Biz to Biz: July 3 |

Biz to Biz: July 3


Mountain to Mountain, a Breckenridge-based organization that coordinates fundraising efforts for projects in remote mountain areas around the world, has raised its 2007 goal of $50,000.In addition, it received another matching donation to build a second school. For more information, call 376-0754.Winners of Vails annual shopping spree include a New York honeymoonerOne out-of-town winner was in Vail on her honeymoon. Another was attending a conference in Vail. Both are among six people named as winners of Vails Shopping Spree contest. The winners each will receive $500 to spend at their favorite Vail businesses. The winners, drawn from among an estimated 5,000 entries, are: Melinda Blankenship, Vail. John Scott Hudgins, Vail. Lisa Lindley, Vail. Kyle Weed, Leadville. Madeline DiGrandi-Yonki, Bronx, New York. Jill Mansir, Gorham, Maine. The contest has been under way for the past nine weeks to promote shopping and dining in Vail. It was sponsored by the town of Vail to showcase the many shops and restaurants that remain open in May and June and to introduce shoppers to completed expansions and additions as a result of Vails renewal. Contest entries were divided between in-county participants and out-of-county participants with three winners selected in each of the two categories.For more information, contact Suzanne Silverthorn in the Vail Community Information Office at 479-2115.Frisco town government now has its online surveys readyThe Frisco town government has just launched an online survey program that will allow registered Frisco voters to provide input and opinions with the click of a mouse.On June 11, the town sent out a letter to each registered voter in the town, inviting them to participate in the program. Each resident can use the unique personal identification number in his or her letter to register online and submit a preferred e-mail address. The town will then e-mail links to online surveys as new issues come up. The first survey, which is already available, asks citizens opinions on future amenities at the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area.Paper versions of the surveys and registration forms are available for those without Internet access. Those individuals should come to Frisco Town Hall, at the corner of First Avenue and Main Street, and ask for Jocelyn Mills or Julie Sutor.Summit Chamber thanks the sponsors of recent Cajun, Comedy & Clubs fundraiserThe Summit Chamber is sending its thanks to all who participated in and made the second annual Cajun, Comedy & Clubs fundraiser a resounding success by raising more than $10,000 for community programs supported through the chamber. We especially extend heartfelt appreciation to the following teams that participated in the golf tournament:Title sponsors: Wiese Agency, American Family Insurance; hole sponsors: Colorado Mountain Express, Comcast Spotlight, Copper Mountain Resort/The Village at Copper, Dillon Ridge Liquors, Intrawest Placemaking, Pinnacol Assurance/Arrow Insurance, TCD Inc. and US Bank; team sponsors: Hackers and Whackers, High Country Health Care, Hudson Auto Source, Ragin Cajuns, Summit Daily News, The LandAmericans and Waste Management and box lunch sponsor: Maximum Financial Inc.Thanks, too, to event chairs Massey Pitts, Del Bush, Jamie Cripps, Cookie Johnson, Jennifer Kermode, Dennis Lenahan, Bret Richards, Marilyn Ward, Erich Weber and Leslie Wiese.Survey claims Teva Mountain Games generated more than $4.6 million in revenueOrganizers of the Teva Mountain Games recently released a study indicating that the five-day festival generated more than $4.6 million in revenue for the local economy. The sixth annual eveny took place in Vail from May 30 to June 3, with more than 1,600 registered athletes competing and an estimated 30,000 spectators. Were incredibly proud of the organic growth the Mountain Games has achieved over the past six years, said event organizer Joel Heath of Untraditional Marketing. This year was definitely our biggest and best event yet, and this study validates it. We owe so much of our success to the tremendous support of the Vail community.”During the event, a third-party research group conducted random, in-person interviews to complete the economic impact study. The study determines that of the estimated 30,000 people in Vail during the event, 58 percent came specifically to attend the Mountain Games. Half of event attendees were overnight visitors, who spent an average of $283.49 on lodging, dining, entertainment and shopping per day and stayed an average 2.61 days. Other highlights of the study include: 54 percent of people attending the games had been to the event at least once before. 42 percent traveled more than 100 miles for their visit to Vail. 71 percent were traveling in groups of two to five people. The average age of those in Vail specifically for the Mountain Games was 38. 45 percent of those visiting Vail specifically for the Mountain Games were ages 25 44.

Three new agents join the Frisco office of Keller Williams Mountain PropertiesKeller Williams Mountain Properties has added three agents to its growing Summit County team Curtis Wray, Betsy Goodell and John M. Foley.Each member of this impressive group brings experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to their clients and to our professional team, said Liz Rourke, Summit County Keller Williams team leader. They all have a passion for real estate, and they focus on providing the best customer service possible to every client. Wray has nearly 20 years in the real estate business. Goodells background is in interior design and remodeling.One of the reasons I joined Keller Williams is because of the continuing education which allows me to always offer better service to my clients, Foley said.For more information contact Curtis at 485-4179, Betsy at 389-1355 and John at 406-1273. Or call the Keller Williams Mountain Properties Frisco office at 368-7000. On the Web, go to couples event-promotion company is up for an awardVail summer residents George and Dana Coates, owners of Eventmakers International of Stuart, Fla., are among of the six finalists for Event Company of the Year. Voting has begun for the annual Spotlight Awards presented by Event Solutions, a magazine and Web site for the event, meeting and planning industry. Dana Coates won the Spotlight Award for Event Planner of the Year in 2006.The Coateses were full-time Vail residents from 1990 to 1996 before relocating to Florida and they have remained summer residents of Vail. You can support the couple by voting at Voting began June 1 and ends July 23. Anyone may vote but only one vote may be submitted from an e-mail address. The award winners will be announced Aug. 23 at the Spotlight Awards ceremony at the Event Solutions annual convention in Miami. For more information, call 800-228-1841 or visit County Chamber signs deal for VoIP serviceThe Summit County Chamber of Commerce recently announced it had signed a deal with a Denver company to provide VoIP (voice over internet protocol) to members and prospective members. The company, IP5280, joined the Summit County Chamber in early 2007, and has several Summit County clients. As part of the deal with the chamber, any current or prospective members of the Summit County Chamber of Commerce that signs up for service from IP5280 as a result of the partnership will have some fees waived.For more informatoin, call 423-7030 or e-mail conference coming to Vail in SeptemberColorado Walks (, an organization dedicated to safe pedestrian access, is hosting the Colorado Pedestrian Summit and Village Mile Walk/Run in Vail Sept. 20 through 22. The summit will bring together elected officials and citizens from across the state who are all concerned with accommodating pedestrians, developing livable communities, and the health and well-being of Coloradans, said Gay Page, president of Colorado Walks. The quality of trainers and participants we have so far is tremendous. We are sure great things will come of this event. Organizers say the conference will include discussions of pedestrian problems and situations based on the question, Will livable communities be our legacy?Capped at 200 participants, the program is designed to be hands-on and personal for everyone who attends. The cost is $270 for registrants who sign up before July 31.For more information, visit Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea creates direct trade programColorado based Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company has created a direct trade program in which coffees are purchased directly from the producers. This gives the farmers higher prices for their coffees. Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea is seeking to purchase at least 75 percent of its product directly from its producers, and they have met that goal.The most recent addition to the trade program has been the Gayo Mountain Co-Operative in Sumatra, Indonesia, located in the northern hills of the Aceh province. This area was the site of a 30-year conflict between separatist guerrillas and government troops and was the most heavily hit area by the 2004 tsunami.Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea is also in the process of building relationships with a small family farm in Bahia, Brazil and is working to participate in a program to support a newly constructed school at the farm.For more information, call Chris Chantler at 827-4008. On the Web, go to

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