The members of the Denver Area Business Association (DABA) gathered at Cowanâ€™s Ford Golf Club in Stanley for their monthly meeting Thursday.
With no guest speaker this month, members and guests got the chance to do some networking before and after the brief meeting.
President Gary Caldwell spoke briefly before lunch was served and discussed the importance of bringing guests to DABA functions as a way of getting word out to the community about the group.
Caldwell talked about the revamped ambassador committee, which has already had several meetings.
He also discussed DABAâ€™s website and asked group members to provide any pictures they may have of DABA events to put up on the website.
According to Caldwell, this has been a good year for participation so far. He requested that DABA members share their success stories with him before next monthâ€™s meeting if possible.
â€œI want to hear some success stories at our next meeting,â€ Caldwell said. â€œI want to hear those so our new members and guests can see what DABA can do for them.â€
Caldwell also mentioned the upcoming fireworks display that will occur Saturday, July 7. He encouraged members to sell the raffle tickets with which they have been provided as a means of raising needed funds.
â€œThis is our only fundraiser,â€ said Caldwell.
The raffle consists of five possible prizes: a cruise, a weekend getaway, a fishing trip, gas fire logs and a gas grill.
Members were also encouraged to volunteer to help out on the day of the fireworks.
â€œWeâ€™re going to need a lot of help that Saturday,â€ Caldwell said.
Estimates as to turnout for last yearâ€™s fireworks varied from 8,000 to between 10,000 and 12,000.
After everyone enjoyed a buffet-style lunch of lasagna, baked spaghetti and salad, DABA consultant John Anderson spoke to the group.
Anderson encouraged group members to view DABA as a â€œmarketing vehicleâ€ and a way of getting together for networking.
He said he hoped people would get involved with events like the fireworks celebration and Christmas party.
Echoing Caldwellâ€™s statements about DABAâ€™s website, Anderson told the group about the opportunity for business owners to put ads on the site, highlighting improvements in its use as a marketing tool.
â€œWeâ€™re kicking it up a notch,â€ said Anderson.
Finally, Anderson addressed the need for DABAâ€™s members to get more involved with local politics in trying to influence public policy as it pertains to business owners.
He informed the group that the sheriffâ€™s office will be getting seven of the eight deputies the sheriff requested to ramp up police presence in the county. Anderson also pointed out that DABA was the only group to attend the commissionersâ€™ meeting in support of the sheriffâ€™s proposal.
â€œPublic safety is the single most important thing to you and this committee,â€ Anderson said.
The next DABA meeting takes place Thursday, July 19.
by Allyson Levine