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Hayden Chamber gears up

Membership drive for 2009 kicked off last week

— Hayden’s Chamber of Commerce launched its membership drive last week with a mixer at Creek View Grill.

Wintry weather kept some people away, Chamber President Eva Gibbon said, but the drive continues through the end of the year.

“We just kicked it off – with a steel-toe shoe,” she said.

The group has existed for a while, Gibbon said, but she has gotten more organized the past couple of years. The Chamber had 93 members on its rolls this year, she said. It signed up a few new businesses and groups at the mixer Tuesday: the Hayden Heritage Center, the Lions Club, Gala Affair and the Ladies Auxiliary to the American Legion.

Those, combined with the businesses that renewed their memberships, put next year’s numbers at 17 or 18 so far, Gibbon said. She’s not sure how things will shake out.

“A lot of people are getting tighter, with the economy,” she said. “It is amazing how they’re holding back.”

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Chamber Vice President Joyce Folley recommended that businesses renew their memberships soon. The cost ranges from $25 for an individual to $200 for a government entity, Gibbon said. Prices go up incrementally with a business’s number of employees.

“They can join now because we’re getting the listing together,” Folley said. “We’ll be doing a February listing and putting together the business directory – that will be all the Chamber members that go into that directory.”

The Chamber’s next big event will be the Holiday Lights Tour in mid-December. The Chamber judges and sponsors the event, and businesses and residents can participate.

Judges will award $100 prizes for displays in four categories, Folley said: most voltage, most religious, most unusual and most festive.

The Chamber also is having Hayden added to the Steamboat Springs Discovery Map produced by Greg Effinger and sponsored by Mainstreet Steamboat Springs. The colorful, cartoonish map will have a Hayden insert that includes businesses, Gibbon said.

The Hayden Chamber of Commerce also is increasing its presence at Yampa Valley Regional Airport on the eastern edge of town, she said. The group plans to increase signs and Hayden-related literature and pictures in the baggage claim area.

“We’re going to get a little section of wall and kind of do it up,” Gibbon said, “so people know they aren’t landing in Steamboat Springs – there is a town such as Hayden.”