Vail Valley Bizwatch: Mountain Valley Ventures
Vail, CO, Colorado
Business name: Mountain Valley Ventures, Inc.
Owners: Don and Jana Donohue.
How long have you been open? More than 20 years.
Contact info: Call 970-524-6906.
What goods or services do you provide? Mountain Valley Ventures Inc. is an application company and full landscape maintenance business. We are the most innovative commercial/residential licensed application company in the valley. We provide all the outdoor landscaping and treatment services needed for your home or office, including preventive tree spraying, tree deep root feeding, turf weed control and fertilizer, noxious weed control, pest control, irrigation repair, mowing and aeration. We can do it all!
What’s new at your place? Eagle County now has a pine scale epidemic. This insect will defoliate and kill your pine trees. Take a look at your pine trees – if you see small, tiny white Insects on the needles of your trees this is pine scale. Mountain Valley Ventures is a licensed applicator to spray for pine scale. We can keep your trees beautiful and insect free!
What strategies do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? Customer service is our number-one goal. Don and Jana Donohue and family members are licensed applicators, and personally spray each job to ensure the highest quality service to our customers.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: We are licensed commercial and residential applicators/qualified supervisors. We are educated and tested in field work through the Colorado Department of Agriculture and are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. We started our application business in Nebraska more than 20 years ago. We had a great opportunity to relocate our family to the Eagle Valley in 1990 and have owned and operated our company for 20 years.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? We had an employee who asked me what kind of tree is it that has the most beautiful bright blue flowers blooming on it in the spring. I told him that no tree blooms blue flowers. He argued and showed me the tree. The tree was a flowering radiant crab with bright pink flowers. Our employee is color blind – pink is blue.
The Vail Valley’s real estate market has long been an unusual one, with very expensive sales accounting for a large share of the market’s dollar volume. That means a few sales can have a large impact on volume.