Business Happenings - December 2002
Chamber of Commerce...
the Voice of Moabs Business Community
by Annabelle Numaguchi
town, if it is fortunate, has an organization that is the nerve
center for business and industry in its community. In Moab, that
organization is the Moab Area Chamber of Commerce. It is the voice
of the business and industrial community, supporting the needs of
business and providing a multifaceted resource to the community
on behalf of its membership. The Moab Area Chamber of Commerce has
long been a supportive voice for business in Moab. The mission statement
is, To unite, guide and represent the business, professional,
industrial and hospitality interests in Grand County; to provide
business leadership to enhance prosperity and quality of life in
In our bylaws we also state our purpose as being: To advance
the general well being and sense of community among residents in
the area through special events and programs.
Chamber sponsors events such as the Christmas tree lighting and
electric light parade. Another important program is the pre-primary
candidates forum, giving the community a chance to meet and observe
those running for public office. Our beautification committee acknowledges
businesses that have enhanced their building and property, and sends
letters of recognition to private individuals who have gone beyond
the call of duty in beautifying Moab. Next year we will be starting
a residential beautification awards program to support the Grand
County clean-up initiative.
The biggest honor the Chamber of Commerce has is choosing the Citizen
and Business of the year, which are announced at our annual banquet.
Advance the general welfare and
prosperity of its members through programs and services.
The Chamber of Commerce is the only entity in Grand County that
can give out specific referrals for its business members. Being
the first face of information the visitors sees when entering the
north end of town, we can direct them to lodging, shopping, restaurants
and entertainment. As consumers have become more web savvy shoppers,
our web page link, for members only, is a great deal at $50.00 a
One program weve created to support our local retailers and
restaurants, is the Look Before you Leave passport.
Retailers do not have to be a member of the Chamber of Commerce
to participate. Locals must get their passport stamped by all participating
stores and then are eligible for an award of MOAB BUCKS
to be spent in one of those stores.
events and weekly luncheons provide great networking opportunities
for our individual and business members alike.
Provide information to the public
with particular emphasis given to the economic, civic, commercial,
recreational and education interests of the area.
At our weekly luncheons, we invite dynamic speakers to educate us,
keeping us on top of hot topics that are affecting our businesses
The Chamber of Commerce members have carried the torch the highest
in supporting Higher Education in Moab. Earlier this year our members
collected funds to match a grant for German textbooks for the Junior
Working closely with Economic Development, we constantly brainstorm
and implement new ideas to increase our economic base in Grand County,
with the goal of a year-round economy.
Assist new businesses and individuals seeking relocation to
Moab is unique in that 70% of business activity is related to tourism.
This presents unique challenges to businesses in terms of employment
issues, sensitivity to the overall economy, and seasonality (although
Moabites have long known that all four seasons afford enjoyable
recreational opportunities). The Chamber of Commerce then is faced
with a very important responsibility: help business owners grow
their businesses, bring new blood into our community, and create
a prosperous quality of life we can all enjoy in harmony.
We invite all of you to come and join the excitement of being involved
with your community, meeting new friends, and expanding your horizons.
The membership rate for individuals is only $65 a year and business
rates are just as reasonable, with payment plans available.
If you would like to attend a luncheon to see what we are all about,
or would like more information on becoming a member, please call
our friendly staff at 435-259-7814.