A Message From The 2017 President of the Erie Chamber of Commerce
“Big Business” in Erie
The Erie Chamber of Commerce is big: really BIG! Ok, when compared to the 800,000
plus members of one Chamber Organization in Paris, France, our 300 members (and
Growing!) might not seem big , but we do play a BIG role in the promotion and growth
of our local business members. Since the year 1599 and the first established Chamber in
Marseille France, to the Erie Colorado Chamber in 2017, the focus has remained the same:
showcasing local businesses and providing a climate for growth. Go to any of the Chamber
sponsored events in Erie and you are going to see Big! Big Balloons, Big crowds and Big
smiles. From the Town Fair and Concerts in the Park all the way through to the Country
Christmas Parade year-end finale, there are always opportunities to view the “Big” that
Erie has to offer. A list of members and a convenient calendar of these “Big” events can
be found on the up-to-date Erie Chamber of Commerce website and mobile app: what
would those first Chamber members think of that? Technology advantages aside, they did
have something that we do too: great businesses seeking to grow and connect with their
customers. Our Network at Noon, Business After Hours and Leads Groups are additional
ways to connect and communicate business to business.
Chamber membership communicates to us that you are involved in the community and
that you care about your customers. It also speaks to the pride that you have in your
business and that your reputation is important to you. Customers are big on trust and
quality, and Chamber Membership speaks to that in a “Big” way.
Thank you for supporting the Erie Chamber of Commerce throughout the upcoming year.
Jeff Wagnaar, President, Erie Chamber of Commerce
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.