Business of the Month


SANDPOINT – Please join The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Keokee Media + Marketing as Business of the Month.  In business since 1990, Keokee as been an instrumental part of enhancing local businesses, including the Sandpoint Chamber.  They provide support to the Chamber Staff with website development and maintenance, as well as managing Visit Sandpoint.

When receiving the award at last week’s General Membership Luncheon, Keokee’s Chris Bessler gave attendees a history on the companies humble beginning.  “I hung out the shingle for Keokee on May 1, 1990 and rented my first office space.  I found a pretty darn good solid oak desk for $25, on which to put my Macintosh SE computer.  This was right about the time Macs were radically changing the publishing business with more power in a 10-inch square box than the big old typesetting computers costing 10 times more.”  From there, Bessler had the idea to start up Sandpoint Magazine. With the support of Schweitzer Mountain Keokee published the first Winter issue in November 1990.  At 32-pages, it was Sandpoint’s first color glossy magazine.  After the World Wide Web went public in August of 1991, Keokee published its first website in 1995.

Since the first magazine, Keokee has printed over 1.5 million copies, accounting for about 30% of their business, published more than 40 books, and provide marketing services, website development and digital marketing for companies and groups in North Idaho and around the western U.S.  They host more than 250 websites, many of which are non-profits.  They are partners in the Sandpoint Reader, and launched in December 1995.

Congratulations to The Chamber of Commerce November Business of the Month, Keokee Media + Marketing. For more information visit


Chris Bessler of Keokee Media + Marketing receives Business of the Month award from Chamber President & CEO Kate McAlister.



BOM 2017-2018

October 2018:  Bonner County Fair Grounds | September 2018:  Pend Oreille Arts Council | August 2018:  East Bonner County Library District | July 2018: Rotary Club of Sandpoint | June 2018:  Super 1 Foods | May 2018:  Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant | April 2018:  Laughing Dog Brewing | January 2018:  Idaho Pour Authority | September 2017: Pierce Auto Center | August 2017: Jacey’s Race |  July 2017: Sandpoint Furniture | June 2017: Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters | May 2017: Washington Trust Bank | April 2017: Sandpoint Reader | February 2017: Sandpoint Title Insurance | January 2017: Blue Sky Broadcasting

BOM 2016

May: Washington Trust Bank April: Sandpoint Reader September: Miller’s Country Store August: MickDuff’s Brewing Company July: Evergreen Realty June: Bonner County Historical Society & Museum | May: Eichardt’s Pub Grill & Coffee House | April: Trinity at City Beach | February: Idaho Pour Authority | January: The Shed, INC

BOM 2015

December:  Sandpoint Elks Lodge #1376 | November:  Pend Oreille Surgery Center | October:  Skeyes the Limit | September:  Goodwill Ponderay | August:  Petal Talk | July:  Sandpoint West Athletic Club | June:  Northland Communicaions | May:  Friends of Scotchman Peaks | April:  Eve’s Leaves | March:  Selkirk Association of Realtors | February:  Festival at Sandpoint | January:  North County Electric

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