Business Monday Briefings: Mountain Chamber Alliance Expands; Timberline Gets State Honor

Valley Chambers join the alliance

The Roaring Fork and Colorado Valley Chambers of Commerce recently announced joining the Mountain Chamber Alliance.

These chambers – in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Colorado River Valley and Glenwood Springs – join other alliance chambers in Buena Vista, Crested Butte/Mt. Crested, Grand Lake, Gunnison, Gypsum, Salida, Steamboat, Summit and Vail.

The organization was created to help advance public policy goals that enhance economic vitality and oppose those who negatively impact communities and businesses in the mountain region.

“Regional collaboration allows us to better represent the needs of local businesses at the state level,” ACRA president and CEO Debbie Braun said in a statement. “Central Rocky Mountain counties face similar challenges, and working together to support our communities makes us all stronger.

MCA’s mission is to apply the collaborative impact of Chambers of Commerce across the Central Rockies, including the thousands of businesses and employees they represent, to ensure mountain communities have a voice. on regional and national issues of importance.

The MCA has identified key priority elements which are common themes impacting the mountain region. These include workforce housing, transportation, childcare, tourism financing and destination management, short-term rentals, workforce development, broadband and healthcare.

For more information about the Mountain Chamber Alliance, contact Angie Anderson at 970-945-0784 or [email protected].

Timberline Bank honored

Timberline Bank received the 7(a) Small Lender of the Year award from the Colorado Small Business Administration. Timberline Bank Co-CEOs Jim Pedersen and Jeff Taets and Grand Junction President Louise Goodman attended the awards ceremony in Denver on May 6.
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Timberline Bank was named 7(a) Colorado Small Lender of the Year at SBA National Small Business Week, co-hosted by the City and County of Denver, Denver Economic Development & Opportunity.

“We are honored and thrilled to be nominated for this award. But Timberline should thank the SBA for supporting our small business, which is locally owned and operated. They are a critical partner for so many small businesses in Colorado,” said said Timberline President Louise Goodman during her May 6 acceptance speech.

“It’s an honor to receive this award for serving small businesses and especially gratifying since Timberline Bank is a small business,” said Pedersen.

National Small Business Week has been held annually since 1953 to encourage small business owners and allow them to learn from other small businesses.

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