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ASPEN Aspens young professionals are kicking off the holiday season with a networking opportunity this week.The Aspen Young Professionals Association will host its members party on Dec. 3, 6-9 p.m., at the Terrace Room at The Little Nell. The event also is a fundraiser for RESPONSE, which assists and supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Aspen area. A $10 donation is requested. Door prizes include a one-night stay at The Little Nell, an Aspen Club & Spa membership, gift certificates and more. If youre not a member of APYA, you may join at the door for $50. RSVP to; for more information, go to

CARBONDALE How to best address the economy and its impact locally will be the topic of conversation in Carbondale next week.A Dec. 10 event titled Carbondale Community Conversation on the Economy will be held in the Carbondale Town Hall from 6:30-8:30 p.m.The panel discussion will focus on how we got to this point in the economy; what steps are being taken nationally and how this economic downturn affects Carbondale.The discussion will center around what steps can be taken locally to reduce the impact on the community. Panelists include Dan Korleski, chief investment officer of American National Bank; Farrah Roberts, senior vice president of Alpine Bank; Ron Speaker, president and CEO of Equus Private Wealth Management.There also will be a discussion with local businesses to implement ideas from the community conversation on Dec. 11 at Town Hall from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

SNOWMASS VILLAGE The kickoff of the ski season means an infusion of new businesses opening in Snowmass.In conjunction with new restaurants, retail shops and rental accommodations, the new details the 24/7 lifestyle experience both on and off mountain.The first phase of Snowmass new $1 billion Base Village development allows visitors to stay overnight, shop at new retailers, and enjoy restaurants and aprs-ski. New Base Village openings include nearly 100 new ski-in/ski-out residences (Hayden and Capitol Peak Lodge), and five new dining and entertainment venues including Junk and Liquid Sky.Aspen Skiing Co. Hospitality will operate Sneakys Tavern, delivering cuisine and an indoor/outdoor bar/restaurant. Sneakys debuted ski season opening day. For kids, Tellurides famous Sweet Life opened in the heart of the Base Village with more than 200 flavors of ice cream churned on site in a demonstration kitchen. The Sweet Life debuted Nov. 23.New lodging brands also will be opening soon in Snowmass Base Village, which is being designed as a LEED neighborhood development, including The Little Nell Residences Snowmass and Viceroy Resort Residences at Snowmass.At completion, Base Village will house more than two dozen shops and restaurants. This winter, there will be several new boutiques to complement Four Mountain Sports and Four Mountain Kids, including Generations Snowmass, Snowmass Style, Performance Ski, Aspen Sports and The North Face Concept Store.

ASPEN Aspen ski shop Hamilton Sports last month was given the 2008 Kstle Retailer Champion Award. The award recognizes the top North American Kstle retailer with the strongest Kstle sales in the 2007/08 ski season.Upon Kstles announcement of its comeback last winter, Hamilton Sports was the first U.S. retailer to join the U.S. Kstle team. Bill Miller, Hamilton Sports founder and owner since 1997, signed on to be a Kstle retailer last fall. Since Kstles return in 2007, the company has grown exponentially. Currently, Kstle has 23 dealers with 28 store locations throughout the U.S. and looks to continue its expansion within North America. In 2007, a small group of passionate Austrian skiers, designers and entrepreneurs re-launched the storied Kstle ski brand after almost 10 years of dormancy. Kstle is headquartered in Wels, Austria.

ASPEN Wachovias head honcho will be heading up the Aspen Institute, according to media reports. Bob Steel will be the next chairman of the Aspen Institutes board of trustees.Steel held the chairmanship briefly in 2006, until his appointment to the U.S. Treasury forced him to postpone his term. Steel was named the CEO of Charlotte-based Wachovia Corp. in July but has said he wont stay on after the bank is bought by Wells Fargo & Co.The Aspen Institute, which is based in D.C., Aspen and on the Wye River on Marylands Eastern Shore, is a think tank focused on issues related to health and bioscience, homeland security and the promotion of economic stability in the Middle East.

Business briefs are a feature of Inside Business, published Tuesdays in The Aspen Times.

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