Vail Valley Partnership had a busy 2008
Friday night at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, nearly 400 business people representing the best the valley has to offer will gather to celebrate their accomplishments in 2008.In addition to celebrating the good works of the Vail Valley Charitable Fund (the previously announced winner of the Nonprofit of the Year award), the Vail Valley Partnership will present its sixth annual Success Awards to winners in the categories of Entrepreneur of the Year, Green Business of the Year and Business of the Year. Reflecting back on our performance and that of our members, all in all, 2008s partnership programming set a very high mark on the wall.During 2008, the Vail Valley Partnership: Held 13 Business After Hours Mixers, hosting more than 1,000 members at venues from Vail to Eagle. Held 24 Leads Group meetings, providing opportunities for hundreds of local businesses. Hosted the 2008 Success Awards Gala with nearly 400 attendees. Hosted the 2008 Platinum Service Program Award luncheon recognizing superior customer-service achievement for nearly 50 businesses (of more than 100 participating) who scored 95 percent satisfaction or higher in their customer-service surveys. Inspected and rated more than 1,500 representative lodging units through the partnerships Lodging Quality Assurance Program.` Gathered 160 people at the 2008 Vail Valley Business Forum to hear presentations from top local and national business leaders. Presented the 2008 version of A View from the Top customer-service program to a combined total of 250 local businesses. Hosted the premier, intermountain chamber-sponsored presentation of Sherman & Howards Labor Law Seminar for 75 attendees from Keystone, Breckenridge and the Vail Valley. Co-sponsored the first Career and Education Expo with Colorado Mountain College. Premiered the inaugural Ask the Experts bimonthly sessions addressing business issues like Internet Marketing and Advertising and Commercial Finance. Generated more than $2.2 million in group and conference sales for local lodging partners with an economic impact exceeding $9 million (projection based on industry standards). Generated more than $1.25 million in leisure guest bookings through the partnerships Vail on Sale and concierge programs.Thats just the tip of the iceberg. The Vail Valley Partnership represents local business and economic development interests through active involvement with the Eagle County Air Alliance, Vail Economic Advisory Council and Vail Local Marketing District Advisory Council, just to name a few of our engagements. All in all, 2008 was a challenging year, but through our continuing engagement and educational programs, our members, associates and strategic partners know that we care deeply and that we are a highly effective and motivated voice for business. So, as we look to celebrate the good things businesses do for us all, we take pride in being a big part of it. If youre not a part of the partnership, 2009 is a great year to get on board. Times may be tough, but youve got a much better chance of getting through it with the Vail Valley Partnership at your side. For membership information, call Dave Plain, 970-477-4004.Event update Friday, 6 to 11 p.m., sixth annual Gala and Vail Valley Success Awards, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m., Business After Hours Mixer, Eagle Ranch Village, Eagle. This is a members-only event.Michael Kurz is president and CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership.