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Vail Valley Partnership events can help your business

Michael KurzVail, CO, Colorado

Are you as surprised as I am at how fast each year the lovely, warm aura created by twinkling lights and scented candles in Vail turns to the cold, stark reality of spreadsheets and year-end accounting?As if the shock of another digit up-tick on the calendar and the return to a daily commute through Dowd Junction isnt enough, within a matter of a few days, the thoughts of sugar plums dancing in our heads morph into thoughts of receivables, payables and incremental progress against strategic planning goals. Its enough to make a grown man want to pull the covers over his head. But then the biz-adrenaline surges, the caffeine hits the central nervous system and life in the fast lane (such as we have here in Happy Valley) surges on.So, what can we do to make your life easier in the tumult of 09? Well, we here at the Vail Valley Partnership think its all about three things education, information and networkification (malapropism a la Bush). First up is education. In cooperation with Colorado Mountain College, the Vail Valley Partnership is presenting the Inaugurate Yourself Life & Career Fitness Expo Jan. 20 at the Berry Creek Middle School Auditorium. This first-of-its-kind event will offer individuals and employers a comprehensive and potentially career- and life-changing mlange of overviews, workshops, and course offerings from a range of educational institutions and motivational speakers, all designed to enhance the opportunity for creating and finding fulfilling and rewarding employment and building career success. The evening will also feature the debut of the colleges Entrepreneurial Fitness Center, a new 12-week course designed to enhance success opportunities for entrepreneurs. On the informational side of things, youll want to save this date. On Jan. 22, at the Charter at Beaver Creek, all five intermountain chambers and business associations (Avon Business Association, Breckenridge Resort Chamber, Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce, Summit Chamber of Commerce, the Vail Chamber and Business Association and the Vail Valley Partnership) will join with area media sponsors and Sherman and Howard, L.L.C., to present a seminar on Labor Law – Employee Free Choice Act, Workplace Discrimination & Work Visas for Foreign Recruits. This timely presentation will provide an overview and discussion of the controversial and salient issues that will impact American business under the Obama administration. You wont want to miss this one. Want to build your business with some networkification? Januarys Vail Valley Partnership after hours business mixer on Jan. 21 will be co-hosted by TV8 and Agave restaurant in Avon. Members can meet the brightest stars of the little screen and encounter some of the yummiest Mexican cuisine in the valley while they enjoy an adult beverage or two.So, your body may be chilly and your nose a little froze, but this month your brain will be toasty and humming with business events to make 09 a great new year. See you there and there and there.Event update Tuesday, Jan. 20, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Inaugurate Yourself Life & Career Fitness Expo, Berry Creek Middle School Auditorium, presentation by CMC and the VVP. Open to all. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 5 7 p.m. Business After Hours Mixer, TV8/Agave, Avon, Vail Valley Partnership members only. Thursday, Jan. 22 Employee Free Choice Act, Discrimination & Work Visas for Foreign Recruits, 8:30 11 a.m., The Charter at Beaver Creek. Presented by Sherman & Howard, L.L.C. This event is for chamber and business association members only and RSVPs are required. For more information, call Ruth Carlson 970-477-4001 or e-mail rcarlson@visitvailvalley.com.Michael Kurz is president and CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership.


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