MVCC’s: The Terms of Being “Local”

Updated: 1/1/2022

Over the course of the last few years we’ve been asked many questions in regards to what the term “local” means for our MVCC and our membership level. With that in mind, we’ve developed a comprehensive list that outlines the qualifications for a local Montrose County business.

To be granted a Free Montrose Business listing a member MUST have the following:

  1. First and foremost a business looking to join the MVCC as a Free or Colorado level membership must have been granted a business license by the state of Colorado or Secretary of State (ie. Articles of Organization). Let’s face it, you’re not really a “business” if you don’t have a business license anyway.
  2. All membership levels should have a verified Google My Business (GMB) listing
    1. A business’s location must be within or have a service area covering Montrose County.
    2. No fake GMB listings allowed! We know a fake listing when we see one and locations are verified manually, meaning we will find you and you will be prohibited from joining if you fake it.
  3. Members must join using their primary physical office location. (Grand Junction location is not Montrose. #sorrynotsorry 🤷🏼‍♀️)
    1. Franchises must have a physical location in Montrose County to be applicable.
    2. Representatives or remote workers must have a physical location for meeting with clients to register at our free membership level. (Examples: Coworking spaces, office buildings, etc.) Working from home is not applicable.
    3. Some concessions will be given to business owners who work from a private location like a commission-based art studio or in-home bakery/catering service. We get it, having some anonymity is nice if you’re a small-scale business.
      1. To be applicable for a work from home status businesses must submit the following credentials:
        1. Google My Business (GMB) listing with a service area for Montrose County.
        2. State license Articles of Organization.
        3. If you don’t have one of these, we will require some form of verification to be sent to us. Examples of accepted forms of verification: vendor receipt or other form of local business license (eg. a liquor or event license) granted by Montrose County. Note: an IOU or personal check is not applicable.
    4.  A Montrose County registered PO Box address is applicable to become a member; additional verification may be required to confirm eligibility for a free listing.

Additional Online Resources to Take Advantage of:

To help improve our verification process and make sure you’re reaching the widest possible range of our audience we highly recommend having the following resources:

  • Website: Get out of your box and get digital! Not only do we use your website as a source of verification but our generation has gone digital. Websites don’t have to be hard and you can even have them built for you.
  • Social Media: Like we mentioned before, anonymity is nice but you still need to socialize a little bit to get the word out and make a few more sales. The world is online so why not you?