CAMP VERDE - Speaking to the Town Council at the Dec. 18 regular session, Camp Verde resident Tom Pitts described the town's Chamber of Commerce as "somewhat moribund."
The word somewhat no longer seems to apply.
For the time being, the Chamber is "being mothballed," says Director Steve Goetting. "We want it to technically be alive, to keep the physicality available. But the business community has moved on to bigger and better things."
Spur Ventures, Goetting's new business accelerator and venture capitol firm specializing in helping entrepreneurship in the Verde Valley, "has an opportunity to do something that the Chamber couldn't do," Goetting says. "There are some council members who got it. It's unfortunate that we were a few votes short."
On Dec. 18, Town Council voted 4-3 against the Chamber's request of $12,000 for professional service and funding. Though the council did not vote to meet the Chamber's request, Mayor Charlie German says he is pleased with Goetting's "sense of business and for his interest and actively developing and expanding his business presence in Camp Verde."
Goetting "has demonstrated he is willing to take risks to even start a business and once again is demonstrating that with his new plan for Spur Ventures," German says. "Steve is creative, energetic, and committed, which is bringing a lot to the table. I wish him well, and perhaps others will catch his vision of and potential for Spur Ventures."
According to Goetting, Camp Verde's businesses are committed to being successful. And Goetting believes that Spur Ventures can provide necessary information that businesses in rural areas oftentimes lack.
"There are a lot of opportunities in Camp Verde," Goetting says. "There's an incredible energy, and we want to share this opportunity with the Verde Valley."
Spur Ventures will operate out of the Boler's building. "This thing is alive and well," Goetting says. "We expect to have exponential growth in this."
According to Goetting, more than half a dozen businesses have already committed to working with Spur Ventures. Unlike the chamber, Goetting says, Spur Ventures will be a for-profit venture.
"Spur Ventures will help businesses on a for-profit basis," Goetting says. "Mentoring, networking, as well as cash investments, crowd funding and micro loans. I want to see accomplishment. I want to see a positive development in this town, to allow for a lot of creativity, entrepreneurial growth.
Goetting says that Spur Ventures is not in the "get you started" business.
"We're here to get you to the next level," Goetting says. "It's for real."
For more information about Spur Ventures, contact Steve Goetting at (703) 298-3579 or visit http://www.spurhq.com.
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