Businesses benefit from Vail meeting
This past week, a family member was rushed to the hospital. All week, I was sitting by the phone waiting to see if I need to jump on a flight and head east. As I write this, thankfully so far that hasn’t happened. But what has happened is that I have taken recent stock of my life. Sure, we all work to better our personal wealth, but it’s the wealth of family, friends and happiness that really fills us up. I won’t get all philosophical on you, but I will say that we should all occasionally take a look at our individual lives and make sure we are addressing the things that really matter to us. There’s also no harm in telling your loved ones what they mean to you or giving them a hug because, unfortunately, one day you might not be able to.On Friday, the Vail Chamber & Business Association held a community meeting at the Sebastian hotel in Vail. We had a great turnout and addressed many of the recent questions and concerns of the business community. Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation, talked about the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships and the proposed enhancements to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre in Vail. While the ski-race events are all scheduled for Beaver Creek in 2015, Vail Village will host all the award ceremonies and related events. This raised some questions about the long ski-racing heritage of Vail and how the recent change of the races being in Beaver Creek will affect the international guests who want to visit and what the long-term benefits will be to the Vail business community. Kristin Williams gave an update on the progress and changes taking place at the proposed Ever Vail project in West Lionshead. If you missed it, the Vail Town Council will be getting an update in February. Margaret Rogers, of the Vail Town Council, gave her Vail-centric version of the state of the union. Vail tax collections are up to budget thanks in part to an increase in collection in December. Rogers also spoke about the events leading up to the Comcast discussion at the last council meeting and her view of the $1.25 million the town of Vail has been asked to contribute toward the 2015 championships. Her message was that there should be an outline of what the funding will go toward and how the town would benefit.Last week, there was a joint meeting between the Vail Local Marketing District Advisory Council and the Committee on Special Events. The premise was to look at how events and marketing work together and any opportunities to align them in the future to promote and enhance the Vail brand. Many great ideas were shared. While this was the first of many discussions, you can be assured that there are some community-minded people who are doing a fine job of looking at the various scenarios that could place Vail ahead of others as the destination of choice.The annual Premier Impressions program is now in its fourth week. Premier Impressions is proudly sponsored by Vail Resorts, the town of Vail and the Vail Chamber & Business Association. Premier Impressions recognize employees who offer up exemplary customer service. Last year, Premier Impressions rewarded more than 200 people. Hopefully, this year, we will reward even more. Nomination forms are available at businesses throughout Vail. To nominate someone, simply fill out the form and return it to the Vail Chamber & Business Association. Each month, we process the forms and reward all qualified nominees with various gift cards or gift certificates to local businesses. In addition, they will be recognized in print each month in the Vail Daily. Then, in April, each nominee and a guest are invited to an end-of-season party at Eagle’s Nest at the top of the Vail gondola. At the party, each nominee is entered into a drawing for even larger prizes, including trips, cash, skis and more. The only catch is that you need to be nominated for offering great customer service. So my challenge to you is to go out and offer great customer service, and hopefully you’ll be our next nominee! For additional information on how you can support and promote Premier Impressions, please contact us at the Vail Chamber & Business Association offices.For something to see and do, be sure to check out the fourth annual Triumph Winterfest and the snow sculptures in the Gore Creek Promenade. For more information, contact Vail Art in Public Places at 970-479-2344 or http://www.artinvail.com.The Vail Chamber & Business Association is the leading business-advocacy group in Vail and is a communications outlet for businesses that want to have a voice in community affairs. If you are interested in finding out more about the Vail Chamber & Business Association and what we have to offer to businesses in and that do business in Vail, please contact us at 970-477-0075 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Based in Vail Village, our office is located in the transportation center, and our doors are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by and say hello!Richard tenBraak is executive director of the Vail Chamber & Business Association.