“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 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 help local small businesses. Rather, the G.J. chamber is a partisan political group masquerading as a chamber of commerce. The G.J. chamber lobbies for harmful, short-sighted policies, many of which, like its support for large-scale, legalized gambling, go 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, even though 70 percent of county voters opposed it.) The chamber heavily promotes repeat boom-and-bust industries, like extractive energy companies, over more stable and reliable economic development, like tech and clean energy industries. The G.J. Chamber recruits and financially supports inappropriate candidates for office, some of whom have openly pled guilty to criminal activity. Chamber leaders have engaged in public intimidation and bigotry. The chamber bullies citizens and pays lip service to promoting locally-owned businesses while taking its own business clean out of town.
How bad does a chamber of commerce have to get before its board and members say enough, and 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 here is well-documented and supported by published, authoritative references. As much as possible we use primary source documents like 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 and are thinking 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 to understand what you really are buying into as a member, and to see how many citizens of this area view the chamber. The G.J. Chamber’s activities have angered so many citizens and business owners that joining it 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 irks so many people, read on.DISCLAIMER: The Grand Junction Area Chamber has expressed concern that people will think this is their official website. It’s not. If it was, it wouldn’t be so darned critical of them. We respect your intelligence and think you can figure that out.