Seeking a New President & CEO for The West Chamber – Serving Jefferson County

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Come grow with us!

The West Chamber – Serving Jefferson County is pivotal to the success of business in Jefferson County and is in the midst of positive change and growth.  We are seeking a President/CEO for our Chamber to embrace our business community and be a catalyst for our continued growth.

The successful candidate for this position will be a dynamic leader with a proven track record of community development and collaboration with numerous stakeholders; experience providing strategic direction and leadership to a team; and excellent verbal and written communications skills.

The West Chamber – Serving Jefferson County is located in the foothills of the Denver Metro Area and at the gateway to the beautiful Rocky Mountains and serves the fourth largest county in Colorado.

For a complete job description and to submit your application package please click HERE.

Seeking Applicants for The West Chamber 2014 Board of Directors

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Jeffco Business Leaders Sought for The West Chamber Board of Directors

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – March 3, 2014  – The West Chamber – Serving Jefferson County is seeking business and community professionals interested in serving on the Chamber’s board of directors beginning in Apr. 2014.  Applications from interested individuals will be reviewed and considered by the Chamber’s nominating committee.  Applicants wishing to be considered should submit their application by 5:00 P.M. on March 14, 2014.  The nominating committee will then present recommendations to the Chamber board.  A slate of board nominees will be presented to the Chamber’s membership in late March or early April, allowing members ten days to petition the nominees if desired.

Currently, the Chamber board is considering filling two vacancies, bringing the total number of directors for 2014 to 15 members.  Chamber bylaws call for the board to “be composed of no less than 11, nor more than 15 members.”  The board annually considers applications and nominations in order to maintain a board composition that best represents the Chamber’s membership.  Applicants are considered based on individual accomplishments and their contributions to the community and Chamber.  The slate of nominees must be a Chamber member in good standing and willing to commit to a 3-year term.

At a minimum, Chamber board members are expected to attend board meetings from 8:00 to 9:30 A.M. on the third Wednesday of each month and make themselves available for special meetings and/or retreats throughout the year.  The board is vested as the governing body of the Chamber that sets the objectives, governing policies and ensures the Chamber is fiscally responsible.  Board applicants should be ready to serve, in good faith, in a manner that is in the best interest of the Chamber.

“The West Chamber Board of Directors is excited about 2014 and the direction the Chamber is moving in,” said Tom Ripp, chair of the nominating committee.  “We have a number of initiatives that the board and Chamber staff is working to implement to create greater value for Chamber membership and to better the overall business environment for Jefferson County.  The Chamber’s board of directors is seeking additional leaders to help the Chamber achieve its objectives for 2014 and the future.”

Applications can be found online at http://www.westchamber.org/board-of-directors/applying_for_the_chamber_board/.  Questions may be directed to The West Chamber President/CEO Brian Willms at bwillms@westchamber.org or by calling (303) 233-5555.

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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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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JCBEA Taking Applications for Executive Director

bea_logo_vector-colorJefferson County Business Education Alliance (JCBEA) is taking applications for an Executive Director. JCBEA’s Executive Director will be a part-time contracted position with the opportunity to grow into a full-time salaried position with benefits in the coming months as revenue allows.  The Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of the JCBEA mission to connect business and education to create an outstanding workforce for today and tomorrow.

JCBEA is a new Colorado non-profit organization, based in Jefferson County, that is in the process of obtaining 501c3 nonprofit tax status from the Internal Revenue Service.

To learn more about JCBEA please visit the organization’s website: www.jcbea.org.

To learn more about position please click HERE.

To Apply:
Submit a resume or CV with cover letter as PDF files via email to Katie Tiernan, Executive Director Selection Committee Chair, at ktiernan@jeffco.k12.co.us by 4 p.m. MST on Friday, February 14, 2014. No phone calls please.  Faxed or mailed applications will not be considered.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR 2014 JEFFERSON COUNTY HALL OF FAME AWARDS

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 The West Chamber Introduces Business Hall of Fame Awards

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – January 6, 2014 – The West Chamber – Serving Jefferson County is now accepting nominations for its newly established Jefferson County Hall of Fame Awards.  These prestigious awards will be presented to recipients Friday, February 21 at the Chamber’s 67th Annual Chairman’s Inaugural Celebration at Terrace Gardens at Ken Caryl Event Center.

The Jefferson County Hall of Fame Awards will recognize 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.  A potential nominee should have made a significant and long standing economic, civic or social impact within Jefferson County.

In addition, the Chamber will be awarding its first ever Steve Burkeholder 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.  This individual will have achieved a high level of respect within the business and public communities.

Nominations will be accepted through January 24, 2014.  Nomination information can be downloaded from the West Chamber’s website http://www.westchamber.org/2014CICawards.  Honorees will be announced by February 7, 2014.

“Jefferson County, Colorado is one of the most outstanding counties in our nation and it is due to the many contributions made over time by a vast array of people, businesses and organizations,” said Brian Willms, President/CEO of The West Chamber serving Jefferson County. “The West Chamber believes it is important we honor those that greatly impacted our county for the better and established an economic climate and community that benefits us all today.  We are honored to recognize the accomplishments of those who have made a legacy impact on Jefferson County by maintaining a Jefferson County Hall of Fame.”

Evaluation Criteria

Honorees will be selected by a committee considering the following:

  • Overall impact to Jefferson County
  • Contributions and outcomes continued for generations
  • Level of involvement in the community
  • The effects their contributions have on Jefferson County today and into the future

Tickets and Registration

Chairman’s Inaugural Celebration will take place at Terrace Gardens at Ken Caryl Event Center, 11851 Shaffer Dr., in Ken Caryl on Friday, February 21, from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. with registration beginning at 11:00 A.M.

Tickets are $50 per person or $600 for a corporate sponsored table of eight.

Sponsorships

Sponsorships are still available for the February 21st event.  In supporting Chairman’s Inaugural Celebration, businesses can demonstrate their support of outstanding businesses and leaders in Jefferson County and benefit from the exposure of a highly attended event.  The West Chamber encourages its members to consider participation through one of three sponsorship levels, which includes Legacy Sponsor ($2,500), Leadership Sponsor ($1,500) or Corporate Table Sponsor ($600).

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

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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