The Breckenridge Resort Chamber sets a new record as it welcomes its 500th member |

The Breckenridge Resort Chamber sets a new record as it welcomes its 500th member

BRECKENRIDGE – Amid champagne toasts, Agave’s Mexican restaurant owners Jay Beckerman and Mark Schuwerk joined the Breckenridge Resort Chamber (BRC) Friday afternoon, making them the 500th member of the organization.

“This denotes the largest number of BRC members in the history of the organization,” said Lindsay DeWall, public relations director for the BRC. “It’s highly significant that, even in such difficult economic times, the value of a BRC membership is recognized by the business community of Breckenridge.”

“The strength of the community coming together is what makes Breckenridge flourish,” said BRC Chairman Rob Millisor. “We are proud to live in a community of entrepreneurs who realize that joining together is what makes Breckenridge successful.”

The previous high point was 490 members in 1997. In the ensuing years, the number fluctuated between 430 and 460 before this summer’s surge of support and solidarity.

As a community joined as one, members of the BRC use the power of 500 businesses working together as a whole to promote Breckenridge, DeWall said.

“To reach this amazing milestone in our membership speaks to the value that the Resort Chamber brings to visitors and members alike,” said BRC Ambassadors president Bonnie Smith Allen. “It also highlights how the community has come together from all walks of business life to build a strong future.”

Beckerman and Schuwerk were already chamber members through their other restaurant in town, the Blue River Bistro.

The BRC’s mission is to promote and enhance the image of Breckenridge as a world renowned destination resort and to represent, serve and perpetuate the common interest of its membership and community.

Future BRC events include the retail forum from 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesday at Fatty’s; a sales and marketing meeting from 2-3 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Gold Pan Room at Main Street Station; and the next BRC Mixer from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 24 at Grand Timber Lodge.

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or

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