Promote the Community
The traditional view of chambers of commerce depicts our organizations as “community cheerleaders,” highlighting the activities taking place that make it a great place to live, work and play. Your Greeley Chamber of Commerce fulfills this key function through event sponsorship and business promotion. The variety of ways that we promote Greeley and everything great here can be found below.
Small Business Walk
Greeley Blues Jam
Greeley Lights the Night
Small Business Walk
Each year, in conjunction with National Small Business Week, Greeley Chamber volunteers and staff walk the community. We call on small businesses, delivering a small gift to say “thank you for doing business in Greeley!” Along the way, we’ll ask a few questions about how business is going, the challenges they face, and where they’re seeing success. Often, challenges from one business will be repeated by others — providing an opportunity for the Chamber to collaborate with community partners on finding solutions to common problems.
During 2016, Chamber volunteers and staff called on 826 Greeley businesses. Responses to our brief survey are used to craft Chamber programming and advocacy efforts.
Watch for us in 2017!
Greeley Blues Jam
The Greeley Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Blues Jam with the City of Greeley.
This annual event “ain’t nothin’ but a party” from Friday evening through Saturday night the second weekend in June. Friday, you can enjoy 10 hours of free blues in 18 bars and restaurants following the plaza concert in Downtown Greeley. Then, on Saturday, you’ll experience all day performances on two stages, plus the Blues 101 stage at the Island Grove Regional Park Arena, covered in sod for your comfort.
The Blues Jam offers a family oriented atmosphere where everyone can expect a wonderful Blues experience, and learn a little bit, too. You can bring a picnic or taste great food and drink from our vendors. Be sure to take home some official Blues Jam merchandise as a memento of the day. Learn more at GreeleyBluesJam.com.
This group of volunteers serves as the Chamber’s welcome committee and public relations team. Volunteers from investor businesses encourage communication and Chamber participation by calling on new investors, inviting them to get involved in Chamber programs.
Ambassadors also welcome guests at business connection events and provide support to the Chamber in investor development. They meet monthly just prior to Business After Hours.
New Ambassadors are always welcome. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how you can get involved.
Current Ambassadors include:
- Cheryl Kubo, Chair, Renaissance Insurance
- Brenda Craft, Contemporary Cook Catering
- Arnie Fiscus, Fiscus Enterprises
- Doug Gain, Doug’s Carpet & Upholstery Care
- Levi Gain, Doug’s Carpet Cleaning
- Bert Garcia, Pro Lawn & Landscaping
- Glenda Haines, Eves & Haines Wealth Management
- Ryan Harward, DC, Smith Chiropractic Office
- Lauri Hauska, Sears Real Estate
- Paul Hlad, Award Alliance
- Avi Kumar, Minuteman Press
- Joe LaPorta, Beck’s Building Care
- Monica Londoño, Seniors Helping Seniors
- Chris McDermott, Atmos Energy
- Lynda Mitch, Flood and Peterson
- Bevan Rigg, First FarmBank
- Julia Roche, Employer Solutions Group
- Manuel Rodriguez, Wells Fargo Bank
- Mikaela Sandridge, Weld Food Bank
- Jared Shamburger, US Bank
- Kersten Tennessen, Cornerstone Home Loans/The Beck Team
- Kevin Weimer, Barcelona Spa & Salon
- Kelly Weinmeister, Contemporary Cook Catering
- Jolene Yates, Weld Schools Credit Union
For information about becoming an Ambassador, contact InvestorConnectionsDirector@greeleychamber.com or call 970-352-3566.
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. While business recruitment ends May 31 for printed materials, businesses may sign up any time of year for inclusion in electronic promotion. Read more here.
As a program of the Chamber, Visit Greeley’s mission is to pursue and support conferences and visitor activities that enhance the economic viability of Greeley and Weld County. Our Visit Greeley staff and committee promote Greeley as a tourism destination and utilize community events as an opportunity to promote member businesses.
We supported the development of a hotel/conference center in downtown Greeley, now under construction, to complement the Union Colony Civic Center and Greeley Recreation Center as conference and event venues. Visit Greeley staff also participate on the Greeley Blues Jam Steering Committee each year.
For more information about the activities Visit Greeley promotes and the services it provides, take a tour at www.visitgreeley.org. For more information on conference and event services, contact email@example.com.
Current Visit Greeley Committee Members
Ken Boyle, Lucky Fins Grill, LLC
Gary Cyr, Greeley-Weld County Airport
Deborah Davidson, Greeley Mall
Jason Evenson, Union Colony Civic Center
Jennifer Finch, Weld County
Mike Finn, Greeley City Council
Bianca Fisher, Downtown Development Authority
Aimee Freeland, City of Greeley Community Engagement Office
Grace Fullmer, Poudre Learning Center
Diane Gaede, UNC – Recreation, Tourism, & Hospitality
Leah Howard, UNC Conference Services
Chad Howell, City of Greeley Economic Development
Robert Julich, Hampton Inn & Suites/Spirit Hospitality
Michelle Kempema, Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Steve Lehwald, Spardley Barr Ford
Justin Morris, Lucky Fins Grill, LLC
Kim Overholt, Greeley Museums
Ray Tschillard, Poudre Learning Center
Justin Watada, Greeley Stampede
Tom Welch, Island Grove Events Complex
Jill Young, City of Greeley – Economic Development
Hannah LaForest, Visit Greeley Director
Sara Schell, Visit Greeley Coordinator
Greeley Lights the Night
The Greeley Lights the Night Parade kicks off the Christmas season in Downtown Greeley the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It features floats, bands, vehicles and horses – all decked out in holiday lighting. Families line the parade route on 9th Avenue from 15th Street north to Lincoln Park at 7th Street. A park lighting ceremony follows with community carols. Sponsors make the parade possible. Contact CVBCoordinator@greeleychamber.com for additional information.
Save the Date! November 25, 2017!