The 115-page publication offers details on the history of Montrose and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison and on a wide variety of topics for newcomers, including climate and transportation, local demographics, real estate, labor and employers, schools, business development, Montrose Memorial Hospital, and the Montrose Pavilion. Tourism and recreation are also covered, as well as clubs and organizations, houses of worship, and other resource information.
The chamber staff worked long and hard with a lot of help from Scott’s Printing to produce the publication, said Chamber Executive Director Terri Leben.
Leben has been on the job for about a year and said she wants to breathe new life into the chamber’s role in the community. In the directory, her “message from the executive director” introduces a new direction for the chamber: advertise, network and advocate.
“It is our first charge to advertise your company, on the web as well as in our directory,” she said.
The next charge of the chamber is to offer “diverse networking” through the Young Professionals Group, Business After Hours and Good Morning Montrose, a breakfast sales group, Leben said
“All in all, we want to be your source for all things business,” she said.
All chamber businesses are listed under categories on about 15 pages in the Membership Directory and include company name, address, phone, and Internet contacts. The business directory covers about 60 pages and lists Montrose businesses from accountants to youth mentoring services.
Putting the slick four-color publication together was a labor of love for chamber staff, Leben said. Staff members include operations manager Carla Truscott, communications administrator Laurel Fitzsimmons, creative director Yvonne Meek, Visitor Center coordinator Jodi Shormann, and Jenni Sopsic, executive director of the Montrose Visitors & Convention Bureau.
The nonprofit chamber is governed by a 19-member board of directors that includes President Erin Skees of San Juan Construction, President-elect Randy Havens of Timberline Bank, Secretary/Treasurer Rick Anderson of Office Depot, and past president Bob Pistor, chief of the Montrose Fire Protection District.
In her “message from the president” in the 2009 Membership Directory, Skees said the new publication “is one of the most complete and comprehensive guides to local businesses produced in the Montrose area.”
The 2009 Membership Directory and Relocation Guide is available at many businesses and at chamber headquarters at 1519 East Main. Call 249-5000 for more information.