Q: How long has the Idaho Springs Chamber of Commerce been around?
A: As early as the 1940s there was a Junior Chamber of Commerce in Idaho Springs. Its members built the first visitor center and were responsible for organizing the festivities when the Steve Canyon Statue was delivered and dedicated in the 50s.
Q: Yes, but that was a long time ago. How long has today’s Chamber been around?
A: The Chamber of Commerce was organized in 1979 but, unfortunately, lost its momentum and was dissolved in 2005. A number of other organizations tried to fill the Chamber’s role; the Greater Idaho Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Idaho Springs Olde Towne Association both tried but neither were successful over the long term. The current Chamber was re-established in 2010 and has been growing ever since. As you can see, Idaho Springs businesses have recognized the value of a Chamber of Commerce in one form or another for over 70 years!
Q: What is the Chamber’s mission?
A: The Idaho Springs Chamber of Commerce promotes strong, ethical, cooperative business and professional relationships by nurturing and supporting community business in order to encourage a healthy economy for the Idaho Springs community.
Q: What does the Chamber do?
A: The Chamber
• Responds to phone and email inquiries, mailing out information packets as appropriate.
• Holds ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new businesses.
• Provides referrals and business information to new business owners.
• Participates with other organizations in promoting Idaho Springs through a variety of media sources.
• Maintains a continually updated web site with links to numerous related sites.
• Issues a monthly e-newsletter to all members.
• Serves as a source of information to, and a collective voice for, businesses in Idaho Springs regarding governmental and other matters of interest to the business community.
• Works in cooperation with the city government and other local organizations to increase the income potential for all local businesses.
• Sponsors Market Days every summer.
• Organizes and sponsors Dynamite Days each fall.
• Organizes mixers featuring a local business, giving members a chance to relax, socialize and network with other members after hours.
• Alternates monthly mixers with monthly informational forums covering topics relevant to the business community.
Q: But what does the Chamber do for me, a business owner?
A: As a Chamber member, you will have a sense of community, of being part of the greater local picture. You will be kept informed of news that affects you and of opportunities you might not otherwise hear about. Your business will be featured on the Chamber’s web site. You will have a voice; not only within the Chamber but also as part of the business community. Together we can have a greater impact on decisions that affect us all.
Chamber membership also increases your revenue potential. A study by The Shapiro Group showed that when consumers know that a business is a member of their local Chamber they are 49% more likely to think favorably of the business and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.
Q: OK, you’ve convinced me. How do I join?
A. Easy. Just click on the JOIN NOW button at the top of this web page. You can mail a check or pay by credit card online. It’s just a click away.