Chamber Launches Big Campaign

Sep 4, 2018 | Uncategorized

Tomorrow is the official kickoff of the annual Moving Fort Collins Forward! campaign.

The campaign will run through November 15. During this time, 12 teams and 65 volunteers will secure funds and new members for the Chamber. Five categories of events, programs, and services are sold during the campaign, including:

  • Event and program sponsorships
  • In-kind trades
  • Advertising
  • Memberships
  • Key strategic regional initiatives

Here’s a little more regarding each of the categories:

  • Event and program sponsorships. This is a win-win-win opportunity. The Chamber has several annual signature events (like the Regional Issues Summit and Health Care in Your Future Summit), monthly events (like Envision Young Professionals and Business After Hours), and key programs and services (like Leadership Fort Collins and residential relocation kit insert program). They can be great vehicles for marketing and to extend your company’s brand. In turn, the Chamber can provide first-rate programming to members and the community.
  • In-kind trades. A dollar not spent is a dollar we don’t have to raise. The Chamber has a list of things we need, some of which are suitable for a trade for sponsorship exposure or other Chamber services.
  • Advertising. This is a small category, but the Chamber has a great website, a well-read electronic newsletter and a few other advertising vehicles.
  • Memberships. The Chamber is a membership-based organization. We try to grow by a net of at least 50 members per year.
  • Key strategic initiatives. In late 2016 and early 2017, the Chamber ran a 5-year key strategic initiative campaign called Northern Colorado Prospers to tackle big issues like lobbying to get I-25 widened. For anyone interested in supporting these kinds of big issues, I’m happy to talk with you at any time, including during our annual Moving Fort Collins Forward! campaign.

Learn more about events and sponsorship opportunities here and about the overall campaign here.

You can help by:

  • Sponsoring an event or program (or multiple events and programs!)
  • Be a campaign sponsor, meaning write a check to help us offset the costs of the campaign.
  • Increasing your membership dues
  • Offering in-kind trades (It needs to be something we actually need in terms of budget reduction.)
  • Making a membership referral. Just let us know of someone who should be a member and we’ll gladly contact them.

And finally, a big, big thank you to the leaders running this campaign.

Campaign Co-Chairs are Deb Kelly with Guaranty Bank & Trust and Mat Dinsmore with Wilbur’s Total Beverage.

The Vice Chairs are:

Gerry Agnes with Elevations Credit Union
Gene Bocis with Anheuser-Busch
Mark Driscoll with First National Bank
Dr. Tony Frank with Colorado State University
Kathy Jack-Romero with Fort Collins Coloradoan
Margo Karsten with Banner Health
Brett Kemp with Flood and Peterson
Lucia Liley with Liley Law Offices
Doug Markley with Markley Motors Inc.
Chris Otto with EKS&H
Curt Richardson with Otter Box
Paul Taylor with Guaranty Bank
Kevin Unger with UC Health
Bob Wilson with Columbine Health Systems

The Campaign Teams are Auto Dealers, Banner Health, Brinkman Partners, Columbine Health Systems, Elevations Credit Union, First National Bank, Flood and Peterson, Guaranty Bank & Trust, Merrill Lynch, Red Carpet Committee, UCHealth and Wells Fargo