2023 Annual report
A message from the president
As we reflect on our work in 2023, I am filled with immense pride and enthusiasm for the strides we’ve made together. This past year has been one of significant transformation, driven by a clear vision, dedicated investors, and an unwavering commitment to our community’s prosperity.
At the heart of our journey lies our new strategic plan. This roadmap guides our steps, allowing us to retain and grow our valued investor base, while we champion their needs through effective advocacy. By navigating critical legislative issues we amplified the voice of our business community, ensuring their concerns were heard loud and clear.
But our focus extended beyond policy. Recognizing the immense value of small businesses, we implemented programs and resources tailored to their unique needs. This included streamlining our communication platforms, offering valuable resources, and providing essential professional development opportunities. Witnessing their growth and resilience fuels our dedication to their success.
Looking ahead, we’re excited to continue this momentum. Our outreach to the Latino business community, fostered by a spirit of inclusion and empowerment, paves the way for a more diverse and thriving local economy. We remain relentless in fostering leadership through impactful professional development programs, ensuring our region brims with innovative problem-solvers and future leaders.
Together, we have achieved remarkable things, and I firmly believe that the best is yet to come. With a shared vision, dedicated effort, and an innovative spirit, we will continue to build a thriving Greeley Area, one where businesses flourish and our community thrives.
Thank you for being a part of this incredible journey.
Who we are
where we are going
We champion and serve our business community. We are the leading voice and convener for business and industry.
We are the catalyst for business development, growth, and success.
Business and Industry | We keep our businesses at the center of everything we do
Innovation | We value innovation and solutions to lead our region forward
Inclusion | We strive for a welcome and inclusive community
Community | We are dedicated to our community and its growth and understand the importance of legacy
Action | We act on opportunities and challenges in our community
Strategic Priorities for the Greeley Area Chamber
- Advocates for our diverse and growing investors
- Champions, partners, convenes, and promotes businesses and the community
- Grows business leaders and entrepreneurs as catalysts for development
- Leads as an early adopter and innovator
eyes on the future
Why? Here’s a few reasons:
elevate the local business environment
provide access to valuable resources
have a voice and advocate to support commerce
connect with other business leaders
2023 by the numbers
serving as the leading voice for our businesses
The Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce is a leading and important unified voice for the greater community. We do this by engaging issues important to business in our region and delivering significant return on investment for our stakeholders.
Let us know what is important to you and your business. Let your voice be heard. Attend our next Common Grounds: Where a lot can happen over coffee. They take place the first Friday of every month.
The Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce’s key areas
local policy priorities
Collaboration with Community partners
We value relationships with civic leaders and will continue our commitment to further developing positive and mutually beneficial working relationships. Furthering economic resiliency and mutually beneficial partnerships is one of our core strengths.
Education and Workforce
Desirable communities require quality education and public schools dedicated to high performance. A city or region’s economic competitiveness and quality of life depend on the success of its early education, K-12, community college, and university-level people and programs. Education is essential to the quality of life and economic well-being of the City of Greeley and the State of Colorado.
Commitment to Growth
The Greeley Area Chamber is committed to the growth of our city and region and strategies to support it. With significant growth on the horizon for the Greeley Area and region, our support will extend to Economic Development projects with existing business expansions and attraction of new business. We support projects that stake a claim on innovation and the improvement of our business climate.
We believe in a high-quality transportation system that allows individuals and goods to move safely, quickly, and conveniently and reliability around the community and region is necessary to preserve and improve quality of life and economic growth. The Chamber also supports trails, sidewalks, and greenspace to promote quality of life. We also recognize the need for proactive water policies to develop and ensure future supplies for Greeley’s residents and the city’s future growth.
A local government that is fiscally responsible, a careful steward of public tax dollars, and regularly reviews ordinances and policies allows the private sector to flourish. This helps build the economy and nourishes the overall quality of life in the communities it serves. In these pursuits, working in partnership, public and private sectors make Greeley an outstanding place to live and work.
Economic Development Partnership
The Greeley Area Chamber will continue to be a critical partner in the Economic Development process partnering with the City of Greeley and Upstate Economic Development along with Chambers throughout the region to ensure Greeley’s continued success. We will ensure we are a destination for business development & retention as well as talent and opportunity. We also will take a lead role in growing future leaders and fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem. We will be future-focused and economically competitive with an eye on the global markets
Don’t just take it from us, let the numbers speak for themself.
94 New investors in 2023
86% Retention Rate
34 Ribbon Cuttings
connecting within the community
programs & events
2023 board of directors
- Dr. Leah Bornstein – Aims Community College
- Mark Bradley – Realtec Commercial Real Estate
- Brad Darby* – Cintas Corporation
- Doug Dennison – Chevron
- Josh Dollard – Pepsi Beverages Company
- Matt Estrin – 477 Distilling/Greeley Hatchet House
- Dr. Andy Feinstein* – University of Northern Colorado
- Neil Fisher – WeldWerks Brewing Company
- Levi Gain – Doug’s Carpet & Upholstery Care
- Chris Gentle – First Interstate Bank
- Dale Hall – 365 Property Management
- Judy Hicks* – Anderson & Whitney, PC
- Lisa Hudson – East Colorado SBDC
- Aimee Hutson – Aunt Helen’s Coffee
- Jason Jones* – Adams Bank & Trust, Chamber Board Chair
- Margo Karsten* – Banner North Colorado Medical Center
- Kaycee Lytle – Bank of Colorado
- Dr. Deirdre Pilch* – Greeley-Evans School District 6
- Roger Ramirez – The Garage Automotive
- Collin Richardson – Richmark
- Marilyn Shock – UCHealth
- Christian Schulte – Peters, Schulte, Odil & Wallshein, LLC
- Kevin Weimer – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
- Rich Werner – Upstate Colorado Economic Development
- Betzy Valdez – Empowered Leader
*Denotes Executive Committee
2024 New directors:
Mayor John Gates
Kristina McGuffey – SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor
Jaime Henning, CCE
President / CEO
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Business Development CoordinatorSend an email
Events & Programs CoordinatorSend an email
Marketing and Finance AnalystSend an email
Latino Business Outreach & Young Professionals CoordinatorSend an email