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Business Happenings - December 2002

Chamber of Commerce...
the Voice of Moab’s Business Community

by Annabelle Numaguchi

Every town, if it is fortunate, has an organization that is the nerve center for business and industry in its community. In Moab, that organization is the Moab Area Chamber of Commerce. It is the voice of the business and industrial community, supporting the needs of business and providing a multifaceted resource to the community on behalf of its membership. The Moab Area Chamber of Commerce has long been a supportive voice for business in Moab. The mission statement is, “To unite, guide and represent the business, professional, industrial and hospitality interests in Grand County; to provide business leadership to enhance prosperity and quality of life in our community.”

In our bylaws we also state our purpose as being: “To advance the general well being and sense of community among residents in the area through special events and programs.”

The Chamber sponsors events such as the Christmas tree lighting and electric light parade. Another important program is the pre-primary candidates forum, giving the community a chance to meet and observe those running for public office. Our beautification committee acknowledges businesses that have enhanced their building and property, and sends letters of recognition to private individuals who have gone beyond the call of duty in beautifying Moab. Next year we will be starting a residential beautification awards program to support the Grand County clean-up initiative.

The biggest honor the Chamber of Commerce has is choosing the Citizen and Business of the year, which are announced at our annual banquet.

“Advance the general welfare and prosperity of its members through programs and services.”
The Chamber of Commerce is the only entity in Grand County that can give out specific referrals for its business members. Being the first face of information the visitors sees when entering the north end of town, we can direct them to lodging, shopping, restaurants and entertainment. As consumers have become more web savvy shoppers, our web page link, for members only, is a great deal at $50.00 a link.

One program we’ve created to support our local retailers and restaurants, is the “Look Before you Leave” passport. Retailers do not have to be a member of the Chamber of Commerce to participate. Locals must get their passport stamped by all participating stores and then are eligible for an award of “MOAB BUCKS” to be spent in one of those stores.

Social events and weekly luncheons provide great networking opportunities for our individual and business members alike.

“Provide information to the public with particular emphasis given to the economic, civic, commercial, recreational and education interests of the area.”

At our weekly luncheons, we invite dynamic speakers to educate us, keeping us on top of hot topics that are affecting our businesses and community.

The Chamber of Commerce members have carried the torch the highest in supporting Higher Education in Moab. Earlier this year our members collected funds to match a grant for German textbooks for the Junior High School.

Working closely with Economic Development, we constantly brainstorm and implement new ideas to increase our economic base in Grand County, with the goal of a year-round economy.

“Assist new businesses and individuals seeking relocation to our area.”

Moab is unique in that 70% of business activity is related to tourism. This presents unique challenges to businesses in terms of employment issues, sensitivity to the overall economy, and seasonality (although Moabites have long known that all four seasons afford enjoyable recreational opportunities). The Chamber of Commerce then is faced with a very important responsibility: help business owners grow their businesses, bring new blood into our community, and create a prosperous quality of life we can all enjoy in harmony.

We invite all of you to come and join the excitement of being involved with your community, meeting new friends, and expanding your horizons. The membership rate for individuals is only $65 a year and business rates are just as reasonable, with payment plans available.

If you would like to attend a luncheon to see what we are all about, or would like more information on becoming a member, please call our friendly staff at 435-259-7814.

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