MESSAGE FROM THE CHAMBER TEAM
Hello Chamber Members,
Hope you had a wonderful Halloween and were able to enjoy some events to celebrate the “spooky time.” It is hard to believe we are officially in the holiday season with Thanksgiving and the Christmas season coming up quickly. Please join us for our November Business After Hours hosted by Vulcan Glass Art Studio. Come enjoy food, libations and demonstrations by artist Barry. This BAH is open to the public so bring your friends and colleagues. Cost is $7.00 per person. Business After Hours held December 13 will be hosted by Collegiate Peaks Bank/Glacier Bank.
The Town of Buena Vista and BV Main St. is hosting Small Business Saturday on November 24th. The Chamber is assisting with marketing the event through event page blogs, and Facebook. Those offering special events or pricing are: Earthly Healings, Habitat for Humanity/Restore, the Essential Store, Serendipity Yarn & Gifts, The View Cafe & Gifts, Buena Vista Drug, Rustic Woods, Sisters Remembered, Rock Paper Scissors, The Lariat, Louie’s Ice Cream, The Village, Sundance & Friends, Rock Run Gallery, Liars’ Lodge, and Performance Slots. Time is running out to join in on Small Business Saturday so let us now asap if you wish to participate.
We are organizing the beloved Christmas Opening celebration held on Saturday, December 1st. It is a wonderful holiday tradition that invites small businesses, visitors and residents to join together to share in the holiday spirit and the true essence of community. A special thank you to Chaffee County Visitors Bureau who will be promoting Christmas Opening on the front range through social media and created our awesome Christmas Opening video. Visit https://www.buenavistacolorado.org/bv-christmas-opening/ for all of the current details!
We are officially out of stock of our 2018 Visitor & Relocation Guide! Tough it is still available by downloading FREE on our website. From May to September we went through 12,000 copies of the guide! Buena Vista has definitely been discovered and the guide has proven to be a wonderful tool to promote our area. For the 2019 Visitor & Relocation Guide we are printing 20,000 copies and adding 20 additional pages. We are selling ads now that support the printing of the guide. All Chamber Members receive a free directory listing or listings depending on your offerings in the guide, but it is the ads that really “sell your business.” If you have not already seen our ad pricing it is very reasonable compared to other marketing platforms. Please email email@example.com with any questions you may have or to learn about reserving your ad space.
Christmas Opening planning is underway! In less than 24 hours we sold out of the 6 new cards available that are created by local students for our Christmas Card Lane! We still have space left for those wanting to participate in Christmas Card Lane. The lit display really is a wonderful town tradition and brings a welcoming element to Town. Even though we have sold out of new cards, we still have options available. Contact us today to secure putting up a card you already have or to discuss a new card!
Did you know the Christmas Opening features over 20+ events in one day?!? Celebrate with us by joining in the: Chocolate Walk, Festival of Trees, Free Movie “The Star”, Chili Cook Off, Free Santa visits and photos (we are pretty sure he is “the real” Santa – see pictures below), Art at the Loft Show & Sale by Chaffee Arts, Local Craft Show at the Loft, Caroling throughout town, The Polar Plunge (the Annual Arkansas River Dip), S’mores & Hot Drinks, Lighting of the South Main St., and Community Trees, Parade of Lights and much more. If you have not already signed up for an event, festival of trees or joining in the parade of lights and want to please reach out to us or CLICK HERE.
We are also putting together our new Wedding Expo held February 23. Please let us know now if you would like to participate with a booth or offering or provide a sponsorship at this event. This event is being marketed in Rocky Mountain Bride and Wedding Sites & Services publications and websites, KOAA, and social media.
As always, we wish you all the very best! The BV Chamber & Visitor Center Team
Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center Restructures Management Team To New Paradigm Processes
We shared in a special mailing this week an detailed announcement of our restructuring process. In case you missed this announcement here is a summary. The Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center Board of Directors announce a restructuring of the organization’s management team. This reorganization is stems from the immense growth that the town of Buena Vista, county and state have experienced. We are excited to meet the new business requirements that our members and town need in the areas of communication and collaboration to create wider and wider networks and partnerships with our growing community organizations.
Next, the BV Chamber and our community owe a huge thank you to Kathi Perry, our retiring Executive Director. Kathi led the Chamber and gave her heart and soul to its development for the past 26 years.
Board members will be hosting a series of roundtables, member interviews, and town and county meetings to hear about the wants, needs and desires that each member of our great community aspire for us to offer. We will be hosting these events by the end of the year – please stay tuned for more details. If you would like to meet to discuss further please call us at 719-395-6612 or email BVchamber@gmail.com. Thank you and we look forward to working in collaboration with you.
Please join us in welcoming our new Chamber Members:
Lea F. Images
With a natural tendency to want to “play” outside, Lea Frye has spent the last four decades climbing over rocks, hiking up mountains and taking in the scenery of stunning places all over the world. Her love of nature and eye for beauty have made photography a medium to produce evocative and artistic images of the places and the animals that she loves. Not willing to settle for the canned scenery shots, or images taken in zoo’s and wildlife parks, Lea’s work starts where the road ends. She will hike miles to find the right setting, trails not required. Capturing images of wild animals in their natural setting requires an investment in spending time in the elements, which happens to be something Lea loves to do. While she takes her camera with her on many trips, the bulk of her “work” is done while exploring the mountains in her back yard, which happens to include the 14,000 foot peaks of the Sawatch range in the upper Arkansas river valley in Colorado.
Lea and her family move to the valley three years ago to start a new chapter in their lives. Thus the beginning of the next chapter in her life as a self taught photographer and sole proprietor of Lea F. Images. She specializes in landscapes and wild animals but also likes to show off some of our local ranch animals.
Chaffee County Community Foundation
The new Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF) is one of the top priority projects to emerge from the Envision Chaffee County process. The Community Foundation has a unique opportunity to build on Envision momentum. CCCF will be able to engage diverse stakeholders to develop innovative solutions to challenges common across the inter-mountain west.
What is a Community Foundation?
A community foundation is a public, nonprofit organization established to promote and facilitate philanthrophy in a specific geographic area. These tax-exempt charities are careated by and for the people in a local area. The Chaffee County Community Foundation will increase overall local philanthropy, super over 100 existing local nonprofit organizations by connecting donors to community needs, build permanent charitable funds, and continue to engage people to solve community problems.
CCCF’s big goals include:
- Making giving easy and effective for donors.
- Encouraging new donors, second-home owners, and even visitors to provide financial support for important needs and opportunities in Chaffee County.
- Helping donors learn about and then support the areas they most care about.
- Growing permanent charitable endowments that support community grants.
- Encouraging nonprofit organizations to connect and collaborate.
- Educating the community by providing seminars, workshops, one-on-one consultation, and reference materials relating to nonprofit management and operations.
- Increasing the capacity of local organizations to cost-effectively achieve their missions.
THANK YOU to September BAH host Central Colorado Regional Airport. The event also showcased a lot of the home based Chamber Member businesses. The businesses included –
Beautiful View Essential Oils Body Mechanics Central Colorado UAS Club Earthly Healings
Gig Showcase/HOA Guru Madam Pickle Mary Kay Net Zero/Dynamic Energy
Oil Powered Pair Peak Cleaners Shamrock Disposal REACH Air Medical Services
The Essential Store Timberline Creations Topogen Ute Country News
There was delicious food by Kalamatapit Catering, live piano music, drone flying and aircraft simulations. The evening was a wonderful time networking with our colleagues, friends, neighbors and community! Next month’s Business After Hours is being hosted by Vulcan Glass Art Studio. The location of BAH is at Barry’s art studio at 33109 CR 361, Buena Vista. See you all November 15th! This BAH again is opened to the public.