Chamber welcomes new businesses partners



January 13, 2023



The new year is a time for a fresh start, and we are delighted to see that in January, new local businesses and Chamber members are emerging – a testament to Sedona’s economic dynamism.

Since October, we have noted the opening of new businesses in the Village of Oak Creek and Sedona, ranging from a new vegetarian restaurant, a fitness center, a coffee shop, video production services, a tour company, food truck enterprise, horsemanship camp and a new event space.

Starting a new business always offers heart-stopping moments of tension and excitement. After more than 60 years of helping local businesses succeed, we are ready to make a new owner or partner’s passage from startup to stability as smooth as possible. Partners new and longstanding rely on the Chamber for B2B marketing, local promotion, professional development, visitor outreach, networking mixers, business counseling and our voice in civic affairs, where we advocate for a strong, sustainable, tourism-based economy.

A preview of the next few weeks is typical of the level of service our members can expect.

On Wednesday, January 18, our Partner Benefit Review will detail how you can maximize your partnership benefits. Led by Partner Services Director Erin Bruce, members get a full briefing on how we can assist in your businesses’ growth and development; you will want to take notes! It is also an excellent opportunity to meet other new and not-so-new business-owning Chamber partners. Erin kicks it off at 9 a.m. in our offices at 45 Sunset Drive. Can’t make it? There will be another February 15. Please register at

That same evening, Chamber partners and non-partners alike are invited to rub elbows and swap business cards at our Networking Mixer at the Courtyard by Marriott at 4105 89A (89A and Upper Red Rock Loop). These popular events feature tasty treats from the bistro, a cash bar, prizes and some mic-passing self-introductions. A good time is always had by all, and the cost is just $10 for members and $15 for non-members. If you’re thinking of becoming a partner, joining the fun at a mixer is a perfect way to get a feel for what we’re all about.

On Tuesday, January 17,  I will be at our Sunset Drive offices from 8:30 – 9:30, ready to discuss any topic on your mind. My monthly Coffee Chats are one way you can learn about our strategies for achieving a sustainable Sedona, and they give me a chance to hear new ideas. There is no charge, and coffee is on us. Space is limited, though, so please register at

January 31 is one of my favorite regular Chamber events – the Strategies for Success workshop. Offered at no charge exclusively to our members, the sessions introduce a business topic expert, recently ranging from using social media to marketing to finding good accounting services. On January 31, Mary Chicoine from the Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization will show you how to save money, energy and resources by achieving Sustainability Certification in partnership with VVREO. Besides environmental and cost-cutting benefits, certification is a valuable marketing perk, branding you as part of Sedona’s sustainability movement. Sponsored by APS, registration is required at

As I love to say, the best time to join the Sedona Chamber is today! Become our partner, “In the Community, For the Community.”


Michelle Conway, President/CEO
Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau