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Gain A Competitive Edge

For small businesses and large corporations alike, Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC member benefits can help you achieve your goals. Earn access to the resources and tools valuable for creating and maintain a thriving business. All Chamber & EDC memberships include:

  • One complimentary use of the member mailing list
  • Eligibility to join the Military Affairs Council and Government Affairs Council
  • Discounted member prices at signature events
  • Access to the Member Information Center: post jobs and network member-to-member
  • Invitation to sponsor events and join our Voice of Business Committees
  • New member recognition in Chamber & EDC marketing
  • Opportunity for low-cost Chamber & EDC newsletter ads

Explore additional perks and incentives below, or join now to get plugged in immediately.

Savings & Incentives

Chamber & EDC savings programs are additional benefits we provide for our valued members.

American World Trade Chamber of Commerce: Create, submit, and print electronically certified documents for easier and faster customs clearance. To use this service, visit our certificates page.

Collette: Share an adventure with other Chamber & EDC members. An annual international trip is arranged for members at exclusive discounted rates.

Employers Council: Let’s Build a Better Organization Together. Your company’s executives have their hands full running the business. Empower them to succeed by partnering with the Employers Council to craft a thriving organization. Employers Council serves members of all sizes and from all industries.

Employers Council provides complete solutions for issues that arise in the employment arena. Our staff includes employment attorneys, human resource professionals, payroll and compensation specialists, organization and team development practitioners, workplace coaches, investigators, facilitators, and survey data specialists. Please give us a call at 719.667.0677 to discuss our services, expertise, and resources. We can provide non-members a link to a survey to assess areas of potential risk. We can then set up a one-hour assessment meeting to discuss the survey results and how to address these and other areas of risk.

Chamber members are also eligible to attend Legal Issues and Performance Management courses at Employer Council membership pricing. To register for a course, please email George Russo at [email protected].

Office Depot: Save 15% to 50% on purchases. Text “CoSpringsSPC” to 719-555-8888 to shop in-store, or open an online account.

Pearle Vision: Your neighborhood eye care experts caring for your eyes since 1961. Pearle Vision, locally owned and operated, provides guidance on lenses, designer eyewear, and prescription sunglasses. Exclusively for Chamber members: get $35 toward a complete pair of eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses | 25 percent off your second complete pair. Some exclusions apply, see eyewear specialist for details. Pearle Vision is located at 1268 Interquest Pkwy, Suite 120, Colorado Springs, CO 80921.

Staples: Reduce supply costs and receive one-day free shipping is free for online orders of more than $50. Sign up online.

United Networks of America: Save up to 75% on prescriptions at more than 68,000 pharmacies nationwide. The free Rx Card from United Networks of America is pre-activated and ready to use, and there are no limits on use or health restrictions.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Eligible small business members receive a free e-membership to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a $600 value. Perks include access to legal files and advice, discounts, small business tips and tools, and no-cost direct mail opportunities. To register, email Allison Ehrlich or call 202-463-5760.

Ribbon Cuttings

Introduce your business or celebrate your growth with a ribbon-cutting. These “grand opening” style events offer exposure to boost your brand. Take photos, pitch the media or offer customer incentives to amplify your business. Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC staff and member ambassadors will help commemorate your business’ big day.

To schedule your exclusive Chamber & EDC member ribbon cutting, complete this form and submit them to [email protected].

  • Requests must be received 14 days in advance.
  • Ceremonies are held Monday through Thursday between 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Avoid holidays or scheduled Chamber & EDC events. We schedule no more than two ribbon cuttings per day to maximize attendance at your event.

Five easy steps for hosting your ribbon-cutting or grand opening ceremony

  1. Submit the form
  2. Spread the word
    • Invite those that helped build or expand your business, including neighboring businesses, existing customers, suppliers and vendors, friends and family, and elected officials:
      • The Mayor of Colorado Springs can be reached by emailing [email protected] or calling (719) 385-5900
      • Colorado Springs City Council can be reached by emailing [email protected]
      • The El Paso County Board of County Commissioners can be reached by emailing [email protected]
  3. Promote
    • You can make your event as big or small as you want it – this is your celebration! If you’re looking to attract a lot of attention, consider some of these options for promotion:
      • Send a media alert to local media channels
      • Cash in your member benefits and run a banner ad on our Events Calendar, depending on membership level
      • Utilize paid print, digital, or radio ads
      • Share your invite on the Member Information Center
      • Host drawings or giveaway door prizes, such as certificates or coupons for your business services
      • Provide attendees with promotional items or a grab bag with favors
      • In addition, we’ll post your celebration on our Events Calendar
  4. Event logistics
    • We’re here to support the best event for you and your business. Make it a memorable experience for employees, attendees, and you! Here are some ideas to consider to make it a great experience:
      • Serve light snacks and beverages
      • Offer tours of your new/expanded space to attendees
      • Have a sound system if you’re expecting a larger audience
      • Prepare your speaking remarks ahead of time, and be prepared to answer questions about your operations, history, and business goals
    • We’re here to help!
      • We’ll bring the giant ceremonial scissors and ribbon or golden shovel and hard hat
      • We’ll take photos or video to post the Chamber & EDC social media channels
      • We’ll provide opening remarks to introduce you and your business to the community
  5. Pay it forward
    • You’re part of the largest professional business network in the Pikes Peak region. Attend ribbon-cuttings and groundbreakings to celebrate and support fellow members and continue to grow your professional network. Be in the know about what’s happening with the growing and thriving business.

Sponsorships

Expand visibility for you and your business. Some of our community’s most well-known influencers increase outreach and brand recognition by sponsoring Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC signature events. Our reach is unmatched by any business organization in the region: 1,300-plus engaged members represent more than 84,000 business professionals.

  • Demonstrate your support of our region’s economic vitality.
  • Market your company to a diverse audience of business and community leaders.
  • Share your brand through event marketing.

We work with you to select the the right event for your goals, then keep you informed of activities and your return on investment. Email [email protected] to learn more.

Networking

Meet your next business partner and peers. Check our events schedule frequently for your next opportunity.

Business After Hours: Connect with business professionals from around the region at a Business After Hours. Better yet, showcase your business as Business After Hours host at your location. Learn more and schedule your event.

Chamber Connect: Join us for lunch in an interactive setting that includes an educational speaker and space for networking.

Education: Stay ahead of trends and prepare for changes in technology, laws, or regulations that may impact your business.

Industry: Network within the region’s key industries: Aerospace and defense, information technology and cybersecurity, healthcare and med-tech, sports, and manufacturing.

Legislative: Contribute your input and ideas to Colorado Springs’ voice of business. At legislative events, discuss issues relevant to your business with policymakers and learn more about the regulations and laws affecting our business climate.

Small Business Advisory Council: Shape our business community by joining our Small Business Advisory Council. This committee offers n a platform to address important issues and contribute thought leadership to our business ecosystem. Your participation will help us understand member needs, as we share your input with policymakers, government, and other stakeholders.

Education

Expand your knowledge and achieve business goals by participating in our professional development programs co-presented with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and the  Employers Council.

Business Briefings: UCCS professors and local business owners merge research-based business concepts with real-life experiences for our Business Briefings. Learn, exchange ideas and gain insight into high-level business trends while furthering your leadership and professional skills.

Employers Council Classes: The Employers Council provides the broadest array of professional services under one roof. During August, Chamber & EDC members receive exclusive access to Employers Council classes. Members at the Connection level or higher earn Employers Council member pricing on up to four additional classes throughout the year.

Spotlight Videos

Colorado Springs Chamber &EDC members at the Business Premier level members or higher receive spotlight videos as a benefit. Promote your work and be a part of the Colorado Springs business story.

 

 

Picnic Basket Founder Michelle Talarico

Michelle Talarico, Picnic Basket Catering

“I cannot explain how helpful and hopeful I have felt as a member of the Small Business Advisory Council. Being a part of the group and a facilitator of several Small Business Roundtable events has truly been a highlight of my year! Thank you, Chamber & EDC, for offering outstanding support now and always.”

ABC Bank Banker Jackie Gonzalez

Jackie Gonzalez, ABC Bank

“There are so many great events and resources within the Chamber & EDC, and as a Member Ambassador I truly feel I am helping businesses learn more about those resources and make valuable connections that can help their own business grow and succeed. It’s truly a win-win!”

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