“When we started [name of business withheld] in 2000, I joined the Chamber. What a waste of money!!! They did absolutely NOTHING for our business. When the wanted me to re-up, I said ‘no thanks, you folks weren’t interested in us until it was time to renew our membership, and then it was only to get my check!’
— Local business owner, name withheld
Many Grand Junction area citizens and local business owners take exception to how the Grand Junction, Colorado Area Chamber of Commerce operates. Many citizens boycott chamber-owned businesses. Why such a serious backlash against our own local chamber, which is supposed a helpful, well-liked entity of value to our town?
Because the Grand Junction Chamber is not a normal chamber of commerce.
Grand Junction Chamber leaders have engaged in public intimidation and bigotry, bullied citizens and pays lip service to promoting locally-owned businesses while taking its own business clean out of town. Unlike other chambers, the Grand Junction Chamber does not truly fulfill its claimed mandate to help boost local small businesses. Rather, the G.J. chamber is a partisan political group masquerading as a chamber of commerce. The G.J. Chamber chooses and financially supports inappropriate, poorly-vetted candidates for office, some of whom have pled guilty in open court to criminal activity. The G.J. chamber lobbies against the best interests of hardworking Grand Junction citizens, and supports short-sighted and harmful policies, many of which, like its support for large-scale, legalized gambling, go directly against the explicit wishes of the vast majority of citizens. (In 2014, the chamber supported Colorado Amendment 68, which would have legalized large-scale gambling in Mesa County, even though 70 percent of county voters opposed it, and have strongly opposed similar gambling measures in the past.) Even to this day, the G.J. chamber selectively promotes acknowledged boom-and-bust industries that have seriously damaged this area’s economy and environment badly many times before, like oil and gas and uranium mining, over cleaner, safer, more stable and reliable economic development, like manufacturing, technical and clean energy industries.
How bad does a chamber of commerce have to be before its board and members say enough, and take action to make it better?
Apparently, incredibly bad.
This website reveals the dark side of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce in detail. All information here is on the record, well-documented and supported by published, authoritative references. Primary source documents are used as much as possible to substantiate statements made on this website, including but not limited to legal affidavits, arrest reports, chamber newsletters, original correspondence in the public realm, and local newspaper and TV news reports.
If you are a business owner thinking of joining the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, please read this site in its entirety first. If you have already joined, read the site to understand what you have bought into as a member, and to see how citizens of this area view the G.J. chamber. The G.J. Chamber’s activities have angered, insulted and upset so many citizens and business owners for so many years now that joining it could be detrimental to your business. The need for this site is evidence of that.
To find out why so many Grand Junction citizens take exception to the G.J. Area Chamber, read on.DISCLAIMER: The Grand Junction Area Chamber is concerned that people will think this is their official website. It isn’t. If it was, it wouldn’t be so critical of them. We respect your intelligence and believe you can figure that out.