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Barbara Koelzer, IRES

November 2010 - Featured Monthly Investor

A rolodex of opportunities is available for Loveland Chamber investors to capitalize on their investment. Some of the most successful Chamber investors are those that see the value of making connections on several levels, choosing to get involved at the community level through Chamber events such as the Corn Roast Festival, the networking level through Business After Hours and also at the committee level.

Barbara Koelzer, our November Featured Monthly Investor, has not only met these requirements, but is an example of how committee involvement not only benefits the Chamber and the community at large, but benefits investors (her) directly.

Committee involvement is an opportunity for investors to make a monthly commitment to come together with a group of likeminded individuals and work towards a common Chamber goal. Through this involvement, committee members spend one-on-one time to get to know each other, work together and become friends and collaborators. This type of interaction can bring an additional level of trust and open the door for the growth of larger and more supportive business networks. As a legislative analyst for IRES and local REALTOR Associations in northern Colorado, Koelzer made it a point to join the Chamber’s Local Legislative Affairs Committee (LLAC) and has been a strong addition to the group.

Not only does Koelzer provide a significant amount of knowledge and expertise in the public policy arena but she is also very informed on the issues impacting Loveland, northern Colorado and the State of Colorado. According to Brian Willms, president/CEO of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce and liaison for the LLAC she also brings an extensive network to the table as she is extremely well connected due to her involvement on a number of committees and boards throughout the region. Koelzer’s willingness to tap into her network on behalf of issues have been beneficial in helping establish partnership and creating collaboration with other groups in Loveland and the region.

“Barbara has been an outstanding leader amongst the group. She has helped lead LLAC meetings in the absence of John Shaw, Chair, and presented the LLAC recommendation to oppose 60, 61 and 101 to the Loveland Chamber board of directors,” said Willms. “During the meetings her voice and perspective are not only welcomed but sought because of her knowledge, expertise, balanced approach and thoughtfulness. She is also a significant Champion in supporting the Chamber.”

Hear it from Barbara Koelzer:

  1. How have you capitalized on your Loveland Chamber investment and what has it brought you? The most important aspect of being a Chamber investor is just that — investing in our community. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the Chamber is the best way to succeed, meet other business-minded people and become part of Loveland.
  2. What Chamber events, committees etc. do you find the most valuable? The Local Legislative Affairs Committee, of which I am a member since it is so closely related to my job as a legislative analyst for IRES and local REALTOR Associations in Northern Colorado. But I am very fond of the community events; especially the Corn Roast Festival for which I was honored to be a judge several years ago. The grand opening ceremonies, the business after hour events, the events associated with NCLA such as the gubernatorial debate this fall — all of these are valuable to me as a Chamber investor and a member of the community.
  3. What would you say to someone considering Chamber investment? In my mind everyone in the business community should be an investor. Supporting the Chamber is supporting business in Loveland and that is important for all of us and for the continued economic health and vitality of our city. I would say becoming an investor is the first thing a new business should consider and that it would be decision that they’d never regret.
  4. What has been the top benefit to you for your chamber involvement? Like everyone else I know who is involved in the Loveland Chamber, I would say the networking and opportunity to become more involved in our community both on a professional and a personal level. I’ve met some amazing people and I enjoy giving back by supporting the Chamber and its members.
  5. Which events will we see you in November/December? I will attend the Local Legislative Affairs Committee meetings, Business After Hours, the Arts & Craft Fair and of course I have to be there when Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at Centerra.