Vail Chamber column: What can your local chamber do for you? |

Vail Chamber column: What can your local chamber do for you?

As an advocate for the Vail business community, we at the Vail Chamber and Business Association continue to provide valuable information and insights into what affects your business in Vail.

As an example: Were you aware that you can place rack cards at no charge in our Vail Welcome Centers? Are you keeping an eye on pre-booked rooms and group visitation that might increase your business? Are you on top of new businesses and other member businesses specials and services? Did you know that the Vail Centre is offering high-level, thought-provoking classes and interactive learning opportunities, with discounts on enrollment for member businesses? How about something as simple as what is happening in Vail this week?

We provide all of this information, and more, in one easy location at You can also call or email us if there is something you don’t see and need help with.

We can do all of this through and for our membership because of our relationships with the town of Vail, Vail Resorts, The Vail App and many others, as well as our membership base. We have hosted social media education through Mobloggy and even had retail discussions with the town of Vail in a comfortable, two-way dialogue. We are here to help our membership through communication, cooperation and collaboration.

One event that we are currently preparing for is rapidly approaching Thursday, Sept. 14. We host our annual Businesses, Bogeys and Bragging Rights Golf Tournament along with the Vail Recreation District. This tournament benefits the Tom Slaughter Jr. Memorial Youth Recreation Grant, helping to provide scholarships to our local youth to participate in Vail Rec District camps and sports programming.

You can join the Margarita Ville-themed tournament or help by being a sponsor. All registrations and donations are tax deductible. It is a great way to connect and have fun with your local business neighbors and friends.

On the weekend of Sept. 22 to 24, we will be hosting the iconic Pioneer Weekend. This is a weekend-long celebration of and with the long-timers (pre-1983) in Vail. This event only happens every five years and had more than 1,300 participants in 2012. I am certain there were some amazing stories that were told that weekend.

Thank you to our sponsors, town of Vail and First Bank Vail, as well as our lodging and business partners for helping us host many of the pioneers who no longer live in the valley and will be returning for this special reunion. If you would like to learn more about how to participate as a business or you fit the criteria and would like to attend, please get in touch. We are happy to help.

The Vail Summer Bluegrass series, sponsored by the Vail Chamber, was a huge success the past four weeks. It drew crowds to Lionshead Village of more than 400 for each show, creating vibrancy on Wednesday nights for those local businesses. Add to that every Thursday night the same venue hosting one of Vail Jazz’s stellar acts, and you have a one-two punch of event magic.

The Vail Chamber knows how important drawing guests to our villages is during mid-week, and we are happy to support these two music series, as well as other like it throughout the summer. I can’t believe that we are knocking at August’s door; it feels as if the GoPro Mountain Games were just here.

Boy, how quickly the summer comes and goes …

Chris Cremer is the director of Vail operations for Intrawest. He is a Vail Chamber and Business Association board member. The Vail Chamber and Business Association is a business advocacy group in Vail and a communications outlet for businesses that want to have a voice in community affairs. For more information, call 970-477-0075 or email

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