23rd Annual Shootout Golf Tournament – August 25, 2014

The West Chamber invites you to participate in the 23rd Annual Shootout Golf Tournament on August 25, 2014 at Red Rocks Country Club in Morrison, CO. Red Rocks Country Club is located in an area that is rich with natural history, and pioneering spirit. Red Rocks has been voted one of the the top country clubs in the Denver area!

To register for the Shootout Golf Tournament, Click Here
To sign up as a Sponsor, Click Here

Great golf prizes and bragging rights for top winners – Men & Women:

  • Closest to the Pin
  • Longest Drive
  • Best Putt
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Teams
  • A Special Category of Mulligan Awards!Golf Shootout Flyer FINAL

Not ready to play in the shootout? Sign up for our Drive & Putt Clinic! Learn how to drive and putt better in just two short hours, then we’ll all end the morning with an awesome lunch. Drive and Putt (Just bring your drive and putter).

Red Rocks Country Club
16235 W. Belleview Avenue
Morrison, CO 80465
303-697-4438

 

The West Chamber hires Dan Rodriguez as new CEO

 

Dan Rodriguez HS low-res rcv 2014 05 02LAKEWOOD, Colo. – May 2, 2014 – The Board of Directors for The West Chamber – Serving Jefferson County announced they have hired Dan Rodriguez as the organization’s new president and Chief Executive Officer. Rodriguez has previously served as the president and CEO for the Parker Chamber of Commerce in Parker, Colorado from 2010 to 2013.

Rodriguez will officially take the executive role as The West Chamber executive on May 28 succeeding Brian Willms whose resignation is effective May 27. Rodriguez graciously agreed to start his work on May 20 for the Chamber so he could work with Willms for a week prior to the official transition.

“Brian has done an incredible job as The West Chamber CEO. He leaves it in better condition than when he walked in the door two years ago and has positioned us for solid growth,” said Joni Inman, Chamber board chairman and president of Joni Inman Consulting, LLC.

“At the same time, we’re excited to have a new Chamber CEO that will hit the ground running and is willing to take the time to work with our outgoing executive to help create a smooth transition.” she said.

Rodriguez is an accomplished chamber professional who also led the Pahrump Chamber of Commerce (Pahrump, Nevada). His prior boards speak highly of his work as a chamber executive and his abilities to grow membership. In addition to his work in the chamber industry Rodriguez has also been a business owner and operator; owning as many as six McDonalds franchises and a dry cleaning business.

Inman added, “The board and I welcome Dan and look forward to working with him. His ability to relate with people certainly shined through during our hiring process and we were consistently told by those he has worked with in the past how committed he is to cultivating relationships.”

A Denver native, Rodriguez has a track record of successes in both the business world and the nonprofit sector. He brings a wealth of experience in executive leadership and a business acumen that will serve The West Chamber membership well.

“I’m eager to get started with The West Chamber,” said Rodriguez. “There is so much happening in Jefferson County and the rich legacy The West Chamber has provides me and the entire Chamber team an incredible opportunity to help business owners and professionals alike to thrive.”

The West Chamber Honors Outstanding Contributors for 2013

 

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The West Chamber Honors Outstanding Contributors for 2013 and First Ever Jefferson County Hall of Fame Inductees

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – February 25, 2014 – The West Chamber – Serving Jefferson County kicked off 2014 by honoring several significant contributors to Jefferson County at its 67th Annual Chairman’s Inaugural Celebration lunch on Friday, February 21, 2014 at Terrace Gardens Ken Caryl Event Center.  The events theme, “Stronger Together – Connecting Businesses in 2014” helped nearly 300 people from the Jefferson County business community recognize the first inductees to the Jefferson County Hall of Fame Recognizing Business, Government and Philanthropy and welcome incoming board chair, Joni Inman of Joni Inman Consulting, LLC.

The event celebrated the amazing contributions made by Charlie Church McKay, Dr. Jack Newkirk, Dr. Cindy Stevenson and Gary Wink as the first inductees to the Jefferson County Hall of Fame Recognizing Business, Government and Philanthropy.

“Jefferson County is enriched by the many contributions from each of the four Hall of Fame inductees.  The incredible work that Charles, Jack, Cindy and Gary have done has certainly made Jefferson County a richer place to reside and do business,” said Joni Inman, 2014 board chair for The West Chamber – Serving Jefferson County’s Board of Directors.  “The West Chamber is honored to recognize the numerous accomplishments of each of these great community leaders.”

The Jefferson County Hall of Fame Recognizing Business, Government and Philanthropy Awards recognizes outstanding individuals, businesses and/or organizations from the past and present who have had significant impact through their leadership and contributions to Jefferson County’s economy, community and legacy.  Each of the four recipients has made a significant and long standing economic, civic or social impact within Jefferson County.

Steve Burkholder was also recognized for his many accomplishments as a community leader and Chamber member over the years with the first annual Steve Burkholder Diamond Legacy Award.  This award will be given annually to an individual who is recognized as a “shining star” due to their leadership and contributions in making Jefferson County a better place to reside and do business in.

“The West Chamber and Jefferson County have both benefited greatly from Steve’s leadership,” said Brian Willms, president and CEO of The West Chamber.  “Many people know about his vast accomplishments while serving on as Mayor for the City of Lakewood but he has also positively impacted Jefferson County while in serving on the Chamber’s board in the late 1980’s.”

Burkholder served as board chair for the Chamber in 1986.  During his tenure on the Chamber board and as board chair, the Chamber partnered with the City of Lakewood, Jefferson County and other organizations on initiatives that had great influence on the development of C-470, Belmar and Lakewood City Commons.  He also helped establish Leadership Jefferson County in 1985.

The event also honored local businesses and individuals for their performance in 2013.  Awards were given to the Large Business of the Year (more than 50 employees), Small Business of the Year (50 employees or less), Nonprofit of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Ambassador of the Year and the Chamber’s Unsung Hero.

St. Anthony’s Hospital received Large Business of the Year, EcoGraphics Printing, Inc. was awarded Small Business of the Year and Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (DDRC) was honored as the Nonprofit of the Year.  Chamber member Shane Robert, owner of Green Vine Marketing was the Chamber’s Young Professional of the Year, Bj Hambleton of Steps and Wings Healing Arts, LLC was given the Ambassador of the Year award and Kay Ehalt of Colorado Dream Baskets and Gifts was recognized as the Chamber’s Unsung Hero.

About The West Chamber

The West Chamber is a regional Chamber of Commerce and serves Jefferson County.  The Chamber started in 1947 as the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce.  In 1990 the group merged with the Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce to be The West Chamber – ServingJeffersonCounty.  Comprised of more than 850 local companies, the Chamber offers a vast array of educational and networking programs to help its members, both large and small, gain the skills and resources necessary to thrive and prosper in today’s economy.  As a founding member of the Jefferson County Business Lobby (JCBL), the Chamber also serves as an advocate for business, working on behalf of entrepreneurs to lead and influence local, state and federal policy on issues affecting the unique interests of business in JeffersonCounty. For more information on The West Chamber, please call (303) 233-5555 or visit www.westchamber.org.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Brian Willms

President & CEO

bwillms@westchamber.org

(720) 399-5651

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January Grand Openings, Ribbon Cuttings & Celebrations!

Ribbon Cutting Celebration
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Colorado Media School
(formerly Ohio School of Broadcasting)
404 South Upham Street
Lakewood, CO 80226
Help us celebrate a new name for a local business

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Saturday, January 18, 2014
CAUTION Brewing
1057 South Wadsworth
Lakewood, CO 80226
Ribbon Cutting: 12noon
New Business & Lakewood’s 1st production, micro-brewery and taproom!

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Friday, January 24, 2014
Planet Fitness
98 Wadsworth, Ste. 125B
Lakewood, CO 80226
Open House: 3:30pm – 7:30 pm
Ribbon Cutting: 6:00 pm
Danni Allen, winner of the Biggest Loser Season 14 will be on site from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. to greet / take pictures / sign autographs

Ribbon Cutting Celebration
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Ambroziak Kitto, P.C.
1111 Washington Avenue, Ste. 200
Golden, CO 80401
Open House: 4:30pm – 6:30 pm
Ribbon Cutting: 5:30 pm
Help us welcome this new business to The West Chamber

The West Chamber “Celebrate Women” will honor leaders in Jefferson County

Women-owned businesses represent one of the largest and fastest growing segments of the national economy. Since 2008, women-owned businesses in Jefferson County have more than doubled, bringing the total number of businesses owned by women to more than 4,000.

Celebrate Women of Jefferson County is an annual event that recognizes the achievements of women who are established leaders in the community. Last year’s event attracted more than 300 people and an anticipated 400 people will turnout for this year’s ceremony scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 at the Marriott Denver West Hotel. Tickets for Celebrate Women of Jefferson County are $45 per person or $600 for an eight-person corporate table sponsorship and can be purchased by registering online for the event.

Women have come a long way since the days when suffrage was only granted to men. Now, women hold positions of influence in politics, business and their community. In its 12th year, Celebrate Women of Jefferson County will honor 12 women whose drive, perseverance and accomplishments have far exceeded the status quo.

“This event is Jefferson County’s way of acknowledging the exceptional leadership demonstrated by local women,” said Brian Willms, West Chamber president. “Some of the nominees own businesses, some work with nonprofits, but all of them deserve to be recognized.”

The 2013 honorees are:

  • Barbara Brohl – Colorado Department of Revenue
  • Michelle Claymore – Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation
  • Ann Demers – Former Jeffco Schools Special Needs Teacher & Psychologist
  • Maro Dimmer – Rheinlander Bakery
  • Loretta DiTirro – Re/MAX Professionals
  • Sonya Estes – Runners Roost-Lakewood
  • Colleen Jorgensen – Red Rocks Community College
  • Page Lambert – Award Winning Author
  • Chief Patsy Mundell – Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Carol Salzmann – Exempla Lutheran Medical Center
  • Barbara Scripps – Scripps, Taylor & Associates, PC
  • Mag Strittmatter – The Action Center

“We can all be proud of the many contributions these women make in our communities every day,” said Nancy Crego, event chairperson. “The value they bring is priceless.”

More than 10 million firms in the U.S. are owned by women, employing 13 million people and generating $1.9 trillion in sales as of 2008, according to the National Association of Women Business Owners.

For more information about “Celebrate Women” or to register, go to www.westchamber.org.

To learn more about this year’s honorees, please click HERE.

To see a list of past honorees, please click HERE.

 

 

Nominating Committee Report to the Membership

NOTICE TO ALL WEST CHAMBER MEMBERS
Nominating Committee Report to the Membership

The West Chamber Board of Directors’ Nominating Committee is announcing as of Wednesday, October 9 it has nominated three (3) candidates to serve on the Chamber’s Board of Directors as stipulation in the Chamber’s bylaws. The Nominating Committee has chosen the following people (in alphabetical order) to serve beginning January 1, 2014:

Jim Bartlett - A Master’s Hands, LLC (Three-year term)
Amber Hills - FirstBank – Jefferson County (Three-year term)
Rick Newsome - Kaiser Permanente (Three-year term)

The new officers for 2014 Board of Directors nominated are as follows:

Joni Inman – Chair, Joni Inman Consulting, (One-year term)
Darin Hammerschmidt – Chair Elect, Waddell & Reed Financial Services (One-year term)
Karen Scremin – Treasurer, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center (One-year term)
Tom Ripp – Chair Emeritus, Boatright & Ripp, LLC (One-year term)

The West Chamber Board of Directors has approved the slate and is now presenting it to the membership of The West Chamber according to the Chamber’s bylaws:

ARTICLE V – Board of Directors, Section 5.2

(a) Publicity of Nominations. The membership shall be notified in October of the names of candidates for the Board of Directors nominated and approved by the board and of the right to make further nominations.

(b) Petition. Additional persons may be nominated as candidates for the directors by petition bearing signatures of at least fifteen (15) members in good standing. Each such petition shall be filed with the Nominating Committee within ten (10) days after notice has been given of names of those nominated. The determination of the Nominating Committee as to the validity of the petition shall be final.

Submitted by:
Tom Ripp, 2013 Chair of The West Chamber Board of Directors

 

The West Chamber Celebrates 67th Year with Membership Drive

PRESS RELEASE ─ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE WEST CHAMBER CELEBRATES 67TH YEAR WITH MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – September 19, 2013 – Celebrating 67 years of serving businesses in Jefferson County, The West Chamber – Serving Jefferson County is launching a membership drive to add another 67 members to its roster.

According to Brian Willms, The West Chamber’s president and CEO, “Successful business people still rely on the face-to-face relationships to develop their businesses and achieve their goals. Although Facebook, LinkedIN, Twitter and various other social media sites have become valuable business marketing tools, it is the personable relationship that earns trust and wins the business.” Willms added, “The West Chamber is all about making valuable connections and cultivating those relationships.”

The West Chamber continues to help its members though business legislation, workshops targeting today’s most popular marketing techniques, and networking opportunities to connect several generations of business people on a regular basis. “We are finding more young professionals joining chambers across the state,” says Willms.

Join The West Chamber for a special fundraising day on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 for an all-day special event at one of the longest standing members of the chamber, 240 Union Restaurant, (303) 989-3562. “Make your reservations for lunch, happy hour or dinner at 240 Union and Michael Coughlin, 240 Union proprietor, will donate a percentage of the gross proceeds to The West Chamber,” explains Willms, “To help kick off the drive for 67 new members.”

Members of The West Chamber are on a mission to bring 67 new members into this exciting organization, adding to its growing roster of more than 750 members.

For more information about The West Chamber and the special fundraising day at 240 Union, please click HERE.

For more information about the Chamber’s 67 for 67 Membership Drive, please click HERE.

About The West Chamber
The West Chamber is a regional Chamber of Commerce and serves Jefferson County. The Chamber started in 1947 as the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. In 1990 the group merged with the Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce to be The West Chamber – Serving Jefferson County. Comprised of more than 850 local companies, the Chamber offers a vast array of educational and networking programs to help its members, both large and small, gain the skills and resources necessary to thrive and prosper in today’s economy. As a founding member of the Jefferson County Business Lobby (JCBL), the Chamber also serves as an advocate for business, working on behalf of entrepreneurs to lead and influence local, state and federal policy on issues affecting the unique interests of business in Jefferson County. For more information on The West Chamber, please call (303) 233-5555 or visit www.westchamber.org.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Brian Willms
President & CEO
bwillms@westchamber.org
(720) 399-5651

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IRS Provides Tax Relief to Victims of Colorado Storms

IRS Provides Tax Relief to Victims of Colorado Storms

WASHINGTON –– The Internal Revenue Service is providing tax relief to individual and business taxpayers impacted by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides in Colorado.

The IRS announced today that certain taxpayers in the counties of Adams, Boulder, Larimer and Weld will receive tax relief, and other locations may be added in coming days following additional damage assessments by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The tax relief postpones certain tax filing and payment deadlines to Dec. 2, 2013. It includes corporations and businesses that previously obtained an extension until Sept. 16, 2013, to file their 2012 returns and individuals and businesses that received a similar extension until Oct. 15. It also includes the estimated tax payment for the third quarter of 2013, which would normally be due Sept. 16.

The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and applies automatic filing and payment relief. But affected taxpayers who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area must call the IRS disaster hotline at 866-562-5227 to request this tax relief.

Practitioners located in the covered disaster area who maintain records necessary to meet a filing or payment deadline for multiple taxpayers outside the disaster area may contact the IRS to identify such clients using the procedures described on the IRS website.

Full details, including information on how to claim a disaster loss by amending a prior-year tax return, can be found in IRS.gov. The IRS encourages taxpayers and tax practitioners to monitor the Tax Relief in Disaster Situations in IRS.gov for updates.

The site address is: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Relief-in-Disaster-Situations

In the Wake of the Floods

Assistance for Those Affected by the September Flooding: To learn more about how you can help, please click HERE.

On behalf of The West Chamber – Serving Jefferson County and our Board of Directors, I’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to everyone being impacted by the flooding over the last week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Colorado affected by these situations. We recognize that there are many across Colorado who has been impacted by the flooding including those in Jefferson County in areas like Evergreen and Morrison.

The Chamber would like to help those affected by flooding and believe we can start by sharing information on how you can help. If you are interested in helping those affected by the floods you can visit http://www.helpcoloradonow.org/ to learn more about how you can give time and/or money to those needing assistance. We also plan to act as a hub for collecting donations for those affected by the flooding. As we have more details we will be sure to share them via our website, www.westchamber.org, and our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/WestChamber.

We have learned the Colorado Department of Revenue is extending deadlines for taxes by waiving penalty and interest for 30 days for any taxpayer affected by the floods that cannot file and pay a tax by the due date. You can learn more by visiting http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/Revenue/REVX/1251645974804.

If you have any information or ideas on how we can help, please be sure to share that information with us. You can start by emailing us at info@westchamber.org or calling us at 303-233-5555. Also, we welcome you to share information via our Facebook page as well by making a post or comment.

Again, our deepest sympathies to everyone being impacted by the flooding and many blessings to you as well.
Brian

Brian Willms – President & CEO
The West Chamber – Serving Jefferson County

Tax Filing and Payment Relief for persons affected by Colorado flooding

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Division of Taxation
Contact: Ro Silva
Phone Number: 303.205.2961
CDOR Communications Director: Daria Serna
Phone Number: 303.866.5303

Tax Filing and Payment Relief for persons affected by Colorado flooding

September 13, 2013, Denver, CO — The Colorado Department of Revenue will extend filing deadlines for taxes by waiving penalty and interest for 30 days for any taxpayer affected by the floods that cannot file and pay a tax by the due date.

Generally, the Department of Revenue follows the Internal Revenue Service’s lead for extending filing deadlines because of natural disasters. However, due to the unprecedented nature and scope of the flooding, the Department of Revenue is taking additional measures to assist taxpayers during this emergency.

For those taxpayers directly impacted by the flood, who as a result cannot file their tax returns by the required due date, the department will extend the filing deadline for 30 days without penalty and interest.

Taxes include individual, partnership, corporate, and fiduciary income taxes, withholding taxes, sales taxes, and excise taxes.

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Colorado Department of Revenue ∙1375 Sherman Street ∙ Denver, CO 80203 ∙ www. TaxColorado.com