For more than three years now I have introduced the Chamber as an organization of nearly 300 members.

I’ll have to change my tune, now that we have surpassed that mark. All the credit for growth of the

Chamber is due to you, the Chamber members. You have kept your businesses strong in a tough economy.


You have innovated, you have tightened your belts, you have fallen back on your entrepreneurial spirit

and opened new businesses, you have spruced up and taken on more work, you have learned to use new

technology, and you have kept your businesses strong.


The new members come from many different business segments- from large to small, from non-profits

to building contractors to real estate agents to counselors. It takes all of you to make a community and a

Chamber strong.

The growth of our chamber is counter to the experience I hear from many Chamber executives from around the State and the West.

It’s true that we are blessed with being the home of Los Alamos National Laboratory, but having that one large economic engine can be a mixed blessing at times. It makes our community hypersensitive to the news from Washington, and it trickles down to even the smallest business. Thanks for being part of a great Chamber, and let’s keep up the good work.