May 9, 2019
Basalt Chamber Member News,
Upcoming Events & What's Happening
Last week's events were a wealth of information and connections that will be leveraged to improve our community and our Chamber. On Monday I return to Denver for a quick trip to attend the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) Crisis Communications Boot Camp and tabletop exercise.

Our branding and coworking grants are moving along and we hope to have some exciting announcement by the end of the month. True to the season, there are plenty of ideas and projects blooming here at the Basalt Chamber.

One reminder - this weekend there is a lacrosse tournament at Crown Mountain Park, so plan accordingly.

TONIGHT - Basalt Master Plan meeting
The Town of Basalt continues with another community meeting tonight at Basalt High School from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to get feedback for the new master plan. More details can be found on the official Let's Talk Basalt website, where you can also submit feedback electronically.

Tomorrow - WIN Health Institute Ribbon Cutting
Join us on Friday, May 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. as we celebrate the new home of WIN Health Institute in its Willits location (Alpine Bank building). Dr. Dave Jensen and Dr. Joe Feret welcome you to their new office location. We hope to see you there.

Next Week - Business After Hours at Ann Korologos Gallery
Don't forget to RSVP to next week's Business After Hours. Details below.

Advocacy in action - legislative updates and Town Hall meeting
Below is a section with updates on major legislative action at the state level. On Tuesday, May 14, Rep. Dylan Roberts (Eagle) and Rep. Julie McCluskie (Pitkin) are hosting a post-legislative session Town Hall at the Basalt Regional Library. You really should attend if you can. Details below.

Article/post of the week: Heard this morning on NPR - Planet Money: Dollar Stores' Effects On Communities. North Tulsa was seeing the impact of the national chains and its city council made a drastic change.

Bonus article: Another cool concept courtesy of the Dutch - niksen. In a world constantly on the go, there is a compelling argument for idleness. Read more - The Case for Doing Nothing via The New York Times.

Hoping Basalt's two-minute idle law doesn't apply to humans,

P.S. I hit a personal milestone on Monday - my student loans (undergrad and grad) are finally paid off!
P.P.S. Missy is on vacation this week, so there wasn't a second set of eyes on this email. Please forgive any errors.
Question of the week:
Do you have a website? If so, why not?

Accordingly to a recent survey, Over a Third of Small Businesses Have No Website (blog post via Alpine Bank). I was shocked. If you are one of those businesses, we have Chamber members who can help. Contact us for more information.

Email your answers to
Chamber News & Events
WIN Health Institute Ribbon Cutting
Friday, May 10 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
711 E Valley Rd, Suite 103 | Willits
(Alpine Bank Building, entrance on the left side)

Tomorrow – Ribbon Cutting at WIN Health Institute
Join the Basalt Chamber of Commerce in celebrating WIN Health Institute at their new location in Willits (in the Alpine Bank building). Dr. Dave Jensen and Dr. Joe Feret welcome all Chamber members to their new office.

The Win Health institute offers the best treatments in Chiropractic care, with its state of art spinal decompression machine, multiple massage therapists, acupuncture and high-quality supplements.  
Next Thursday - May 16
Business After Hours
Hosted by  Ann Korologos Gallery and co-hosts Land Title Guarantee Company, Skip's Farm to Market and The Tipsy Trout in Downtown Basalt. This is an invitation-only event for Basalt Chamber members and guests of the host. Please  RSVP online  or by phone (970) 927-4031. Bring your business cards for door prizes.

Business After Hours are a benefit networking event for Basalt Chamber members & guests of the hosts.

These popular events are all about collaboration between Chamber member businesses, so if you're interested in being a part of the social-network and reaping the benefits of co-hosting, contact Missy at (970) 927-4031 or by  email.
Thursday, May 16 | 5-7 p.m.
211 Midland Avenue, Basalt | Downtown

The Basalt Chamber Business After Hours is every third Thursday, and the networking event has food, fun, refreshments and door prizes. Come meet new friends and reconnect with old friends.

Upcoming 2019 Business After Hours

Advocacy In Action - 2019 Legislative Session Highlights
Dylan Roberts Capitol photo
Image from Rep. Dylan Roberts
Last week was a busy one at the state house due to the end of the legislative session. A list of major passed bills can be found here: It's a wrap: 2019 General Assembly makes big changes but leaves work undone via The Gazette (Colorado Springs).

Of note:
  • HB 1004 - Proposal For Affordable Health Coverage Option
  • HB 1168 - State Innovation Waiver Reinsurance Program (setting up a “reinsurance” program to help keep costs down for health insurance providers with high-cost claims.)
  • HB 1216 - Reduce Insulin Prices (capping the cost of insulin and authorizing the state to find out why the drug costs so much.)
  • SB 42 - National Popular Vote (commits Colorado electors to vote for whomever wins the national popular vote, regardless of who wins the state vote.)
Member News & Events
Wednesday, May 15 | Choose a session
499 Market St | Willits
Free Marketing Presentation with Always Mountain Time Media
AlwaysMountainTime Media invites you to join us and other Roaring Fork business-owners and marketing professionals for a free & informative 45-minute marketing presentation.

This is an intimate event intended to foster conversation and learning about a variety of marketing ideas including digital advertising, social media marketing, and radio advertising ideas as well. Plus valuable tips for connecting with Hispanic consumers!

Several guest experts will be presenting, and meet some of your favorite local Radio personalities.
Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Plus valuable door prizes!

Choose from one of four sessions:
  • 8:30 a.m.
  • 10 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • 1 p.m.

Space is very limited so please RSVP today to

Questions or comments? Call Terry at (970) 925-5776.
Heirlooms Kelly Block
Office spaces available in the historic Kelly Block Building
146 Midland Avenue, Downtown Basalt
12x12 office with conference room, community kitchen, lounge area. $800 or $900/mo.

Contact Brenda at Heirlooms –  ( 970) 927-4384 or  (970) 989-4694  for more information.
Train The Trainer: Mental Health First Aid | May 13-17
Apply to be a Mental Health First Aid Trainer

Next Training Session:
May 13-17, 2019
Colorado Mountain College - Aspen
FREE (see sponsors below)

If you are interested in learning more or receiving the application to become a MHFA instructor please contact Tom Gangel at (970) 819-2625 of

Course Fee Covered Courtesy of Aspen Skiing Company’s Caring for Community Fund, Aspen Valley Hospital, Pitkin County Healthy Community Fund, City of Aspen & Aspen School District.
Mental Health First Aid 2019
Now Hiring: Footsteps Marketing
Full-time sales and new market development position
FootSteps Marketing is growing and currently seeking a full-time sales and new market development professional to join our team of digital marketing experts. This role is a combination of sales and new market development, requiring a strategic, creative and resourceful approach to identifying and developing new markets and pipeline opportunities, as well as skills to consultatively close business with existing prospects.

For more information or to apply, please visit the job posting .
Now Hiring: RFTA
Bus operators
RFTA is now accepting CDL Bus Operator applications for Seasonal employment with the opportunity for promotion to year round, which provides drivers with an excellent benefits package, including full health insurance, life insurance, dental, vision, and RFTA’s retirement benefits.
Plus a $1,000 End of Summer Season Bonus!

RFTA Seasonal employment offers great benefits (more here)

For more information or to apply, please visit the RFTA bus operators page.
Are you hiring? Email us details and it will be added to the Chamber newsletter for free.
Members in the news
Fun run in Basalt on Sunday will raise funds for Aspen Hope Center (Basalt High School, Aspen Hope Center) The Aspen Times - May 3
On the Fly: Runoff wanderlust (Taylor Creek Fly Shop) The Aspen Times - May 4
Do you have a will or end-of-life plan? (Danielle Howard/Wealth By Design) The Aspen Times - May 6
Financing death (Danielle Howard/Wealth By Design) The Aspen Times - May 8

Has your business or organization recently been featured in the media? Send us a link and we will promote it.
Be in the know
2019 Legislative Wrap-Up/Town Hall Meeting wit h Rep. Roberts and Rep. McCluskie – May 14
The 2019 legislative session ended on May 3rd. Join the Roaring Fork Valley's state legislators: Rep. Dylan Roberts (Eagle) and Rep. Julie McCluskie (Pitkin) on May 14 for a recap of the just-completed legislative session.

Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 14 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
14 Midland Ave, Basalt | Downtown
Basalt Highlights
TOB Master Plan meetings 2019
Basalt Master Plan Community Meetings –
Help Shape Basalt's Future
The 2019 Master Plan will establish our vision, goals, and objectives
for a vibrant, healthy community for the years to come. Show up and
share your thoughts! Please attend all three events!

Flyer: English | Spanish
Basalt in the news
Fly fishing C2Photography
Outdoor Recreation Reports

Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC)

Fly Fishing Reports (via Taylor Creek Fly Shops)
Additional Events
Midland Avenue
In the coming weeks

Thu 5/16 Business After Hours | Downtown
Sat 5/18 Motors on Midland | Downtown

Also coming:
  • 2019 Discover Basalt magazine delivers
  • OEDIT/DCI reveal Basalt's new brand
Benefits - it pays to be a member
Member to Member discounts at Jimbo's Liquors
Did you know? Jimbo's Liquors offers the following for Basalt Chamber member Business After Hours hosts or any company sponsored event:
  • Free quote on product selection & quantities
  • Specialty cocktail options
  • Free delivery and pick-up
  • Only pay for product you use (unopened product can be returned)
  • 15% discount on wine, liquor, ice and non-alcoholic beverages
  • 10% discount on beer

For you next special event at your business or organization, be sure to talk to Gonzo Mirich at Jimbo's Liquors and he will make your life easier.


128 Basalt Center Circle, Basalt | Downtown
(970) 927-3360
Motio 2.0

Learn the backstory about how Motio came to Basalt at the August BTalks

Be sure to take the time to explore Basalt and view all five of the Motio 2.0 sculptures.
About the Chamber
The Basalt Area Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 membership organization dedicated to supporting the healthy and vibrant development of Basalt's businesses and community. Members enjoy lively networking events, educational programs, peer support, member-to-member discounts, and complimentary and discounted advertising, club memberships, ski vouchers and more.

Memberships are affordable and offer high value. For more information on joining, please call (970) 927-4031 or submit an online application.
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Photo credits: Header image by C2 Photography . Kelly Block Building photo by C2 Photography . Trout image by C2 Photography Downtown Basalt image by Barry Stevenson . Motio 2.0 Sculpture photo by DemiurgeLLC.

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