2013 was a great year for the Town of Erie.
The economy continues to recover, and a short drive shows all of the new residential construction underway. The community remains vibrant and a myriad of opportunities for recreation are available.
It was an exciting year for the Erie Chamber of Commerce as well. We had another year of successful special events anchored by the always well-received Town Fair. The Coal Miner Classic golf tournament and Miner’s Blast (formerly Harvest Fest) furthered their reputations as exciting community events to attend. We also had the opportunity to introduce two new projects. In conjunction with the Colorado Brewer’s Guild, the Chamber hosted the first annual Erie Brewfest. The event was very well attended and publicized. We look forward to continuing this event into the future. 2013 also saw the launch of the Business Watch program in Erie. It is similar to a Neighborhood Watch for the local business community. Hopefully this will lead to better awareness and relationships with other businesses in your area.
Perhaps best of all, we significantly exceeded our projected budget surplus. The Chamber has made the decision to reinvest that surplus into our infrastructure. Throughout 2014, look for enhanced technology and member benefits being rolled out as that investment occurs.
The Erie Chamber continues to thrive on the hard work and dedication of its volunteers. I know those of us that live and work in Erie are passionate about the community, and I look forward to seeing all of you at the many Chamber events throughout 2014.
Dr. Jeff Berger
President, Erie Chamber of Commerce
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In 2013, with the support of the Town of Erie, the Chamber expanded its partnership with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Private appointments are available twice a month at the Chamber Office. Their Mission: To help businesses start, grow, and prosper. The Northeast Central Colorado Small Business Development Center offers business consulting and training that maximizes the economic potential of entrepreneurs. The SBDC provides free guidance and counseling in all aspects of funding and developing small businesses. While they cannot eliminate risk, they work to minimize it by helping clients write comprehensive business plans, conduct financial forecasts, strategize marketing tactics, apply for funding, and improve operations. Contact: Jesse Esparza, SBDC Counselor at 720.837.0416.