Shape diversity, franchising or small business in Colorado Springs by joining a Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC Voice of Business Committee. These committees provide collaborative platforms to better understand needs, address important issues, and help shape our region’s business climate. Committees include the Small Business Advisory Council, Franchise Focus Group, and Diversity in the Workplace Committee. Groups meet at least once a month and are open to all members.
Advocacy and support for small business members is the focus of the Small Business Advisory Council. To inquire about joining a committee, contact Member Relations Manager Emma Mitchell.
Meets: First Wednesday of each month
“There is a saying, ‘To be successful, you must surround yourself with successful people.’ I discovered those influencers within the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC. With that, Regardless of ownership, I treat each employer as my own business and seek out success for us both. I am very thankful for the connections I have made through the Small Business Advisory Council and am happy to continue supporting peer members and the organization.”
– April O’Neil, Vice President-Senior Relationship Manager, TBK Bank
The Franchise Focus Committee develops education and resource programs for franchise owners, promotes public awareness of the franchising model, and helps inform our legislative strategy. To inquire about joining a committee, contact Member Relations Manager Emma Mitchell.
Meets: Third Monday of each month
“I recently purchased a new window treatment franchise, then joined the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC. I began participating in the Franchise Focus Committee right away. By the second meeting, I gained ideas to solved my capacity and rapid growth issues. Chamber & EDC staff made introductions with the UCCS College of Business and their internship program. Not only did I receive the the support I need, I’m now participate in the business school’s mentorship program. How cool!”
– Barry Brown, Owner & Design Consultant, Gotcha Covered of Colorado Springs
Empowering diverse talent and an inclusive business climate are the priorities for the Diversity in the Workplace Committee. To inquire about joining a committee, contact Member Relations Manager Emma Mitchell.
Meets: Fourth Wednesday of each month
“I joined this committee because I know growing workforce diversity is imperative for our community. My peers and I work to be an access point for professionals who struggle with a sense of belonging in our community. I’m also learning a lot myself along the way.
– Stephanie Adams, Director, UCCS Downtown