ASPEN – To help local businesses get ahead in difficult times, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association is hosting the inaugural Aspen Business Expo from 12:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Hotel Jerome.The theme for the 2010 Aspen Business Expo is “Grow Your Business in Today’s Economy.” The keynote address, “Aspen Skiing Co.: Leaning Into the Recession,” will be presented by Skico Senior Vice President David Perry and Auden Schendler, the company’s vice president of sustainability.Following the keynote address, attendees may participate in a series of 45-minute panel discussions, including “Tips to Grow Your Business,” “Next Steps in Social Media applications for Business” and “Financing & Access to Capital.” Experts like Jack Taylor from the Small Business Development Center in northwest Colorado, Roy Brandt from Colorado Mountain College’s Digital Media Club, Swift Communications’ social media expert Josh Rivera and Tod Cecil from the Colorado Lending Source will be on hand. An Expo Trade Show will follow the panel discussions. The Expo is free for ACRA members and $20 for nonmembers. To RSVP or request more information, call (970) 925-1940.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Roaring Fork Business Resource Center will host a series of workshops focusing on important topics for current business owners and start-up enterprises. All workshops will be held at 817 Colorado Ave., No. 107, Glenwood Springs. The workshops will also be available by audio/web conference during the live presentation. Cost is $30 per workshop for the general public and $20 for clients, advisors and mentors of the center and members of participating chambers of commerce. To register, visit http://www.rfbrc.org and click on Education and Training; call (970) 945-5158 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.The following is a list of upcoming seminars:• “The Essentials and Importance of Business Exit Strategies” is scheduled for 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesday. The presenters will be Robert Minor, the owner-broker of Business World Brokers, and Richard Feist, owner of Colorado Business Listings. • “Advertising Crash Course” will be held 4-5:30 p.m., also Wednesday. The presenters will be Teresa Cotton and Gabe Chenoweth of KMTS 99.1 FM radio.• “Understanding Payroll and Avoiding Common Pitfalls” will be held 4-6 p.m. Thursday. The presenters will be Mark Betts and Dale Ahrens of ASAP Accounting and Payroll Services.• “Selling More with e-Commerce” is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Friday. Eric Fullerton of Marketing Stimulus is the presenter.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Facility managers responsible for running and maintaining large buildings are invited to attend the next quarterly Facility Energy Workshop to learn about holiday shutdown energy savings, ways to engage building occupants in saving energy, and Xcel Energy’s recent rate changes for the commercial electricity demand charge.The Facility Energy Workshop will be held from 8-11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. The $20 fee covers workshop materials, coffee & bagels. Register in advance at http://www.garfieldcleanenergy.org.
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