MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

Greetings Chamber Members:

The trees are just starting to bud but the town is already bustling with activity.  We believe this will be the best summer season ever for our local business.  Construction on Highway 24 continues to create hardships for businesses along the highway corridor.  It may be a more difficult to get to them right now, but we encourage you to make an extra effort to shop and eat with them.  CDOT is still saying a June completion, our fingers are crossed. One of the  benefits and a necessity in a small community is for businesses to support each other.

May 1st is the launch date for the Buena Vista Geocaching Journey.  We are so excited about this new year-round event. We are always looking for ways to promote tourism in the shoulder season and this event will do that. Participants are able to earn prizes by finding the hidden caches and purchasing food, lodging, or adventure from a participating local business.  Our prizes are unique leather items made by the Buena Vista Correctional Industries .  A big thank you to them. Check it out or better yet give it a try!

We renewed the Chambers lease on our office aka “The Church” with the Town of Buena Vista for 5 years at $20/year.  We appreciate their support.  The BV Chamber and Visitor Center does not receive any funding from the Town, County or State.  The Chamber is funded only by membership dues, events and donations.

The Chamber is continuing to upgrade our existing literature and creating new items, including a new membership benefit brochure and a beautiful new wedding brochure.  The new marketing material all has consistant branding and colorful, professional designs.  Let us know if you like them as much as we do.

Is your business or an organization you are a member of holding an event this summer?  Be sure to submit it to the Chambers online calendar of events.

The BV Chamber of Commerce has offered it’s support and assistance to the new event 14er Fest .  This shoulder season event will be held 9/29 – 10/1.  The Fest will include skills clinics, gear demos, group outings, guided excursions, live music, guest speakers, film screenings and more.

We hope you have had the chance to look at the 2017 Visitor and Relocation Guide.  The guides are distributed throughout Colorado.  We are hand delivering as many guides as possible to save on shipping cost.  If you are able to help by dropping some guides off when you are visiting or have an appointment out of town please give us a call, we would appreciate your help. Let us know if you need guides to distribute at your business.

The Chamber held a photo contest for photos for the Visitors Guide.  There were three winners this year.  The two photo winners on the cover were by Ashley Ahlene & Ryan Wiegman, the calendar spread winner photo is by Joe & Kimmie Randall of Digital Art Co. Below is their amazing calendar spread photo.

 

Reminders:

List your open positions on the Jobs page on our website.  Please submit  via the website or email job description and contact information to office@BuenaVistaColorado.org

July 4th Parade Sponsors.  The Chamber of Commerce is honored to be the organizer and host of the 4th of July parade and we do need sponsors.  Please give Kathi a call to discuss 395-6612.

We still need volunteers to occasionally check the geocache boxes.

Spread the word that we are looking for volunteers to welcome and provide information to visitors to the Visitor Center this summer. 

The Responsible Vendor Training will be held  on May 18 at 10 a.m. in the Pinon room at the community center.  Please contact Janell at 719-395-8643 or BvClerk@buenavistaco.gov for more information and to sign up.  

As always, please always feel free to contact me with any suggestions or concerns.

Best regards,

Kathi Perry

Business After Hours is Thursday May 18th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
At Gone to the Dogs, 300 E. Main Street.  $7.00 for chamber members and invited guest.
Hosted by Gone to the Dogs and Paw’s for Leo.

      

 

 

Please welcome this new member:

Cowboy’s Dash Barbecue LLC
Owner:  Kirk Saewert   719-581-2276
www.CowBoysDashBbq.com  (coming soon)

Catering and concessions for special events.  Cowboy’s Dash provides you with smoked meats, cooked authentically low and slow in our real wood-fire pit/smoker.  We offer meats, side dishes, home made BBQ sauce, sweet tea, lemonade, and more.  Over the years our love of BBQ turned into a passion for smoking the best meats and many great items to accompany them.  Our mission is to continue cooking authentic low-and-slow smoked meats as a core for creating delicious meals, and to continually exceed the customers expectations with the best BBQ they’ve ever had.”  We treat our customers like a loving family and truly enjoy the act of serving others.

THANK YOU TBK Bank  for hosting April’s Business After Hours.  We enjoyed a terrific turnout, delicious food and good conversation.

Interested in hosting Business After Hours?  There are host openings for the July and November Business After Hours.  It is held the 3rd Thursday of every month from 5pm-7pm. This is a great way to showcase your business by inviting other members & guests to learn about what you offer and take a tour of your business.

The CCVB (Chaffee County Visitor Bureau) is funded by the counties lodging tax and does a great job at promoting our county and the Chamber works with them closely  representing Buena Vista.  Kathi Perry serves on their board. They recently launched a new website.  Their facebook page is up 110% since this same time last year.  They have produced amazing videos of the area which have were viewed 478,520 times in March.  They report that the lodging tax is down some but that Salida and Buena Vista sales tax are up.

Thank you Wilderness Aware Rafting for being a sponsor of the Buena Vista Geocaching Journey.

Click here to view High Country Bank, a Chamber Cornerstone Gold Member, monthly newsletter. 

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Member Advertising Options

Our website is better than ever.  The site had an average of over 13,000 unique visits a month between Dec 2016 – Feb 2017. Online marketing opportunities are available to chamber members to increase your business exposure.   We’re offering a limited amount of ads on the website, so act quickly to secure your space.  Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to run a banner ad during a time frame not shown below.

Website Banner Ads

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Landing Page Banner

$150.00

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Ads in Chamber Email Announcements 

Your ad will be located in the right hand side bar of the weekly email blast which is sent to over 4700+ subscribers. The ad will link to your website. The cost is $100 per month and we provide at least 4 email blasts with your ad. There will be a maximum of 2 ad spaces (from different sponsors) per monthly period.

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Due the 20th of
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$100/per month

Chamber Members may submit Weekly Announcements, including business events, specials and promotions, that, upon approval, will be emailed to all subscribers by the Chamber and posted on the Weekly Announcements page. Please submit announcements by 5:00 pm on Tuesday.  Submit via the Website or email your posters and flyers (jpeg) to marketing@buenavistacolorado.org.

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