Going into 2019 the Arvada Chamber of Commerce will be making changes in how they operate. The vision is to become what Arvada Chamber President Kami Welch called a three “C” chamber with a focus …
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More than 100 new members and a 2 percent increased retention rate
Event attendance was up 214 percent with 52 percent of people attending three or more events
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Arvada Works launched with 80 business participants
Going into 2019 the Arvada Chamber of Commerce will be making changes in how they operate.
The vision is to become what Arvada Chamber President Kami Welch called a three “C” chamber with a focus on convening leaders through programs like Arvada Works and Arvada Young Professionals; being a catalyst for business growth by connecting peers and solving problems; and championing for a strong community by advocating for the business community and recognizing leaders and influencers.
“This is aspirational,” Welch said after describing the vision at the Dec. 5 State of the Chamber membership lunch. “This is a vision for our organization.”
To make this vision come to life, the chamber is implementing a number of changes. There will be a push from the organization to improve communications and refresh print publications. There will also be implementation of additional councils, leadership programs and a business summit planed for September. Arvada Works, a workforce initiative geared toward engaging employers, educators and partners across Arvada, will also amp up with a Career Awareness Day.
Two long-standing events will also be impacted.
The first is Sand in the City. After six years, the chamber board of directors has decided to no longer host the beach party event.
“While we all love the energy this event brings, it became clear that a festival of this magnitude took away from our ability to focus on our mission of creating a thriving business community,” said Michael McCarron, chairman of the board. “We hope that another local group considers picking this event up.”
The second event impacted is Taste of Arvada. Rather than a cancellation, this event will actually be growing. Taste of Arvada will be moved to June and the chamber is working with event partner Apex Parks and Recreation District to find a new, bigger location to allow the popular event to expand.
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