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ASPEN – To help local businesses get ahead in difficult times, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association will host 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.
ASPEN – Overall, voters gave the city of Aspen high marks in the 2010 City of Aspen Citizen Survey, according to a press release issued by the city. “Each year since 1997 the city of Aspen has asked its citizens how things are going with a resident survey,” said Barry Crook, assistant city manager. “The Aspen Citizen Survey serves as a consumer report card for Aspen by providing registered voters the opportunity to rate their satisfaction with the quality of life, local facilities and services, as well as satisfaction with local government.” Aspen voters gave positive ratings for the overall quality of life in the city. Nearly all residents said the quality of life in Aspen was “good” or better, with two-thirds rating it as “excellent.” Only 2 percent gave a rating of “fair,” and none gave a “poor” evaluation. Results on this question have remained stable. City services like streets and snow removal have been trending upward, with higher ratings each year, the city said. “The city of Aspen takes resident surveys seriously and uses the results to measure departmental performance,” Crook said. “We also use the surveys to see where change needs to occur in the way we do business.”For a full copy of the survey, visit http://www.aspenpitkin.com and click “Citizen Survey Results” under “City Spotlight.”
ASPEN – RESPONSE will host a free interactive presentation, entitled “How To Support a Friend or Family Member Experiencing Domestic Abuse,” from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Pitkin County Library meeting room. The presentation will help attendees better understand domestic violence so that they can provide support to a friend or family member – what to say, what not to say, protecting boundaries and accessing local resources.For more details call RESPONSE at 920-5357.
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