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BizTech 08 draws a crowd to Beaver Creek

Scott N. Millersmiller@vaildaily.comBeaver Creek, CO Colorado
Scott N. Miller/Vail DailyPaul Ferzacca, owner of both LaTour in Vail and ZaccaZa in Avon, was dipping up samples at Thursday's BizTech trade show in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
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BEAVER CREEK, Colorado Ted Ejnes thinks he saw a different kind of crowd at this years BizTech show in Beaver Creek, Colorado. It seemed like there were a lot of job-hunters, said Ejnes, owner of SkiCountryGrocer.com, a grocery delivery service. A lot of people asked if I was looking for help.Just looking around Gerald R. Ford Hall at the annual trade show, it looked like a lot of people were filling out job applications. There were also long lines at the bar, and the businesses with food were popular, too. About 1,000 people turned out for the 12th annual event.Jennifer Sandoval of the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek said the hotels exhibit drew a lot of interest from the job-hunters who came.We got a lot of names and numbers, Sandoval said. The Hyatt needs more staff this winter, Sandoval said, because its doubling its restaurant space.While Ejnes isnt looking for help, he said he had good results from his booth at BizTech. A lot of people came by, and I made one or two quality contacts, he said. For Ejnes, quality contacts means concierges or property managers, people who can refer condo owners or guests to his service.Ejnes also gave away a turkey, so he had plenty of people stopping by his booth.It was very good exposure for me, Vail Doggie Day Care & Lodging owner Holly Walthers said. A lot of people who stopped by didnt know about us.Walthers said she had a good mix of both longtime residents and valley newcomers stopping by her booth, so she believes shell get new business out of the event.Our phones are ringing a lot today, Arrow Insurance Avon office manager Angie Kriedeman said. It was one of the best shows weve been to.Sarah Jardis, president of Central Rockies Mortgage, had never been to a BizTech show before. She said earlier in the week that the slowdown in the local real estate business gave her and her staff the time to go to a trade show.We had a great time, Jardis said after the event. It was an opportunity to mostly reconnect with people and visit.Jardis said the show gave her and her staff a lot of exposure, both before and during the show.There was great energy there, Jardis said. There was a lot of networking going on. My plan is to participate next year.Business Editor Scott N. Miller can be reached at 748-2930, or smiller@vaildaily.com.


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