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Debbie Sisson (left) tells Theresa Garre about the services available at Payson Pet Care during the 2009 Business Showcase and Market Place held in the old gym at Payson High School.

January’s Business Buzz luncheon

Help create the road map for vehicle travel in Payson at the next Business Buzz meeting, a “Zero Sum Game?” (I Win — You Lose).

Speaker Dianne Kresich, with Arizona Department of Transportation, will discuss transportation and business issues and solutions.

Topics include: will Payson and Star Valley become transportation bottlenecks, is a bypass inevitable, are there other solutions, what challenges do businesses face with a bypass and what are the options and realities for the future?

Christine Wailand Harrison serves as the event’s facilitator.

The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Jan. 19 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

Call the chamber of commerce at (928) 474-4515 or NGCEDC at (928) 978-0681 to reserve a seat.

Admission is free, but lunch is not included. Business Buzz luncheons are presented by Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation and Scott Flake.

Guerrilla Tactics 2010 — Developing the Web Presence

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Gila County Small Business Development Center are proud to announce the Guerrilla Tactics program.

This year, due to the increasing popularity of Web sites, the program will focus on the development, creation and optimization of Web sites.

The programs are at the Central Arizona Board of Realtors meeting room, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite H, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month, January through June.

The faculty for the event is Michael Rose and Cameron Davis.

The cost for six sessions is $50 for chamber members and $60 for non-members.

Meetings dates and topics include:

Jan. 27, introduction and planning a Web site.

Feb. 24, how to effectively create and optimize a Web site.

March 24, search engine optimization linking strategies.

April 28, attracting the online customer.

May 26, how to drive traffic to your Web site.

June 23, quantifying the measure of success.

These sessions will be taped for later download.  Sign up at the chamber or online at www.rimcountrychamber.com. Classes are limited to 50 seats.

Wanted: applicants for annual Business Showcase

For the first time in several years, the annual Business Showcase will not take place in the Payson High School gym.

On Monday, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the 2010 showcase, “Building Rim Country Business,” would be held at the former site of Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Company on Highway 87 next to Walmart, March 20 and 21.

“This property will allow for greatly increased foot traffic, as well as drive up traffic,” said John Stanton, chamber manager.

The event is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday.

Applications for sponsors, vendors and exhibitors will be available in the near future. The cost of a booth is $200; however, businesses can partner up and split a booth. Businesses are also encouraged to sell at the showcase.

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