Take time to recognize the Vail Valley business community
It’s that time of year again.What time, you ask? Time to train your ski legs? Time to staff up for the coming season? Time to start planning your holiday parties? Time to do a snow dance? Or time to make plans to tell all your out of town friends about the great events (like Vail Snow Daze) on the schedule this winter? Yes to all of the above. But equally important, it’s time to recognize your neighbors in the business community by nominating them for a Vail Valley Success Award.It’s the eighth year the Vail Valley Partnership has helped recognize our non-profit and business communities with the Annual Gala & Success Awards, designed to spotlight the wonderful businesses, people and non-profits that call Eagle County home. Last year’s winners include the Vail Valley Salvation Army, Ruggs Benedict, Town of Vail, Avon Venture Sports, Steammaster and Vail Valley Cares. Success Awards will be given in the following categories: Non-profit of the Year, Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Green Business of the Year and the Corporate Citizenship Award.A silent auction is an important part of the Gala & Success Awards, as proceeds from the auction help benefit the Non-Profit of the Year. Businesses are encouraged to donate items to help support this cause – past non-profit winners who have benefited from the generosity of the auction include the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, First Descents, Habitat for Humanity and the Eagle Valley Land Trust.The Vail Valley Partnership staff is happy to host this annual event, which helps us achieve our mission to be a regional leader in sustaining and enhancing the Vail Valley as a tourism destination and as a place to do business by contributing to the identity and economic well being of the Eagle County. And thanks to our sponsors including Pinnacol Assurance, the Denver Post and Alpine Bank for helping to make this event a success.Nominations are open through Nov. 5. Anyone can nominate a business, so please send your requests into the Partnership quickly!On a related note, be sure to RSVP today for the Nov. 4 “Service to the Power of You” customer service seminar hosted by the Vail Chamber & Business Association, the Vail Valley Partnership and Vail Resorts. This seminar promises to be of great benefit to our community’s commitment to providing great guest service and is the only qualifying class for businesses using the Vail Resorts Merchant Ski Pass (Platinum Service Program participants are also eligible). Chris Romer is the executive director of the Vail Valley Partnership.