Hello Chamber Members,

Your new Chamber team and Board of Directors have been hard at work coordinating our first Town/Chamber joint venture event – with Buena Vista as the Host Town for Ride the Rockies on June 10th and 11th.

On Feb. 4th we held a “Brews & Brainstorming” session – it was the first of its type and we hope there will be more to come as we plan other Town events such as 4th of July and Gold Rush Days. It was a great session with over 50 participants. To learn about the intent and the scope of this meeting click here. Please note: it is not too late to hear your “Brainstorming” ideas on or before Feb 15. Please email Carole Vowell our Events Specialist by clicking here.

Next, please join us for Ride the Rockies work session meetings all held at the Buena Vista Community Center from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Meeting dates are: February 19, March 5 and March 19. We welcome local businesses on West, East, and South Main Streets and the Highway corridor. We are also encouraging non-profits and anyone wishing to volunteer to attend these meetings. These bi-monthly meetings are being held to plan and implement the Ride the Rockies Host Town event. We very much need town-wide support to ensure that as many local businesses as possible have increased income. Along with showcasing just how amazing our Town is to RTR riders so that they come back! We are not talking about the simple support of the Chamber or the Town we are talking about supporting our community and cultivating increased sales for one and all. Please join us for the above planning meetings.

Watershed and KW Construction & Restoration are jointly hosting our February 21 Business After Hours. It is one not to be missed as EDDYLINE Restaurant is catering it! Mark your calendars and join us the 21st from 5:00pm to 7:00pm – $7.00 at door.

Our first annual Wedding Expo is February 23rd from 11am to 4:00pm held at the Surf’s Hotel Ivy Ballroom featuring event vendors and services. Please come to the FREE event. OPEN to those planning any event this year – it is a great venue to meet and learn about all that Buena Vista has to offer. Thank you to our sponsors Chaffee County Visitors Bureau and The Surf Hotel.

Chaffee County Economic Development Corp, Watershed, Salida and Buena Vista Chambers, TBK Bank and Chaffee Colorado are offering a series of business training opportunities. Sign up now:

Feb 20 – March 13: Business Plan in a Month 9am to 12 pm in Buena vista & Salida. Are you launching or running a new business in Chaffee county? Join us for a 4-part weekly workshop to complete a basic business plan. Space is limited. Thanks to our community sponsors, we are able to offer a Business Plan in a Month workshop for just $100. This is a $600 value. Learn more and register at

April 14 – 15: 2019 UAS Roundup at Mount Princeton Hot Springs. Explore and understand the capabilities of emerging unmanned aircraft systems and technology. Contact

April 18: “Influencing & Making Things Happen” Join Jamie Sabbach on a brief journey as we discuss what it takes to gain more influence, lead change and make things happen. For more info visit

April 26 – 27: Entrepreneurial Bootcamp Start Up to Scale Up. For more information visit

Lastly the 2019 Visitor & Relocation Guide will be available downloadable FREE online this month. We will send you links in a special mailing!  Whew 2019 is off to a busier than ever start. Please join us for all of the great business opportunities listed above!

As always, we wish you all the very best! The BV Chamber & Visitor Center Team

Please join us in welcoming our new Chamber Members:

DEERHAMMER Distilling Company
At Deerhammer, their distilling is steeped in whiskey tradition, but their methods are infused with curiosity and creativity. From their cornerstone single malt to new 4-grain bourbon and limited run single barrel spirits, they are redefining the flavor—and future—of independent American whiskey.  Deerhammer is, first and foremost, a small independent business. High in the Colorado mountains, the distillery is inspired by the bootstrap ambition of the settlers who first settled the west and the passion for exploration that defines Buena Vista’s history.

As a grain to glass distillery, Deerhammer is focused on process. From recipe formulation to mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation, they have experimented with every step in the process to better understand the effects of subtle choices on our final product. The result is a unique whiskey steeped in history, yet brewed with a pioneering perspective. Visit DEERHAMMER anytime for free distillery tours. Learn about the art, science and innovative approach that makes Deerhammer so different.  

Digital Art CO
Phone: 719.271.7355
Owners Joe & Kimmie Randall, since meeting in 2001, realized they had a shared passion of loving everything about the outdoors. Flash forward to the present: after years of constant work, they chose to embrace landscape photography to create a new spark and exuberance to their lives.
Photography has taken them to on so many great adventures. Joe & Kimmie have found their love of photography comes from the desire to capture the beautiful moments that they experience in the great outdoors. They hope to share the magnificence and wonder of the great state of Colorado and wish to share the tranquility and peace they have experienced with you.
All images by Digital Art CO are available for purchase from Fine Art Prints, Metal and Canvas to rights to a photo. Their works are showcased throughout the Buena Vista 2019 Visitor & Relocation Guide. Please visit their website and Facebook pages to see other stunning adventures.

The Lariat
Phone: 719-395-9494
Offering great eats, libations and mountain made music. The Lariat forges local partnerships seeking fresh, organic and sustainable seasonable ingredients where available. Chef Rick and his crew, offer visitors and residents a changing menu featuring the best in comfort food at an affordable price. They offer an amazing venue for outstanding live music often nightly.

Legacy Bank
Phone: 719-395-5873
Legacy Bank is in the wealth business, finding ways to constantly improve their client’s financial position and enhance ones lifestyle. They work to empower their customers with the tools necessary to help them save smartly, invest wisely, and establish credit that works for them.

Their fast-growing, privately-held community bank stays focused on operational excellence. They have skyrocketing client satisfaction because they hold themselves personally accountable for their customers experience with our banking personnel. Colorado-based and rooted in family history, Legacy Bank’s high standard of business practices spans over 11 decades and 3 generations.

Summit Automotive
Phone: 719-966-5444
“Where Mountains of old school knowledge & values produce modern day professional Peak auto service.” Located on 12800 Cty. Rd. 314 in Buena Vista. Offering Trusted 40 Years’ Experience, Foreign & Domestic Auto, Van, Truck, Service & Repair , Licensed and Insured, Diagnostics, Tune-Ups, Brakes, Steering & Suspension, Complete Inspection w/ Oil Changes, Carburetor Rebuilds, RVs, Power Window Repair, Transmission Service & Flushing and Fuel Injection Service.

Tyler Scherffius – DCI-Mountain Insurance
Phone: 719-395-9349 ext 3 Text: 719-960-4948
Tyler Scherffius is a leading expert in today’s world of business and personal insurance. Tyler focuses on each client’s individual needs, and tailor’s protection packages to meet those needs. Tyler now has over 13 years’ experience working as an independent Buena Vista Colorado Insurance Agent and Broker. He believes that building strong partnerships has been the key to success.
Tyler’s areas of specialization include general liability insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, property insurance, both commercial and personal automobile insurance, transportation insurance, as well as home and life products. Tyler lives with his family in beautiful Buena Vista, Colorado, and works with clients nationwide to protect their interests and promote their future success. E-mail:

Yara Innovations
Phone: 719.221.3692
Creating connections with your customers through vision, design and education. Yara Innovations through thoughtful use of innovative marketing and branding strategies will facilitate your skills to create and develop a thriving business. We can help you genuinely reflect and communicate your personal brand message. Offering Graphic Design, Brand Development, Training and Special Event services.

THANK YOU to January Business After Hours host Premier Home Health & HospiceLawanna Best and her team offered an amazing spread of specialty foods which packed the house.  What a wonderful evening with friends and colleagues.  

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