Thursday, January 16, 2014
Updates and Member Promotions

Next Chamber Board mtg Wednesday, 1/29

The next Chamber Board of Directors meeting will be Wednesday, January 29th, 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.

To review the Minutes from the December 17th, 2013 Chamber Board of Directors meeting, please click on the link below...

New Chamber Members!

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

-- 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.
-- Sodexo.  Please welcome Luke Davis and the staff at Sodexo to Chamber membership.  Sodexo is the food service provider at Colorado Mountain College and is also providing an excellent catering alternative for Lake County.  Their catering menu is expansive and varied, and Sodexo can handle small groups up to much larger gatherings throughout the region.  For a copy of the current menu, or if you are consiering an event, please contact Luke Davis at 719-486-4275.
-- High Mountain Pies.  High Mountain Pies needs very little introduction since it's already everybody's favorite pizza place in town!  But you should check them out again anyway, because they have a whole more on their menu than pizza.  Stop by 115 West 4th Street today, or call them at 719-486-5555 for delivery or pick-up and satisfy your craving today!


Please support the Leadville National Fish Hatchery!!

As you likely have read or heard about in the community, the Leadville National Fish Hatchery is being considered for closure by the Fish and Wildlife Service.  A rigorous local effort is underway to show the positive economic development impact the Hatchery has for Lake County and the region to government officials involved in the decision.  The goal is to show why closure would be a very poor decision, with numerous adverse impacts on local economies, tourism, and support of endangered fish species.

Please consider writing a letter of support to your elected officials on behalf of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery or becoming involved in the effort in any way you can.  If interested, please contact Judy or Mark Cole with the Friends of the Fish Hatchery for information at or at 719-486-0176.

SVGH putting on a luncheon to get out info on new Surgical Suite

Please consider joining Joyce Beck, Hospital CEO, for a luncheon at the Elks Lodge on January 22nd from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.

What would a new Surgical Suite mean to Leadville and Lake County?

This will be a community education session providing an overview of a possible new Surgical Suite project at SVGH.  Lunch will be provided by the Hospital Foundation and the Leadville Elks Lodge.

Please see the attached flyer below for more information and RSVP to Karen Rinehart at or at 719-486-7135.

Director's Corner

Hello Members,
I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and is excited to see 2014 in full swing already!  We certainly have had more of a signature Leadville winter this year with one of the best early season snow totals in many years.  Go Mother Nature!

Along those lines, please make note of the many events coming up in the next 60-90 days in Leadville.  Some of them are described in the newsletter below, and more information can be found in the events listing of the Chamber's website, .

We have some of the best winter recreation in the state and Western region!  Lake County has 45 miles of groomed trails and another 11.5 miles on the Mineral Belt Trail, not to mention everything available at Ski Cooper.  Whether you Nordic ski, snowshoe, snowmobile, downhill ski, hike or simply love the beautiful wintertime in the mountains, there are few places that equal what Leadville and Lake County offer.

We have discussed many times the desire to spread the distribution of revenue earnings for Lake County businesses out more from such a summertime focus, and these winter events are just the kind of thing that can assist this effort.  Don't just participate yourself with your family, but spread the word far and wide outside of just the Arkansas Valley.  Leadville has an amazing number of unique winter qualities and events, and the more these can be highlighted to possible visitors from outside Lake County, the more revenue will come in, and the easier time our businesses will have.

I am excited about the possibilities that 2014 brings!  There are a lot of efforts happening in Leadville and Lake County that are designed to diversify and solidify a sustainable economic base for our area.  I applaud these efforts and am happy the Chamber will be a strong driver for many of these efforts, and I thank you for all for your involvement and for being a member of the Chamber of Commerce.
Jeff McGuinness

Small Business Seminar, January 23rd: Social Media and Your Marketing Plan

The Colorado Workforce Center in Leadville presents a...

January 23rd from 10:00am to Noon at Colorado Mountain College, Climax Building

Topic: How to Integrate Social Media into your Marketing Plan
Presented by: Kathy Bedell, your local expert and Social Media Conultant and publisher of .

Please see the link below for the flyer and how to register...

Call the Leadville Workforce Center at 719-486-2428 to register!

Save the Date for the February Ski Cooper Business After Hours!!

SAVE THE DATE! for a great Business After Hours in February.

Thursday, February 27th at Ski Cooper!

Mark your calendar and plan on attending.  For the skiers in our midst we hope to meet for an early afternoon salute to everything that is awesome about Ski Cooper and follow that with a few hours of afternoon skiing before the regular Business After Hours.  Every Thursday is $30 Thursday at Ski Cooper, so how can you pass that up!

The regular Business After Hours will take place afterwords in the Ski Cooper lodge and will give everyone the opportunity to see all of the great improvements that have been made recently there.

Keep an eye out for details, but circle February 27th on your calendar and plan on joining us at Ski Cooper for a BAH to remember!

Snowmobile Drag Races come to Leadville on February 8th!

Don't miss this new and exciting winter event in Leadville!
Come to the Mt. Massive Golf Course on February 8th for the spectacle of snowmobile drag racing.  There will be some powerful machines blasting down the golf course with Stock under 800, 800+ and modified/Pro classes.  Participants and spectators are expected from across Colorado, so welcome everyone here for the event and show them why Leadville and Lake County should always be a winter destination.

Registration is at 9am and the races start at 11am.

More information and pre-registration can be found at .

For more detailed information and a list of sponsors, check out the very cool flyer attached below...

The Annual Miners Ball and Open House is coming up on February 15th!

It's time again for the 2014 Miners Ball and Open House at the National Mining Hall of Fame and MuseumThisalways colorful event will be held on February 15th, 2014.

This year will have a Victorian Wild West theme.  Dressing in Victorian or Western attire is optional, but hey, bust out the duds and enjoy this great opportunity to get dressed up!

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm   Open House and Tasting
6:15 pm - 11:00 pm   Miners Ball

This year's event includes an open house for the Mining Hall of Fame and Museum as well as a fabulous array of tastings including wine, chocolate, beer, and local spirits.  For details on who will be providing the tastings and full information on the Miners Ball, see the attached flyer.  Attend one, or attend them both, or come by after 9pm to dance the rest of the night away.  There are seperate pricing packages for all three.

The Miners Ball will include a three course dinner, silent auction, live entertainment, live music and dancing!  The event will be in the ball room of the Museum's conference building and a great crowd is expected, so RSVP today and look forward to a fun evening.

To RSVP, call the Museum at 719-486-1229.  Please also check out the attached flyer below for more information on the event, including pricing.  See you there!

Club 20 holding a January 22 Community Meeting in Leadville at CMC

Club 20, a non-partisan advocacy group for the Western Slope is planning a Community Meeting on January 22nd at 11 a.m. in Room 701 of the cafeteria building at Colorado Mountain College.

The public is invited and the topic will be how Club 20 can continue to best represent the interest and issues that impact Western Colorado communities.

Please see the flyer below for details on Club 20 and the meeting.  RSVPs are not required, but are recommended to enough materials are available for everyone.
Chamber Announcements - Thursday, January 16, 2014