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The Budget Truck Rental store in Gypsum now has trucks with the capability to use Global Positioning System devices. Moving can be a stressful and emotional time for many people, said Joel Menkveld, dealer performance manager of Budget Truck Rental in Minturn. As experts in moving, we know that offering do-it-yourself movers an easy-to-use GPS navigation system will help make this important transition that much easier. Were very excited to be the first consumer-truck-rental company to bring GPS devices.The Where2 GPS system can be used in any Budget truck, from cargo vans to 24-foot trucks, and with any type of rental, including one-way, local and commercial rentals. The device provides customers with features including truck routes, local points of interest and Bluetooth hands-free-calling capability.The GPS device can be rented at Budget Truck Rental locations throughout the United States for $11.95 per day or $59.75 per week.For more information or to make a reservation, go to http://www.budgettruck.com, call 1-800-GO-BUDGET or call Budget Truck in Minturn at 970-827-5961.

OTOlabs was presented with a silver award at the MarketingSherpa E-Mail Summit award ceremony for its Vail Resorts SnowMate campaign.Vail Resorts has been working with OTOlabs to optimize the SnowMate since 2003, which has helped define beyond-the-browser marketing for the travel industry, said Chris Heitmann, of OTOlabs.For more information, go to http://www.otolabs.com.

Avvo Inc. announced that it has expanded its Avvo Ratings and Avvo Profiles to include every attorney in Colorado and Oregon. The new ratings and profiles are available for consumers to view and for lawyers to claim and update for free. Avvo is available in 13 states and the District of Columbia and covers about 65 percent of licensed attorneys across the country.Avvo claims to provide consumers more information and better guidance regarding lawyers and legal issues than has previously been available in one place. Avvo rates and profiles every lawyer and also displays client reviews submitted by consumers and peer reviews submitted by attorneys. Avvo also offers Avvo Answers, a free question-and-answer forum where people can ask attorneys anonymously if desired any legal question, and attorneys can provide a personalized answer. Each answer is accompanied by an attorneys picture and a link to his or her Avvo Profile and contact information. Since its launch in December, Avvo Answers has received thousands of consumer questions with a roughly 90 percent response rate from attorneys. Attorneys can claim their Avvo Profiles for free individually or via Avvos Firm Claim feature.To learn more, go to http://www.avvo.com.

The Vail Valley Partnerships A View from the Top program is a twice-a-year customer-service event where a keynote speaker talks about the tools and motivation needed to encourage local businesses to provide the world-renowned customer service that is expected by guests of the Vail Valley.The June 5 event features Dennis Snow, who has 20 years of experience working for the Walt Disney Co.The program at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek begins at 8 a.m. and is scheduled to end before noon. Tickets for Platinum Service Program Participants, nonprofits and Beaver Creek businesses are $20. Tickets are $25 for all other Partnership members, and the cost at the door is $35.For tickets or event information, call Mandi Bender at 970-477-4001.


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