Have you started a new business in the valley and are wondering how to get the word out? Are you interested in what’s happening with tourism in Saguache Today? Have you been wondering what’s hot at the Sand Dunes, and what’s not in Alamosa?
Then it would be worth your while to attend the San Luis Valley (SLV) Tourism Association’s annual Tourism Conference next Thursday, Feb. 21 at Adams State University in Alamosa. Did you know that the Colorado Tourism Office recently re-designated the area as the Mystic San Luis Valley Region? Come and find out what that will mean for tourism at this year’s conference, which will feature presentations about:
A Discussion Panel regarding the new Colorado Tourism Office region: Mystic San Luis Valley.
Representatives will provide updates regarding each county’s tourism efforts as well as the San Luis Valley.
Teamwork with Zombies – there’s always a surprise at the SLV conference?!
Dark Skies Updates and Discussions
Guest Speaker – Chris Castilian, Exec Director Great Outdoors Colorado
The mission of the San Luis Valley Tourism Association is to
preserve our environmental and cultural resources by unifying our marketing
efforts to promote the San Luis Valley as a tourism destination and thereby
developing responsible economic growth for the six counties of the San Luis
Registration will begin at high noon and the conference will be from 12:30 to 7 p.m. on February 21. Cost for the conference is $40, annual membership in the Association is $35, or you can do both for $65.
If you’ve ever thought about starting your own business that involves growing food, then here’s some news you can use. Or maybe you are already in the food-growing business but can’t seem to get the right answers about what the rules and regulations are for growing and selling food, please know that help is available.
And for all of you San Luis Valley farmers, pull your head out of the seed-bag and take advantage of this upcoming opportunity to get all of your information in one session – from the experts! Next week’s Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) workshop is perfect for anyone looking to make their agriculture dreams come true in Saguache Today.
“I hope this workshop inspires entrepreneurs and help their
businesses thrive,” said Danielle Trotta, Business Development Specialist with
the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “Workshop speakers are actively engaged
in the food system, and they are excited to share their expertise with others.”
A variety of food companies call Colorado home, and the
state continues to be an incubator for food entrepreneurs. The Colorado
Department of Agriculture is organizing an upcoming workshop to help food and
agricultural businesses get started and grow.
This one-day workshop is designed for start-up
businesses and producers considering a path into the food and agriculture
industry. The workshop is organized to be fast-paced and packed with vital
information needed to begin a food or agricultural business. The agenda
includes topics such as resources for start-up businesses, business
organization and finances, building a brand, working with retailers, labeling
and beginning production factors.
Guest speakers include:
Mike Hardin, Director of Business and Licensing with the Secretary of State’s Office.
Peter Mohr, Director of Operations for Naturally Boulder.
Dawn Thilmany and Becca Jablonski from the Department of Agriculture Resource and Economics at Colorado State University.
Brianne Rael with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Many more experts from state and county entities critical to establishing a food business.
Registration is $55 per person per workshop. Registration
includes the program, workshop materials, a light breakfast and lunch.
Online pre-registration is required for each event, and processing fees for
electronic checks and credit card orders apply. Seating is limited and space is
expected to fill fast.
For complete agendas, more information and to register, visit www.coloradoproud.org or contact Danielle Trotta at (303) 869-9176. The workshops are sponsored by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Valley Packing and Catering and Colorado State University Agriculture Resource and Economics Department.