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Vail Valley Partnership honored for its SmartBusiness Eagle County program

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NISSWA, Minnesota — The Vail Valley Partnership was honored recently by GrowthZone, provider of ChamberMaster, a provider of member management software and services. The award was part of GrowthZone’s 2017 Chamber Innovation Awards competition.

The Partnership was awarded the Grand Prize for its SmartBusiness Eagle County program.

The competition recognizes innovative programs, events, and ideas that challenge the status quo. Entries were received from an array of chamber organizations of all sizes and from around the world.

Awarded $1,500

Entries were judged on creativity, community impact, value to chamber, value to members, and replicability. The overall competition winner was awarded a $1,500 grand prize. Three additional $500 prizes were awarded to the first-place winner in the categories of: Small Chamber (400 members or less); Medium Chamber (401-999 members); and Large Chamber (1,000-plus members).

Besides the Vail Valley Partnership, others groups earning top recognition were the Large Chamber winner, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce (Michigan); the Medium Chamber winner, Visalia Chamber of Commerce (California), for its Visalia SOUP event; and Small Chamber winner, Scottsbluff/Gering United Chamber of Commerce (Nebraska), for its Strengths Finder Training.

“Our region is blessed to be home to a number of high-quality resources that support businesses and entrepreneurs,” partnership president and CEO Chris Romer said. “We created the SmartBusiness Eagle County program to create a single point of contact for all local and regional business needs. The result is a coordinated network of resource partners that will quickly route businesses to valuable information, available programs, experience, and expertise to help businesses succeed.”

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