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Chambers 55th Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival

If you haven’t heard the news, it’s on, the 55th Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival, themed “Welcome Back!” Before you read any further, I need to clear up one small miscommunication in my last writings (sometimes the brain says one thing and what’s written says... — Updated 6/30/2021


Chamber Who & What's New

June is here and the calls are coming in daily about Borrego Days and will there be one, but I’ll get to that in a minute. First, we want to welcome Daniel Wright to the Chamber Board of Directors. Daniel and his family have been advocates of the community for many years. Think... — Updated 6/11/2021


Chamber Bids Farewell to Snowbirds

As the weather is being windblown into the 90’s I see many of the snowbirds or part-timers heading for cooler climates. This past season has been interesting in so many ways such as Borrego being a full-time residence for many (because of the virus) and the first time for those... — Updated 5/21/2021


Chamber and Borrego Days

Like everyone else, when the board of directors and me hear the words “full reopening” we think of Borrego Days 2021. Then reality hits us and the doubt creeps in. In the Editorial column of the Borrego Sun's previous issue it was mentioned that Borrego Days is doubtful. With... — Updated 5/6/2021


Chamber Events are Happening

It happens every year, the weather warms up and the snowbirds scatter for cooler climates. However, this time, they’ll be missing out on a few events in Borrego Springs that are a welcome sight for everyone. Starting with a twist is the Borrego Springs ‘Drive-In’ Film... — Updated 4/16/2021


Chamber Stepping Into April

How can we not like a month that starts out with a ‘Fools Day’, then brings us ‘Good Friday, Easter and Ramadan’, and hopefully some beautiful flowers. If you haven’t noticed, the dump site on Palm Canyon Drive is gone. We thank the county for taking action and the... — Updated 4/7/2021


Chamber March Madness

I’m not sure if I should laugh or weep at how quickly time is going by right now. I recall looking at the Borrego Sun submissions deadline and thinking “I have plenty of time to write something.” Next thing I know Jolene is emailing me about my article, oops! March started... — Updated 3/24/2021


Chamber "This and That"

The stories I’ve heard about the Sundowners at the Borrego Springs Airport go unmatched, and with each account come’s the statement from the storyteller “We never missed it!” As I mentioned in my last column, there is a shift happening in Borrego and this is a major one.... — Updated 3/8/2021


Chamber: Do You Feel the Shift?

With this column comes the uncertainty of what I’ll write about and what you end up reading. Sometimes I know the topic weeks in advance, other times I have a few ideas and then change at the last minute as I did with this one. At first I was tossing around the idea of an... — Updated 3/3/2021


Chamber: "If Only We Can Predict the Future"

Let me guess, your first thought was “oh no, not another report about the virus.” Sorry to disappoint, but this column has to do with the weather, blooming flowers and visitors. Within the last week the Chamber has been getting calls daily from people all over the country... — Updated 2/15/2021


Chamber Welcomes New Residents

To say “change is in the air” is a huge understatement, and a certain fact of life. One of the major changes Borregans are going to see is all of the new faces of new residents. The Chamber would like to send a warm welcome to our new residents and a few words to help you... — Updated 1/26/2021


Chamber Deny or Comply

As we transition into 2021, a last-minute decision was made to postpone the Borrego Springs Film Festival. Our hopes are to have it later in the year. On to the deny or comply topic, which is about a split-second decision I was recently faced with in the grocery store parking lot... — Updated 1/6/2021


Chamber Holiday Greetings

As 2020 comes to a close, many of us are breathing a sigh of relief. Not that we won’t be experiencing frustration, confusion and sadness in 2021 (let’s be realistic), but we do have strong signs of hope that will help in the healing of our minds and bodies and that we can... — Updated 12/31/2020


Chamber Educates

The word educates opens my world to an entirely new meaning. On February 11, 2021, I will have been the Executive Director of the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce for one year. Frankly I can’t believe how fast time is going by, what I also can’t believe is how much I’ve... — Updated 12/16/2020


Chamber of Commerce Updates

New Interns: We want to thank our new BVA Hospitality Interns Maria Arias and Tateanna Berry, Juniors at Borrego Springs High School. Because of the new guidelines Maria and Tateanna will be back at the Chamber in January. Chamber supports the community cleanup organized monthly... — Updated 12/9/2020


Chamber Moves into the Holidays

As the holiday season is truly upon us, there is one thing we know for sure – these holidays will be like none other. We’ll all be fighting the urge to visit family and friends, along with the inner struggle of making the right decision. There is no easy answer except to... — Updated 12/1/2020


Chamber and Community Health

I’d like to start by applauding the Borrego Sun for their investigative reporting on the Borrego Community Health Foundation and breaking this important story wide open. As a journalist, I know hours upon hours have been spent on this story and the Sun isn’t finished yet.... — Updated 11/18/2020


Chamber Reminds Businesses to Update

The snowbirds are starting to arrive, and so are the visitors. The volume of daily calls to the Chamber has doubled in one week, and with it, we hear a lot of confusion about outdated information still posted on websites, Yelp, Google, Facebook and other social media sites. I... — Updated 11/3/2020


Chamber: Farmers Market Returns!

When the Borrego Springs Chamber Farmers Market closed in March, we had nonstop calls asking when and if it will be back. The Chamber is happy to announce a soft opening on October 23, 8 a.m. to noon at Christmas Circle. I say soft opening because we are still in the process of... — Updated 10/21/2020


Chamber Website Numbers Grow

In this issue, I’m cutting right to the chase. Whether you’re a Chamber member or not, create a Google page for your business, it’s free. August was hot; everything was closed and not much to cheer about. Now one month later businesses are reopening, the weather is cooling... — Updated 10/6/2020


Chamber Identity

Over the last six months, my knowledge of what a Chamber does has been stripped to the bare bones and mentally rebuilt. Chambers are technically described as individual organizations, known as a chapter. While the guiding principles for each chapter are different, many of their... — Updated 9/18/2020


Chamber Listens

By the time you receive this issue, it will be September, talk about how crazy fast the summer has gone by, now if only the heat would get going as well! Normally I’m not sure what I’ll be writing about until I sit down to write the column, however, in this case I knew exactly... — Updated 9/8/2020


Chamber News

A couple of weeks ago, the Chamber received an email from Joe Gabaldon at SDG&E letting us know that SDG&E was going to be sending out care packages containing PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) to businesses/organizations nominated by the local Chambers. He said this was all... — Updated 8/21/2020


August at the Chamber

August hiatus at the Chamber is here, which only means we are closed to visitors, and the volunteers have a month off. What it also means is that staff will be in and out working on the following things: Embrace Borrego Guide – With an October 2020 release (or sooner if... — Updated 8/10/2020


Chamber Progresses

As I’ve been slightly avoiding a Chamber progress report as the Executive Director, I’m now ready to go for it! The Chamber Board hired me on Feb. 11, around 9 a.m.; I officially started working at 10 a.m., that same day. My thoughts were “I’m here, so why not jump right... — Updated 7/14/2020


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