Our Story

Our Story

The Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce, established in 1976, promotes and enhances the economic vitality of the surrounding community by serving as a business advocate. We are a thriving non-profit, membership-driven organization that provides a variety of services to over 370 member organizations.

At the Chamber, we have two main goals. First, we want to help Buena Vista’s businesses succeed. Our second goal is to bring more people to this beautiful area.

 

Helping Buena Vista Businesses Succeed

Thriving Community

The local shops, restaurants and service providers know our community and all bring something unique to Buena Vista. They offer goods and services tailored to the heartbeat of our town.

And, in order for these businesses to stay alive and flourish, we work hard to support and assist them.

A Bevy of Benefits

Members profit from the many benefits offered by the Buena Vista Chamber. For instance, the Chamber offers marketing and advertising tools for businesses online, in print, and in person at our Visitor Center. Chamber members also receive social media exposure to thousands of Buena Vista Chamber followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Credibility and Recognition

Joining the Buena Vista Chamber is a way businesses gain credibility and endorsements recognized by community members and visitors. New members receive free ribbon cutting services and a Chamber Member plaque for advocacy and community recognition. Businesses also benefit from our Chamber’s networking events.

Member Benefits

  • Advertisements and weekly specials in Chamber email blasts
  • Member page on the Buena Vista Chamber and Visitor Center’s website
  • Listing in our Business Directory in our Visitor Guide and printed materials
  • Events posted to the Chamber’s online calendar
  • Marketing materials such as brochures and business cards placed in the Visitor Center
  • And more!

Welcoming Visitors to Buena Vista

Community Events

We want others to enjoy the grandiose views that we encounter every day and to experience the tightknit Buena Vista community. One way we encourage people to visit Buena Vista is through a number of Chamber events, including our Fourth of July Parade and Festival, Gold Rush Days, the ATV Historic Color Tour, Christmas Opening Festival and the April Business Expo.

Doorway to Endless Adventures

Our Visitor Center attracted an estimated 5,000 people this past year, with approximately 150 visitors per day during the summer. Located on U.S. Highway 24 South in a historic church building, the Visitor Center is complete with maps, brochures, visitor guides, event flyers, business cards, relocation information and various handouts.

Here’s a listing of the people that make the chamber great!

Our awesome volunteers, who help make the Chamber a great resource for our community:

 

  • Kay Allinger
  • Carole Barnes
  • Rita Haines
  • Susan Klinsing
  • Judy Pankow
  • Mike Perry
  • Connie Robb
  • Norma Smith

Employees

Executive Director: Kathi Perry

Marketing Specialist: Jamie Hagen

Executive Assistant: Denise Morthole

Board Members

President: Mark Waite
Vice President: Erin Godonis
Treasurer: Donna Mausbach
Secretary:  Erin Godonis
Jacob Mueller
Tom Muller
Mishea Peltier
Jerianna Pikul
Chris Quoyeser
Kathy Ridlon
Jacki Sobczak
Cindie Swisher
Dennis Walker