Champion A Strong Local Economy
The Greeley Chamber of Commerce adopts a number of strategies designed to help local businesses succeed. We support our local “brick and mortar” businesses through promotional and educational services to our investors, and support to educational institutions which create a skilled and trained workforce. You’ll find more information about each of the listed programs by scrolling down the page.
Be a Local Champion – Put your money where you live
Community Council on Education
Let’s Put Greeley on the Map
Seminars and Classes
Deals & Discounts
Be a Local Champion – Put Your Money Where You Live
When citizens do business with local merchants and services, something magical happens. Purchases and payments become jobs. They transform into additional expenditures within the community. If sales or use tax is a part of the transaction, street repairs happen. Firefighters remain on duty. Parks are maintained for all to enjoy. The Greeley Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with The Tribune and FMS Bank, promotes doing business with locals and their businesses. Through print and digital advertising, the message gets shared many times over, and the multiplier effect of a dollar spent locally becomes apparent.
Ads are currently running in the Greeley Tribune and its website, featuring local Chamber investors. Take a look at current ads here.
Community Council on Education
The Community Council on Education develops strategies to help increase academic achievement and strengthen community relationships with Greeley-Evans School District 6. Through engagement with internal and external audiences in the community, its goals are to encourage citizens to take ownership in solutions to improve district performance, improve perceptions, and address misconceptions of the school district. You can read the School District’s Report to the Community by clicking on this image to the left.
Each spring, the Council partners with The Success Foundation Serving Greeley-Evans Schools in celebrating excellence within our K-12 schools.
Core Council Aspirations
Aspiration 1 (Early Childhood Education): Every child will have access to quality early childhood education that ensures kindergarten readiness and nurtures physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. Parents shall receive support and training to enhance their skills so they can be their child’s best first teacher.
Aspiration 2 (K-12): Every child shall receive a high-quality education with high expectations of success in academics, civic responsibility, occupational opportunity and personal growth. We will focus on multiple opportunities for success that are realistic, recognized and accountable. With the support of the community, parents shall have sufficient resources to support their children throughout the schooling process.
Aspiration 3 (K-12): Every child should be encouraged to understand the need for post-secondary education and should graduate fully prepared for post-secondary education that supports our community’s economic diversification and long-term viability.
Aspiration 4 (post-secondary): Every child and adult should have affordable options to obtain a quality post-secondary education in accordance with lifelong learning goals, whether technical training, a 2-year degree, a baccalaureate, masters or doctorate.
Aspiration 5 (Business): The community will support a broad and diverse range of academic choices and appropriate, ongoing intervention that will allow every child to prepare for 21st century workforce demands. The business community will support strategies, programs and innovations to achieve high academic success at all levels.
Community Council on Education Members
Janet Alcorn, Tointon Institute for Educational Change
Steve Baker, Sears Real Estate
Elizabeth Barber, Greeley Dream Team
Mike Bond, Guaranty Bank
Sandy Bright, ABC Child Development Centers
Scott Bright, ABC Child Development Centers
Bonnie Dean, Bonnie Dean Associates
Patty Gates, FMS Bank
John Haefeli, Greeley Evans School District 6 Board of Education
Julie Hill, The Success Foundation Serving Greeley Evans School
Steve LaForest, Chair, FirstCal Mortgage
Shannon Lyons, Judge, 19th Judicial District
Sarah MacQuiddy, Greeley Chamber of Commerce
Melissa McDonald, State Farm Insurance Agent
Ethan Miles, Sheep Draw Veterinary Hospital
Karen Morgan, Morgan Consulting Group
Rand E. Morgan, Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County
Tom Norton, Mayor of Greeley
Roy Otto, Greeley City Manager
Dawn Paepke, Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Deirdre Pilch, Greeley Evans School District 6 Superintendent
Dr. Julia Richard, Greeley Evans School District 6 Board of Education
Elena Rosenfeld, High Plains Library District
Jeannine Truswell, United Way of Weld County
Susan Walker, Walker Educational Consulting/ACE
Scott Warner, Connecting Point
Randy Watkins, Anton, Collins, Mitchell, LLP
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can be involved.
Check our Chamber calendar for scheduled seminars.
The Greeley Chamber offers regularly scheduled workshops and seminars for the business community on topics pertinent to today’s business environment. Popular topics include marketing-related sessions and business operations. The Chamber often partners with the Small Business Development Center to create these programs, usually offered over the lunch hour at no charge.
Upcoming Brown Bag Seminars
Let’s Put Greeley on the Map
We’re partnering with Google to help put every business in Greeley on the map—including yours.
Businesses that have complete business information online are
twice as likely to be considered reputable by consumers. When people can find info about local dentists, dry cleaners, and your business, our community becomes even stronger.
Getting all of your business info online is free and easy — just visit www.gybo.com to learn how.
We want our investor organizations to thrive within our community. In order to do so, they may need access to information and assistance from a broad array of community resources. The Chamber can act as a liaison to find answers to questions or guide to appropriate organizations.
Energy Proud is a grassroots group of diverse community members from Weld County who support local energy development that is safe, affordable, reliable, and clean. The purpose of Energy Proud allows for increased communication from all energy producers, information sharing, and community activism. Energy Proud joins hand-in-hand with community members, businesses, and all industries who understand that Weld County is the epicenter for a new generation of energy development as well as the abundant benefits it brings the local community and the State of Colorado.
Created by a group of Weld County community, business, and civic leaders, Energy Proud understands the importance of a local, safe, and affordable energy diverse community. The Council hosts regular informational events on topics of interest including environmental concerns, economic impacts, government regulations, and education.
To get involved in Energy Proud, or for more information, contact Sarah MacQuiddy, President, Greeley Chamber of Commerce.
Energy Proud supports energy education and understanding the importance of local, safe, affordable, and clean energy development in Weld County and to our state.
- Affordable energy is important to maintaining and supporting our way of life, from garden hoses to computers, from utensils to sneakers, car seats to golf balls.
- Colorado enjoys abundant natural resources. A comprehensive, consistent approach to energy development and regulation will help to protect our environment balanced with future energy needs.
- Colorado is the nation’s leader in the most robust, comprehensive regulations governing all energy development.
- Oppose patchwork or unnecessary regulations that create economic impediments to energy independence.
- Energy development has far reaching economic benefits.
- Energy development has enriched Weld County, helping Weld County to be one of the only counties to be debt free. With $9.5 billion in assessed value, Weld County ranks one in the state in total value, while only being the 9th largest in population.
- For every 1,000 drops of water used in Colorado, only one drop is used for energy development.
The mission of the Ag Committee is to promote agriculture and agri-business for compatible relationships with businesses and residents of the Greeley area. It focuses on building community understanding of the value of agriculture to the economy. Particular areas of interest for the committee include water, immigration and education. The committee meets monthly to receive presentations from ag-related industry professionals and to plan its symposia and tour.
Two symposia are scheduled to bring news and issues facing the agriculture industry to the community. These feature panel discussions from the perspectives of individuals and companies in the industry.
You can access video from our three of our symposia.
- November, 2015 – What do you know about GMO?
- May, 2016 – Labor Matters in Agriculture
- November, 2016 – Who’ll Grow My Food Tomorrow?
Its largest event of the year is the annual Ag Tour, which takes investors and elected officials on a motor coach tour of locations in Weld County focused on the year’s theme. The 2017 Ag Tour took place on August 25, focused on The Evolution of Agriculture.
Current Members of the Ag Committee
- Tony Miller, Chair, First FarmBank
- Eric Brown, Colorado Corn
- Scot Dutcher, Western Dairy Association
- Gege Ellzey, Weld County Farm Bureau
- Bill Erickson, Weld County Farm Bureau
- Arnie Fiscus, Fiscus Enterprises
- Kristi Helzer, West Greeley Conservation District
- Don Hijar, Pawnee Buttes Seed
- Joyce Kelly, Kelly Farm
- Steve Lehwald, Spradley Barr Greeley
- Kathy Parker, Central Colorado Water Conservancy District
- Mark Reinert, Agfinity, Inc.
- Tim Rennau, Flood & Peterson Insurance
- Mark Sponsler, Colorado Corn
- Rene Tomasek, Community Banks of Colorado
- Bill Webster, retired cattle feeder
Several congressional staffers also join us on a regular basis — Dusty Johnson and Brett Eckelcamp, Representative Ken Buck’s office; Maria Secrest, Senator Cory Gardner’s Office; and James Thompson, Senator Michael Bennet’s office.
Additional members are welcome. Contact Kim Barbour at the Chamber for more information.
A collaborative effort between the Greeley Chamber, the City of Greeley, Downtown Development Authority and the University of Northern Colorado, Bear Biz connects UNC students to their “home away from home” in Greeley. Businesses sign up to participate by agreeing to display UNC paraphernalia and offer a student discount. Bear Biz provides a window decal, pennants, and posters. We promote participating businesses on the Bear Biz website, on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and with posters, tent cards and pocket cards featuring every business. In addition to promoting participating businesses, we also share community events and entertainment.
Businesses register every spring for promotion beginning fall semester. We're recruiting businesses for the 2017-18 school year right now. Sign up on this Registration Page
Deals and Discounts
Investor to Investor offers include discounts and specials that Chamber investors promote to each other. The products and services highlighted in these offers are available to every Chamber investor and its employees. Some of the offers available within our I2I program also provide financial support to Chamber programs.
Take a look at all the offers available to you through our Investor2Investor deals.
Make an offer to other investors on this form.
We also have community coupons!
Advertise your special offers to the community at-large and visitors. The Chamber and Visit Greeley distribute coupons at our lodging partners, special events, and festivals at no charge to the businesses offering the discount. You can submit a coupon offer at any time of year, although we usually include an expiration date of December 31.