March 2010

Message from the President

Fellow Chamber Members, as you will see elsewhere in this newsletter, the Mountain Connection is in the process of putting together the Platte Canyon Directory again this year. We hope that you will all support this high quality publication to help promote both our area and our wonderful local businesses.

Other things that are going on include:

The date for Bailey Day is finally set at July 31. Bailey Day was at one time known as Pioneer Days. July 31 was chosen because it did not appear to conflict with any other area events. In doing some research, it appears that late July or early August is when this celebration has frequently occurred. There will be an organizational meeting for Bailey Day at Lynwood Park on March 4 at 6:30pm. If you would like to volunteer time or ideas, please attend.

We encourage everyone to visit and use the new website at www.baileycolorado.org. New Feature: the website gives members a chance to make coupons easily available to the general public. If you would like to see a coupon example, look up under Members: Lynwood Park, then click on the coupon button at the bottom of the contact information. You will see a coupon for Lynwood Park.

The Board of Directors reduced the cost of membership for businesses with a Park County zip code. This was based on the results of the survey last October. However, to allow us to reduce these membership fees, we need to send as many newsletters out via email as possible instead of mailing them. The cost to publish and mail a newsletter to every member is approximately $300 per month. Emailing newsletters conserves your Chamber budget. We are trying to maximize the benefit of your membership dollars. Please sign up for e-mail delivery of the newsletter if possible. In any case, please let us know how you feel.

A Big Thank You!

We would like to thank everyone for their participation in the brainstorming last month to identify the needs of the Chamber members.

Board Appointments

Kay Webster of Photography by Kay has been appointed to the board of Directors. We still are looking for one more director, please let me know if you are interested.

Sincerely
Bill Kulenburg
President Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce


Announcements

Bailey Day 2010
by Lynn Griffin

The date has been set for the annual Bailey Day Celebration! This Year Bailey Day will be Saturday, July 31st. Destination:Bailey! Will be hosting the traditional Bailey Day Dinner & Street Dance on Friday Evening July 30th. The next planning meeting for Bailey Day is Thursday. March 4th at 6:30 pm at Lynwood Park. Anyone who is interested in participating in or helping with Bailey Day please join us for this meeting. If you have any questions please contact Lyn Kulenburg at 303-838-4243. Thanks!

Mountain Connection Chamber Directory
Bill Kulenburg

The Mountain Connection is working on this year's Chamber Directory. We encourage all members to participate in this information source for members and people visiting the canyon by purchasing an ad in the publication. The cut-off date for having adds submitted the March 31, 2010. If you would like to place an add in the Directory and have not yet been contacted, please contact the Mountain Connection at 303-674-3801 or info@mountainconnection.com.

Park County Housing Needs Assessment
Kathy Mastroianni

The State Division of Housing was give a grant from HUD (Housing and Urban Development) with the goal of each county in Colorado conducting a housing needs assessment. There is no cost to Park County to do the assessment. The survey went out to a random sampling of homeowners. Park County renters - please contact me at 303-503-6128 and I will get a survey to you. Thank you for your help!

Friends of the Bailey Library Easter Egg Hunt

Bailey’s largest Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 3rd at 11:00 AM. The Friends of the Bailey Library are currently looking for Business Sponsors. They also need Plastic Eggs, Easter Bunny Costume, Bake Sale Items, Sponsors to Run Booths and Monetary Donations. If you are interested in helping in any way please contact Joy at 303– 919-0759.


Highlighting Local Businesses

Ruby's ResaleGently Used and New Goods

Ruby’s Resale, or something close to it, was a twinkle in my eye about 10 years ago when I first moved to Bailey. I worked in a downtown office where it was necessary to wear “power suits.” Since I was inclined to believe that most people in the area worked in Denver I thought a shop that carried upscale business clothes for a downscale budget, so to speak, could be successful. When my daughter became a stay-at-home mom, I hoped she could manage a store while I worked in town. The twinkle faded when that plan did not work out. In April 2009, my department at Avaya Inc became victims of foreign trade and after the initial panic, my resilient nature kicked in and the faded twinkle became a searing light at the end of the tunnel. Ruby’s Resale became a reality on June 6, 2009, we opened our doors with just enough clothing/racks to fill the 900 square foot space I leased at Deer Creek Corners.
The tag line for Ruby’s resale is “Gently Used & New Goods.” The current inventory at Ruby’s Resale includes New, Used & NBU [never-been-used] everything. Today, Ruby’s Resale carries clothing, accessories, home décor, local arts & crafts, gifts, collectibles, candles, books, my own Jodi Jewels™, and a line of trail mixes and snacks packaged specifically for the Double R, better-known-as Ruby’s Resale.

We are located at: 460 CR 43A #8 Bailey, CO.


Ruby’s Resale supports the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer by selling and having available Avon Products and a Pink Breast Cancer bracelet. We are also selling Purple Domestic Violence Bracelets to support the Mountain Peace Shelter as they support those who are victims of an environment of violence and abuse.

Shawnee Tea Room

Tea inspires Celebration

The People’s Choice for the “Best Local New Business” is The Shawnee Tea Rppm featuring your new host, Barbara Jerome Behl, Bailey Business owner and Shawnee Resident. Barbara and her husband Larry invite and welcome you to take a moment out of your busy day to savor a cup of loose leaf tea or coffee and explore your creative passions in Historic downtown Shawnee. The Shawnee Tea Room is located next to the Post Office right off Hwy 285 and has also been referred to as “A gathering Place” adorned in Victorian eclectic and whimsical décor the Tea Room offers a place to relax, read, shop and” just be.”

Tea inspires comfort and creativity

Enjoy Tea, Coffee, Soft drinks, Sweets and Snacks. Strike up a conversation or just listen to the music all while experiencing a spectacular view. Bring your lap top and enjoy the Free WI FI!

Tea inspires reflection

Gentlemen, ladies and children alike are welcome for parties call to schedule your private tea parties and meetings. Come and celebrate the past and the present in this historic 1900 building formerly known as the Shawnee Mercantile or the Shawnee Store.

“The Path to Heaven Passes through a TEAPOT…” Ancient Proverb

For Reservations please call 303-816-0000 or email us at TeaShawnee@aol.com.
Also please visit us on the web at www.shawneetearoom.com


Member of the Month

Moore Lumber and Hardware

Our Member of the Month for March is Moore Lumber and Hardware. Moore has been a part of the community since 1947 and is
currently under second generation ownership by Bill Moore. Recently when a representative from the local Boys and Girls Club
frequented his store to buy supplies for their after school program, Bill Moore decided to donate their entire order because “he just
felt like it was the right thing to do.” Included in that order were six brand new sleds which the kids have enjoyed immensely. The
Chamber would like to recognize Bill Moore and his entire staff for their continued support and generosity to those in the Platte
Canyon Area. Moore Lumber and Hardware is located at 5195 County Rd 64, Bailey 303-838-5362.


Destination: Bailey! Update

Visitor Information Kiosk Renovation at Delwood Square Plaza

Destination Bailey has developed a plan to renovate the Tourist Information Kiosk at Delwood Square Plaza. The purpose of the renovation is to refurbish the facility and to improve the quantity and quality of information available to visitors to the Platte Canyon area.

The scope of the project will include renovation of the Kiosk, improved signage, landscaping, display materials, and information relevant to the commercial resources, community activities, recreational resources, and points of interest to visitors to the Platte Canyon Area and historic South Park.

Currently there are few places with the Platte Canyon Area that visitors can obtain either relevant or current information on the commercial or recreational resources within the Platte Canyon Area. What information is available is either incomplete or out of date. Once completed, the upgrade will provide a convenient location for visitors to the Platte Canyon Area to stop to get relevant information to assist in planning their visit to the Platte Canyon and South Park.

Target completion date is late spring of this year. Volunteers are welcome. If you would like to lend a hand, please contact Jim Sapp at jimsapp7@msn.com.


Business Tip of the Month

5 Tips for Developing Policies for Your Business

  • Think ahead. Establish policies before you need them. Doing so helps avert crisis and awkward situations, and helps solve problems before they arise.
  • Determine what policies you need. Some you’ll want early in your business include a mission statement, as well as compensation, performance evaluation and employee policies.
  • Get input from key employees, as well as from members of your advisory board, your board of directors, and/or your professional advisors and consultants.
  • Communicate policies to everyone in your business.
  • Review policies on a regular basis—once a year, for example—and revise them as necessary.

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Tech Tip of the Month

Features available for each member’s individual web page include:

  • Business profile
  • Business News
  • Location Mapping
  • Links to external websites
  • Search Engine Optimization (to increase the visibility of your business)
  • Shopping cart for online orders

Did you know that all members have the option of their own mini-website with the new Chamber software? It is easy to set up using a step-by-step tutorial available when you log into the Members Area. There is a one -time set-up fee of $40 to enter your website into the system. An instruction kit will be available at the next Chamber general meeting. Individual assistance will also available through a sign-up sheet at the next general meeting. On your individual webpage, you can advertise:

  • Services
  • Products
  • Hours
  • Referrals
  • Photos/Videos
  • Coupons
  • Join us at the next Chamber meeting to see some of the member websites that are already up and running.


New Local Businesses

Big Horn Heating
Heating and Air Conditioning Services
303-838-7960
Located in Bailey Propane

Calendar of Events

03/05/10 Guys and Dolls Mountain Area Musical
03/06/10 Guys and Dolls Mountain Area Musical
03/07/10 Guys and Dolls Mountain Area Musical
03/07/10 VFW Post 8661 Breakfast First Sunday of each month breakfast. 7:30 - 11:30AM. All you can eat for $7.00 Adults. Held at the Shawnee Community Center, Open to the Public.
03/09/10 PCACC General Meeting
03/11/10 Destination Bailey Meeting Monthly planning
03/23/10 PCACC Board Meeting Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting for Board of Directors.
04/08/10 Destination Bailey Meeting Monthly planning
04/13/10 PCACC General Meeting
04/27/10 PCACC Board Meeting Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting for Board of Directors.

Kenosha Auction and Events
Consignment Auction
303-947-1232
www.kenoshaauctioninc.com