Vail Business Women kick off their new year |

Vail Business Women kick off their new year

Melissa Kellogg
High Country Business Review

The main purpose of the evening was to sign up new members, and, according to Treasurer Patti Plagens, a full 30 percent of those who paid for a membership were new to the organization.

“We are so excited about the turnout,” said group president Tina DeWitt, a financial advisor based in Edwards.

“We worked hard to get the word out because we know that once women find out about our organization they get excited. Women are natural networkers.”

During the evening, as the group enjoyed cocktails and appetizers, DeWitt said a few words of introduction and gave away some door prizes donated by area businesses.

Vail Valley Business Women meets monthly to provide a forum for women to meet and network. Along with a meal, each meeting also includes an informative program to help women grow their careers and businesses.

Past program topics have included financial planning, women’s health and “Tax Talk.” There are also informal parties the group hosts each year including as spa nights and wine tastings.

In addition to meetings and parties, the organization is active in the community by supporting Habitat for Humanity, the Resource Center of Eagle County and Friendship Bridge. They also provide scholarships to girls and women and works to increase breast cancer awareness.

Jennifer Biehn, one of the evening’s new members and a successful, young businesswoman, entrepreneur and new resident to the area, said she was impressed with the group. “I’m new to the Vail Valley and I see this group as a terrific forum to meet interesting, intelligent women and make good business contacts,” she said.

For more information about Vail Valley Business Women visit their website, or attend the next meeting, scheduled for Oct. 10.

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