Business Insight Series

Program Description & Events

The Vail Valley Partnership’s Business Insight Series provides strategic insights for strengthening local businesses and developing leaders, fostering one’s professional and personal growth while contributing to the economic vitality of the region.

These programs are designed to develop and promote resources and education for the Valley’s small business owners and entrepreneurs and are designed to assist in the start-up, management, and growth of local businesses. Such resources include specialized training sessions as a means of providing business development, business management, and business growth information. Speakers from VVP member businesses address timely topics of interest to business leaders in the Vail Valley.

The BIS provides:

  • Timely insights from leading business and subject matter experts
  • Best practices provided by leaders in key industry sectors
  • Continuing education for professional development to enhance your personal leadership skills

For more information regarding the Business Insights Series, or to suggest speakers or topics, please contact VVP Program Manager Anna Robinson at 970-477-4027 for more information.

Upcoming Business Insight Series:

  • September 24, 2020 (9am – 11am): Thriving in Chaos
    • Location TBD
    • “You’re never going to be chaos-proof, but you can be chaos-ready.” – Corinne Hancock. In business and in life, we’re put to the test not when things are going right, but when they get chaotic. How we react can be the difference between success and failure, and determine whether our team comes together or falls apart. Learn strategies to adapt your thoughts and plans on a moment’s notice, lead through uncertainty, and thrive in chaos.
    • Presented By: Corinne Hancock
    • Click Here for Event Details & RSVP

Previous Business Insight Series Events:


  • Living with Uncertainty (WEBINAR): July 9, 2020 – These days, the only thing certain is uncertainty. Uncertainty has infiltrated every corner of our lives, from our health to our careers to our personal relationships. How can we cope with this ever-changing landscape and continue to move forward with our professional and personal lives. Presented by Amy Gallagher, Psy.D., Mind Springs Health
  • Q&A Session on Health Savings Accounts (WEBINAR): June 18, 2020 – Join us to learn about the latest HSA trends for individuals, self-employed and small to mid-size companies and how this account can benefit you now and in retirement with the tax advantages, flexibility and perks. Presented by Community Banks of Colorado
  • Skillful Talent Series: Workforce Planning in a Crisis (WEBINAR): May 28, 2020 – Amid COVID-19, there is a level of uncertainty in the workplace. Join the Vail Valley Partnership, Northwest Colorado Workforce Area, and Skillful for an interactive workshop to go over the current state of small businesses, the effects that the pandemic has made on them, and what business decisions you can make in efforts to retain employees while being as cost-effective as possible.
  • Engaging Your Customers in the “New Normal” (WEBINAR): May 7, 2020 – This presentation will cover important topics on how businesses can effectively engage their customers in today’s COVID-19 climate. We will discuss several strategies currently being used to manage the overall customer experience and keep customers visiting often and spending more. Presented by SpotOn.
  • What Does it Take To Be “Open for Business”? (WEBINAR): April 20, 2020 – As we enter a new phase of the world’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, businesses need to know how to reopen. We closed businesses fast, some remaining open as essential businesses, but now we are establishing new practices to function amid the outbreak. How do we reopen safely, protecting our workers and the public? Presented by Partners.
  • COVID-19 Related Legislation & Its Impact on Employers & Employees (WEBINAR): April 23, 2020 – This presentation will focus on federal and state legislation enacted since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis.  We will specifically examine relief provided to employers and employees during these difficult times as well as an examination of what relief state and local governments can and cannot provide individuals at this time. Presented by Garfield & Hecht, P.C.
  • Attract & Retain Great Talent:Skills-based Hiring and Employee Development: January 30, 2020 – Do you struggle filling open positions? Are experiencing high turnover rates on your staff? Vail Valley Partnership, Northwest Colorado Workforce Area, and Skillful present an interactive workshop to give you the tools and techniques to hire and retain successful employees.
  • Barriers for Working Families: Child Care’s Unintended Consequences on Business and Community: January 28, 2020
    Child care affects working parents, which in turn affects the business community. Attendees learned why this matters and how they can take steps forward in supporting local child care efforts in the Vail Valley.


  • Navigating Complex Customer Interactions: November 12, 2019 & December 5, 2019
    These sessions were designed with the font line employees in mind, going beyond the basic of customer service to really understand the wants, needs and reactions of your guests. Presented by: Kelly Wyngarden of Indigold Consulting and Paula Henry of PH Balanced Consulting
  • “Working Minds” Suicide Prevention Training for the Workplace: November 6, 2019
    This session provided an overview in how to forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges. Presented by: SpeakUp ReachOut
  • Potential Tariffs on Recreational Goods From China: June 26, 2019
    This event served as a Q&A session on the potential List 4 tariffs under review in Washington, DC.


  • Tips, Tricks and Tactics to Boost Google Results: November 15, 2018
    You have developed a website and a marketing strategy. Now, learn some new ideas, big and small, to boost these marketing campaigns and get more qualified search traffic into your website. Presented by: BlizzardPress
  • Project Management for Everyone: 4 week course – September / October 2018
    Presented by: Peak Business Management
  • Sexual Harassment in the WorkplaceAugust 22, 2018
    This session provided an overview in how to investigate these claims and get to the bottom of the allegations.
  • Elevate Performance and Value in Your Organization Using Project Management Best Practices: 4 week course – June 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018
    Presented by: Peak Business Management
  • Destigmatizing Mental Health in the WorkplaceJune 7, 2018
    This seminar, presented by: Joshua Scott, Instructor & Director of Education for CO School of Public Health in partnership with HealthLinks and Mind Springs Health, attendees learned about mental health stigma in the workplace and the cycle that perpetuates it.
  • Authentic Feminine Leadership-Leading with Confidence, Courage, & Conviction: May 17, 2018
    This seminar, presented by Amy Arthur Packer Coaching, was geared toward professional women who are in leadership roles in an organization and/or entrepreneurs/business owners.
  • Google – Connecting It All: April 11, 2018
    This seminar, presented by Mobloggy, focused on helping the small business owner use FREE tools from GSuite.
  • Protecting Your Business as Cybersecurity Threats Rise: Jan. 11, 2018
    This seminar, presented by Mitchell & Company, focused on what you need to know about network security and keeping your data secure from threats.