This year’s BizTech show will be ski season kickoff
VAIL, Colorado – The annual BizTech trade show has long been a way for businesses, customers and others to connect just before the ski season. But this year’s show has a few changes.The biggest is that for the first time in at least a decade, the show will be at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa instead of its longtime home at Ford Hall in Beaver Creek. And instead of a week or so before the ski season, this year’s BizTech will be the night before Vail Mountain opens. BizTech regulars say the move to Vail could be a good one.”I’m excited about having it in Vail,” said Raj Manickam, CEO of Steammaster Cleaning and Restoration. “We want consumers there to come see this and maybe get some new faces out.”Steammaster has attended every BizTech show, and Manickam said the company has gotten a lot of value out of those evenings. The company can show off its new equipment and cleaning techniques, of course. When the economy was booming, the company also used the event as a job fair.Even in the past couple of years, though, Steammaster has kept its eye out for talented potential employees.”We’ve found really good employees through BizTech,” Manickam said. “We actually found our restoration manager there last year.”That man, an insurance adjuster, happened to attend last year’s show and started talking to the Steammaster people.”We tried to make sure he didn’t talk to anyone else,” Manickam said.BizTech is one of the few places people can meet up that way, Manickam said. “You just never know who’s out there looking,” he said.While the demand for employees isn’t what it once was, Steve Trombetta, guest-services manager at the Cascade, said the show remains a good way for someone to perhaps pick up a second job.Holli Snyder, of NRC Broadcasting, said her company won’t have a booth at the show this year – that company is hosting an event the next night – but said she expects just about everyone at her office to head into Vail for BizTech. “It’s a good way to get your business in front of other businesses in the valley,” Snyder said. “And you get to enjoy some free food.”While organizers this year hope that some of the people working concierge desks in Vail will take a little time to come to BizTech, the show really provides an opportunity for the valley’s businesses to connect – or reconnect.”Those business-to-business connections are so important – and they inevitably turn into business-to-consumer connections,” Vail Valley Partnership Executive Director Chris Romer said. Romer said he’s been to several BizTech shows and has always found it a good way to get the winter started.”I think it’s great to have it in Vail, especially with the reports there’s going to be more terrain open on Friday and with snow in the forecast,” Romer said.