Letter: Chamber needs to do more for Dinosaur businesses
March 9, 2012
To the editor:
Shortly after we decided to start our business, BedRock Depot, LLC in Dinosaur, we became members of the Craig Chamber of Commerce.
Early on, we could easily tell our decision was a good investment. However, over the past few years we have become increasingly aware of the fact that things have changed, and our Chamber membership is no longer a good investment.
When we first joined, the director, as well as the seniors who worked there, made us feel our membership really mattered. Unfortunately, that's no longer the case.
This Chamber seems too busy trying to be something it isn't rather than being what a Chamber is supposed to be — a Chamber. The irony of all this is that we know BedRock Depot is the only business in Dinosaur that is a member of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, so it would seem appropriate to tell people heading west about us, like the little old ladies used to do, but that hasn't appeared to be the case.
It's unfortunate for all of Moffat County that the county commissioners and Craig City Council have chosen to allow this private entity to use taxpayer dollars without giving a full accounting of the use of those funds. One thing obvious to us, though, is that since the Chamber is funded through taxes and doesn't seem to serve our business, it doesn't need our membership dues.
We would hope that someday in the future the Chamber will have a desire, if not a policy, to help all member businesses grow. When that day comes, we are certain we will once again be interested in being a part of this organization. In the meantime, though, it is our hope that both those in leadership and people in the community would work together to create a truly business friendly arena to all businesses.
Thank you for your consideration of this matter.