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Look inside this spring

It is spring in the Rockies, and we are all about looking back on the winter season, identifying what worked, what didn’t and taking notes of what we might consider doing differently next fall.

Most of us are also looking forward to summer and getting ready to usher in that next season. I have spoken of this self-awareness and how in achieving optimal, sustainable performance is a function of self-management and how self-management begins with self-awareness. In short, taking your business practices back to where it all began, with you. Every decision, reaction or inaction affects our employees, our families and pretty much anyone around us. It’s the proverbial “the buck stops here” scenario. This can be a mind-blowing revelation for some. For others who live by the mantra “do as I say, not as I do,” the meaning behind self-awareness and its importance in our lives both personally and professionally is lost. It takes courage to look inside oneself and identify those things about us that work and the things that don’t. But, it is also liberating in that it opens up more possibilities for success that we would not have been able to find otherwise.

Earlier this year, the Vail Chamber & Business Association merged with the Lionshead Merchants Association. Both organizations used this opportunity to take a look at themselves individually and as a business community as a whole, and identify exactly why we are stronger working together than under two different organizations. The process included recruitment of new board members, specifically Lionshead business board members, as well as working through aligning the goals and needs of each organization into one cohesive message that serves a common purpose.

Refreshed and Re-energized

It is never easy to take time out to look truthfully at ourselves both personally and professionally. But the upside of doing this is that you most likely will come out stronger on the other side.

What made the transition and outcome so successful was the ability of all involved being committed to breaking down what we do well, what we have failed at and how we fit in the Vail community going forward. It was a valuable experience to have so many different personalities and business backgrounds in the same room, “being real,” and taking it back to what we stand for as an organization.

The Vail Chamber emerged refreshed, re-energized and determined, from the merger with the Lionshead Merchants Association, to continue to grow the Vail Chamber into an organization that plays an important role in the Vail community, as the voice of all Vail business owners. Our organization is the only business advocacy group that represents Vail specifically, acting as a conduit for information to and from Vail Resorts, the town of Vail and the local business community.

Communication, collaboration and cooperation

Our main focus is to foster an atmosphere of communication, collaboration and cooperation. We represent the Vail business community, act as a conduit of information, advise them of important issues and most importantly give them a voice to the town government and other Vail stakeholders.

New opportunities have arisen since then and new ideas will be coming to fruition that will, hopefully, have positive economic impacts as we move forward. It is never easy to take time out to look truthfully at ourselves both personally and professionally. But the upside of doing this is that you most likely will come out stronger on the other side. We here at the Vail Chamber feel that way — we are more capable now than ever before to help promote and strengthen the Vail business community and its many goals. Use this spring season to do the same — you and your business success are more than worth it.

Stay involved and stay informed. If you are not already receiving the Vail Chamber & Business Association’s weekly newsletter, then email us at info@vailchamber.org to start receiving it. If you are interested in finding out more about the Vail Chamber & Business Association and what we have to offer to businesses in and that do business in Vail, then call 970-477-0075 or email info@vailchamber.org. Based in Vail Village, our office is located on the top of level of the Vail Transportation Center, so stop by and say “hello.”

Alison Wadey is the executive director of the Vail Chamber & Business Association.


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