At the recent Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) virtual conference, Laurin Arnold accepted the prestigious “Library Partnership of the Year” award for her team’s work on the Business & Breakfast event series. This CAL award “recognizes achievements in planning and implementing collaborative library programs or services” and is given to one partnership in the state each year – regardless of library or community size.
Laurin Arnold has been Branch Manager of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library since 2017. As part of her work, Arnold saw a need to resume training and resources geared toward local business owners. She began by bringing together important stakeholders in the community three years ago to partner on training events. These partners include the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Colorado Mountain College, BlizzardPress, and RiverBlend Coffee. Each partner brings something unique to the series – from business knowledge to marketing expertise, and from reputation of hosting quality events to delicious breakfast treats.
“Business and Breakfast is an excellent example of creativity, collaboration, and community partnerships,” says Angie Anderson, president and CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.
The series has gained popularity over the past few years for both the subject of events and the quality of the presentations. During the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdown, the Business & Breakfast team sprang into action and created weekly virtual content for businesses struggling with various aspects of the shutdown. The online events cultivated a dialog when many could not leave their homes, nor get together in person to figure out their next course of action. These efforts gave an important lifeline to many who struggled with getting relevant and reliable information during that tumultuous time.
“In short, local businesses received timely topics during a time of need,” said Jerry Raehal, former publisher of the Post Independent. “From times of prosperity to days of distress, the Business and Breakfast series has been there for local businesses.”
While Business & Breakfast has recently been on hiatus during the summer, plans have formed for its return. The monthly series will begin again online on Tuesday, December 8 from 9 to 10:30 am and feature a session titled “Video Promoted the Small Business Star,” which is a beginner’s guide to creating video content. To participate in this free, award-winning event series visit www.gcpld.org/business and connect via Zoom or watch workshops later on the libraries’ YouTube channel.