Greetings Chamber Members and Chamber Fans,
November is here!  The holiday season is right around the corner.  Many of our chamber members are participating in Small Business Saturday on November 30th, so please keep them in mind while shopping for holiday gifts.  We have done our Member Spotlights on many of the businesses so you can check out the businesses on our website before going out after Thanksgiving.  Mark your calendars for Christmas Opening 2019 on December 7th.  Take a moment to watch our video newsletter to learn more about the opening and other chamber events.

Take it away Melissa…

October’s Business After Hours

A huge thank you to Central Colorado Regional Airport- Buena Vista for hosting the October Business After Hours and to Jeffrey Lacerte for being our guest bartender. Also, thank you to Sorelle Delicatessen for providing the delicious food. If you are interested in being a guest bartender for Business After Hours, please click here to email Jon Cobb your Membership/Sales Coordinator or call 719-395-6612.

Next month’s Business After Hours will be held at the Surf Hotel, November 21st from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  $10 CASH at the door.

As always, we wish you all the very best!

The Buena Vista Welcome Center & Chamber Team:

Melissa Traynham, Jon Cobb, and Lyndsay Bertram


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Central Colorado Regional Airport Business After Hours Video

Christmas Opening 2019

As the snow starts falling and the temperatures drop, it can only mean one thing, the Annual Christmas Opening is just around the corner. Below are some great ways that you or your business can get involved. If you are interested participating in one or all of them, RSVP to the email provided by Friday, November 8th.  

*Do you have your own holiday event that you would like to add to the schedule? If so, please let us know by Friday, November 8th. Email and include:

  • The name of the event
  • Date/time
  • Location
  • Brief description
  • A photo, if available


Saturday, December 7 – Sunday, December 8 during regular business hours

No cost (except providing chocolate treats at your business)


Last year we had over 200 participants enjoy the Chocolate Walk and hope for even more this year. 

  • The Chocolate Walk is open to the community members to give them an opportunity to visit different businesses around town, while entering to win prizes.
  • Each business that participates will provide some type of chocolate treat (feel free to get creative) to anyone who comes to your store with a playing card.
  • The business will stamp, check or initial their business slot on the participant playing card. 
  • Participants are asked to visit a certain number of businesses overall and at least one business per area of town.
  • Playing cards can be purchased at the Community Center on Saturday, December 7th and can be stamped until close of business on Sunday, December 8th.
  • As a business, this is a great opportunity to offer additional promotions onsite for participants. 


Saturday, December 7  9a – 4p at the Ivy Ballroom at The Surf Hotel

$95 per booth (limited spots available)- Anyone is welcome to host a booth


The Holiday Craft Fair is a fun environment to showcase your local work or trade.

  • This is open to any vendor who has products to sell for holiday shoppers.
  • Price includes 6′ table and linens.

We look forward to seeing all of you back and some of you for the first time at this special annual event!


Saturday, December 7  5p – 6p

No Cost- Everyone is welcome to participate

RSVP to   

The Parade of Lights is a Christmas Opening tradition that culminates with our Tree Lighting Ceremony.

  • Businesses, non-profits, churches, neighborhoods and schools are all encouraged to participate.
  • Enter your floats, bikes or illuminated idea into the parade to showcase your group.
  • The Parade of Lights will start on South Main Street and continue to Optimist Park (Splash Park).
  • It will end with the community tree lighting by Santa.
  • Because we are combining this with the Equine Parade, your horses are welcome to enter the Parade of Lights.

The Member Spotlight Enhanced benefit started October 1st focusing on retail businesses.  Below are the Member Spotlight videos from October.  We wanted to find out what sets the businesses apart from others in their market and have been pleased with the results.  Please take a moment and to catch-up on the spotlights before you start making your Christmas Lists.  

Each quarter, the Member Spotlight will focus on various business sectors and weekly spotlighting individual businesses in that sector. 

The Spotlight Schedule is: October thru December 2019Retail Businesses; January thru March 2020Service Industry Businesses; April thru June 2020- Outdoor Businesses; July thru September 2020- Homebased and Non-profit Businesses.  

You must fill out your member survey if you want to be spotlighted. If you are a Chamber Member and have not filled out your survey, please contact Lyndsay to get a link.  We want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to participate in this program.

Member Hub
We have made it even easier for you to submit Events or Weekly announcements on our successful website!  Now, all you have to do is go to, click on Menu and then click on Member Hub.  You can submit directory changes, post job announcements, and submit local events and weekly announcements all on one page!  Make sure you take advantage of this FREE Membership Benefit.

Please join us in welcoming our new Chamber Members:
Empower Yoga 

301 E. Main Street, Suite 235, Buena Vista


Empower Yoga is all about inspiring everyone to discover their own personal greatness through power yoga flows, community connection and shredding past barriers of doubt. We invite you to experience what a little heat and humidity and a lot of sweat can do for your life on or off the mat.  We offer a variety of power classes for all levels including empower beats, power basics, sports conditioning and more.

Buena Vista Dance Studio 
111 Mill Street, Buena Vista

Buena Vista Dance Studio opened in April 2019 as a sister branch to Salida Dance Studio which opened in 2012.  Owners Jamie Keating and Jodee Kane provide amazing space in the center of Buena Vista for students of all ages and abilities to study ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern and dance fitness classes including; Zumba Gold and Barre classes.  The studio is committed to continuing dance education, for students and teachers through guest workshops, outside experiences and performances.




Valley-Wide Health Systems 
707 US Hwy 24 North, Buena Vista

At Valley-Wide Health Systems, we are dedicated to providing patients of all ages with quality, comprehensive primary and preventive health Care including medical, dental and behavioral health.  That means we offer a full range of health care for all ages including diagnosing and treating illness, routine check-ups, vaccinations, screening test and behavioral health consultations to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.  We are a patient centered medical home and accept most private insurances, Medicaid, Medicare and Colorado Indigent Care Program and Colorado Child Health Plan Plus.  We also offer a sliding fee discount program for anyone who does not have insurance, we encourage individuals and families to come see us regularly for preventive health care visits.  Behavioral health providers are co-located in our clinic to help provide seamless, integrated primary health care. Valley-Wide Health Systems is excited to be part of the Chaffee County Community.




Bullfrog Pest Management, LLC 
719-733-FROG (3764)
26483 Bassam Drive, Buena Vista

Bulldog Pest Management is new to the Arkansas Valley, but that doesn’t mean we’re new to pest problems. Kevin has 20 years of experience with nearly everything imaginable.  No job is too big or small.  We serve a wide area of the Arkansas Valley, Cotopaxi, Howard, Coaldale, Salida, Fairplay, Buena Vista, Leadville, Trout Creek, Lake George, Breckenridge, Frisco Copper and more.  Our home base is Buena Vista. Call us today. 719-733-FROG (3764) Let the pest problem be our problem.

You are invited to join us at these upcoming ribbon cuttings:
Buena Vista Dance Studio 

November 4, 2019 at 3:15pm.  111 Mill Ave, Buena Vista

Ark-Valley Humane Society 


November 13, 2019 at 1:00pm
701 Gregg Drive, Buena Vista

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