Commerce City entrepreneurs create their Chamber of Commerce
THEY ARE PROMOTING BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
Newsroom/El Comercio de Colorado
More than one hundred entrepreneurs residing in Commerce City supported the creation of a local chamber of commerce. This new organization, with 120 members, is the first business association in the city that holds the most industrial activity in the Denver Metro Area. “There are 1,400 established businesses in our city. There are small, medium and large companies. We will serve you all”, explained Michael Scalon, spokesperson for the Commerce City Chamber of Commerce.
“Our goal was to find 100 entrepreneurs who were encouraged to promote this venture. It took us less than 100 days to get it. And since last November 10th, we exist as a business organization,” narrates Scalon. And he added, “our goal is to reach 250 members by the end of 2017”. Scalon believes the chamber he leads must be the voice of the local businesses. “At the same time, it is up to us to create and promote a friendly environment for doing business”.
Scalon, a businessman in the financial services area, knows well the potential his city holds. “I live in Reunion, north of Commerce City, for thirty years, and I have no doubts about the great business opportunities that this area offers”, he said. Scalon is referring to the possibility that corporations like Facebook, Amazon or Google might settle in the vacant industrial areas the city has to offer. “The main motorways cross our territory. We are just minutes from Denver and the airport”, he added.
According to Scalon, the members of the new organization have very clear the contribution Hispanics make to the city. About 40 percent of Commerce City’s population is Hispanic. The proportion of Hispanics in the center of the city has increased and it can be estimated at a 70 percent. “We want our organization to represent the needs of entrepreneurs and the Hispanic community. We are doing our best to make you feel welcome. This is your organization”, he said.
Hispanic leader Maria Gonzalez was one of the founder business owners of this organization. “We have challenges ahead of us. We must support the business community in Commerce City. Our organization must provide easy access to our members to sources of capital and education in the areas of marketing and management. And even more, our organization must promote that business owners make the right connections to succeed,” said Gonzalez, who is a member of the founding committee.