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Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – A Monday morning fire in an Aspen apartment building caused estimated damages of around $100,000 to a single unit, the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department said.

Deputy Fire Chief Rick Balentine said the fire was contained to unit No. 5 of the building at 1024 E. Cooper Ave. No one was injured, although the unit’s resident was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital for treatment of possible smoke inhalation.

While the investigation remains open, Balantine said the fire likely was started by an electrical problem in a first-floor sauna room inside the two-story apartment.

Sixteen Aspen firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze. Also responding to the incident were personnel from the Aspen Police Department, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Aspen Ambulance.

In addition to erecting a ladder to rescue the unit’s resident – who was trapped on her second-story balcony – fire department personnel also rescued at least two birds, a rabbit and a dog from the apartment.

ASPEN – Local businessman and entrepreneur Marcos Rodriguez is taking a business trip to China in July, and he hopes to bring some locals along for the ride.

As CEO of Colorado Marketing LLC, Rodriguez will visit four cities in China from July 3-12. The Aspen resident also heads Sell To America (STA), the Asian marketing division of Colorado Marketing LLC. STA’s purpose is to cultivate long-term business relationships and opportunities with Asian countries, and, under Rodriguez’s direction, will be accepting pre-registrations for the trip.

Rodriguez sees the China trip a golden opportunity for those who desire to build business relationships in China, and part of his role will be to make introductions specific to the interests of each Aspen traveler.

“In China, to do business successfully, you must first make friends, not only with the companies, but also with the government and most of all, the mayors,” Rodriguez said. “Otherwise the business just doesn’t happen profitably. It is a very simple but hard-to-follow principle for ‘ready-fire-aim’ type American CEOs. I invite anyone in Aspen interested in exploring business opportunities in the Far East to join me on this adventure.”

STA will be visiting China in conjunction with a trip facilitated by CEO Clubs Inc., a 33-year-old nonprofit organization focused on building career opportunities for company executives. While participants can register directly through CEO Clubs, by registering through STA they will receive extra benefits, including business consultations from Rodriguez before, during and after the trip.

“With the enormous growth of the role Asia plays in the global economy, coupled with strong foreign currency leverage and great real estate and travel values, Aspen is well-positioned to be marketed internationally,” said Rodriguez.

While in China, participants will attend meetings and dine with various industry executives, government officials and potential business partners, and tour such thriving cities as Beijing, Chendu, Qingdao and Yin Chuan. They also will attend forums and meals organized by CEO Clubs.

Participants will return to Beijing on July 11, flying back to the United States on July 12.

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