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Chamber’s Business Trade Show makes a return

Are you a business owner? Or are you Interested in starting a business in the valley and would like a little time to schmooze with other local business owners? Just for you, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is holding the 2006 Business Trade Show from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Hotel Colorado.This event gives local businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the Roaring Fork Valley an opportunity to promote their services and encourages the growth of new businesses as well.”This event is really to provide businesses with an event to network and create relationships with other businesses in town,” said Krista Kaufman, the Chamber’s vice president of special events and programs. “It’s a good way for businesses to market themselves.”The Chamber has not held the trade show for the last few years. Last year, there was a show at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, but it was more of a job fair and not specifically a trade show, Kaufman said.”It’s the first of this type in many years,” she said. “So far, we’ve received a lot of exposure and have gotten a lot of response.”Approximately 40 business booths will be available, and at this point, about 22 booths have already been taken. Space is limited to six booths from any genre of business.”We didn’t want to have a large number of any one company and only a couple of other various small-business vendors,” Kaufman said. “So we had to come up with a way to limit the number of entrants for each category.”Other festivities will include food demonstrations in the elegant Devereux and Colorado rooms from local restaurants, and catering from the Hotel Colorado. The Taft Room will host seminars featuring expert advice on topics ranging from how to start and build a new company to how to promote the service throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. There will also be presentations on trends in health care as well as discussions on the oil boom in the region.”We certainly are focusing on business and commerce education in the Roaring Fork Valley,” Kaufman said.Individual booth space is $175 for nonprofit organizations, $200 for Chamber members from Rifle, Eagle, Carbondale and Basalt, and $250 for non-Chamber members with the extra $50 going toward a membership. Applications are due by Oct. 31, and are available online at the Chamber’s Web site, If spaces are still available the Chamber will accept applications up to the day before the event to fill it up. The event is open and free to the public, and door prizes will be given out at the end of the evening. Sponsors for the event are Pinnacol Assurance, The Roaring Fork Valley Community Health Plan, The High Country Business Review, The Hotel Colorado and the Post Independent.Contact John Gardner: 945-8515, ext.

• What: 2006 Business Trade Show• Where: Hotel Colorado• When: noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8• Information:, or call Krista Kaufman at 945-6589

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