Business File: Base area group MVP announces new leaders

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— The Mountain Village Partnership, a group formed this year to promote events and businesses at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, has named a new president and vice president of its board of directors.

Paul Underwood, owner of Cafe Diva, is the MVP board’s new president. He previously served as the board’s vice president. Rob Perlman, the newly appointed senior vice president of sales and marketing for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., is the board’s new vice president.

The shift became necessary when Andy Wirth, Perlman’s predecessor at Ski Corp. and former president of the MVP board, left Steamboat Springs this summer to become chief executive officer at the Squaw Valley USA ski resort in California.

“Andy has made an indelible impression upon the mountain village. It is my goal to continue this effort by personally engaging members and prospective members to join our cause,” Underwood said.

Twenty-five businesses belong to the MVP.

To learn more about the MVP, contact Mindy Falzarano at mfalzarano@steamboat.com or 970-879-5458.

Safeway working with association for 5th year

For the fifth year in a row, Safeway is working with the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a regional sponsor of the Summer Camp Mobiles Program.

As a regional sponsor, more than 150 grocery stores in Colorado — including the Steamboat Springs location — will offer mobiles to customers for donations.

Donations help send children to MDA summer camps. Last year, Safeway raised more than $500,000 in Colorado, which was enough money to send 625 children to camp, according to a news release. Safeway hopes to exceed that number with this year’s program, which began Aug. 1 and ends Sept. 6.

Steamboat’s Safeway store, at U.S. Highway 40 and Pine Grove Road, is accepting donations in return for root beer floats every Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 5.

Steamboat Chamber to host mixer and meeting

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is hosting a business after-hours mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at Rex’s American Grill & Bar, adjoining the Holiday Inn on U.S. Highway 40 near Walton Creek Road. Chamber members and their guests are welcome for free drinks, food and networking. From 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 20, also at Rex’s, the Chamber is hosting an informational meeting about an opportunity to visit China in 2011. Details about the opportunity are forthcoming. Those who want to attend can e-mail rsvp@steamboatchamber.com.

“Everybody that’s still working right now is becoming more resourceful with their skills. I’ve got) a lot of eggs in a lot of baskets.”

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