Members reflect on Golden chamber


Fellowship and community development are a point of civic pride for Golden business owners, local organizations and residents, and for 93 years, the Golden Chamber of Commerce has thrived on them.

“We all work together as a whole,” said Jayne Byl, communications assistant at the chamber.

She said she has seen Golden build strong networks and partnerships that have expanded the city’s businesses and civic resources. She has also seen the many contributions the chamber brings through the Farmer’s Market, the Fine Arts Festival and development initiatives, including the light rail or the establishment of the Golden Urban Renewal Authority.

“People believe in the chamber,” Byl said. “They know the things we do have created prosperity not only with the business but with the community.”

The chamber is seeking new members in the many companies around Golden, with promotional deals to help gain more interest. Current chamber members say the benefits of joining are exceptional.

“A lot of the chamber activities are oriented toward making Golden a wonderful community to live in,” said Jim Garner, chamber member and videographer. “It’s a great opportunity for networking among other people who have a genuine and inherent interest in doing business in golden.”

Through Oct. 3, the chamber is offering a 16-month membership for the price of 12 months. A one-time enrollment fee of $25 will be waived, and those who sign up receive guaranteed placement in the 2014 directory that is circulated after Thanksgiving.

Garner has been a chamber member for 26 years and has pioneered in videography with his creation of “Infotainment,” a new twist on business panels for owners and associates. His venture has been a success, and he is currently capturing testimonials from chamber members to be showcased by the Golden chamber in a presentation called the Secrets of the Golden Chamber. The presentation is scheduled for Oct. 3 at the American Mountaineering Center, and is intended to educate residents and business owners about the chamber’s history. The event will include trivia and a silent auction.

With almost 12 testimonials recorded so far, Garner is booked until the end of August. He expects to record 12 more testimonials from business owners who want to share their affection for the city of Golden.

“I’m a member of the Chamber of Commerce, not for what I can get out of it but because it’s like paying my dues for being a Golden citizen,” said Jim Smith, broker and owner of Golden Real Estate, during his testimonial. “I love the people, love the organizations. I love the volunteerism I see around. It’s a great place to live.”

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