Breck hosts conference for health, wellness businesses |

Breck hosts conference for health, wellness businesses

The first annual Colorado Mountain Health and Wellness Business Symposium in 2014 drew about 120 individuals and organizations to the Colorado Mountain College campus in Breckenridge for networking and educational opportunities. The second annual symposium will be Thursday, May 7, 2015.
Courtesy Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center |

Dozens of health and wellness businesses from across Colorado will converge on Breckenridge Thursday, May 7, for the second annual Colorado Mountain Health and Wellness Business Symposium.

The event is hosted by the Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center, a nonprofit under the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG), and will take place at Colorado Mountain College’s Breckenridge campus.

Lindsey Stapay, the center’s director, said she hopes the event will foster innovation and connections in the health and wellness sector, which is a large and growing economic force in the High Country.

The event’s theme this year is “Innovate Services, Maximize Profits.”

Participants will include people who work in massage therapy, physical therapy, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics and human resources, Stapay said, and health business affiliates like insurance companies, lawyers, tax consultants and accountants are welcome.

Representatives from Howard Head Sports Medicine, Vail Vitality Center, Vail Valley Medical Center and The Aspen Clinic have confirmed their attendance.

Stapay said the event will be a chance to share ideas about the area’s unique challenges and opportunities, such as demographics, resources, tools and tourism seasons.

The event’s workshops and discussions will cover topics ranging from employee health to taxes to online search engine optimization.

The 9 a.m. keynote speaker will be Meredith Marshall, who implements a strategic action plan for the state’s health and wellness industry through the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and a lunchtime session will cover movement with David Singleton, of the Summit Movement Center in Frisco.

Tickets range from $25 to $89, depending on how much of the day participants want to attend, and they will be available on the day of the event.

About 120 individuals and organizations attended the symposium in 2014.

“It’s a good resource for business owners in the area,” said Erica Ragusa, owner of Ambika Healing Massage in Breckenridge, who will attend the conference again.

Since she opened her business in 2010, Ragusa said, she has worked to build her local client base through partnerships and referrals with other High Country health care providers.

She said the conference is an opportunity to step away from the day-to-day of providing and managing services and connect with other entrepreneurs about more big-picture ideas.

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