Inside the Chamber: Everyone’s a winner at Biz-Opoly |

Inside the Chamber: Everyone’s a winner at Biz-Opoly

Angie Anderson
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The object of the game of Monopoly is to become the wealthiest player through buying, selling and renting property. I don’t recall ever claiming victory in a game of Monopoly, generally because the game would go on so long that players around the board would just agree to a friendly tie and move on to the next activity. A time or two, the dog walked across the board resulting in an automatic game over.

On Friday, Oct. 2, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association presents the 2015 Biz-Opoly Expo and Job Fair at the Hotel Colorado. The public is invited to participate in this free event, which comprises two educational sessions sponsored by the Bank of Colorado, followed by a business expo and job fair.

Attendees probably won’t become the wealthiest by participating in the event, but they can walk away with some excellent business education, the opportunity to network and learn about over 40 local businesses and enjoy food tastings from local restaurants. Job seekers can meet with potential employers and hopefully find a match. Everyone can take a chance at winning fantastic grand prizes including an annual pass to the Iron Mountain Hot Springs, an annual pass to the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and an iPad Mini from Desktop Consulting. Many of the exhibitors will be giving away prizes as well. So everybody wins.

The first seminar begins at 1:15 p.m. in the Roosevelt Room and features Constant Contact’s Nick Blackburn, who will show attendees how to “Harness the Power of Mobile” to promote their businesses. Nick is a field product trainer for Constant Contact customers across the northwestern United States and Canada and has trained thousands on creating powerful email marketing strategies.

The second session is presented by John Jensen, a former director of Motion Picture Marketing and director of Corporate Graphics for Disney. His session, “A Quick Course in Branding,” will teach attendees the importance of branding and how to implement and develop a successful brand. This session begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Roosevelt Room.

There will be a concurrent business expo and job fair from 4-7 p.m. in the Colorado and Devereux rooms. Over 40 local businesses will be there to showcase their products and services. The job fair, hosted by Glenwood Springs Workforce Center, will feature many employers from throughout the area. Businesses with job openings will be indicated by a “help wanted” sign at their booth. Job seekers should be prepared to complete applications and to present résumés to a variety of local employers.

Again, this fun event is free and open to the public. Please join us for the afternoon seminars or the business expo and job fair. Even better, join us for the whole afternoon. For more information, please visit

Maybe after participating in Biz-Opoly you’ll be inspired to dust off your old Monopoly game. If you want to win, I highly recommend playing on a table so the dog doesn’t ruin your chances.

Angie Anderson is the VP of Operations at the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.

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