Friday, November 8th, 2013
Updates and Member Promotions

Next Chamber Board mtg Tuesday, 11/12

The next Chamber Board of Directors meeting will be Tuesday, November 12th, from 8:00am to 9:00am.  The Board meeting will be held in the conference room of Centennial Real Estate located at 1020 N. Poplar.

Any members are welcome to attend, and if any member has questions or concerns they would like raised at this or any other Board meeting, please contact a Board member or the Chamber Director at 486-3900

New Chamber Members!

Please welcome the following new members to the Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce...

-- Community Threads.  Please welcome Smokey Burgess and his staff at Community Threads, located at 504 Harrison Ave, as Chamber of Commerce members.  Whether you are looking to buy or sell clothing, seasonal outerwear, and accessories on consignment, stop into Community Threads for great deals as the holidays get closer.
-- Dependable Auto Glass.  Aaron Hardee, owner of Dependable Auto Glass, invites you to contact him for all of your auto and vehicle glass needs.  His shop is located at the south end of Harrison at 115 Elm Street and you can always reach him at 719-427-0020.
-- Allstate Insurance.  Leadville and Lake County now has a new full-service insurance provider to turn to with Allstate Insurance.  Jack Saunders has opened a local Allstate office at 500 McWethy Drive, at the western end of W. 6th Street.  Call him today at 719-486-3800 for any of your insurance needs.
-- Encore Home and Appliance.  Operating one of the few establishments in Lake County where you can go to fulfill your home and appliance needs, Jaime and Jo Ann Stuever have proven themselves as successful business owners who also desire to play a strong role our community.  Located at 800 Poplar Street, visit or call them at 719-486-3606, to check out their current inventory and deals.

Veteran's Day Dinner TONIGHT at the Elks Lodge!

All are invited to attend a Veteran's Day Dinner on
Friday, November 8th at 5:30pm at the Elks Lodge following a
combined Elks, V.F.W. service.
Steak, Baked Potatoes
Vegetable, Rolls, Salad and Dessert
$10.00 per meal

All proceeds to benefit project "Old Glory".  A project to replace all American flags
in our Lake County Schools.

The Twin Lakes Inn invites you to dine

The Twin Lakes Inn is keeping things going this season with their Sunday brunches, and this Sunday's brunch will honor America's Veterans with a 25% discount on their meals.

Also keep an eye out for information regarding the New Year's Eve gala they are planning.


Learn about Private Health Exhanges from Michael Hornback

If you are a business owner or an individual seeking to obtain health insurance, consider contacting local insurance agent Michael Hornback at 970-389-3463.  He can help you navigate the private exchange side of things and educate you on what some of the current options available to you are.

Please take a look at this attached flyer for more info and consider educating yourself about the sometimes confusing state of health insurance and some of the private exchange options available to everyone...

Director's Corner

Hello Members,
Now is the time when we are likely thinking back to this summer, when over 13,000 visitors walked into the visitor's center between June 1st and September 30th.  As we look to provide other reasons for folks to visit our community and locals to shop in the County, the Chamber is ready to involve itself and promote any winter activities that will accomplish these goals.

One of the Chamber's recent successes, the Halloween Cemetery Tours given by Judge Neil Reynolds is one example of these efforts.  The Cemetery Tours attracted around 110 visitors, and as we hoped, around 70% of these participants came from out of town and stayed overnight locally.  A HUGE THANK YOU to Judge Reynolds for his generosity as he takes no compensation for his time and efforts and instead donates 100% of the proceeds, over $1100.00, to the Chamber of Commerce.  If you see the Judge, please consider thanking him for his donation and for keeping yet another important component of Leadville History alive.

Please also see below for information on the Light the Lights event and the Parade of Lights holiday events, which will take place over the two weekends after Thanksgiving and kick off the Leadville holiday season.  We hope to build from last year's Parade of Lights success and get the word out to a wider audience to let them know that Leadville and Lake County are great places to visit during the holidays.

As always, thank you for being a member of the Chamber of Commerce and for purchasing the local products and services of your fellow Chamber members, and please continue to take an active role in shaping the future of our businesses and community.
Jeff McGuinness

Next Business After Hours! Thurdsday, November 14th at the Mining Museum

Please plan on attending the next Business After Hours which will be co-hosted by Climax Molybdenum and the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum and centered around the World Of Moly Exhibit.  The museum is located at 120 W. 9th Street and entrance will be via the front, W. 9th Street doors.

NOTE: The B.A.H. will be next Thursday, November 14th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.   Vince Matthews and the great staff at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Tara Hosick and numerous staff members of Climax Molybdenum will be hosting this anticipated Chamber networking event.  Catering will be provided by the Tennessee Pass Cafe and beverages by the Chamber of Commerce.

So please plan on attending and joining your fellow Chamber members and their guests for an evening of networking and socializing.  An evening that also celebrates the mining heritage that Leadville was built on and the mineral that Leadville's current mining ventures are based on.  

If you will be attending, please RSVP to the Chamber at 719-486-3900 or .

Check out the attached flyer, and we'll see you there!

Chamber's Holiday Activities Planned: Parade of Lights and Black Friday's Light the Lights

The Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce has firmed up plans for this years Holiday Activities.  Last year's Parade of Lights was great with 22 lighted floats and vehicles, and a bundle of welcome snowfall, and we are hoping for even greater success this year.  Here are the events planned:

Friday, November 29th at 5:30pm.  The City of Leadville and Lake County will simultaneously light their holiday displays.  Businesses who have decorated will also be asked to 'throw the switch' around this time.  The City of Leadville is also planning a reception at City Hall this evening beginning at 5:30pm.  There will be cookies and hot chocolate, local live music in front of City Hall,and the City building will be abundantly decorated.  Businesses along Harrison Avenue will be asked to stay open until 7pm this evening for local and visiting shoppers.

Saturday, December 7th at 5:30pm.  The Leadville Parade of Lights.  Beginning at 5:30pm, the Parade of Lights will start down Harrison Avenue at 9th Street and continue to 3rd Street.  We hope for 30 entrants this year and we have asked Mother Nature to again provide a wonderful bit of snow for this magical evening.  After the parade Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be taking requests from children at the Courthouse and cookies and hot chocolate will be available on the Courthouse lawn.  There will also be Christmas Karaoke provided by Curt Cooper and the singing of carols in front of the Courthouse.

Please consider Entering the Parade!  Entry forms are available at the Visitor Center at 809 Harrison Avenue both inside and outside on the porch, or you can download them from the home page of the Chamber's website, .

We are also hosting both a Business Holiday Lighting Contest and a Residential Holiday Lighting Contest!  Impress Leadville and Lake County with your holiday decorating skills and have your location appear on a map in the Herald Democrat that will lead holiday 'light-peepers' around town to take a look at and appreciate your holiday handiwork.  Entry forms for both the Business and Residential lighting contests are also available at the visitor center or on the Chamber's website.

Make the holidays in Leadville this year bright!  Join in with your fellow community members and decorate and celebrate as we enjoy the holidays and encourage visitors to come to our fine Victorian town and celebrate with us.

Leadville Arts Coalition Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair

The much anticipated Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair presented by the Leadville Arts Coalition will be held Friday, November 23rd from 4-8pm and Saturday, November 24th from 10-4pm.  The event will be held at the National Mining Museum Convention Center located at 117 W. 10th Street.

Join local and regional artists and craftspeople as they display their own work for your enjoyment.  Take home that special homemade item, for that special someone, just in time for the holidays.  The local 4H club will also have an ornament-making table for the kids on Saturday morning.

Local musicians Mountain Consort will play Friday evening, and food and wine will be available at the event.  See you there!

Nova Guides is Celebrating 30 years of Local Adventures!

Nova Guides is preparing its Winter Activities for the 2013-2014 season and celebrating 30 years of providing high quality adventures to locals and visitors alike.

Please see this link to a full description of everything that Nova Guides offers as part of its wintertime activities.
Chamber Announcements - Friday, November 8th, 2013