Here in the mountains, fall doesn’t seem to last long. It seems like just last week I noticed the first leaves changing to lovely golden shades in the midst of a sea of green leaves. Almost everything is bright gold with a smattering of oranges now. Within a few days, I’m sure we will start to see leaves fall and barren branches swaying in the wind.

Change happens fast and seasons come and go in the blink of an eye. The same can be said in business and in our day-to-day lives; change happens fast. Sometimes, too darned fast. Some days are better than others and lately, the bad days of the last year and a half seem to outweigh the good. I say, it’s time to take back ownership over what we can, and love our lives again. I know it’s easier said than done.

It’s time to fall in love again with our community and what we have to offer. A lot of us live along the 285 Corridor and the wonderful fact is, we are surrounded by Nature’s playground! Right outside our doorsteps, or within a quick drive, there is access to virtually any outdoor activity you can think of and an array of incredible local shops and restaurants. We should take a moment to get outside this fall and take a hike at one of the many local trails in the area. Get out of the house, breathe in the fresh, crisp mountain air, and enjoy the breathtaking ever-changing scenery every time you venture out.


Stop by one of the many local restaurants for breakfast or happy hour with friends, or do a little early holiday shopping at one of the many unique local stores. And while you are out, take a moment to celebrate the local businesses that are celebrating a milestone anniversary or those who have made it through another year. While hard times may not be in the rearview mirror, our businesses are doing the best they can and our community is here to support them. Take a moment to give a shout-out to the families who are juggling work while taking the kids to school or schooling the kids from home, or whatever combination their daily life looks like right now. When you see one of our local First Responders, say “Thank You”—they are the ones who haven’t had a day off and are tirelessly working every day to protect us.

We at the Chamber are lucky to have the opportunity to work with amazing people and businesses in the community in which we live, love and support. As we look to the last few months of 2021, I would love to hear from you! How can the Chamber assist you? How can the Chamber better support you? What do I need to know about you, your business or organization? Please take a moment to contact me at 303.838.5711 or so I can learn more about how to support you and your business. My personal mission is to help you grow, thrive and succeed.

And, if you are new to the area, go to to get a ton of information on local businesses, Hot Deals, job openings, and you can also sign up for our New Resident Welcome Guide. This guide is filled with all kinds of useful information from local medical facilities, urgent care centers, emergency vet care, utilities and internet providers, to fun and useful cooking tips. Welcome home to our amazing community!