2019 Letter from the President
The Unique Role of the Erie Chamber of Commerce
A recent discussion that I was a part of centered around characteristics of the Erie Chamber and our unique role within the town of Erie. How we compared to other local and regional chambers revealed that we were similar but unique. All chambers work hard at supporting their local businesses and providing opportunities for them to interact with each other. We all want to see businesses thrive within the economic goals and requirements of local government but vary in the level of involvement and advocacy.
What really stood out in the discussion was that at the Erie Chamber, we excel at connecting commerce and community. The value of chamber membership and involvement creates unique opportunities for your business to be visible within the community. Local and surrounding businesses enjoy Erie Chamber of Commerce membership benefits, which range from search engine optimization bumps through our Erie Chamber directory, to improved personal and business connections afforded at our many events and service opportunities. Our list of commerce-to-commerce offerings include weekly leads groups, monthly Business After Hours and Network at Noon gatherings, in addition to other unique promotional and support services.
Within the realm of “commerce and community,” our ongoing event schedule is robust with the Town Faire and Balloon Festival, annual Erie Brewfest and the ever-popular Concert in the Park series, Miner’s Blast and Country Christmas & Parade of Lights. These events not only provide opportunities to sponsor and showcase your business, they also provide an opportunity for you to volunteer within the community.
On behalf of the current Erie Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and our dedicated Ambassadors and volunteers, I want to thank our current dedicated members and invite future members to join us as we grow. We want to demonstrate and improve on our strengths, and we want to connect your business to our community.
Erie Chamber of Commerce President
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 four times per 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.