January brought a flurry of activity to the chambers team.  Planning  the many 2017 chamber sponsored events began in earnest.  We are always looking for ways to improve these events so that they better support the desires and needs of our members. 

The Buena Vista Business Expo will be April 1st.  This year we are expanding the event to include classes and seminars.  If you have an area of expertise and are interested in sharing that in a class-like setting at the Expo please give us a call, we’d love to discuss that with you.

The Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce has organized and been in charge of the 4th of July parade for many years.  This iconic small town America parade is beloved in our community and brings many visitors to the area.  We would like to expand the 4th of July celebration to bring more traffic to local businesses.  We approached the Town for help on this and a community meeting for business input were setup for Feb. 2nd.  We will keep you updated.

The Chamber is excited to announce the 2017 Buena Vista Geocache Journey will kick off on May 1st with a special prize segment running from May 1st to Nov 1st.   Our Geocache Journey showcases engaging geocaches designed to introduce participants to the Buena Vista area.  We have contracted with, a leader in Geotours to maximize visitors to the area for the tour.  More information on this coming soon………….

The Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce works to advance the business and civic interests of our community. There are several smaller business organizations which have recently been formed in Buena Vista.  While each may have a unique focus we have found that the general overall aim of all of them is to promote business in our community. The chamber attends many of these meetings to both glean knowledge from them and to assist, provide support, and to represent the interest of our members. The Chamber is the one device that brings together the business and professional interests of the community, permitting them to accomplish collectively what none of them could do individually.

Please welcome these NEW MEMBERS:

Be N Shape Yoga and Personal Training
Julie Wilson

Julie has been fitness professional for over 6 years and loves to help others with their health and fitness goals. Through Be N Shape, she offers customized workouts based on your individual needs from the comfort of your home.

Julie, her husband and two dogs recently moved to BV from Summit County and needless to say they are very happy with their decision! Julie has loved living in Colorado for the past 10 years as St. Louis wasn’t cutting it for her active and healthy lifestyle. Her job as a Personal Trainer and yoga instruction couldn’t be a better fit for her. Helping others lose weight, have more energy, and become stronger are just a few of the results clients will get after working with her. She has worked with all levels and abilities and many older adults in their upper 80’s. Please look at her website at for more info. Mention you saw this to receive half off your first trial.

KODI Rafting
Dave and Amy McGrath
15620 Bear Trail, Buena Vista, CO 81211

The McGrath family is excited to return to Colorado to pursue a dream of spending their lives on the river and living in the mountains with their family. They have been rafting together since 2002 when Dave began his career as a raft guide on the Arkansas River. The duo spent several years living and working in the area after graduation from Kansas State University. After starting a family in 2009 they set out on a new adventure and relocated to their home state of Kansas to reconnect with their roots. Together they share a passion for the river and are honored to pass the KODI legacy on to their daughter Danni, and son Thomas, who are enrolled at Avery Parsons and Busy Bees. Dave and Amy McGrath commented, “Thank you everyone for the warm welcome and smooth transition into the community. We are looking forward to being your friend and neighbor!” 
Proudly serving the Arkansas River Valley since 1986. KODI Rafting has something for everyone; whether you are looking for a scenic family float or a wild whitewater rafting challenge, we offer over 30 raft trips on six Colorado rivers. Adventure offering include full or half day whitewater rafting, overnight rafting, zipline tours and paddleboard rentals with 5 convenient locations in Buena Vista, Breckenridge, Frisco, Idaho Springs and Kremmling, Colorado. Groups are our specialty!

Luminous Ceremonies
Heather Barron

Wedding Officiant – Weddings, Elopements, Renewal of Vows and more
Just as your love is like no other, you can have a wedding ceremony that is completely unique to you as a couple. You deserve a wedding officiant who captures the heart of your love story, and who will make your time at your wedding altar everything that you’ve dreamed of. Whether you envision your ceremony in a chapel, meadow, aspen grove, majestic lodge, luxurious resort, at the edge of a lake, on the banks of a river, in a private home or garden, or by the sea – I love a good adventure and would be honored to meet you at your dream wedding location!

Heather has spent the last 13 years of her life committed to love – learning about it, being molded and shaped and healed by it, sharing it with others, and basking in its glow. “Luminous Ceremonies” was born out of a desire to bring more joy and goodness into the world through creating ceremonies that radiate the light of love. Heather is honored to work with couples and families to create their ideal ceremony for all occasions.

Mountain River Credit Union
28350 County Road 317, #10

Originally opened in 1960 as St. Joseph’s Credit Union, Mountain River Credit Union has expanded its’ field of membership and can now provide financial services to all residents of Chaffee County, Lake County, Alamosa County and Western Freemont County. We opened our Buena Vista branch in March of 2016. Credit Unions serve the community by providing members with checking and savings accounts, IRA’s, car loans and residential mortgages. Because they are non-profit organizations, they keep fees and costs to a minimum, and generally offer competitive rates on their savings accounts.

School of Nin
Joe Lobeck
10165 W Cheyenne Circle, Salida, CO 81201

Joe Lobeck is a martial artist, acrobat, circus performer and personal trainer who has been featured on the popular TV series “American Ninja Warrior.” He travels around the world to inspire health through various methods of physical development. His business – “School of Nin,” tailored primarily for youth, provides high quality classes drawing upon martial arts and parkour to inspire fitness, discipline and FUN.

The School of Nin began when Joe was awarded a micro grant in December of 2015 through Salida’s monthly ‘Salida Soup’ program. He kick started a martial arts program with the grant money in Salida that has since been growing in popularity.

The ultimate purpose behind the School of Nin is to help the youth of Chaffee County grow into mature, intelligent and strong individuals through the various programs offered. To host, create, and guide an atmosphere of focused training that promotes an inspiring, healthy and long- lasting lifestyle. All the while augmenting progression through the spectrums of martial arts, parkour, climbing, gymnastics, fitness, and meditation.

Slug & Chug, LLC
Tonya & John Wyles

Start your day the Slug & Chug way! We offer delicious, wholesome, locally sourced foods from our mobile food truck. Great coffee, burritos, Panini sandwiches, and more. We support small business; woman and veteran owned.

Tonya and John Wyles moved to Buena Vista in the summer of 2016. After retiring from the Army, it was always a dream to live in the mountains with our children, so last summer we made the move! We are the owner/operators of Slug & Chug, LLC; a mobile food truck that will be opening in BV on Memorial Day weekend. Customers will be able to grab a breakfast burrito and coffee in the morning, and grilled Panini sandwiches and quesadillas at lunch. We are also available for events. We are a fun and unique way to provide a delicious alternative to traditional catering for your guest no matter what the occasion. We can provide our services to all types of events, parties, reunions, and anything else where you may need delicious food provided. Our calendar fills up fast in the summer, so contact us soon to get on our schedule!

Souled Out T-Shirts, UC
Gene and Amber McManamay
111 Mill St., Buena Vista, CO 81211

Souled Out T-Shirts is a screen printing and embroidery business. We primarily provide wholesale custom printed garments to retail businesses, camps, rafting companies and events.

Souled Out T-Shirts began in 2000 with a small manual press in a single car garage. We now have a fully automated shop capable of producing 600 shirts per hour. In addition to owners, Gene and Amber McManamay, we now have 3 heads of commercial embroidery machines. Our goal is to provide high quality printing and embroidery service with local service. We strive to use our businesses to bless the community whenever possible. Nearly all of our customers are located in the Arkansas River Valley and we are proud to provide a much needed service to our local community.

St. Vincent General Hospital
Karen Onderdonk
Outreach and Development

Nestled at 10,152 feet of elevation in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, St. Vincent General Hospital is known as the highest hospital in North America’s highest city of Leadville, Colorado. St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville is managed by Centura Health, the region’s leading health network. This relationship better equips St. Vincent General Hospital District (SVGHD) and our patients and providers to navigate changes in health care, and continue to respond to the needs of the community. St. Vincent is a critical access hospital that provides 24/7 emergency medicine, ambulance, primary care, specialty clinics, physical therapy, radiology and laboratory. In 2017 St. Vincent Hospital will begin construction on a new hospital building. The new hospital is scheduled to be completed in 2018. Founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1879 to care for a growing population of miners, St. Vincent provides medical service to Lake County residents and visitors.

Teardrop Inn
Grace Brock
400 W. Main, Buena Vista, CO 81211

Experience a slice of rustic Colorado history when you stay at this alluring 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom Buena Vista vacation rental house! With ample space to sleep 8 guests, fantastic accommodations and a peaceful mountain setting, your memorable retreat to the Arkansas Valley starts here! Whole house rental available in off season, individual rooms available in the summer.

About Grace, the owner:  Originally from Philadelphia, I fell in love with BV in the 80’s while flying our hot air balloons over the Arkansas Valley.  I have a degree in vocal performance and have spent many years teaching voice, piano and ASL.  Most recently, I worked as the Chapel Music Director at Regis University.  I’ve worked as a certified sign language interpreter for 20+ years and have been involved with the Deaf community most of my life as both my parents are deaf.

I now enjoy a totally different lifestyle living here in BV and caring for my parents in Denver.  After purchasing The Teardrop House (Main & San Juan) I use every opportunity to get out and enjoy this beautiful paradise I now call home.  Drop by and say hi whenever you see me digging in the dirt around the house.

TOMI’s Salon
Tomi Shake Vidakovich
331 E. Main St., Buena Vista, CO 81211

Tomi’s Salon has been opened for 12 years and offers hair cutting along with coloring and perms, up-dos, weddings & proms, and barber service. The stylists at Tomi’s are passionate about creating beautiful styles and color and take pride in seeing every client leave happy.

Tomi Shake Vidakovich is a graduate of Buena Vista High School. Her family has a long history in the Buena Vista area. She and her husband Coby have two beautiful daughters.

Uncle Doug’s Lock & Key
Doug Dreier

Serving the Buena Vista area, Uncle Doug’s Lock and Key provides quality locksmith service. Business and Residential lock work, mobile service, home and business lock-outs, vehicle lock-outs. They are a local, bonded business. Doug purchased Ed’s Lock & Key 6 years ago and has continued to provide this valuable service to the community.

Action Lock Service
Tammy and Mikayla Kavanagh

My name is Tammy Kavanagh, my dad Doug Drier bought Ed’s Lock Shop the winter of 2010. My dad and I learned the business together. We named our business “Uncle Doug’s Lock Shop”.

When my daughter Mikayla graduated from High School she didn’t know what was next for her, so together we decided to buy another lock shop. We purchased Action Lock Service from Verl Curtis. Together my daughter Mikayla and I are enjoying establishing relationships with our clients and learning more every day.

Action Lock Service provides services in Chaffee County and the surrounding areas. We re-key homes and businesses, repair and replace locks and make most any key. Be sure to let us know how we can help.

Quincy’s Steak and Spirits hosted the January Business After Hours.  As always, there was a terrific turnout to enjoy the delicious spread of food they provided.  In addition Quincy’s generously donated all the alcohol and  bar service for this BAH.  A big thank you to Quincy’s.

Interested in hosting Business After Hours?  There are host openings for the July, Sept, & Nov 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 you business.


The Chamber offers many benefits to our members including a free business listing on our website.  Please check your listing and make sure all the information is up to date And you can add a logo to make your listing pop.  Submit changes via the Website or give us a call 719-395-6612.

Your Chamber Member Benefits Include:

  • Liquor Permits, utilize the Chambers permit and assistance for your event
  • Use of the Chamber’s Bulk Mail Permit
  • Chamber tent rental
  • Free use of the Chamber conference and meeting area
  • Ticket hub for your Special Events at the Chamber office AND on the Chamber’s website via e-commerce
  • Post your events on the Chamber website Calendar of Events
  • Procuring insurance
  • Reduced flight for life insurance through REACH Eagle Med for you, your employees and their families

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

Buena Vista received extensive exposure during the successful Facebook marketing Coop with the Colorado Tourism Office.

New Advertising Options

Our website is better than ever, and averages over 11,000 visits a month between May and August. We now offer online marketing options 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

Webpage Ads
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3 Months, Jan-Mar

3 Months, Apr-Jun

3 Months, July-Sept

3 Months, Oct-Dec

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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.

Once a month 4700+ Subscribers JPG
135 px (w) x 205 px (h)

Due the 20th of
the month before you’re featured

$100/per month


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