“I have viewed the GJ Chamber with skepticism for years. When I opened [art-related business name withheld] 19 years ago, I thought I was a voice in the wilderness — naturally, I was never asked to join. Artists? No, don’t need it!”
Just paint an inclusive future!
— Local business owner, name withheld
Many Grand Junction area citizens and business owners take exception to how the Grand Junction, Colorado Area Chamber of Commerce operates. Why?
Because the Grand Junction chamber is not a normal chamber of commerce.
Unlike other chambers, the Grand Junction Chamber does not exist to help local small businesses. Instead, it is a partisan political group masquerading as a chamber of commerce. The G.J. chamber lobbies for remarkably harmful, short-sighted policies, many of which — like its support for large-scale, legalized gambling — go directly against the wishes of the vast majority of citizens. (The chamber supported Amendment 68 in the 2014 election, which would have legalized large-scale gambling in Mesa County, but 70 percent of county voters opposed it.) It also inappropriately panders to and prioritizes boom-and-bust businesses, like extractive energy companies, over more stable and reliable economic development, like clean energy and tech industries. The G.J. Chamber recruits and financially backs inappropriate candidates for office, some of whom have pled guilty to criminal activity. Chamber leaders have engaged in acts of public intimidation and bigotry. The chamber bullies citizens and pays lip service to promoting small, locally-owned businesses while it takes its own business clean out of town.
How bad does a chamber have to get before its board and members take action to make it better?
Apparently, incredibly bad.
This site reveals the dark side of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, in detail. All information on this site is supported by published, authoritative references. As much as possible we use primary source documents, including legal affidavits, arrest reports, chamber newsletters, official documents, original correspondence in the public realm, and local newspaper and TV news reports.
If you are a business owner think joining the Grand Junction Area Chamber is beneficial, read this site in its entirety first. If you have already joined the chamber, read the site so you will understand what you really are buying into as a member, and how the local public views the chamber. The G.J. Chamber’s activities have angered so many area citizens and business owners that being a member could actually be detrimental to your business. This site’s very existence is evidence of that.
To find out why the G.J. Area Chamber troubles so many people, read on.DISCLAIMER: The Grand Junction Area Chamber is worried people will think this is their official website. It’s not. If it was, it wouldn’t be so darned critical of them.