Hot Sulphur Springs getting its own chamber of commerce
September 19, 2008
A new chamber of commerce will cater to Hot Sulphur Spring businesses.
Resident Erin Life, who runs two home-based businesses, is taking the lead. She is a member of other Grand County chambers of commerce and has had “great success.” However, she says there wasn’t a way to network with Hot Sulphur businesses.
“It kind of happened because I have businesses that I want to promote myself,” she said. “We are registered with the state and we are beginning to introduce the idea to Hot Sulphur business owners. It’s just a matter of getting all our ducks in a row.”
The chamber is starting a Web site, monthly newsletter and scheduling monthly meetings. By getting online, the Chamber will link with other Grand County chambers of commerce and with the Grand County Tourism Board.
“Locals will have more access to our services and products that we offer,” Life said. “Everyone I’ve talked to seems really excited about it.”
It’s hard for small businesses to promote themselves, she said. The chamber’s goal is to support the business community and “keep our income where it helps us most.
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“It will simply give our businesses the opportunity to network,” she added. “It can be mutually beneficial for everyone involved.”
Hot Sulphur is a good area for the chamber because it already attracts business.
“We’re the county seat,” she said. “We need to use it to our business advantage.”
It took her about a year to get the chamber going. There have been a couple other attempts made in the past, but never a follow-through, she said.
The chamber will start off with meetings at the Town Hall and hopes to move into a facility later.
“Eventually we’ll get there,” Life added.
More businesses are stationed in Hot Sulphur than people realize, she said.
So far at least 20 businesses are interested in becoming members. Other Grand County businesses that want to become members can contact Life for more information at email@example.com.
“I’m hoping it will really fuel our efforts to become more of a business entity,” she said. “We’ve been kind of a quiet area ” I think we’re ready to make our statement and take our place in the businesses community.”
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