MESSAGE FROM THE CHAMBER TEAM
Hello Chamber Members,
April at the Welcome Center & Chamber has been vigorous preparing for our summer season! Please help us highlight your business by reading the information below:
Welcome Center:
We are preparing our Welcome Center for the summer season and want to make sure your business/organization is represented front and center! In order to this, we need to hear from you ASAP! If you would like to display pamphlets for your business/organization in our Welcome Center this summer please let us know by emailing welcome@buenavistacolorado.org. Deadline to respond is May 20. If you have dimensions/measurements for your pamphlet, please include those in your response. At this time, we can only accept 1 BOX AT A TIME due to limited space. We are here to represent YOU, but we need to hear from YOU and receive your collateral so we can knock it out of the park together.
Next, at the Welcome Center we are gearing up for a fantastic summer launch! Landon James our Welcome Center Coordinator is recruiting volunteers and planning training meetings for volunteers to get everyone ready for the summer. We have spruced up the Welcome Center by refinishing floors and rearranging displays. We have delayed the full remodel until next fall to obtain some additional grant funding to assist in the purchase of new displays, fixtures and desks.
Membership:
The Buena Vista Chamber of the Commerce is more exciting than ever with new member benefits recently added like Peace of Mind Medical Care and save 25% on Bulk orders from Souled Out T-shirts.
Please help us promote your business on the www.BuenaVistaColorado.org website with over 450,000 visitors annually. Post your own Weekly announcements (which are searchable via Google and also featured on our Facebook page). To submit your weekly announcement, go to this link https://www.buenavistacolorado.org/weekly-anouncements/ (scroll down for form below red bar). To submit your own Event go to this link https://www.buenavistacolorado.org/submit-event/.
Next, we are accepting Sponsorship’s for our 4th of July Celebration (new this year we will be offering music and a beer garden at McPhelemy Park for the 4th) and Gold Rush Days. If you would like to schedule an appointment or have questions about the sponsorship opportunities please email Jon Cobb our Membership & Sales Coordinator at membership@buenavistacolorado.org
Business After Hours is on May 16 it is hosted and held at The Loft Orpheum Theater 413 E Main St, Buena Vista. It is also a non-profit EXPO with 14 signed up non-profits showcasing their projects and work. If you a non-profit who has not signed up yet it is not too late just give Jon a call or email. BAH is for Chamber members and is $7.00 at the door. As always if you have questions about member benefits please email Jon or call him at 719.395.6612.
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 has many opportunities for joint business ventures, and non-profit grants and fundraising. She is also diligently looking for volunteers. Please call or email Carole at 719.395.6612 Events@BuenaVistaColorado.org for questions.
4th of July Celebration: This July 4th is packed full of fun things to do and we need you to participate in any way you wish. New this year we will have the Buena Vista Circus performing at Art in the Park at 1:00pm 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. 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 contact Jon Cobb at Membership@buenavistacolorado.com
Marketing:
Venture 101 Workshop: Jamie Billesbach, Marketing Specialist attended the Venture 101 work session designed to CONNECT INVESTORS AND ENTREPRENEURS WITH RESOURCES. This event was sponsored by the Chaffee County Economic Development. This session included a detailed presentation on the available capital tools from grants to loans to venture and everything in between! If you missed this event it is not too late to learn more about capital resources from the presenters with Greater Colorado Venture Fund www.GreaterColorado.VC. They are a venture capital fund investing in early stage startups headquartered across the state of Colorado, outside of the Front Range. They work to inspire innovation in places formerly overlooked by venture funds. To email them for more information go to https://www.greatercolorado.vc/contact
Pikes Peak Wonders: In 2018, the Colorado Tourism Office retained the services of Destination
Think! https://destinationthink.com to re-imagine the state’s regional borders, names and brands. As you may have heard, Chaffee County is now part of the Pikes Peak Wonders region here is a link to learn more https://www.colorado.com/region/pikes-peak-wonders. The Chaffee County Visitors Bureau sponsored the Chamber to attend a work session that was facilitated by Destination Think!, in which marketing representations from Chaffee, Freemont, Custer, Teller, El Paso and Pueblo counties explored how we can all use the new branding, both individually and collectively and collaborate on joint grant opportunities. The Colorado Tourism Office has generously underwritten this project for two test areas our Pikes Peak Wonders and the Great West Regions. This is an amazing offer from the CTO and one that Chaffee County Visitors Bureau and the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce will leverage for the benefit of our destinations and region. The first joint session was a very inspiring with many actionable ideas that Jamie will report as they unfold.

We have the printed 2019 Visitor & Relocation Guides available at the Welcome Center & Chamber if you need copies for your location please stop in and pick up or email marketing@buenavistacolorado.org. You can also download your own copy of the Guide via this link http://www.pageturnpro.com/BV-Welcome-Center/89067-2019-Buena-Vista-Guide/flex.html#page/1 Please share this link with your customers and team it has a wealth of information inside.

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 May 16th or hear from you soon.

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

Please join us in welcoming our new Chamber Members:
BV ebike rentals
Phone: 719.398.4554
Website: www.bvebikerentals.com
About: ELECTRIC BIKES – Twice the Fun, and Half the Effort! The perfect way to see the beautiful town of Buena Vista for out of town guests, and locals too! Door to door delivery, Largest rental fleet of e-bikes in Buena Vista, Half day, full day and multi-day options, Personalized group tours by request – great for wedding activities – call or email us to arrange, Book online 24/7 https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/buenavistaebikerentals/items/?full-items=yes

Great Western Homes
Phone: 719.539.5313
Website: www.greatwesternhomesinc.com 
About: Your Dream Home Can Come to Life With Us! If you’re serious about building a new home using state of the art modular technology then we can help!! Great Western Homes is located in beautiful Poncha Springs Colorado, just west of Poncha Lumber. We specialize in building your dreams, helping you create not just a house, but a home. In the picture below the top of the home was built as a Cape Cod with an upper floor and the bottom was built as a ranch single level put over a basement. Let us show you how easy it is to build and customize your dream home or cabin! office@greatwesternhomesinc.com

Mountain Orchid Cabins
Phone: 719.395.8325
Website: http://coloradocabinrentals4u.com/connies-mountain-orchid-cabin-rental.html
About: Our historical log cabin built in 1878 has a kitchen, bedroom, BBQ grill, wood stove & plenty of privacy. Relax in your private bathhouse from May through September in a claw-foot bath tub! Your wood stove has firewood provided and excluding fire-bans, you can roast marshmallows over your private campfire depending on fire restrictions. The “Mountain Orchid” has outstanding scenery and tall trees that give it that quiet secluded feel. Wright’s Lake is a short walk away and is stocked with rainbow trout for your fishing leisure and appetite! The Colorado/Continental Divide Trailhead is nearby for amazing wildlife viewing. Rest your weary body from a day of hiking at the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort 2 miles away.

Prospectors Gold Toffee
Phone: 772.341.5752
Website: https://www.buenavistacolorado.org/directory/prospectors-gold-toffee/
About: Delicious home-made toffee. Call today to place your order!

Station Café 24
Phone: 719.395.6494
Website: www.station24cafe.com (coming soon)
About: The area’s newest grab-and-go coffee shop is now serving delicious coffee and espresso, fresh pastries and bagels, simple sandwiches and our popular breakfast burritos. Coming soon…we will be offering local Craft Beer and California Wine. So grab and go today, at Station 24 Café, in Johnson Village!

Sundance and Friends
Phone: 719.966.5361
Website: www.sundanceandfriends.com
About: Founded in 2011, Sundance & Friends is a family owned and operated business. An evolution of shopping, born from a passion for providing our customers an exceptional shopping experience. Friendly service, unique & super high quality, handmade products and our breathtaking location tucked away in our little gem of a mountain town of Buena Vista, we hope you will agree that Sundance & Friends is indeed a unique shopping experience.

We offer customers a great selection of our own hand-made Sheepskin & Leather items that we have been making in Guffey, Colorado since 1971, as well as the work of over 40 amazing artists comprised of many local artists and craftsmen friends from throughout Colorado and around the country. We are passionate about offering our customers unique, high quality, hand-made products. Thank you for supporting local, family-owned businesses and the artists and craftsmen that we are proud to call our friends!

THANK YOU to April Business After Hours hosts Fairway Independent Mortgage and First Colorado Land Office. Jim Vowell and David and Sharon Trenkle had an amazing spread of appetizers and their venue offered a lot of space to meet and greet. The evening was a wonderful time networking with our colleagues, friends, neighbors and community!  

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