Vail Valley’s Biz Tech show returns to Beaver Creek Wednesday
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – The Thompson family attended its first Biz Tech show last year in Colorado’s Vail Valley. They had such a good time they’re coming back this year.”We had fun just talking to people and meeting new people,” Linda Thompson said. “And we learned a lot, it gave us a chance to see what other companies have.”More than 1,000 people attended last year’s Biz Tech show – set for Nov. 18 at Gerald Ford Hall in Beaver Creek – to sample food from local restaurants, check out a handful of job fairs, pick up giveaway items and enter several raffles.The economy being what it is these days, there won’t be as many businesses participating this year. Still, there should be plenty to see and do.Kelly Holtz of Elegant Cabinetry & Design said her company is setting up a Biz Tech booth for the first time this year.”It’s a great time of year to get out and meet people before the ski season,” Holtz said. “And it’s a great value for the exposure.”Like many other companies, Elegant Cabinetry has some little giveaway items, but is raffling off at least one piece of custom furniture, too.There are some even bigger giveaways at the show.The Vail Valley Foundation will hold a drawing for tickets to a show at the Vilar Performing Arts Center this winter season.In an e-mail the foundation’s Shelley Woodworth said the show is “a great opportunity for us to reconnect with the community and to let everyone know of all our upcoming events this winter, from (Vilar Center) programming, to Bud Light Street Beat, to the Birds of Prey. We also love to learn about new things our old friends are doing and about people who’ve just opened their doors for business and what they’re bringing to the community,” she wrote.Looking to see what’s out and available is one of the reasons the Christie Lodge has a booth at the annual show. “It really helps our concierges to get to know the local business community and who’s out there,” said Linda Cereceres of the lodge’s human resources department.Cereceres said the show is also a good opportunity to meet potential employees. While the lodge has just one job opening right now – a maintenance/engineering position – Cereceres said she’ll be taking applications from prospective employees to have names and numbers on file in case of any future openings.The Christie Lodge is one of three local businesses that will be taking applications at the show.Mostly, though, the Biz Tech show is a chance for people to get out to do a little networking before the all-out grind of the ski season hits.”It’s a really fun networking event,” Sarah Jardis of Central Rockies Mortgage said. “It’s a fine time to think about marketing, and getting a chance to talk to people in the valley. And aside from business, it’s a good time to re-visit some people you don’t see often.”Biz Tech will also be a good chance for Jardis to talk to people about changes in the mortgage business, but mostly, that there’s money available for qualified buyers.”I’m looking forward to going,” Cereceres said. “It’s a chance to get our name out there, and, hopefully, we’ll have a really good ski season.”Business Editor Scott N. Miller can be reached at 970-748-2930 or email@example.com.