Carbondale's community connector

Chamber Expo features retail/tourism authority

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Sept. 18 at the Orchard

Sopris Sun Staff Report

Each fall, the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Business Conference & Expo. The annual two-day event combines fun and education while supporting the community, the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and businesses throughout the valley.

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This year, the Drop into Carbondale event is presented by Colorado Mountain College. The Business Conference and Expo will be held at the Gathering Center/Orchard from 8 a.m. to noon on Sept. 18.

“On average, we draw 100-plus attendees from the Roaring Fork Valley, the Western Slope and beyond,” said chamber director Andrea Stewart.

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The conference attendees take part in educational presentations, visit vendor booths that feature more than 20 local and regional businesses and engage in a networking session.

Tickets are $35 and includes breakfast catered by Bonfire Coffee.

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After the conference, there will be networking over lunch with Boomerang Coffee, the Pour House and White House Pizza offering discounts. Drawings will also be held for restaurant gift certificates, including The Pour House, Phat Thai, Town, and White House Pizza, and passes to the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

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Dr. Hauser

The morning starts off with a welcome address from the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, followed by a Colorado Mountain College update from CMC President Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser.  Her career has included leadership and management roles in higher education institutions, private foundations and the public policy arena. She has been a senior executive at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Daniels Fund. Hauser’s teaching background includes assignments at UCLA, the University of Denver, and in Colorado State University’s executive M.B.A. program. She has held research and legislative staff roles as well as positions with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and the University of Arizona, her undergraduate alma mater. She earned her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of Business.  At the national level, Hauser is past president of the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) and has served on the Pathways to College Network executive committee and as an Educational Policy Institute board member. She has held gubernatorial appointments to Colorado’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care Reform and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. An avid outdoorswoman and athlete, Hauser has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, climbed to the Mt. Everest base camp, and was a Grand Canyon river guide for over a decade. She and her husband, Jeff, have explored the Rocky Mountain West and remote places around the world.

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Bernot and Jankovsky

Mayor Stacey Bernot will discuss the state of Carbondale, including new projects, sales tax figures and projections, and update attendees on the Highway 133 construction progress.

Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky will discuss the state of the county in 2014, look ahead to 2015 and provide economic information about the county. Jankovsky is a third generation Coloradan and has been general manager at Sunlight Mountain Resort since 1985. He was inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2012 and serves on the board of Colorado Ski Country USA. He earned a BS from Pacific University in Oregon.

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Keynote speaker

The keynote speaker is Barbara Wold (Barbara Wold International).

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Wold is an internationally known speaker and authority in the retail, consumer and tourism industries. With more than 40 years of first-hand retail experience in executive and sales management, marketing and repositioning, Wold is one of retail’s most sought after speakers.

“She is an authority on building business through customer driven strategy and maximizing human assets,” Stewart said. Her areas of expertise include customer care, marketing strategy, consumer buying patterns and trends, image, sales and service quality, public relations, redevelopment, hospitality and tourism. She also specializes in helping downtown areas and cities that are going through revitalization in an effort to boost their economic viability and is a representative for the International Council of Shopping Centers. Her topic of discussion for the business conference is “Power of Partnerships” and the importance of using your neighbors to grow your business.

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“Today’s smart businesses understand that the sharing of ideas and resources among like-minded businesses can lead to new-found success,” Wold said. “This seminar will give attendees the ideas and tools to develop and plan for long-term partnerships that will help grow their business for years to come.

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Golf tournament

On Sept. 19, the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce hosts its third annual golf tournament and Wells Fargo ball drop at Aspen Glen. The event will kick off at noon with event registration, a boxed lunch and the ball drop at 1 p.m., with the tournament’s shotgun start at 1:30 p.m.

Stewart said the chamber expects more than 80 golfers and anticipates selling 1,000 golf balls for the drop at 1/$10, 2/$15 and 3/$20. The prizes are: $1,500 cash, a pair of Meier skis, and a package that includes one night at Avalanche Ranch and dinner for two at the Redstone Inn.

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Proceeds from the Business Conference, ball drop and golf tournament benefit the chamber’s continued service to the community and its more than 440 members.

“The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce is committed to working together with business and the community to provide leadership, education, and support for our members in order to make the Carbondale area a more vital and dynamic place to live, work, and visit,” Steward said.

For Information or tickets call 963-1890 go to or stop by the chamber office in the Third Street Center.