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Vail Valley Partnership people, programs can help your business in changing times

Michael Kurz
Vail, CO, Colorado

Advice is a touchy issue. We all know folks whose egos are so big that asking for advice, even if their clothes are on fire and they don’t know how to save themselves, is not an option. We also know people who are not afraid to ask for advice, but they never take it. They don’t mind sharing the problem, but they won’t risk going against their old habits or methods, even if they are bound to lose in the end.

In the coming weeks, as we begin budgeting and planning for 2010, I suggest you take a very close look at anything you’re doing that you are not 100 percent dead sure about and ask a qualified individual for advice. You’ve no doubt gone through your business plan this year and eliminated what hasn’t worked. You’ve probably also made a list of things you’d like to try that have a better than average chance of helping you succeed. Good work.

Now, let someone else take a look. Why? I’m thinking that 2010 will be even more challenging than ’09, and that we’re all missing the boat if we don’t call in anyone and everyone who can help.

Vail Valley Partnership members have an advantage, and for those of you in our family, I suggest strongly that you avail yourself of the opportunity to interact with our panoply of experts and allies in your struggle to fight the good fight. Our members, your brothers and sisters in arms, provide products and services you can use to thrive in 2010.

There are members who cover a vast array of business to business services, from HR services to accounting, to legal services, supplies, advertising and marketing, information technology, consulting for non-profit organizations, continuing education and more. The Partnership also maintains a link on our Web site for member discounts that you can use whenever you need a little extra price or deal consideration.

Need networking? The Partnership has staged more than two dozen social and lead-sharing events this year bringing more than a thousand business people into contact and there are at least a dozen more such gatherings to come before the end of the year.

Education? So far this year, the Partnership has hosted (mostly free) presentations on labor law, workplace safety, human resource management, Internet marketing and advertising, personal finance, media buying and placement, commercial loans, fundraising and going forward in a tough economy.

Communication? The Vail Valley Partnership manages five Web sites, three social networking sites and a blog site to get the word out about your business. We also distribute an electronic newsletter to more than 2,000 businesses and individuals each week. This in addition to advertising packages and discount offers from our roster of media partners.

There’s more of course, but you get the point. Here’s the summary of a few important things you can do to finish the year in a strong position: Ask your experts. Engage with the Partership, your local chamber or merchants association – preferably all three. Do what makes sense. Change what you need to. Involve the our staff and use your benefits. Keep it up. This is all here for you. But if you don’t use it, it can’t help.

Event update

• Sept. 15, 8 – 9:30 a.m.: Non-profit executive meeting/training: “Transforming your Non-Profit Board,” at the Vail Valley Partnership offices in the Traer Creek Plaza building. Members only.

Sept.16, 5 – 7 p.m.: Business After Hours Mixer, Vail Recreation District and Clubhouse, Vail. Members only.

Sept. 17, 8 – 10:30 a.m.: Safety Seminar, Colorado Mountain College, Edwards Campus, Room 108. Members only.

Sept. 30, 5 – 7:00 p.m.: Eagle Business After Hours Mixer, Alpine Party Rentals, Eagle. Members only.

Michael Kurz is president and CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership.

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