Eagle Chamber launches membership drive, touts program
By December, the Eagle Chamber of Commerce wants to be 250-members strong and this week the group starting working toward that goal.
With a kick-off breakfast Wednesday, the chamber launched its 2014 membership campaign with cash prizes promised to the businesses who solicit the most new members. The top prize is $400 with a second place award of $250 and a third place prize of $100. In other words, if a business successfully convinces other operations to join the chamber, it can reap the benefits of membership and be wholly or partially reimbursed. But regardless of whether or not they convince others to join or win a prize, Eagle Chamber administrator Mary Ann Morrison believes the group’s value far outweighs its costs.
“With our membership drive, we are asking the question why should you join the chamber?” she said. In response, Morrison cited various chamber services such a E-blasts and social media offerings. Additionally, the group offers a Buy Local Campaign and member-to-member discounts along with business mixers and workshops. But along with specific programs and promotions, Morrison noted that being part of the chamber is an important part of being involved in the community.
“As a member, you become part of a collective voice,” she said. “This chamber has a good relationship with the town and the town leaders often look to us to bounce off ideas.”
For those who join early, there is extra value. A $200 business membership will not be due for renewal until January 2016. That also holds true for a $600 charter membership or a $1,500 executive membership. Those higher membership levels carry increased advertising and promotional benefits as well as automatic sponsorship of chamber activities such as the Screaming Eagle Golf Tournament.
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The chamber membership drive will continue through December. At the halfway point, the group will host its latest Eagle Vision 20/20 event on Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Eagle Vision 20/20
The latest Eagle Chamber 20/20 presentation will get under way at 6 p.m. on Oct. 1 at Eagle Town Hall. The sessions are presented as an on-going series to keep the Eagle community up to date and informed about the community.
The Oct. 1 session will feature a state of the town talk from Eagle Mayor Yuri Kostick and a community development update from assistant town planner Matt Farrar. Additionally, Andy Jessen, town board member and owner of Bonfire Brewery, is slated to talk about business development in town. Eagle Chamber President Dominic Mauriello is also slated to speak.
Following the presentation, attendees are invited to a reception hosted by Bonfire Brewery. Free refreshments will be served and a complimentary drink coupon will be provided to each person in attendance at the Eagle Town Hall session.
New face at the Eagle Chamber
The Eagle Chamber has a new administrator reaching out to its new members. Mary Ann Morrison joined the chamber June 30.
While she is new to the Eagle Chamber, Morrison is a seasoned veteran of chamber of commerce work. She was the executive of the Greenwich, Conn. chamber for 15 years and has worked for various chambers for the past 35 years.
Morrison found her way to Eagle County when her son’s family settled in Minturn. One day her daughter-in-law called to report the yarn shop in that community was for sale. “I came back to knitting because of that yarn shop,” said Morrision.
Ultimately she decided against purchasing the operation. “But I still kept the option of coming out here open,” she noted. Her living situation made that option easier.
When she sold her Connecticut home, Morrison decided to make her travel residence her permanent home. Actually, living full time in a motor home was an idea she first stumbled on 20 years ago when she drove her sons out west in an RV for a summer vacation.
“I decided when I took that trip that my retirement home would be a motor home,” she said.
In that spirit, she downsized her life and drove to Colorado in June, just in time to spot the Eagle Chamber’s advertisement for an administrator. The 30 hour-per-week position seemed like a perfect fit.
“I just like chamber work,” Morrison noted. “It’s a great way to meet people and you always know what’s going on,” she said.
She is enthused about the community she now represents, noting Eagle’s Broadway streetscape and Eby Creek roundabout projects show a community that is vital and attractive and ready for business.
“I think Eagle is a great town. I like it because it’s been around for awhile,” said Morrison.