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Chamber Presidents (left to right):
Amy Sherman, Melanie Nuchols, Gary Wink, Cathy Davis and Dot Wright.

JeffCo's Five Chambers of Commerce

The purpose of a Chamber of Commerce is "To advance human progress through an economic, political and social system based on individual freedom, incentive, initiative, opportunity, and responsibility. There are five unique Chambers of Commerce within Jefferson County's 773 square miles: Arvada, Conifer, Evergreen, Golden and West (primarily a consolidation of Lakewood and Wheat Ridge). Each organization attracts business in their area, beyond city boundaries. Each offers opportunities to network with others and explore business trends with fellow members. Enjoying lunch together at 240 Union Restaurant are Chamber Presidents (left to right) Amy Sherman (www.WestChamber.org), Melanie Nuchols (www.EvergreenChamber.org), Gary Wink (www.GoldenCoChamber.org), Cathy Davis (www.GoConifer.com), and Dot Wright (www.ArvadaChamber.org).

Arvada Chamber of Commerce

7305 Grandview Ave. Arvada, 80002
303-424-0313

www.ArvadaChamber.org

Arvada ChamberArvada is the oldest Chamber in Jefferson County, founded in 1925. There are now 425 members who gather for an annual dinner in January to honor the Arvada Man, Woman and Business of the Year. An annual golf tournament happens in August and Taste of the Holidays, complete with business expo and food tastings, is at the Apex recreation center in November. Members meet in leads groups, for new business ribbon cuttings, Focus On luncheons, Business after Hours, and Arvada Issues Breakfast meetings.

The Arvada Chamber has promoted becoming a Home Rule City, revival of Olde Towne, a new public library, events at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and Apex Recreation Center, Summer concerts, the annual Harvest Festival and Arvadajoblink.com.

The current executive director is Lynn Kensinger, a Colorado native with eight years of Chamber of Commerce experience. She was Director of Marketing for the Castle Rock Chamber where she helped establish the Castle Rock Merchants Association and Community Branding Task Force. Cost of membership is $200 to $500.

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Conifer Chamber of Commerce

25797 Conifer Road, P.O. Box 127, Conifer 80433
303-838-5711

www.ConiferChamber.org

Conifer ChamberFounded in 1976, the Conifer Chamber now has 200 members. They sponsor, a 2-day community event in August, at Beaver Ranch Community Park off Highway 285. It offers food, music, demonstrations, and booths attract 10,000 people. They also host a November Winefest in Pine, an annual Christmas Parade in the heart of Conifer, monthly informational meetings and Business After Hours networking. Conifer also offers a worker’s compensation insurance program and has one paid staff, Luann Watson.

The volunteer President is Dave Watts, a 20-year Conifer resident, JeffCo Sheriff’s Dept volunteer, board member of the Mountain Water and Sewer District and Arts Alive. He is also Chair of the Conifer Transportation Committee dealing with Highway 285 improvements and active with the "Welcome to Conifer" sign committee. Watts is Wholesale Parts Manager for Burt Automotive Group in the metro area. His wife Deb was past President of the Conifer Chamber, operates Dollars and Sense Bookkeeping, and is also an active community volunteer. Cost of membership is $50 to $1,000.

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Evergreen Chamber of Commerce

Historic Evergreen Hotel, 28055 Highway 74, Evergreen 80439
P.O. Box 97, Evergreen Co 80437
303-674-3412

www.EvergreenChamber.org

The Evergreen Chamber is the only community organization available for all residents within the 120 square mile unincorporated area (including 20 sq. mi. in Clear Creek Country) of zip code 80439. Officially established in 1970, Evergreen business owners supported one another spontaneously from the 1920s to the 1960s. Today’s 800 members participate in breakfast lead groups, monthly after hours "mixers.," golf tournaments, and an annual Holiday Gala and Auction at Mount Vernon Country Club.

The Chamber promotes the Evergreen Rodeo & Parade in June, Jazz Festival in July, Fine Arts Fair in August, Summerfest & Winterfest, and Holiday Candlelight walk. Members receive an excellent printed monthly newsletter. The Chamber directory is distributed throughout Colorado in response to visitor inquiry. The website receives over 8,000 monthly visits. Cost of membership ranges from $250 to $1000.

The Executive Director is 25-year Evergreen resident, Mel Nuchols, who manages a paid staff of three. Nuchols operated an exercise, fitness and dance studio in the 1980s and managed Evergreen Fitness and Tennis Center during the 1990s. She has been an active Chamber volunteer for ten years, served the board and sparked the "Everything’s in Evergreen" marketing campaign. Her most recent position was event manager for the historic bed and breakfast, Highland Haven Creekside Inn. She enjoys painting at her home studio and is married to Evergreen Post Office employee Dan Nuchols.

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Greater Golden Chamber of Commerce

Golden Visitor Center, 1010 Washington Avenue
303-279-3113

www.GoldenCoChamber.org

Established in 1920 to promote the charms of their city, Golden Chamber members also worked to prevent University of Colorado from taking control of Colorado School of Mines. Business leaders also convinced the city to pave Washington Avenue, improve the water system, and install ornamental lighting and better street signs. The Chamber office moved many times: from the municipal center to Astor House, then Washington Ave. store fronts to an old house owned by Coors Brewery until the new Visitor Center was completed in 1997 at 10th & Washington. The Chamber works cooperatively with the Golden Civic Foundation and City Council. The current membership is 550.

The Chamber organizes and promotes the Golden Cultural Alliance, "Heart of Golden" events in February, Easter festivities, Wild West Auto Roundup in June, a weekly Farmer’s Market during the summer, Fine Arts Festival in August, School of Mines Homecoming, annual Holiday Candlelight Walk, monthly speaker luncheons, "Sundowners" (business after hours), and Table top Mixers. The website received two million hits in 2004. Annual membership is $300 to $1000.

Four paid staff and hundreds of volunteers have been guided by Executive Director Gary Wink since 1993. He grew up on an Iowa dairy farm, completed a degree, served the US Air Force for 4.5 years, and worked in the hospitality industry for 25 years. Customer service is his priority, "We treat everyone like royalty!"

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West Chamber of Commerce

1667 Cole Blvd, Bldg 19, Suite 400 (Denver West)
P.O. Box 280748, Lakewood CO 80228-0748
303-233-5555

www.WestChamber.org

West ChamberThe West Chamber expanded from the Lakewood Chamber (founded in 1947) to include Wheat Ridge and surrounding unincorporated areas in 1990. The current 820 members enjoy many opportunities to network and expand their business opportunities. They host a Taste of the Best in April, a Red Rocks Country Club golf tournament in August, Business Expo at Colorado Mills in October and four forums including "Celebrate Women!" in November. The Chamber organizes quarterly luncheons with speakers, seminars, and workshops and sponsor two Leadership Jefferson County programs, one for adults and the other for youth sponsored by the West Chamber Foundation. They plan to establish a new business assistance center this winter to analyze markets and provide counseling for businesses. Membership ranges from $300 to $2000.

The Chamber has a paid staff of seven women managed by Executive Director Amy Sherman, a Colorado native with extensive experience with chambers of commerce and tourism. She has served Longmont Area Chamber, Colorado Travel and Tourism Authority, and National Potato Council. She now serves the Board of Jefferson Economic Council and Enterprise Wheat Ridge and is a member of Wheat Ridge Rotary. She lives in Littleton with her husband Steve, one-year-old boy/girl twins and twin Schnauzers.

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