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Carbondale chamber executive director resigns

John Gardner
jgardner@postindependent.com
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler/Post IndependentRandi Lowenthal, Carbondale Chamber of Commerce executive director, has announced that she will be leaving the chamber by Feb. 1 to start the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center, a nonprofit.
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CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Randi Lowenthal, Carbondale Chamber of Commerce executive director, announced Thursday that she will be resigning her position and is expecting to leave the chamber by Feb. 1.

Lowenthal said that she is leaving her position because she is looking forward to the “adventure” of starting a new Carbondale-based nonprofit, which will be focused on helping new and existing local businesses succeed in these tough economic times and into the future. And she thinks that this is the perfect time for a nonprofit like the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center to blossom.

“What can we do to be positive given the craziness of the economy?” Lowenthal asked. “I think this is something for the Roaring Fork Valley that will be extremely positive for businesses in the valley.”



Lowenthal expects to have the organization up and running by August 2009, but she envisions it to be a one-stop shop for business owners who need solutions.

“I want it to be a place where businesses can come in and say, ‘Here is the problem, now what do I do?'” Lowenthal said. “And I want to be able to pull all the resources together and say, ‘Here, this is what you need.'”



The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce board of directors will begin accepting applications Monday, Dec. 8, to find a suitable replacement. A job description will be posted online at http://www.carbondale.com, and the board of directors hopes to have someone in place before Feb. 1.

Carbondale Chamber of Commerce board President Vicki Peterson said that Lowenthal won’t be easy to replace.

“Randi’s passion for the chamber is nothing Carbondale has ever witnessed before,” said Peterson. “Under her guidance the chamber memberships have grown significantly along with opportunities for members.”

Lowenthal has been with the chamber for five years as executive director. In that time the chamber has grown from around 120 members to nearly 600 members from Aspen to Grand Junction, according to Lowenthal.

But she has thought about starting a business resource center for a long time, and she said that it’s been her work at the chamber that has inspired her to try this new venture.

“Through the work at the chamber I’ve looked at business development, economic development, community development, and this concept will be based on the best practices of models that are already out there,” Lowenthal said.

Peterson said that the chamber is supportive of Lowenthal’s new passion.

“The chamber understands that this business incubator is her new passion,” Peterson said. “We know that it will take someone with her level of passion and commitment to get this organization for the community. We will all miss her and support her in her decision.”

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

jgardner@postindependent.com


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