Business File: Chamber announces Winter Activity Mixer

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The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is hosting its 2009 Winter Activity Mixer on Dec. 1 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Hotel. The event provides information about local activities, programs, events and more, to help local business owners and employees provide better hospitality services to visitors this winter. The free event includes refreshments, prizes and more than 50 booths featuring everything from local restaurants to winter activities.

The 2008 Winter Activity Mixer helped nearly 350 people learn more about the people, places and activities of Steamboat, according to the Chamber.

Businesses interested in reserving a booth at the 2009 Winter Activity Mixer must submit their application form and booth fee to the Chamber by Friday. Contact Meagan Coates at 970-875-7003 or meagan@steamboatchamber.com for more information.

Food handler training to be offered Dec. 1

The Routt County Cooperative Extension Office and Steamboat Restaurant Association are hosting “Food Safety Works,” a food handler training session, from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 1 at the Routt County Courthouse Annex on Sixth Street, in the Trout Creek Conference Room. The cost is $25 per participant — group rates are available — and free for members of the Steamboat Restaurant Association. Call the Extension Office at 879-0825 to register.

Research program finds spike in reservations

A report issued last week by the Mountain Travel Research Program said though overall reservations for the upcoming season lag behind winter 2008-09, October saw a 25 percent increase in reservations taken among participating mountain resort communities for arrivals between October and March. Despite the increase, the report said, overall occupancy remains down 11 percent compared with the same time period last year. Reservations decreased 20 percent in November, 9 percent in December, 6 percent in January, 13 percent in February, 12 percent in March and 23 percent in April, the report stated.

The report cited a variety of economic indicators as potential influences on the travel plans of destination skiers and riders.

Vectra Bank names new executive vice president

Vectra Bank Colorado has named banking professional Shawn M. Cole its executive vice president and community bank director.

Vectra said in a news release that Cole is an accomplished retail and business banker who will be responsible for the overall management of Vectra Bank’s Colorado retail and business banking operations, with an overall focus on serving the needs of Colorado’s small and middle-market businesses and their owners, managers and employees. He brings more than 15 years of banking and finance experience and a strong background in fostering differentiation, growth and profitability. He has held leadership positions at regional and national banks in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions.  

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