Hello Chamber Members,

Whew what a busy season we have all been experiencing!  We have heard from many of you that all sorts of sales records have been obtained this summer.  Gold Rush Days and Seven Peaks Festival details are below.  BV is the place to BE! 

A quick overview of upcoming events are:
Business After Hours Sept. 20th hosted by The Surf Hotel.  
OHV Color Tour September 18th-22nd. 
2019 Town & County Map ad deadline October 5. 
2019 Visitor & Relocation Guide ad deadline October 31.
Christmas Opening is on December 1st and the 
The Wedding Expo is on Feb. 23, 2019.  See full details below in chronological order.  

For us at the chamber Gold Rush Days was our most successful event yet.  A special thanks to all of our sponsors for this event and our volunteers. The winners of the Duck Race were Tricia Neesen with duck #75 won first place $500.00 and Lynn Selsing with duck #133 was the last duck in and won $250.00. All of the scheduled events went over well with no issues. We are continuing to evolve each year to incorporate more of our Town’s history and celebrate our prospector heritage.  Special thank you to Jim Vowell with Fairway Independent Mortgage who wrote and produced the new show called  “A cowboy and a minor.”  It was even recorded, ask Jim for you own personal viewing!  Plus . . . Buena Vista Heritage Museum offered great new events and outdid themselves with the variety of the Historical Reenactments that they offered.  PLEASE reach out to us with any comments or suggestions about the event since we are already signing up vendors for the 39th year of Gold Rush Days.

At Seven Peaks Music Festival we were granted a free booth to welcome and explain all the great things to do and see here in BV.  We shared a space with the Chaffee County Visitor’s Bureau and East Main Street. Together we all promoted our wonderful town and the Arkansas Valley.  At the Chamber & Visitor Center booth we promoted our 2018 Visitor & Relocation Guide by offering it free in hand and through a brochure with a QR code for downloading it.  The two-sided BV Town and Chaffee County map was very popular.  Finally, we showcased links to buy products we sell online, sold ATV raffle tickets, and answered loads of questions. Staff were at the booth all three days from lunchtime into the evening.  We are always promoting you our Chamber Members and our amazing town!

Please join us for our September Business After Hours hosted by The Surf Hotel on September 20th, from 5pm to 8pmMeet the Surf Hotel team, take a tour, enjoy delicious food and libations. BAH is for Chamber members and invited guests. Cost is $10 and will include one free drink. 

The OHV Color Tour will be here before you know it. For the first time since its creation we are actually going to reach our 200 participant max. We are excited to be working with the National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, High Rocky Riders, and all of our sponsors to bring this special event. This event is brought to you by Liars’ Lodge with sponsors: Arrowhead Water, Best Western Vista Inn, Biggies, Buffy’s Flowers & Gifts, BV Jeeps Mountain Adventure Rentals, Community Banks of Colorado. Elkhorn Pizzeria, Fairway Independent Mortgage, High Country Bank, High Rocky Riders, Loves Travel Shop, Napa Auto Parts, Rally Liquor, Rustic Woods, Simple Eatery, TBK Bank, and Timberline Motor Sports.  Besides putting together the OHV Color Tour, Liars’ Lodge and owner Michael Sorrells have put together a raffle to WIN a Texron Off Road VLX-700 ATV.  Raffle tickets are $10.00 each.  The winning raffle ticket will be drawn on Sept. 22 at 5:30pm at the the VFW on CR 314.  Raffle Tickets are available at the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center.  This event helps to showcase to people from all over the country our amazing Fall season and our 80% public lands that we adore. In addition, Saturday, September 22nd we feature a poker run for participants to explore our town and go into our Chamber Members’ stores. If you would like to participate in the poker run please contact us.

We are selling ads for the 2019 Town & County map and 2019 Visitor & Relocation Guide.  Both will be out in January 2019.  If you buy ads in both you get a 15% discount on your guide ad.  We sent out a special mailing on this opportunity.  Please email with any questions you may have or to reserve your ad space.   

We are creating the website pages and coordinating advertising with OutThere Colorado and KOAA for this years Christmas Opening held on December 1.  If you would like to be part of the Chocolate Walk, parade, showcase an event or do a special feature on this day or the weekend, or be a sponsor please let us know.  Over the next several weeks we will be reaching out to you as well. 

We are also putting together the venues, tours and sponsorships for our new Wedding Expo held February 23.  Please let us know now if you would like to participate or offer a sponsorship at this event.

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


Please join us in welcoming our new Chamber member:

Casey Martin of Balcomb & Green, P.C.
Phone: 719-395-9280

Balcomb & Green is a law firm headquartered in Glenwood Springs with offices in Aspen, Basalt, Buena Vista and Lamar. Their attorney’s represent clients throughout the state of Colorado and beyond. For over sixty years they have been providing practical advice and solutions to secure their client’s legal needs and are one of the most prominent law firms in Western Colorado. They are a full service law firm and the Buena Vista office focuses on real estate, water law, business and estate planning matters.

Casey Martin staffs the firm’s Arkansas River Valley practice. He primarily focuses on real estate, general business, and estate planning matters. As a former bell captain and housekeeping manager at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Casey also has a special interest in the hospitality and resort industry. He counsels breweries, distilleries, restaurants and franchisees as they navigate the complex issues specific to their businesses. Casey has significant experience representing established businesses in merger and acquisition transactions, and counseling entrepreneurs as they set out to make their dreams a reality. Since finishing grad school Casey and his wife have been trying to find a way to get back to Colorado. They are excited to raise their three boys here and be productive members of this beautiful community.

THANK YOU to August BAH host Buena Vista Public Library.  There was delicious food catered by Kalamatapit Catering and it was a wonderful time networking with our colleagues, friends, neighbors and community! The BV Public Library hosts a wide variety of programs for the local community on a regular basis, often weekly. Programs are available for Kids, teens and adults click here for more information. Next month’s Business After Hours is being hosted by the Surf Hotel at their location. Look forward to seeing everyone September 20th!

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