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Alpine Bank recently sent a news release warning customers about a new form of scam called Caller ID spoofing, which attempts to fool a telephone customer into accepting a call he might not otherwise accept.Caller ID displays the callers name and telephone number after the first ring so you can decide whether to answer the call. Scammers go to a Web site that provides spoofing service for a fee. Those running scams input the number they wish to call, and the fake Caller ID information they wish to appear on the recipients Caller ID device. The call is then completed displaying the false, or spoofed, Caller ID information. The scam artist often uses the telephone number and name of the consumers local bank, credit union or other trusted business. If you receive a call asking for confidential information such as your Social Security number, credit-card or bank account number or personal identification number from any company you do business with, hang up and call back using the published phone number.

The Vail Valley Partnerships Lodging Quality Assurance Platinum Tour is an informative, self-guided event that allows partners and program participants to see areas top resort properties.Eight rental units including hotel rooms, condominiums and homes along the slopes of Vail and Beaver Creek, will open their doors to showcase their architectural designs, interior decoration and art.The next tour is June 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. The cost is $5 in advance or $10 the day of the event. Doors will be opened at The Tryst, the Tivoli Lodge, the Tyrolean, the Beaver Creek Lodge, the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, the Highlands Slopeside and Stonegate. Part of the proceeds benefit the Vail Academy.For more information or to purchase tickets, call Misty VanHeulenat 970-477-4010 or mvanheulen@visitvailvalley.com.

Heres a list of the Summit County Chamber of Commerces newest members:Stewart Title of Colorado, with offices in Dillon and Frisco. Local contact, Maggie Dew at 970-513-4469 or send e-mail to mdew@stewart.com.DVine Wine, Silverthorne. Contact Charlene Meriwether, 817-991-7316 or e-mail cmeriwether@dvinewineusa.com.Mountain Sports Outlet, Silverthorne. Contact Scott Miles at 970-262-2836 or e-mail smiles@ssv.net. ADP, Automatic Data Processing, Silverthorne. Contact Tim Boulay at 970-406-8519, of e-mail tim_boulay@adp.com.Stuhr & Associates, Frisco. Contact Chris Wertley at 970-668-5516 or e-mail chris@stuhrandassociatesllc.com.



The Vail Valley Partnerships Lodging Quality Assurance Vendor Seminar is a twice-yearly seminar allowing Vail Valley home furnishing vendors an opportunity to gain insight into the program.The next seminar is June 14 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Antlers at Vail. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, call Misty VanHeulen at 970-477-4010 or e-mail misty@visitvailvalley.com.

The Vail Business Women are having a Wine & Women wine-tasting and fundraiser Thursday, June 7 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.The event is at Bonnie Veseys home at 92 Allen Circle in Homestead. Wine will be provided, but those who come are asked to bring an appetizer to share.Cost for the evening is a $20 minimum donation, with all the money going to Friendship Bridge, a Colorado nonprofit group that provides micro-credit loans to woman-owned small businesses in Guatemala. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, call Vesey at 376-4431, or Pam at 926-1776. E-mails can be sent to friendshipbridge@comcast.net.



Master Plumber Paul Kennedy grew up in his fathers plumbing and heating business in the Detroit area. In 1999, he married his sweetheart, Laura, and they moved to Dillon. In May 2000, they founded Kennedy Plumbing and Heating LLC.In 2003, Kennedy Plumbing and Heating joined the trade organization Plumbers Success International. But Paul wanted to do more to increase the success of his company. In May, the company began doing business as Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.What did Benjamin Franking Plumbing? Many benefits, including national exposure and advertising as well as the trademark The Punctual Plumber. If theres any delay its you we pay!

ProCoat Systems, a distributor of building materials specializing in stucco, stone cladding and waterproofing materials, opened a branch in Gypsum on June 1. Store hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.In business since 1984, ProCoat Systems features brand names including Cultured Stone, Senergy Stucco, WR Grace Waterproofing Membranes, Carlisle Waterproofing and Drainage Systems, Foamular Insulation, Master Builders Repair Mortars and Sonneborn Sealants. This will be ProCoat Systems fourth branch in Colorado, and this location will provide products and service to the Vail Valley, the Roaring Fork Valley and Garfield County. ProCoat Systems is a Colorado-owned company.

Specialty Sports Venture, a joint venture majority-owned by Vail Resorts, announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire 18 Breeze Ski Rental shops at locations throughout Colorado, Utah and California for $6.5 million. With this acquisition, Specialty Sports Venture becomes one of the leading ski rental and retail companies in the United States with more than 145 shops in Colorado, Utah and California.Two of the Breeze rental shops are located in Idaho Springs and Dumont. Four Utah locations include two in the mountain community of Park City, one near The Canyons Resort and one in Salt Lake City. Squaw One Accessories and Squaw Valley Clothing, both located at the California mountain resort of Squaw Valley, also are included in the purchase. The remaining Breeze shops are located in the Denver metro area and Vail, Keystone, Aspen and Snowmass.The sale also includes an agreement for Vail Resorts to directly acquire two locations that are Starbucks licensed stores. These two stores are adjacent to Breeze locations in Dumont and at the base of Aspen Mountain.Were really looking forward to adding these shops to our expanding group of stores, said Ken Gart, president of Specialty Sports Venture. The stores in Utah represent our first venture into the Utah market and are appealing because of the states broad range of outdoor recreation that attracts locals and visitors in both winter and summer, he said.Specialty Sports Venture plans to retain the Breeze name.The Specialty Sports Venture portfolio of retail and rental outlets includes Colorado Ski & Golf, Bicycle Village and a number of slopeside shops in Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Aspen, Telluride and other Colorado resorts. Specialty Sports Venture also operate shops in California at Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe and the Any Mountain shops in the Bay Area. Specialty Sports Venture also owns and operates http://www.rentskis.com, the top ski rental Web site in the U.S. and the equipment provider for online travel Web sites including Travelocity.com, Expedia.com, Orbitz.com and Ski.com.



The Vail Valley chapter of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International will hold a trade show June 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Vail Marriott Grand Ballroom.Vendor booths are still available for the show, which is a great chance to update information for your clients. Booths are free to association members and $325 for non-members. For more information, call Danielle McNair 970-477-5388 or e-mail dmcnair@sonnenalp.com.


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