The Chamber Today eNewsletter July 2010


The Chamber Today is an electronic newsletter, published monthly by the Boulder Chamber with a distribution of more than 3,000 members each issue. It provides a snapshot of upcoming networking events, public affairs and green business issues, seminars, and educational programs for Chamber members.

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Advocacy Outlook
By Dan Powers

Chamber Board Opposes Three Crucial Ballot Issues
The Boulder Chamber Board of Directors has voted to formally oppose three tax and government financing-oriented measures approved for this November's statewide ballot. The Board believes Amendments 60 & 61 and Proposition 101 would negatively impact the ability for the state and local government entities to provide services critical for a healthy economy and to attract and retain businesses.  Read more




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Top 3 Reasons to Consider Facebook for Marketing Your Business
By Stephanie A. Milliman

Last year, Facebook saw an explosion of users and a change of user demographic. With that shift, this medium has now become mainstream with millions of pages added every day. Smart companies of all sizes are finding their social media voice on Facebook. Here are a few ways you can market your company:

1) Promotions & Discounts. More and more companies are learning that having a social media presence on Facebook is important to get their message out on new products/services for discounts and promotions. Giving away something valuable and FREE to your audience is the best way to create a fan base. Unlike old forms of collateral marketing - it is instant messaging and PR and it's free. How many times have you clicked on a discount message off your smartphone? Read more




Member Spotlight: The Villas at the Atrium
By Stephanie A. Milliman

Interview with Marcella Barros, Sales & Marketing Manager
A community member helping Boulder County by providing fundraisers for many different causes.
The Villas at the Atrium is the largest senior living housing company in the area and Brookdale Senior Living has nearly 600 communities throughout the U.S.  The Villas at the Atrium is independent living arm and the Wynwood at Ridge Point community is strictly assisted living. The Optimum Life program focuses on social activities in an effort to address residents' needs including those of purposeful, spiritual, emotional, social, intellectual and physical.  A feature of our community is the "Atrium" layout for which we serve many small and large groups and guarantee the senior community at large is welcome to attend all of the events we sponsor. Read more




Are you a retailer selling products and services on your website looking to generate leads?

Join Toby Hemmerling of path b, llc who will share a step-by-step approach for e-commerce and online lead generation using free tools such as Google Analytics and Google Website Optimizer and commercial not free, but affordable user testing tools. You'll leave with a simple and effective 5-point checklist to improve sales conversions. This SBDC Boulder workshop will be on Monday, July 21 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Cost is $35 for Chamber members and to be held at the Chamber Center, 2440 Pearl Street. Register now!




Announcements

Chamber Seeking New Board Members
Do you know someone who would be a great asset to the Chamber's Board of Directors? The Board has formed a nominating committee to begin the search for new board members. If you have recommendations please direct them to the committee chair, Pat O'Brien. Patrick.O’Brien@guarantybankco.com.




Ribbon Cutting @ Teagan & Mac
Members: Show your support and come out to Teagan & Mac as they celebrate the launch of their new business on July 8 at 2232 Pearl St., Ste. 200 from 4-5pm. Ribbon cuttings sponsored by FastFrame.




CU-Boulder Career Services seeks your help with the 7th annual "Suit Yourself" program to collect clean, gently worn business attire from June 1 through September 15. Career Services then sells the clothes to students and alumni at low cost. Men's and women's suits, jackets, pants, shirts, skirts, ties and handbags will be accepted at Career Services and all Art Cleaners stores in Boulder.




Good News!

Virsage Solutions Announced its Hosted Desktop Solution is Available for the iPad
Virsage Solutions celebrated the one-year anniversary of it's Hosted Desktop Solution, Virsage WorkPlace, in June. The company announced the hosted desktop is now ready for the iPad.  By combining WorkPlace with an iPad users can access their familiar Microsoft Office applications and other Windows based software directly from their iPad. WorkPlace replaces expensive servers, computer repair technicians, and expensive IT management with the click of an icon. For more information, visit www.virsage.com.

Boulder Digital Arts Announces Partnership with Photo Craft Laboratories
Photo Craft Laboratories in Boulder announced it will offer Boulder Digital Arts members access to digital printing and display graphics products and services beginning June 25. The partnership between Boulder Digital Arts and Photo Craft creates collaboration among its network of students, professionals and other technology enthusiasts. Located at 2901 55th Street in Boulder, Photo Craft operates several divisions to meet different audience segments. Visit www.boulderdigitalarts.com for information about partner programs.




What Our Members Are Saying...

"I moved to Boulder in March of 2009, and within two days, I joined the Boulder Chamber to grow my business and network with other businesses in this town." - Shaun Oshman, owner, iSupportU <VIDEO>




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Your feedback is appreciated. Please email the eNewsletter's editor, Stephanie A. Milliman, with any questions or suggestions. The Chamber Today is published monthly by the Boulder Chamber. Members receive this publication as part of their membership. © Copyright 2010. All rights reserved.


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