BUSINESS BRIEFS | Startup Weekend Coming to Telluride July 12-14
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TELLURIDE - It’s an event that occurs all over the world throughout the year but Telluride’s first ever Startup Weekend is coming July 12-14, so get your entrepreneurial ideas ready.

The nonprofit, community-building event brings together entrepreneurs of different backgrounds, including software developers, marketers, designers, and other enthusiasts. They will gather to pitch ideas, form teams and start companies in just 54 hours. Participants have 60 seconds to make a pitch (optional), the pitches are whittled down to the top ideas, and then teams form around those ideas to come out with several developed companies or projects.

Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of an audience of judges and potential investors.

According to event organizer Dennis Lankes, people from all over the region will come together for Startup Weekend in Telluride and build amazing teams that stick. The event will be held in the Hotel Madeline in Mountain Village.

“We have tools, prizes and sponsors to support remote teams working together even after Startup Weekend,” Lankes said. “We have tickets that include lodging at the event location, and we have a great grassroots movement of energetic and entrepreneurial people.”

For a full schedule or how to attend visit

Top Global Destinations Lead Resurgence in Luxury Residential Property Market

TELLURIDE – Limited inventory, strong international buyer demand, and high-net-worth-individuals’ increased appreciation for world-class lifestyle offerings have pushed prices for luxury homes toward historic highs, reports Christie’s International Real Estate in a new study on the world’s prestige residential market.

The report, Luxury Defined: An Insight into the Luxury Residential Property Market, compares 10 of the world’s top property markets and debuts the ‘Christie’s International Real Estate Index,’ the first ever true global indicator for luxury residential real estate. The index ranks markets across key metrics including record sales price, prices per square foot, percentage of non-local and international purchasers, and the number of luxury listings relative to population.

Telluride Real Estate Corp., the exclusive Christie’s affiliate in the Telluride region, has also observed a resurgence at the top end of the luxury market in 2012. The Telluride marketplace recorded over $76 million in closed sales for the month of December, the largest month for gross dollar sales since July 2007 ($90 million).  Relative to 2011, dollar volume for the entire San Miguel County increased 47 percent with the Mountain Village experiencing a 69 percent increase in sales volume and the Town of Telluride 27 percent.  The remainder of the county fared quite well with a 49 percent increase year-over-year.

The Telluride real estate marketplace not only demonstrated resiliency, but dramatic improvement in the face of an election year and a fiscal cliff.  Vast improvement of gross dollar sales throughout the region and strong hints of increasing values bodes well for 2013.

“We expect that we will continue to see healthy, measured growth in our market in 2013,” says TD Smith, President and Managing Broker.

New Telluride Chamber Seeking Input

TELLURIDE  – Starting last week, business owners in Telluride have the opportunity to assist the Telluride Region Chamber of Commerce in determining the types of services and products it will offer future members.

The Chamber, which formally announced its formation in April, was established in order to offer business owners with tactical solutions, promote businesses large and small, and foster a business culture based on ingenuity and collaboration. To further define these efforts the Chamber has crafted a member discovery survey, which is available online at Business owners are encouraged to complete the survey by July 10.

“The intent of the survey is to ensure that the chamber will be a valuable resource to businesses, and it will assist with determining associated chamber membership plans,” said Chamber Chief Executive Officer Jim Riley. “The survey encompasses the types of services and products we can offer beginning today or in the near future, and it spans several categories such as marketing support, network building events, advocacy, project support, and business community coordination.”

With 25 questions to answer, the survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Once the survey results are tabulated, the Chamber Board will apply its findings to assist with creating membership tiers and plans that make sense for the Telluride Region business community.

Alpine Bank Announces Officer Promotions

MONTROSE – Alpine Banks of the San Juans would like to congratulate Tyler Dahl on his recent promotion to Vice President/Manager in Montrose.

Originally from Rangely, Colo., Dahl graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colorado Mesa University with a degree in business administration and an emphasis in finance.  He began his career with Alpine Bank in 2007 and in 2011, graduated from Colorado University’s Graduate School of Banking.

Dahl has a commitment to serving the local youth which is evidenced by his previous board presidency of the Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club and his recent coaching of AAU basketball in Olathe. Dahl and his wife Jessica were married last summer and look forward to hiking the San Juans, golfing, and continuing to give back to the Montrose community.


Montrose Hampton Hotel Earns 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

MONTROSE – Hampton Inn Montrose was awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award June 20. The accolade, which recognizes hospitality excellence, is given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this award.

“We are pleased that Hampton Inn Montrose received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton brand management, Hilton Worldwide. “We strive to provide our guests with high-quality accommodations, delivered with

friendly, authentic service – what we call ‘Hamptonality’ – to create a memorable experience for each traveler, and we’re thrilled to see that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor.”

Hampton Inn Montrose is one of 1,320 Hampton properties to receive this award. To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, vice president of marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”

Local Hotel Welcomes Visitors With a Taste From the Farm

MONTROSE – With Breakfast being the most important meal of the day; the Best Western Red Arrow Motel in Montrose decided to add fresh local flair to their menu. This summer visitors can enjoy fresh from the farm eggs each morning.

“We love offering our visors something they can’t get anywhere else,” said Heather Hert , manager Best Western Red Arrow.  “It’s important to us to support local agriculture and to purchase local fresh products; we want our customers to have a great Montrose experience and local farm fresh eggs for our Omelet station just seemed like a really good start to our guests day.”  

The Happy Hog Farm South of Montrose supplies over 30 dozen of eggs to the Best Western Red Arrow Motel every week for out of town guest to enjoy.

“It’s fantastic to have a local hotel feature a product from a Vendor at the Montrose Farmers Market,” Abbie Brewer, Montrose Farmers Market said. “It’s amazing that Montrose visitors have the opportunity to get a Local Fresh from the Farm Taste every morning.”

The Best Western Red Arrow Motel is looking to expand their local fresh breakfast menu with seasonal fruits and vegetables later on in the season.  The Best Western Red Arrow Motel has been serving travelers since 1956 and is located in Montrose, Colorado at 1702 E Main Street.
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