeman Home with goodie bags for the kids. Donations for goodie bags are always welcome. There will be cookies and cocoa for everyone, and nativities from around the world will be on display inside the Main Street LDS Chapel.
The Snowflake-Taylor Chamber of Commerce offers activities throughout the year for networking your business. The chamber’s mission statement is “To promote and support a business friendly environment that encourages business sustainability,” and the chamber staff and members work hard to promote businesses through these events and more.
For more information about the chamber, go online to www.snowflaketaylorchamber.org.
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By Naomi Hatch