The stability that is a hallmark of the Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce was sustained during the chamber's annual meeting Nov. 7.
Tracy Ihnot, Nathan Sponseller, Sue Whittlesey and Bill Long were re-elected to two-year terms on the board.
On Saturday, Nov. 25, Surface Creek area businesses -- large and small, brick and mortar and home-based -- are invited to participate in National Small Business Saturday, a concerted promotion to keep holiday shoppers spending their dollars right here at home for the holiday season.
After organizing the biggest AppleFest celebration in memory, the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce is moving on to events in November and December.
Mitchell Gronenthal, chamber board vice president, provided an update at the Cedaredge Town Council meeting Oct. 19.
The Delta Area Chamber of Commerce has notified its membership of three individuals to be seated on the chamber's board of directors -- Jessica Good, 1019 Designs; Cecelia Tafoya, Delta Family Fun Park/Chili Pepper Pottery; and Bobbie Carmichael, Jerry Reiher State Farm.
Jessica Medrano recently joined the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce as an individual supporter member, and has also joined the ambassadors team, a group of chamber members whose goal is to create vibrant events and assist with business enhancement efforts.
That goal was the driving force behind Jessica's decision to join the chamber and the ambassadors team, she said.
The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce concluded its inaugural season of 1st Friday Art Walk on Sept. 1, and according to chamber president Nick Streza the series has been a success.
"We will be here next year," he said.
The energy and enthusiasm Darnell Place-Wise has brought to the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce earned praise from members of the Delta City Council last week. They were especially pleased with Deltarado Days and the decision to move most activities to Confluence Park.
In an email to its members on July 30, the Paonia Chamber of Commerce announced that effective Aug. 1 it would no longer staff a visitor center.
President Annette Pretorius wrote:
Kami Collins has been hired as the new executive director of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce. Former director Lisa Martinez resigned in mid-June and Collins began her new position July 1.
"We are excited to have Kami come on board as our executive director to work with our membership and our board," said chamber board president Nick Streza.
Nancy Hovde has stepped down as president of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce.
Elected by the board to take her place is Nick Streza.
The Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce has set out to beautify downtown and make the business sector more welcoming and inviting to travelers by launching a beautification project they hope to wrap up within the year.
The first phase is to install planter boxes at businesses in town; the board hopes to have six boxes constructed, placed and filled with flowers before Pioneer Days on June 8.
A morning and early afternoon of music, food, lots of crafts and vendors to explore, and ideal weather greeted visitors to the first of three summertime Celebrate Cedaredge street fairs on Main Street Saturday.
Local artists displayed their creative talents and their works along Main Street in Cedaredge as the second of the summer season's Art Walk events hosted by the Chamber of Commerce took place on Friday, June 2.
Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce directors, members and guests gathered at the Stolte Shed on March 31 to celebrate a 2016 of successful events, community involvement, local business support, and to focus on moving forward into 2017.
The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce is working on a monthly promotion to encourage folks to find out what Cedaredge merchants have to offer. The First Friday Art Walk is a self-guided art walk hosted by businesses along Main Street and other venues throughout town.
When the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce put out a call for nominees for volunteer, nonprofit and business of the year, it could not have anticipated the number of individuals and organizations chamber and community members found worthy of recognition. In myriad ways, the nominees enhance the quality of life in Delta -- serving youth, the homeless and the infirm; providing goods and services with a smile and hometown connection; and fueling the economic engine that supports community services and amenities.
"The role of Delta County Libraries' foundation is to provide a safety net for our library district, especially in tough financial times," says Lea Hart, district director of Delta County Libraries, while addressing a group of 50 women at the Feb. 1 Delta Area Chamber of Commerce Women in Business event. Delta Library was the host organization for the monthly event and it was ideal timing, given the month-long fundraiser for the foundation that had just kicked off that morning.
This year's Ice Fishing Contest hosted by the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce brought a record 74 entrants to the wintry expanse of a frozen Island Lake on Grand Mesa last Saturday.
In the adult category the winners as provided courtesy of the chamber were:
The old, the new and the outstanding was celebrated in Crawford last weekend during the annual Old Timers, Newcomers event. The oldest old-timer, the newest newcomer and the volunteer, business and nonprofit of the year were recognized and celebrated during the potluck meal and community gathering, put on by the Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce.
An international solar energy company, a regional newspaper with more than 30,000 subscribers and two companies operating under a synergistic business model were among those honored at the annual meeting of the Paonia Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 25.
The Delta Area Chamber of Commerce's annual member banquet will be held Friday, Feb. 17, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Come learn a bit about the "Magic of the Chamber" and celebrate the Business of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.
Directors of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce held their first board meeting of the year on Jan. 3.
Newly elected to serve on the board were Nancy Snowdon, psychologist, to serve a one-year term;
The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce has announced winners of its Christmas lighting contest and the winning entries in the Parade of Lights.
The Parade of Lights winners are:
Darnell Place Wise, executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, provided a list of winners for the drawings conducted during Small Business Saturday. Chelsie Dunlap was the winner of a wine basket donated by Jesse and Cheryle Messenger of All Windows and Doors.
During its annual meeting on Nov. 9, the Hotchkiss Area Chamber of Commerce honored the organizers of a successful first-year community event, a new non-profit that rallied the North Fork community to build a permanent home for a local family, and a local business for its continuing service and support for the community and its youth.
The Delta Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce a "Kickoff to Christmas" community event this year, in conjunction with Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. The Parade of Lights will be moved up to that weekend.
"In years past, we have done the Christmas parade on the first Friday of December, which has left us competing with Montrose and Grand Junction parades," said executive director Darnell Place-Wise.
Following an absence of too many years from the Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce roster of regular activities, the monthly Business After Hours has been revived.
The networking events will be held on the first Thursday of each month when a sponsoring local business is willing to serve as host at its location, chamber officials say.
The board of directors of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce has voiced opposition for Amendment 69. The chamber believes Amendment 69 is a costly, untested and risky government-run health care plan that would double the size of state government.
Darnell Place-Wise, interim executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, has been officially named to the position.
Chamber board president Heather Redden said the position was advertised and two interviews were conducted prior to the permanent selection of Place-Wise.
The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting, a luncheon held at RJ's Steakhouse on Aug. 17, attracted 34 members for a social occasion and networking session.
Welcoming remarks were given by chamber vice-president Phyllis Hoffman of Western Slope Long Term Care Solutions.
Officials with the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce, friends and local businesses have welcomed new members to the chamber in ribbon-cutting held in the past week.
Chamber members and other Main Street business owners attended a cutting for Annie's Pizza, 280 Main Street.
Kayla Brown has volunteered to be the first ambassador for the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce. The new 2016 ambassador guidelines include visiting businesses to find out what the chamber can do to help, helping organize and participating in new business ribbon cuttings, and helping arrange Chamber After Hours events.
Lisa Martinez is the new office staff/director for the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce. Her first day on the job was Monday, April 25.
Upcoming promotional events were on the agenda for the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors at its April 6 monthly meeting.
Included in the discussion was an after-Memorial Day date for the community street fair, Celebrate Cedaredge, and a presentation on a possible stop in town by the Colorado Grand auto tour.
Food, music and awards highlighted the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet March 12 at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. The occasion was also an opportunity for new relationships to be formed, and for old acquaintanceships to be renewed.
Earlier this month representatives of the Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce gathered for a ribbon cutting to welcome its newest member, Rudy's Pizzeria.
Rudy Lang and Jane Vandervelde have worked for nearly three years to create great a pizzerian and solid business in Cedaredge.
Food, music, awards and networking are on tap for the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet. The event will be held Saturday, March 12, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.
The Delta Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual banquet Saturday, March 12, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. In addition to dinner and business meeting, awards will be presented to Business of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.
The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to an event-filled year of community activities and chamber fundraisers.
At its first meeting of 2016, the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce board welcomed four new directors, selected officers for the year and worked on a schedule of events into the spring.
Following AppleFest last fall, the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed two new staff assistants who will be managing the business office daily, Monday through Friday.
Holly Piatek is clear about the focus of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce as the new year approaches with a new executive director at the helm.
"I'm here to build business," she said. "What's going to help grow our community and bring our economy back?"
According to staff at the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce, four new directors have been appointed to the chamber's board of directors.
They were named at a special meeting of the board held on Tuesday morning, Dec. 8.
The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce has six people seeking four open positions on its board of directors.
At the December meeting held last week, the candidates introduced themselves to the sitting board members and to members in attendance.
Holly Piatek has been named the executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce. She replaces outgoing director Leslie Workman, who accepted a new job at Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Three of the people largely involved with staging the Chamber of Commerce's biggest and perhaps most successful AppleFest ever have left the organization, raising issues for the organization to deal with.
President Lesley Lewis resigned on Oct. 14, less than two weeks following AppleFest, the biggest event of the year for the chamber.
The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up quickly for what it plans will be the best Surface Creek Valley business holiday season ever, and new year.
Following the largest AppleFest to date, acting chairman of the chamber Bill Miller says he intends to keep the momentum rapidly moving in a most exciting, positive and fun-filled direction.
It was fitting that the Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce held its Nov. 11 annual meeting at Memorial Hall. The nonprofit was named the chamber's Nonprofit of the Year.
After just a year on the job, Leslie Workman, executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, is moving on. She has accepted a position with Delta County Memorial Hospital, as materials manager in the purchasing department, where she'll be putting her financial/inventory experience to work.
With the completion of the truck route, the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed the unique opportunity to close down a portion of Main Street for special events such as parades and street fairs. The intent -- to draw area residents downtown to enjoy music, food and vendors, and to see what Main Street merchants had to offer.
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