Mountain Area Restaurant Vendors (MARV) is looking for more members. MARV was formed in 2010 as a collaboration of National Restaurant Properties and Leslie & Associates, in an attempt to create a one-stop-shop for the problems local restaurants were facing. The idea was to create a group that covered all bases with no overlap. The group would be a network for support and information on anything from tax law to advertising to payroll to recycling. Some members serve the restaurant industry exclusively, while others may only do about 25% of their business with restaurants. The group meets twice a week for lunch in a local restaurant. Unlike other associations, MARV meets intentionally, to solve pressing problems; most of the issues MARV handles tie back to containing the costs of operating a restaurant. Because a key element of MARV is trust, new members are vetted carefully. They must attend a meeting and then get the unanimous approval of members before they may join. If a member is found not to uphold the group’s standards, they will be asked to leave the alliance. Before its recent membership drive, MARV had been a collaboration of 19 businesses.