“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.
Chamber leaders have engaged in public intimidation and bigotry. The G.J. Chamber bullies 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 nominal mandate to help boost local small businesses. Rather, the G.J. chamber acts more like a partisan political group masquerading as a chamber of commerce.The G.J. Chamber chooses and financially supports wholly inappropriate candidates for office, some of whom have pled guilty in open court to criminal activity. The G.J. chamber lobbies for short-sighted and harmful policies, many of which, like its support for large-scale, legalized gambling, go 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 gambling measures in the past.) The chamber selectively promotes known boom-and-bust industries that have seriously damaged this area’s economy and environment badly many times before, like oil, 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 get 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 historical, well-documented and supported by published, authoritative references. As much as possible, primary source documents are used to substantiate statements made on this website, including but not limited to 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 of joining the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, we urge you to read this site in its entirety first. If you have already joined, you should 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 G.J. chamber. The G.J. Chamber’s activities have angered, insulted and upset 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 so many Grand Junction citizens deplore the G.J. Area Chamber, read on.DISCLAIMER: The Grand Junction Area Chamber has expressed concern that people will think this is their official website. It is not. If it was, it wouldn’t be so critical of them. We respect your intelligence and believe you can figure that out.