MESSAGE FROM THE CHAMBER TEAM
Greetings Chamber Members,
We would like to thank you for your support for our closing June 2018/2019 fiscal year.  Without you, the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce and the Welcome Center would not exist. Noted below are the projects underway here at the Welcome Center & Chamber.  

Membership: In preparation for our new fiscal year (July 2019 to June 2020) and our sure to be busy summer season we have made many upgrades to our Welcome Center, Website and Chamber systems.  We welcome a chance to talk with you personally if you have questions on your membership or suggestions on how we can further improve.  Please click here to email Jon Cobb your Membership/Sales Coordinator or call 719-395-6612. For details of your member benefits please click here.  Again, Thank you for your membership.  

Annual Dues
– This week Jon Cobb is sending out annual membership invoices and now is a great time to bundle your membership with sponsorships; for events – 4th of July, Art in the Park, Gold Rush Days, OHV Color Tour, and Christmas Opening events, and ads in the 2020 Visitors Guide. Again, please give Jon a call or email him membership@buenavistacolorado.org if you have any questions. 

Join us for Business After Hours
Sponsored & held at Riverside Lodge (formerly Liars’ Lodge). Join us June 20 from 5 to 7 pm and celebrate the summer season on the Arkansas River with friends & colleagues! Welcome the new innkeepers and see this amazing facility.  For Chamber members and invited guests. If you have someone you wish to invite, just give us a call so we can add them to the list. BAH is $7.00 at the door.

Marketing: 2019 Map is here!  The map is an amazing tool for visitors & locals, with an updated Chaffee County map on one side and our BV Town map on the other side.  The map also has informative panels about our world-famous Arkansas River, National Monument & 80% Public Lands; Community Spirits, Music, Art & Events (shown at right), our two Hot Springs and Winter Adventures. 

2019 Guide – The Guides have been delivered to all of our State’s Welcome Centers, statewide Chambers of Commerces and Chaffee County businesses.  If you have not gotten your Guides, please stop in to the Chamber and pick up a free box.  Again, it is a great tool for visitors & locals and packed full of things to do, see and explore in our amazing valley. 

Website & Social Media – Thanks to the outstanding work by The Lively Merchant, Chamber members & developers of our website, we have reached a Million-Page Views, and we estimate we will have 75,000 page views each month for June, July and August on our website.  If you not taken advantage of your membership benefits for the opportunity to submit Events or Weekly announcements on our successful website, please do so in your summer planning and promotions.  Just use these easy forms and you will be promoted:
Submit YOUR OWN Eventhttps://www.buenavistacolorado.org/submit-event/
Submit YOUR OWN Weekly Announcementhttps://www.buenavistacolorado.org/weekly-anouncements/ scroll down past the red bar for the form.  Upload your message and photo and this announcement becomes a searchable mini-blog with a link that can be easily shared on our Facebook page or yours, or this link can be used for email blasts to your customers. 
Please check your membership website page listing – and let us know if you need an update or would like to add photos for your listing.  You can email changes to membership@buenavistacolorado.org

Welcome Center: 
Remodel & Rebranding
of the Welcome Center & Chamber of Commerce – We hope you will have a chance to come and see the changes at your home town Welcome Center & Chamber.  While there are still plans for a full-scale remodel this fall with new fixtures and messaging, short-term we have made many improvements.

New exterior signage – with our specialized script logo, Welcome Center prominently displayed and Chamber of Commerce to alert visitors to come into the Buena Vista Welcome Center & Chamber. New interior – informative murals and repurposed displays to present all that Buena Vista has to offer in a professional and updated way.  If you have brochures or business cards that you would like us to share, please drop them (limit one box due to storage challenges). Product line – A new Buena Vista Town logo and Chamber logo product line of vests, waffle knit fleece pullovers, t-shirts and hats created by Souled Out T-shirts.  Souled Out also has offered a special Chamber membership discount of 25% off embroidery or silk screening on your own order.      

Events:
Ride the Rockies: Carole Vowell, our Events Coordinator, has been steadily working on the Ride the Rockies event, which is being hosted by our Town on June 10 and 11. She still is looking for volunteers. Please click here to sign up or email Carole at 719.395.6612 Events@BuenaVistaColorado.org.

4th of July Celebration: This July 4th is packed full of fun things to do and we need your participation. New this year we will have the Buena Vista Circus performing at Art in the Park at noon, and then an afternoon of live music. We will also be featuring a beer garden and are welcoming food vendors to participate with their own booth. If you are interested in having a booth this year at Art in the Park click here!
If you would like to hold your own event on the 4th of July, let us know we will add you to all marketing and advertising materials and publicize your business or non-profit via our social media venues. We also need 15 volunteers for the 4th to help with all of the events – it is a service opportunity and way to meet your Town’s community members.  Contact Events@buenavistacolorado.org
We NEED YOU – to sign up for the parade (free at this link) https://www.buenavistacolorado.org/product/4th-of-july-parade-registration/. If you would like to sponsor any of the 4th of July events, please let us know.

Gold Rush Days – We already have almost 100 exhibitors signed up.  If you would like to have a Gold Rush Days booth, please sign up soon. And the Chamber needs about 15 to 30 volunteers for the two days. Let Carole know if you have an interest in this community service opportunity. 

Training Events
– This fall we will be offering three business training classes with Gray Suit Retail.  Classes will be on website sales and Amazon, Google Search Engines and Social Media.  Please save the dates: SEPTEMBER 18TH – from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, OCTOBER 16TH – from 8:30am to 11:00am and NOVEMBER 20TH – from 8:30am to 11:00am.  Classes will be held at the BV Community Center. 

Cottonwood Pass
Cottonwood Pass OPEN on the CHAFFEE COUNTY Side! Thank you to our Chaffee County Commissioner Keith Baker for this update: As of June 3, 2019, the gate at Denny Creek is open and Cottonwood Pass Road is open to the top! The Gunnison side will remain closed until August 22nd. Great job to our Chaffee County Road and Bridge crews! Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

If you ever have questions, concerns, ideas or would like to brainstorm on how the Chamber can help you, please contact Jon Cobb at 719.395.6612 or membership@BuenavistaColorado.org. We hope to see you at Business After Hours on June 20th or hear from you soon.

As always, we wish you all the very best! The Buena Vista Welcome Center & Chamber Team:
Jon Cobb, Membership & Sales Coordinator – membership@BuenaVistaColorado.org,
Carole Vowel, Events Coordinator – events@BuenaVistaColorado.org,
Landon James, Welcome Center Coordinator – welcome@BuenaVistaColorado.org
Jamie Billesbach, Marketing Specialist – marketing@BuenaVistacolorado.org

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Antero Llamas, LLC

Phone: 719-207-1511
Website: www.anterollamas.com
About: Antero Llamas LLC provides pack llamas and gear for rent. We are your trusted source for self-guided llama treks in central Colorado, USA. Llamas are gentle, intelligent animals whose sure-footedness and strength make your outdoor adventure easier and more enjoyable. They are quiet and low-maintenance, making llamas ideal trail animals.
Many of our customers are introduced to packing with llamas for the first time in our 2-3 hour Llama Packing 101 workshop. We can provide training both at the farm or before a trip, and several times a season we provide weekend training trip workshops. Seasoned trekkers return to us year after year for the reliable, professional experience they have come to expect from Antero Llamas. Contact us today to reserve llamas for your next expedition. tom@anterollamas.com
Buena Vista Circus
Phone: 970-409-8008
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BVCircus/
About: Since 2007, Salida Circus Outreach Foundation has offered circus training for personal development to youth and adults in Chaffee County and beyond. BV Circus is an outreach program of the Salida Circus Foundation. Founded in 2007, Salida Circus is a unique blend of physical activity, artistic expression, and fun. Salida Circus programs teach children and teens to cooperate in teams, collaborate in non-violent ways, and learn new skills in a non-competitive, nurturing and inclusive environment. Salida and Buena Vista Circus is supported by The Colorado Health Foundation, Sheila Fortune Foundation, Monarch Community Outreach, Operation Round Up and Arts in Society. To contact Buena Vista Circus, email buenavistacircus.director@gmail.com
Mahnke Auto Body
Phone: 719-424-6091
Website: www.mahnkeautobody.com
About: Mahnke Auto Body provides OEM certified collision repair for Jeep, Ram, Ford, Fiat, Dodge, Hyundai, Honda, Infiniti and Nissan. Mahnke is also Ford Aluminum certified and has all the necessary specialized equipment, tools and training for safe and proper repairs. Mahnke offers a limited life-time warranty on work provided for as long as you own the vehicle. Located in Salida at 716 Park Ave. Estimates are free. The online estimate tool to send in pictures of the damage at www.mahnkeautobody.com.
Keith’s Cookin LLC
Phone: 505-427-0814
About: Keith Barbeau, CEC, CHA is the Sole proprietor of Keith’s Cookin. He is a Home Based business with 40+ years of Hotel and Restaurant Management/Catering, Event Planning, Hospitality and Restaurant Consulting. Send Keith an email at keithscookin@gmail.com for your catering, event planning or consultant needs.

THANK YOU to The Loft Orpheum Theater for hosting May’s Business After Hours. AND thank you to all of the non-profits who showcased their projects and work in this mini Expo. Thank you to the participating non-profits: Achieve (Little Engine Eatery project), Ark Valley Helping Hands, Blue Sky, Buena Vista Circus, Buena Vista Welcome Center & Chamber of Commerce, Buena Vista Optimist Club, BV Hope, Chaffee Arts, Chaffee Habitat for Humanity, Chaffee Housing Trust, Chaffee County Community Foundation, Chaffee Green (GARNA), The Chaffee Shuttle, Chaffee County Women Who CareCurtis Legacy Foundation, Elevate Her, Olam/Creekside Gathering Place, Quiet Coalition and 51:10 Youth Ranch. We will be doing a special Weekly Announcements featuring each of these non-profits to our community.

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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.  CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT!

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