Caverns recognized by U.S. Chamber as a top business |

Caverns recognized by U.S. Chamber as a top business

The Glenwood Canyon Swing launches into the Glenwood Canyon
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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has won a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The program recognizes companies for success, innovation, and contributions to economic growth and free enterprise.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park was selected from a record number of applicants from communities across the nation for demonstrating exceptional business practices in areas including strategic planning, employee development, community involvement and customer service.

“While our economy still struggles to reach its full potential, small businesses like our Blue Ribbon Award winners have continued to act as examples of the resilience, ingenuity and opportunity at work in the free enterprise system,” U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said. “Times can be tough, but these businesses have proven that they can be too. And by taking risks, watching out for their employees, and giving back to their communities, they’ve shown that success is achievable.”

“This award is a very big deal,” said Marianne Virgili, CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. “The chamber has been privileged to partner with Steve and Jeanne Beckley since even before they reopened the caverns. Their vision, imagination, integrity and dedication speak for themselves I jokingly refer to Steve as a ‘one-man economic development agency for Glenwood Springs.’

“The Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has added a new dynamic to our rich tourism offerings and is responsible for contributing to the livelihood and quality of life for all of our residents,” Virgili said.

Steve Beckley said, “What an honor … Jeanne and I are so grateful for the support of our community and the dedication of our management team. It’s both of those factors, working together, that have enabled Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park to continue to grow and thrive, even during tough economic times.”

The Beckleys bought the Fairy Caves in 1998 after 16 years of contact with the previous owner.

They instituted numerous improvements, first to the road uphill and to the caves, clearing debris and making improvements to both preserve the caves and make them accessible for public tours. In 2003, they won approval for a tram up the mountain, and in 2005, began adding amusement park rides.

The attractions have won numerous awards since then.

The chamber will announce seven regional finalists from among this year’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners on March 18 and honor all of this year’s winners at the 11th annual America’s Small Business Summit on June 8-10 in Washington, D.C.

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