Biz to Biz: July 31 |

Biz to Biz: July 31


Discussions about a new loading and delivery system for Vail Village will continue Aug. 2 when a business-based working group holds its second meeting.The discussion will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Vail Transportation Center conference room next to the Vail Visitor Information Center. The meeting is open to the public.The working group will recommend options for a operational plan for a dispersed loading and delivery network in Vail Village that eventually will use a combination of facilities at four new developments as well as on-street loading zones. The group includes representatives from the retail, restaurant, lodging and delivery sectors as well as representatives from the Vail Town Council, chamber associations and the residential neighborhood. The agenda for the meeting includes a review of expectations and goals, creation and distribution of a loading and delivery map and identification of possible exceptions and special circumstances.First Vail Valley Business Forum to be held at the Vail Marriott Mountain ResortOn Aug. 23, the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa and the Vail Valley Partnership will hold the first Vail Valley Business Forum.The half-day event will feature industry experts who will speak about many of the top issues facing local, regional and national businesses.Panelists include: Leslie Schweitzer of the United States Chamber of Commerce; Lawrence Yun, research director for the National Association of Realtors; John Long of Blue Sun Biodiesel; and Scott Thoma, health care analyst with Edward JonesCNBC correspondent Jane Wells will be the moderator.For more information, or to R.S.V.P., call Cameron Lowe at 477-4001 or clowe@visitvailvalley.comVail Valley Medical Center earns national awardVail Valley Medical Center has won a national award for healthcare service quality by Avatar International Inc., a company that measures customer expectations in health care.The hallmark of exceptional service to patients is to consistently meet or exceed their expectations not always an easy task, said Michael Everett, Chief Executive Officer of Avatar. Vail Valley Medical Center has demonstrated that it exceeds its patients expectations in a tangible and measurable manner.Vail Valley Medical Center chief executive officer Greg Repetti accepted the award.Our team of caregivers is known for their outstanding service to our patients, and this wonderful award proves what we already knew, Repetti said. I am very excited to acknowledge and recognize the wonderful physicians, nurses and staff who make such a difference for the patients and families who come to VVMC for world-class care.Broker Michelle Rampelt new associate at Vail EstatesVail Estates, a real estate company in Vail Village, announced recently that Michelle Rampelt has joined the firm as a broker associate. A resident of the Vail Valley since 2001, Rampelt brings sales experience and long-standing relationships to Vail Estates. Before becoming a broker associate, Rampelt was a sales representative for numerous ski, snow and outdoor industries.I am excited to work with a talented and experienced team who is as passionate about the Vail Valley as I am, Rampelt said. For more information, e-mail still time to sign up for Leadership SummitLeadership Summit is still accepting applications for the program at The Keystone Center. The previous deadline was July 13. For more information, contact Johanna Raquet at 513-5839.Rick Cook joins Slifer Smith & Frampton as managing branch broker in RiverwalkSlifer Smith & Frampton recently announced that Rick Cook has joined the company as managing branch broker for the Riverwalk office in Edwards. Cook has more than 15 years of experience as a broker in the Vail Valley, and he joins a team of more than 100 brokers showing and listing more than 500 properties throughout the valley. City Market stores in Vail and Avon now stock organic plant food in recycled bottlesThe City Market stores in Avon and Vail are now testing a certified organic plant food manufactured by TerraCycle Inc. that is packaged in reused soda bottle. The Worm Poop plant food comes ready to use and costs $4 per bottle.TerraCycle claims it has the first product to be sold at Kroger Stores that is not only made from garbage, but also packaged in garbage. TerraCycle Plant Foods are made from organic waste that is composted by worms, liquefied and packaged in reused soda bottles.The 20-ounce soda bottles used to package TerraCycle Plant Foods are collected through the TerraCycle Bottle Brigade, a nationwide recycling program with more than 3,600 schools, churches and other community groups collecting bottles. For every bottle collected by a community group, TerraCycle donates 5 cents to a non-profit organization of the groups choice. The program has enabled TerraCycle to rescue and reuse more than 2 million soda bottles and donate more than $50,000 to non-profit organizations. To learn more, go to Cascade Resort & Spa will take two years and $30 million to renovateGregg Pate, managing director for the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, recently announced the property will undergo a $30 million renovation over the next 18 months. Many of the improvements at the Vail Cascade are designed to take advantage of the resorts private location along Gore Creek. While many properties in the Vail Valley have decreased their guest-room inventory in favor of residential-ownership options, the Vail Cascade continues to be committed to group and leisure guests, offering the best facilities and most distinct choices for both customers, Pate said.The Vail Cascade, managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, is one of the original AAA Four Diamond properties in the Vail Valley and celebrates its 25th anniversary next year.The renovations at the Vail Cascade will be done in two phases over the next 18 months. The first phase of the renovation begins this summer and concludes in December. Additions in phase one include a new coffee bar and market, executive conference facility, enhancements to existing meeting space, fitness center locker rooms and guest room upgrades. Phase two will begin the spring of 2008 with installation of air conditioning in guest rooms, enhancements to Chaps deck, the Fireside Bar, pool and deck renovations and the expansion of the Creekside meeting room.For more information go to or call 800-420-2424.

Hill & Company president nominated by national group for women in business awardLinda Hill, president of Hill & Company, an Edwards-based advertising and marketing firm, has been nominated by the Denver Business Journal and the National Association of Women Business Owners for an Outstanding Women in Business Award.The award is based on contributions to work and community. The awards luncheon, which will be held in August, will select 12 women to receive the award.Free small business resource fair set for Aug. 16 in DenverThe Small Business Administration will host a free Small Business Resource Fair Aug. 16 at the downtown Denver Public Library. Representatives from various commercial lenders, federal contractors, business assistance organizations, local chambers of commerce, and federal and state agencies will be available to answer questions regarding starting, operating and growing a business.For more information on this event, call Jeanette DeHerrera at 303-844-2607, extension 226.

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