Hello Chamber Members,

February has brought lots of new programs, events and projects to fruition. 

Outlined below are this month’s highlights.    

2019 Visitor & Relocation Guide –  The new Guide is available on our website and downloadable FREE click here to view.  We also sent this Guide link and feature out on our Facebook page, local area Facebook pages and in our Weekly announcements distributed to over 5,000 subscribers.  The Guide is printed and on its way here this week. The 25,000 copies printed will be distributed in all of our states Welcome Centers, Visitor Centers & Chamber of Commerce’s.  Plus, businesses in Chaffee and Lake counties, as well as, in our Welcome Center.  We will be delivering the Guide locally next week.  

The Wedding Expo – The Wedding Expo was held February 23rd – for a first year event it was successful – even though the weather outside was frightful.  We had 25 brides pre-sign up and about 40 walk-ins.  We will be sending out next week a special Wedding Expo feature blast showcasing our 22 exhibitors and featuring their products and services.  This will go out to all of our subscribers plus those who attended the Expo. A special thank you to the Surf Hotel who shared their Ivy Ballroom for this new annual event. Thank you also to Chaffee County Visitors Bureau for their marketing support.  

March Business After Hours – will be held Thursday, March 21st at High Country Bank in BV. The annual Business After Hours is a favorite and will be catered by Simple Eatery.  Held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm for Chamber Members and invited guest. Contact us if you would like to be invited at 719.395.6612. 

Ride the Rockies Planning Meetings – Our Events Specialist, Carole Vowell, has been heading up a series of planning meetings for Ride the Rockies.  She is working with non-profits on support programs for the event and grant opportunities.  She is also working with all of the local restaurants in Town proper to coordinate meals and services for RTR.  Please see the Weekly Announcements for meeting dates and times.  We still need about 100 volunteers to help showcase our amazing Town to the riders and their family’s staying with us on June 10 and 11, 2019.  If you would like more information or would like to volunteer please email Carole at or call 719.395.6612.  

Seven Peaks Festival – Live Nation has announced the Seven Peaks Festival line-up click here.  They are also graciously offering a local Chaffee County discount pass purchase on their General Admission pass.  Be sure to get yours:
When: Mon, March 11 – 10am-11:59pm MT
Go to and use password “CHAFFEE
Residents of Chaffee County can receive a special offer on 3-day GA passes like last year and save!

Buena Vista Chamber Team – Just when you think you have it figured out . . . something happens to change the plan.  We have a new Welcome Center Specialist!  Landon James joined the Chamber Team in early February.  Landon is a writer, musician as well as a young and vibrant individual that is excited to roll out the Welcome Center remodel, expand our product assortment, and welcome one an all.  He is actively seeking volunteers to assist with the operation of the Welcome Center.  If you have an interest or want to learn more about the opportunities available please send Landon an email at or call 719.395.6612. We wish April Kali, our past Welcome Center Specialist the best of success in her new position at High Country Bank.  

As always, we wish you all the very best! The BV Chamber & Visitor Center Team:
Jon Cobb, Membership Specialist –
Jamie Billesbach, Marketing Specialist –
Carole Vowel, Events Specialist – 
Landon James, Welcome Center Specialist – 

Please join us in welcoming our new Chamber Members:
KHEN Radio
Tenderfoot Transmitting, Inc., operating as KHEN Community Radio, provides education, cultural enrichment, and entertainment for Salida and Chaffee County through the medium of a low-power 100-watt radio station. Their Mission at KHEN Community Radio is to BUILD COMMUNITY through programming, education and outreach!

Business Connection-Fairplay
Phone:  719.836.1919
OFFICE SERVICES: Printing, large format. Scanning, faxing, laminating, shipping, FedEx and UPS. Design, secretarial.  They have been a full-service Business Center for over 10 years. They welcome special orders. They are dedicated in supporting local businesses in Park and Chaffee Counties through our 285 Mountain Guide and South Park Construction Guide.

Buena Vista Riverside Lodge (formally Liars’ Lodge)
Phone:  719.530.1108
The lodge sits right on the banks of the Arkansas River with over one-third mile of virtually exclusive river frontage, and features gorgeous views of the surrounding Collegiate Peaks. Their modern log lodge is built on 23 pinion-covered acres. You’re less than a mile from town, but you’ll think you’re miles from nowhere. They are located just a mile from Buena Vista, home of the new Brown’s Canyon National Monument along one of Colorado’s Scenic Byways, Collegiate Peaks Byway.

THANK YOU to February Business After Hours hosts KW Construction and Restoration and WatershedThere was delicious food provided by EDDYLINE Restaurant. The evening was a wonderful time networking with our colleagues, friends, neighbors and community! 

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