Community Leaders Help Boulder Chamber Break Records
Over 230 Boulder Chamber volunteers contributed to a record breaking membership event that has brought in 271 new members and $110K in revenue in 55 hours – making it the largest membership event of its kind in Colorado history. “This event has been so successful because it was founded on the relationships that exist within Boulder’s dynamic business community,” said Interim CEO, Clif Harald, who is also Executive Director of the Boulder Economic Council, “and we started with a strong base of about 1530 members, which is almost twice as many as any other community of our size.”
Leaders from throughout the Boulder community chaired competitive teams, engaging their networks to recruit team captains who in turn activated their networks to recruit teams. Team members from all levels, many of them in themed costumes representing their team color, attended one of four three hour shifts on Tuesday and Wednesday. They received an enthusiastic reception from Chamber staff and a high energy orientation from Jimmy Caruso of Your Chamber Connection, the consulting firm who runs similar events across the country. Volunteers reached out to their business colleagues with the Chamber’s value proposition at tables strewn with cowbells, refreshments, and their own rolodexes and computers. The event culminated in a Celebration “Roast” at A Spice of Life Event Center. For photos of the event, visit the Chamber’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/boulderchamber.
Chairs from diverse industries, from non-profits to real estate and from solo-preneurs to the CU Athletics Director showed true leadership, many of them staying through multiple shifts to work alongside their teams. Chairs and captains were held accountable for their team members’ infringements such as ringing cellphones and talking during the presentation by being called on to do pushups on the spot. New members spanned industries and business size as well. “We saw all kinds of business coming on board, from one person shops like real estate agents and architects, to Shine and L’Atelier restaurants and Twirl frozen yogurt, to tech businesses like Splick It, to Bikes Belong which is a non-profit that promotes cycling, to Boulder Women’s Care, to the Yoga Pod, all the way up to our largest new members, Coors and Pepsi,” said Angelique Espinoza, the Chamber’s Public Affairs Manager.
Scott Ziemba, the Chamber’s Director of Business Development, credits the outstanding efforts of these leaders and the Chamber staff team for the event’s success, and says it goes beyond the new membership numbers. “Even people who didn’t join are really hearing the Chamber’s message. Some people got multiple calls from volunteers telling them firsthand how the Chamber supports community, economic and business vitality, fosters connections and relationship building, and helps make Boulder a great place to live, work and play.”