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American Airlines recently introduced DealFinder, a downloadable computer desktop tool that enables Vail Valley residents to take advantage of discounted travel and special fares originating from the Eagle County Regional Airport. The DealFinder tool can be downloaded from the American Airlines Web site,, at fares from American are currently available from Vail to a number of destinations throughout the United States up to 10 percent off the lowest published fare. And, if you travel before Dec. 12, you can save even more with DealFinders exclusive offers. To receive the discounted fares from Vail, simply list Eagle County EGE as your home airport when setting up your preferences with DealFinder. Youll then receive a special DealFinder message with a link to the discounted fares.

The Vail Valley Partnership recently announced that nominations are open for the Vail Valley Success Awards (formerly Success Connection Awards) to be presented on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008 at the Fifth Annual Gala at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. The awards recognize best business practices in the Vail Valley for 2007. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 15 at 5 p.m.All Vail Valley locals are encouraged to nominate a business they feel is deserving, said Michael Robinson, Vail Valley Partnership President/CEO. Its a great opportunity to recognize a business that has significantly impacted the community and contributed to the areas quality of life throughout the year.Local businesses are invited to complete nomination forms and return them to the Partnerships office at 101 Fawcett Road, Suite 240 in Avons Traer Creek Plaza. If mailing, please send nominations to P.O. Box 1130, Vail, CO 81658. E-mailed nominations can be sent to Nomination forms will be printed in the Vail Daily and are also available at the Partnerships office or online at All nominated businesses must be a Partnership partner in good standing through Feb. 1. Award categorie are: Non-profit, Business, Small Business, Marketing Campaign and two new categories, Entrepreneur and Green Business. A judging committee comprised of executives from other Colorado Chambers of Commerce and local businesses will determine the 2008 Success Awards winners. For more award information, contact Sadie Riddleberger at 477-4008 or For more event information, contact Cameron Lowe at 477-4001 or

Citifinancial, a financial services company specializing in personal and home equity loans, opened in Silverthorne Oct. 1. Citifinancial has been in business since 1912, with more than $31 billion in receivables and more than 2,200 offices across the U.S. and Canada.The Silverthorne branch is an exciting addition for us, said Harry D. Goff, chairman and CEO. Just like any other company, as we look to expand into new markets, we are careful to find just the right location. What makes this area so special is the people both our customers and our employees.With its strong economy and sense of community, we know that Silverthorne is a perfect choice for us, said Mary McDowell, president and COO.Brad Groden is the branch manager. Other members of the Silverthorne branch include Brandy Chesson, senior branch account executive and Harold Romero, branch account manager.

The Summit Chamber welcomes its new members: Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, Guff Van Vooren, Silverthorne; Imagine That Design, Tom Fellner, Frisco; and B4, Wayne Walton, Breckenridge.

Waco-based Curves International, Inc., the worlds largest fitness center franchise, has announced the re-opening of its Curves location in Eagle. We are excited to become part of the Eagle community, said co-owners Scott Black and Jacquelyn Lewis. Curves offers a comfortable, welcoming place where real women work out. We look forward to helping women in this community reach amazing results, both physical and emotional, through our Curves Workout program and support network.For more information about Curves call 328-1771 or go on line to

Kimberly Anderson of Eagle has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct-sales company featuring easy-to-prepare gourmet products.As a consultant, Anderson sells the companys gourmet foods and beverages to guests at home taste-testing parties. Guests receive samples, easy meal ideas, recipes and serving suggestions.The Tastefully Simple opportunity is designed to be life friendly, said Jill Blashack Strahan, Tastefully Simple Inc. founder and CEO. Consultants find a great deal of satisfaction through its fun nature, flexibility, unlimited earning potential and top-notch products.For more information about Tastefully Simple products, taste-testing parties or the business opportunity, call Anderson, 328-0192.

The Vail Valley Partnership and the Vail Daily will bring a new and improved business trade show to the Vail Valley: Success Quest, Sharing Business-to-Business Solutions. Formerly the BizTech trade show, Success Quest will be the Vail Valleys most interactive business event, combining educational breakout seminars, instructional presentations, product/service on-site demonstrations, sponsorship and branding opportunities, advertising opportunities and networking opportunities. Early bird registration is now open.The new name reflects a new mission. All business owners share one common mindset: the quest for success. Success Quest was designed with this principle in mind, said Michael Robinson, Vail Valley Partnership President/CEO. This years event will provide instructional breakout seminars that will add to the events overall educational value.Success Quest will be held at the Gerald R. Ford Hall (formerly Village Hall) at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 3 to 7 p.m.For details on early bird registration, call Cameron Lowe at the Vail Valley Partnership, 477-4001 or e-mail To learn about sponsorship and advertising opportunities, call Stephanie Combs, 477-4015 or e-mail

Community Banks of Colorado is offering a scholarship program that will be available to graduating seniors in the class of 2008. We are committed to the long term sustainability of our communities, Donald Woods, Chairman, President/CEO of Community Banks of Colorado said. We hope to promote sustainability by offering a program that will involve leadership training, community service, internship opportunities, as well as significant financial support. We hope to develop future leaders that will be compelled to make a positive impact in their communities upon graduation from college.The four-year, merit based program will require intensive academic and community service participation. The program will pay tuition, room and board for scholarship recipients.We are very excited to have an opportunity to learn more about the promising students in our communities, and to help them develop the skills to be an effective leader, program director Emily Potts said.Students interested in the program can call 720-529-3397 for applications, or send an e-mail

Local behavioral scientist and facilitator of human behavior, Holly Woods, Ph.D., recently opened the Conflict Mediation & Coaching Center, Safe2Speak, located in Avon. Safe2Speak mediation and coaching strategies were developed around the principles of helping people to develop insight into their own dispute resolution style and replace counterproductive behaviors.Safe2Speak can guide you through the process of mediation or coaching to provide a retreat from the outrage associated with conflict, said Woods. The mediation and conflict coaching center specializes in dispute resolution and coaching for workplaces and corporations, families and adolescents, and neighborhood or community-level dialogue and conflict resolution. Woods sees mediation and coaching services as a way to help families and organizations to be more effective. Safe2Speak will provide services in the Avon office, or on-site to workplaces or other organizations.To learn more, call Woods 748-4626 (office), 331-1639 (cell) or e-mail

Colorado Business Banks 12th location has opened in Eagle at 212 Chambers Ave., Unit 3. Kevin Armitage is managing officer of the bank. Armitage has more than eight years of banking experience in Eagle County and has been at Colorado Business Banks Edwards location for more than a year. Were very excited to bring our financial services and products to western Eagle County, said Armitage. Colorado Business Bank will bring a unique commercial banking focus to the areas small to mid-sized businesses and professionals, as well as very personalized service. The bank offers a night drop box for after-hours deposits, a drive-up teller window, and technology including Internet banking and remote deposit electronic banking. The banks parent company, CoBiz Financial (Nasdaq: COBZ) is a $2.3 billion financial holding company headquartered in Denver. The company also offers property and casualty insurance brokerage services through CoBiz Insurance; trust and fiduciary services through CoBiz Trust; investment banking services through Green Manning & Bunch; the management of stock and bond portfolios for individuals and institutions through Alexander Capital Management Group; and employee and executive benefits consulting and wealth transfer services through Financial Designs Ltd.

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