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EDWARDS Join the Vail Valley Business Women as they welcome Debra Fine, a former engineer and now a now a speaker, networking skills expert and author for her presentation The Fine Art of Small Talk. Fine will provide tips and techniques on how to strike up conversations and keep them going, master introductions, avoid conversation killers, exit with grace, develop business relationships and come across as composed and self-assured when attending meetings, receptions and banquets and networking events.The event is at the Bookworm in Edwards on June 11 at 5:30 p.m. To learn more call 970-376-4431. Cost is $30 for non-members, $25 for Silver Members and free for Gold members.

EDWARDS Managed Data, a business technology consulting company, became one of the newest members of Microsofts Small Business Specialist Community this month. Managed Data provides technical services in Eagle County and neighboring areas. The Small Business Specialist designation was created by Microsoft to help small business customers find companies with the level of technical competency and product knowledge necessary to work with Microsofts programs. According to the Small Business Administration, 99.7 percent of all businesses are considered small businesses, David Dempsey, president of Managed Data, said. They are a very important part of our areas economy, and we have a lot to offer them by obtaining the Small Business Specialist designation.The technical certification requires staff to pass a Microsoft Certified Professional test, a training and certification assessment for Microsoft products commonly used by small and medium businesses. The requirements focus on Windows Small Business Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, Microsoft Exchange, and Windows XP and Vista operating systems.For more information on Managed Data and its services, call David Dempsey at 970-376-1819, e-mail ddempsey@managed-data.com or go to http://www.managed-data.com.

BEAVER CREEK Beaver Creek Lodge has signed an agreement with Renewable Choice Energy of Boulder to offset 100 percent of its power with renewable energy credits. By teaming with Renewable Choice Energy and implementing our other eco-initiatives, we are helping to protect our precious resources and sustain the beautiful natural surroundings that guests come here to enjoy, Simon Chen, general manager of Beaver Creek Lodge, said.Besides its support of renewable energy projects, Beaver Creek Lodge has taken other steps to help protect their environment and promote sustainability including:Installing energy-efficient light bulbs in all guest rooms, using programmable thermostats throughout the hotel, conserving water using low-flow toilets and conservation faucets and promoting paperless business whenever possible through electronic file storage, online invoicing and electronic payroll statements.To learn more, call 970-845-9800.

EDWARDS The Vail Valley Partnership is sponsoring a seminar on hiring visa employees June 6 at the Edwards ambulance building classroom. The session begins at 8:30 a.m. The seminar is free to Eagle County businesses.The discussion will include: J-1 program visas, deadlines, recruiting preparation, tax savings. 12-month career training programs, and updates on recent modifications. H2B visas, deadlines and requirements and other visa options. Recruiting options including job fairs, video conferencing, phone interviews and direct placements.Speakers include Brian Nolan, owner of the Vail and Beaver Creek Chophouses, immigration attorney Daphne Query and Bill Reed of Landscape by Ellison.For more information, call Alison Hubbard at 970-477-4004 or e-mail ahubbard@visitvailvalley.com

VAIL The Vail BBQ Bonanza celebration is back for a second year. This years event is June 21 in Vail Village. The Vail Chamber & Business Association is looking for volunteers. Volunteers will receive an event T-shirt and lunch. For more information, call Matt Greene at 970-477-0075 or e-mail matt@vailchamber.org.


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