Melanie Swearengin

Executive Director

I am so excited to bring you the Summer Scavenger Hunt! The Conifer Chamber and the Evergreen Chamber have joined forces to create this exciting summer event! Growing up, I loved scavenger hunts and still love watching treasure hunt movies and TV shows. Of course, I’m intrigued by the journey of the hunt, and my competitive nature takes over as I aim for the final win! This year’s Summer Scavenger Hunt has AMAZING prizes donated by our local businesses. Prizes include gift cards to local restaurants, gift baskets, wine, and a gorgeous wreath from Southern Lilies Florist. The Summer Scavenger Hunt is going on now through August 31. To participate, just download one or both of the game cards at or Then, stop by any of the participating businesses and find the fox hidden somewhere at the location or on their website. Each fox has a code listed under the “What Does the Fox Say?” bubble. Find at least 15 codes and turn the cards in to the Chamber office and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win various prizes. Drawings will be held every two weeks. While you are out looking for the foxes, do some shopping and support our local businesses!

The Summer Scavenger Hunt is another way we can promote businesses and partner to get them back to business. I’m sure you have seen the Conifer Chamber hard at work advocating for support for our local businesses through funding and educational opportunities, and advocating for our businesses by speaking into the restrictions and how those restrictions are impacting our businesses and our community. I am working alongside Jefferson County Commissioners and other Chambers in the county advocating for our businesses. The second round of the Jefferson County Business Grant is wrapping up Friday, July 17. Through this Small Business Sustainability Grant, businesses can apply for up to $10,000 to assist with COVID-19 related expenses. If you haven’t applied, log on TODAY to make sure you make the deadline! This grant is specifically for businesses with a physical location, in operation for at least one year, and who have 49 or less employees. For the application and a complete list of eligibility, log on to

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