Business Resources for COVID-19 — UPDATED 6/17/2020

At this time, all the area chambers of commerce are keeping up with ways to help business owners with their financial needs. Below is a collection of the information that they are providing. If you desire more direct access to them, please do visit their websites and contact them as needed. They are willing to help members and non-members, alike. We are all in this together and what happens in your business, affects our community and the other businesses.

http://www.goconifer.com
http://www.evergreenchamber.org
http://www.plattecanyonchamber.org

Since the beginning of this epidemic, many changes to opportunities for businesses have occurred. The best way to find out what is available for your business is to visit the websites of the area chambers of commerce. The direct links to the resources for the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce and for the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce are below. Each one has done an outstanding job of making information thoroughly available and up to date. They are also working directly with Jefferson County Commissioner Leslie Dahlkemper to get county businesses open and funded through locally available CARES Act funds.

NOTE: Previous information on this blog entry has become out of date, so it has been deleted

Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce web page hyper link: COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce web page hyper link: BUSINESS RESOURCES

REMINDER: You do not need to be a member of the chamber of commerce to take advantage of these resources

Facebook Groups in the Mountain Area

This is a list of Facebook Groups where you can connect to tell about your business and watch to see if anyone is looking for a recommendation. It is highly suggested that you read all the terms and conditions of each group to make sure you know their rules about when, where and how you can advertise on their page. Each page is operated separately.

Conifer Bailey & Pine Community

Conifer Bailey & Pine Colorado Community

Conifer Colorado Neighbors & Friends

Evergreen Neighbors & Friends

Evergreen Neighbors and Friends

Evergreen Bailey Conifer All In One

Evergreen Community Chat

Mountain Skills & Trade

Conifer Bailey Pine & Shawnee

Evergreen Conifer Networking Women

Bailey & Pine Colorado Neighbors & Friends

Conifer Chat

285 Corridor

285 Biz & Artists

Evergreen Expert

Mountain Events

Conifer Kids

Mountain Postshare

Mountain Corridor Community Events

Evergreen Mountain Mamas

Networking Details

So how do you get involved with Mountain Women in Business?

We meet three times each month. The first Thursday is in the morning and the third Tuesday is in the morning and first Tuesday the evening. Come to the meeting(s) that suit you best. It is not required for you to attend each one, but we encourage you to come to at least one meeting per month so everyone can get to know you better and be able to refer you to other people.

Our meetings are currently via Zoom and begin at 8:00am and end at 9:00am or evening meetings from 6:00pm until 7:00pm. It’s a very good idea to log in early and be ready to start promptly.

PLEASE BE AWARE: Temporarily all of our meetings have moved to the Virtual World. We are not meeting in person currently. If you would like to be included in the Virtual Meetings, please do go to the Home Page and fill out the Contact Form. We look forward to in-person meetings as soon as possible!

Each meeting is an opportunity to practice your introduction (frequently referred to as an Elevator Speech) and hand out business cards or literature. Members can sign up for an opportunity to make a longer presentation. Occasionally  a guest speaker or a special topic is presented instead of a member presentation.

Recently we have been arranging Social Events. This is a casual time, so we can get to know each other on a more personal basis. If you have any suggestions and/or would like to coordinate a social event, please contact one of the board members directly.

Mountain Women in Business is a non-profit entity and does have nominal annual dues. The cost is $48 per year prorated with an initial admin fee of $40.

We encourage guests to join us a couple of times to see if this is a great networking environment for them.

Networking Improves Business

Have you been looking for a place to make connections for your business and make friends? Mountain Women in Business may just be the place for you!

The most important person in your business is YOU. Only you can present your business in the way it should be presented. No matter who works for you, it is your face and your personality that will be looked at. But getting the right information to people who could buy from you or who could refer others to you can be overwhelming. It’s important to get out in public and let prospects know all about your business. That’s where networking comes in.

Networking is simply an opportunity to tell your story to other people. And networking comes in many different formats. It can be at a chamber of commerce event, at a business association meeting, at an official networking group meeting, even in the checkout line at your local grocery store. Anywhere where you can meet people face-to-face, tell your story, and learn the other person’s story is a good place to network.

Specific groups exist to help you make these connections and to practice your talking points. Some are quite pricey and have very strict guidelines for membership. Others can be more casual. Where you are attracted really depends on your personality. Frequently you will find large nationwide groups that have the criteria where only one business of a specific type is allowed in the group. This may be a prefect place for you to feel comfortable and able to display your expertise. Typically these have the title of “Leads Group”. There are also groups that allow multiple businesses of each type. In these groups you can really hone in on your specialty and focus on what makes you different from your group competition. It’s all a matter of preference.

No matter what you choose, you need to get out and let people know you exist. And there is no single perfect method to get your message across. Each establishment is different. But continuous learning and practicing can help you make a success of your passion.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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