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Steamboat Springs Chamber CEO: Chamber offers many events to get members involved

Kara Stoller For Steamboat Today

Kara Stoller

With the kids back in school and the arrival of fall, families in the community are settling back into a more predictable, albeit busier, routine. Here at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, for better or worse, we rarely settle into a routine. There is always a new project to start, membership education event to organize and initiatives to drive.

Currently, our team is working to bring our members together. During the Past six months, we have been evaluating our current mission, vision and priorities through an online survey, focus group sessions, individual stakeholder meetings, committee meetings and multiple sessions with our board of directors. In the coming months, we will share with you a new vision and mission that align the organization with the needs and priorities of the community.

We continually evaluate the benefits we offer, set up programs and host events to educate and support our members. Recent events have included topics of real estate development, marketing solutions and minimum wage legislation. Strategies to help businesses thrive in a changing economy will be covered at the upcoming Economic Summit on Oct. 20.

On Sept. 8, we partnered with the Steamboat Pilot & Today to host the Navigator Awards. With nearly 250 community members in attendance, we honored Adonna Allen, Barbara Robinson, Tara Weaver and the Steamboat Springs Arts Council for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions.

Last week we held a Business Outlook Breakfast with presenters discussing challenges in hiring and retaining top performing employees. The event was well attended, indicating it's a timely and relevant topic.

The Young Professionals Network, or YPN, continues to have a seat at the table on important issues facing the future of our community and the next generation of leaders. At monthly events and meetings, YPN members discuss opportunities, challenges and partnerships that will benefit the area business community as well as quality of life.

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If you want to shake up your routine, I encourage you to attend a Chamber function that you haven't been to before, sign up for a committee or read through a full Monday Minute e-newsletter or monthly Chamber Insight. You may be surprised to hear about everything the Chamber team, board and committees are doing to support local businesses.

As a reminder, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association rolled out a new gift card program fall 2016 replacing the outdated gift certificate program. Note the Chamber and Chamber members will stop accepting the paper Chamber Bucks Oct. 15. We encourage you to use all paper gift certificates as soon as possible.

Kara Stoller is the CEO of Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

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