Mitchell Gronenthal, president of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce, spoke at the chamber's awards night banquet Friday, Jan. 18. Gronenthal reviewed a number of chamber activities which took place last year. Among 2018's most successful events was the annual Applefest celebration which featured a record number of vendors (234) and earned a rating from The Denver Post as one of the best festivals to attend in Colorado (rated number 12).
Other 2018 events included Independents Week, a July shop local event held in conjunction with the Town of Cedaredge; two outdoor concerts (101st Army Band and Symphony in the Park); and the Colorado Grand car rally which included a stop in Cedaredge.
The chamber also promoted a downtown Trick or Treat Trail which featured daylight trick or treating for kids and families and the chamber was active in the town's annual December Parade of Lights which saw record entrants and record attendance.
For 2019, Gronenthal pledged that he and the chamber board will work to strengthen traditional events and initiate new ones as suggested by chamber members. He hopes to add more new members this year and to increase shop local initiatives. The chamber also plans to provide classes and workshops for members covering such topics as the use of the internet and employee insurance.
Among new ideas for 2019 are establishing business internships through the Technical College of the Rockies and setting up an electric car charging station at a location adjacent to Pioneer Town. Gronenthal closed his remarks by asking members to help recruit other individuals and businesses to join the chamber and reminding those in attendance that the chamber is "here to work with you and for you."