Benefits of Chamber MembershipAdvocacy | Visibility | Resources
The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce provides a host of ways businesses and organizations can get noticed. We encourage all of our members to include chamber opportunities and events in their marketing plans. Chamber membership gives you access to ways for your business to be found by people looking for your goods or services, whether they are looking online on or on foot.
Celebrations & Grand Opening
Grand openings & ribbon cuttings are promoted to all chamber members, press, members of the community and local government. The chamber provides luxurious red ribbon, photo opportunities for local press, and use of large ‘Chamber Scissors’.
The chamber utilizes its capacity to broadcast emails to members and the community to publicize your event. This makes a fantastic promotional opportunity usually covered by the Los Alamos Monitor and Los Alamos Daily Post. It also attracts local dignitaries and when combined with special customer/client opportunities offers great exposure.
Ribbon Cuttings are offered to new businesses and as requested by Chamber Members.
Print Marketing Distribution
Find your business listed on our popular business directory. The directory is easily searchable and navigable with categories that allow seekers to find the businesses, products and services they are looking for. This directory lives on this website and at FYILosAlamos.com.
Tourists, visitors, and Los Alamos residents (including recently relocated individuals) visit the Chamber and Visitor Centers requesting information about local businesses and organizations. Visitors often request information about where to shop or have a great meal. Receptionists in all locations make referrals which are tracked. We always refer chamber members first.
Community Event Participation
Bring greater awareness to your business or organization by participating in any number of Chamber Events or events hosted by our partner organization Los Alamos MainStreet.
Jump into well attended and treasured community events like Chamberfest, ScienceFest, the Los Alamos Fair & Rodeo Parade, Trick or Treat on MainStreet, Winterfest, Chamber Golf Events and other special events. Simply participate by renting low-cost booth space allowing you to get in front of hundreds or even thousands of Los Alamos consumers.
Chamber Business Breakfasts
Monthly Chamber Business Breakfasts provide quality programs of interest to our membership. The programs typically focus on critical topics that affect the business community and provide an opportunity for networking.
Coffee & Connections
A monthly meeting that gives you the opportunity to discuss issues and exchange ideas in an informal setting with a Chamber representative and fellow Chamber members. There is no set agenda so the conversation is open to the topics that matter the most to you and your business. Let’s hear what’s on your mind. Coffee and food are no-host.
Business After Hours
Business After Hours is a monthly after-work-hours social that promotes interaction, friendship, & identification of business opportunities.
Chamber Members have the opportunity to host events and meetings at their place of business in order to bring more awareness to their business location, products/ services and staff. Business After Hours is typically hosted on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7 p.m. but different schedules are possible to match the desires of the member business.
Member to Member Discounts
Chamber Members are encouraged to offer discounts to fellow members and to do business with one another. Member-to-member discounts provide an excellent way to promote your business and offer money-saving services.
Thousands of dollars of Chamber Checks are purchased each year for individual gift-giving as well as for company gifts and recognition rewards. Purchasers pay face value. Chamber member businesses and organizations accept the gift certificates just like cash and redeem the checks for face value.
Checks are packaged in a variety of denominations (multiples of ten dollars)together with a listing of Chamber members where they may be redeemed. You may also click on the Chamber member directory for a searchable directory of current members and their offerings.
The Chamber promotes Chamber Checks through advertising and through follow-ups with customers who have purchased checks in bulk for employee reward/recognition use in their business.
The Chamber is always on the lookout for issues that could affect Los Alamos businesses and our community in a positive or negative way. We advocate for Los Alamos business and tourism interests. The Chamber engages in dialogue with representatives at all levels of government – federal, state, and county on economic issues that affect the business community. The Chamber provides information and feedback to help promote increased understanding of our member’s concerns.
Recent Advocacy Initiatives
2016 Legislative Positions
- HB34 (Rep. Adkins) Post-Thanksgiving Gross Receipts Deduction (Small Business Saturday)
- HB63 (Rep. Dennis Roche) No indemnity/medical benefits under workman’s compensation if worker’s injury or death resulted from alcohol/drug use at the time.
- HB139 (Rep. Garcia Richard) Changing the criteria to allow LEDA for Retail Projects
- HB194 (Rep. Cathrynn Brown) “Employer Responsibility” legislation for worker’s compensation
- HB195 (Rep. Randal Crowder) Clarifying workers comp that employers and insurance companies don’t have to pay for employee medical cannabis use
- HB200 (Rep. Nora Espinoza) Fix Prevailing Wage
- State preemption of local employment law
- HB140 (Rep. Larry Larranaga) Natural gas public utility infrastructure expansion
- Unemployment Insurance legislation that will not have a negative consequence for business owners or risk the solvency of the fund
- SB92 (Senator Ted Barela) Administration and Jobs Council recommendation to create Rapid Workforce Deployment and fund at $1.25M
- Administration recommendation of $500K and LFC recommendation of $500K for New Mexico MainStreet program
- Legislative Jobs Council recommendation of appropriation of $2M for The New Mexico Partnership
- (Rep. Don Tripp and Sen. Mary Kay Papen) Jobs Council recommendation for $2.25M to fund the Economic Development Grant Act
- Administration and Jobs Council recommendation of $8M non-recurring and $2M recurring for JTIP
- Increase in Minimum Wage – The Chamber’s position on a state-wide minimum wage increase is that if such an increase is passed, we support ensuring that the resulting increase will not make New Mexico less competitive than surrounding states in the region and that it is written is such a way as to protect small businesses. We do oppose annual indexing increases.
- Administration and Jobs Council recommendation of $2.3M
- HJM3 (Rep. Garcia Richard) Endorsing the naming of a United States Naval Submarine as the USS Los Alamos
Narrative Explanation of Positions:
WATCH – NO POSITION
In a case currently before the United States Supreme Court brought by teachers in California opposing mandatory dues payment to the union, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy noted, “The union is basically making the teachers compelled-riders on issues with which they strongly disagree.” New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez in putting right-to-work on the call for this session stated: “Adopting a right-to-work law would make the state more competitive when it comes to attracting businesses.”
Inherent in the future well-being of New Mexico is the creation of jobs. In order to create jobs, the state must have an environment that supports existing businesses and their expansion while also attracting new businesses to the state. These need to be quality jobs. We need to focus our efforts and resources on those types of businesses in which we excel including energy development, tourism, trade and exports, high tech as well as others. We must also focus on ensuring, to the degree that is possible, that all the communities and areas throughout our state can participate in and benefit from a healthy economy. For this reason we support the legislation listed below.
HB34 (Rep. Adkins) Post-Thanksgiving Gross Receipts Deduction – For the last several years, the Chamber has supported Small Business Saturday in Los Alamos. This legislation would provide a GRT deduction to restaurants and small retailers (under $2M annual revenues) that are open for business on Small Business Saturday.
HB63 (Rep. Dennis Roche) No indemnity/medical benefits under workman’s compensation if worker’s injury or death resulted from alcohol/drug use at the time – For the last several years, the Chamber has supported legislation that would disqualify a worker from all worker’s comp benefits payable, indemnity or medical, when the worker’s injury or death was a result of intoxication from alcohol or drugs in any degree. Disqualification would also occur if the worker refused to submit to or provide the results of a post-accident test for alcohol or drugs. This is a safety issue not only for the worker, but also for those working with and around that worker. Nor do we believe that employers should be required to pay for an injury or death for which the worker is responsible due to drug or alcohol use. We urge support for HB63 sponsored by Representative Dennis Roche.
HB139 (Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard) – The Chamber supports legislation that would improve the economy of Los Alamos and increase business’ ability to serve both residents and tourists. This legislation would assist communities with a population less than 10,000; and, it would assist communities up to 25,000 IF the economic development project is not funded or financed with state government revenues. This legislation would allow the provision of direct or indirect assistance to a qualifying retail business project with Local Economic Development Act funds for the purchase, lease, grant, construction, reconstruction, improvement or other acquisition or conveyance of land, buildings or other infrastructure; public works improvements essential to the location or expansion of a qualifying entity; payments for professional services contracts necessary for local or regional governments to implement a plan or project; the provision of direct loans or grants for land, buildings or infrastructure; technical assistance to cultural facilities; and loan guarantees securing the cost of land or buildings.
HB194 (Rep. Cathrynn Brown) “Employer Responsibility” legislation for worker’s compensation – The Chamber supports legislation to clarify worker’s compensation language following a court order regarding payment of wage replacement benefits.
HB195 (Rep. Randal Crowder) Clarifying workers compensation that employers and insurance companies don’t have to pay for employee medical cannabis use – This legislation is intended to clarify worker’s compensation language related to employers being held responsible for payment for cannabis for employees who have received a medical marijuana card. The Chamber supports the legislation.
HB200 (Rep. Nora Espinoza) Fix Prevailing Wage – During the 2009 session, SB33 was passed changing the way in which prevailing wage was determined. Prior to that time, prevailing wage had been set based on a survey of both union and non-union construction contracts. Currently, as result of enactment of SB33, prevailing wage is determined solely by union collective bargaining agreements. Given that 92% of the construction industry is non-union, the resulting prevailing wage is now determined by only 8% of the construction industry. This has resulted in significantly higher costs to taxpayers and business stretching already tight budgets even further. The Chamber supports a solution through legislation to rectify this situation. This legislation will carve educational institutions and roads out of prevailing wage. It will also take us back to a survey of union and non-union contractors as was originally done and takes a weighted average to come up with prevailing wage. This legislation will also ensure that wages will not exceed federal Davis Bacon wages.
State preemption of local employment law – While we generally support the right of local communities to pass laws and ordinances specific to their jurisdictions, it has become apparent that often these actions can have a negative impact on businesses as it relates to employee relations. This can become even more burdensome when businesses have multiple locations. We support legislation that would prohibit local government entities from adopting ordinances related to employee wages and benefits, which can impose mandates on businesses that are unworkable or fiscally problematic while having the effect of discouraging businesses from locating to these communities and even forcing them to relocate to other communities. No one benefits under these conditions.
HB140 (Rep. Larry Larranaga) Natural gas public utility infrastructure expansion – This legislation if enacted, would promote economic development in the state by providing natural gas service to both unserved and underserved areas thus attracting and retaining business and residential customers. It would also encourage new and diverse businesses and industries that rely on natural gas to begin new businesses or expand existing businesses in New Mexico. The bill sets requirements for the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) to adopt rules to implement provisions of the act within 180 days from the effective date of the act. The Chamber encourages legislators to support this economically important legislation.
Unemployment Insurance Legislation that will not have a negative consequence for business owners or risk the solvency of the fund – The Chamber will support unemployment insurance legislation that will help relieve the burden on businesses who were hit hard while protecting other businesses from being hurt, and that will protect the solvency of the fund.
SB92 (Senator Ted Barela) Administration and Jobs Council recommendation to create Rapid Workforce Deployment and fund it at $1.25M – The Chamber urges support for passage of SB92 which would provide funding to the State’s higher education institutions for training of potential employees for not only existing employers in the State but also for those employers who have chosen to relocate to New Mexico and will be hiring employees residing in the State. Every tool the State can provide to encourage expansion or relocation of business to New Mexico is critical to the State’s economic well-being.
Administration recommendation of $500K and LFC recommendation of $500K for New Mexico MainStreet program – The Chamber supports the recommendations of the LFC and the administration for recurring funding for New Mexico MainStreet programs. In the past year in New Mexico, MainStreet programs resulted in a gain of 118 new businesses and saw a net increase of 612 new jobs. MainStreet Districts also saw 196 private sector building rehabilitations and more than $9.8 million in private reinvestment making it one of the most cost effective job creation programs in New Mexico.
Jobs Council recommendation of appropriation to $2M for The New Mexico Partnership – The New Mexico Partnership is contracted by the New Mexico Economic Development Department to be the one stop shop for locating and expanding businesses in New Mexico. The Partnership offers a coordinated approach and a formal network of economic developers to simplify the site selection process by providing information and support regarding incentives, workforce training programs, and real estate sites and buildings.
(Rep. Don Tripp and Sen. Mary Kay Papen) Jobs Council recommendation for $2.25M to fund the Economic Development Grant Act – Economic development and growth are essential to New Mexico’s future. The Chamber supports fully funding this program which was enacted last session. The purpose of the Economic Development Grant Act is to provide matching state grants to local and regional economic development agencies to expand the economic development and job-creation capacities of those agencies through employment of economic development professionals. The “economic development grant program” was created in the Economic Development Department with oversight to be provided by the Economic Development Commission and administrative assistance to be handled by the Economic Development Department. The Program will allow grants of up to fifty percent of the cost to the agencies to hire economic development professionals in order to expand economic development or job creation efforts in the local or regional areas of the state.
Administration and Jobs Council recommendation of $8M non-recurring and $2M recurring for JTIP – The Administration and Jobs Council have recommended funding of $8M non-recurring and $2M recurring for JTIP. The Economic Development Department (EDD) reports that funds for this program came dangerously close to being exhausted in the last fiscal year when the program ran out of money in February. However, due to language incorporated during the last session, the program was able to access funding prior to the start of the next fiscal year. JTIP is a critical recruiting tool in the state second only to LEDA, the state’s closing fund. It is recognized as one of the top five workforce development programs in the country. The Chamber urges the Legislature to support JTIP at the recommended level.
Minimum Wage Increase– The Chamber’s position on a state-wide minimum wage increase is that if such an increase is passed, we support ensuring that the resulting increase will not make New Mexico less competitive than surrounding states in the region and that it is written is such a way as to protect small businesses. We do oppose annual indexing increases.
Administration and Jobs Council recommendation of $2.3M – The Chamber strongly supports the Administration and Jobs Council recommendation for $2.3M for the Tourism Department. Tourism has been major factor in improving the state’s economy. From 2010 through 2014, tourism in New Mexico has significantly increased as a direct result of the actions of the Tourism Department. All domestic visitors increased by 9.7%. Accommodation sector taxable gross receipts increased 17.4%. Accommodation sector gross receipts taxes increased 20.7%. Hotel and motel lodging receipts increased 15.3%. Leisure and hospitality jobs increased 8.4%. Tourism sales in New Mexico increased 16.8%. Given the importance of the tourism industry to New Mexico’s economy we wonder why the LFC cut funding for the Tourism Department. While the falling price of oil and gas has hurt the state, the resultant lowering of gasoline prices and availability of increased disposable income has made travel and tourism an even more attractive spending option.
The Chamber has served on the following committees:
· White Rock Master Plan Committee
· Manhattan Project National Historical Park
· Historical Museum Committee
· Downtown Street Standards Committee
· County’s Charter Review Committee
· Economic Vitality Strategic Plan Committee
· Trinity Advisory Committee
The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce works as an organization to serve it’s members. We serve in a number of capacities, especially in our ability to provide visibility for your business and advocate on behalf of the business community’s interests. We also provide other resources such as:
When consumers know that a business is a member of the local chamber, they are 44% more likely to think favorably about it. Consumers who are told that a business is a chamber member are 51% more likely to be highly aware of it and 57% more think positively of its local reputation Consumers are 63% more likely to buy goods and services in the future from a company that they believe is a member of the local chamber of commerce. The study also has good news for businesses that sell to other businesses. When business decision-makers believe that a business is a chamber member, they are 37% more likely to think favorably of the business, 51% more likely to be highly aware of it, 58% more likely to think positively of its local reputation, and 59% more likely to buy goods and services from it.
Free Business Solutions Video Library
The Business Solutions Video Library is free to you as a member benefit included in your annual chamber dues. The library consists of over 400 videos about subjects including sales, human resources, marketing, finance, operations, leadership, etc. These videos are extremely useful for small businesses.