April 4, 2019
Basalt Chamber Member News,
Upcoming Events & What's Happening
We are just feeling the signs of spring, yet are busy planning for summer events. Warm weather will be here before we know it.

Economic conversations with Eagle County
This week, the Chamber had a worksession with the Eagle County Commissioners to talk strategy, goals and opportunities for alignment with regards to economic development.

ICYMI - Big Ski Pass News
This week Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) made two big announcements with regards to next winter's (2019-20) passes. All that you need to know can be found below. It's going to be IKONic next year.

Articles/posts of the week: If we were playing Jeopardy, the category would be "Potpourri." This week here are a few highlights that run the gamut:

For the love of volunteering
I will be out of town from Thursday, April 11 through Wednesday, April 17, because I again will be volunteering at the Boston Marathon. Every year I serve as the Team Captain for Food Distribution at the Finish Line of the race, managing 90+ volunteers as we create over 25,000 bags of food for runners in a matter of hours. This year is my twelfth year of service. But don't worry - with the exception of Marathon Monday/Patriots Day - I will still be working remotely to keep our projects moving forward.

Not ready for ski season to be almost over, but also ready to trail run,
Question of the week:
How do you define "economic development"?

Email your answers to director@basaltchamber.org.
Chamber News & Events
Welcome to our newest members!
We would like to welcome our most recent member, who joined since March 2019:

Did you know?  If you refer a new Chamber member, you receive $25 off next year's dues (per referral).
Save The Date: April 18
Business After Hours
Hosted by  Bay Equity Home Loans and Basalt Clinic Pharmacy , Peck & Feigenbaum , Fit.Fashion.Face and Heirlooms 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, April 18 | 5–7 p.m.
104 Midland Avenue, Suite 102 | 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

4/1 | First Day for processing of Zone Pass orders

4/12 | Early Order Deadline:  Passes ordered by this date will be ready for pick-up at Rubey Park

4/24 - 25 | RFTA staff will be in Aspen at Rubey Park Transit Center for pass order pick-ups from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for early deadline passes.
Discounted RFTA Seasonal Zone Passes on sale now!
RFTA's highly discou nted Winter Seasonal Zone Passes are now on sale for businesses and individuals The 2019 Spring/Summer/Fall Seasonal Zone Passes are valid from May 1 through November 30, 2019.  The prices have not changed from the prior season and Chamber members are eligible for a 5% discount.

Your Zone Pass card also functions as a FREE WE-cycle pass. Use WE-cycle for short trips to and from RFTA May - November. All you have to do is activate it via the instructions on the back of the card. Enjoy unlimited WE-cycle rides in Aspen, Basalt, Willits and El Jebel.
April 12 – COVENTURE Mountain Pitch Summit
The Basalt Chamber is a strategic partner of the COVENTURE Mountain Pitch Summit. Carbondale's new business development & cowork non-profit COVENTURE will host a “Shark Tank” style pitch event at the Third Street Center on Friday, April 12. The main event will be preceded by a panel discussion with distinguished guests from around the state on the topic of venture and angel investing. Food & beverages will be provided by local restaurants and brewers. Participants and accredited investors are encouraged to register online at  COVENTURE.io . The event is FREE and open to the public, with a suggested $10 donation at the door.

“The Mountain Pitch Summit is so much more than showcasing the participants of the COVENTURE Acceleration program. This event brings the greater Western Slope community (entrepreneurs, established companies, volunteers, educators, donors, corporate sponsors, venture and angel investors) together with the idea that helping to promote each other – helps to ensure the economic vitality and resilience of the entire region.” - Mike Lowe, Executive Director

April 12 | 3:30-9 p.m. + After Party
520 S 3rd St, Carbondale
Suggested $10 donation (at the door)

3:30-5:30 p.m | Guest Panel on Venture and Angel Investing
5:30-6:30 p.m | Community Expo Featuring Local Entrepreneurs | Food by local restaurants
6:30-7 p.m | Guests Take Their Seats
7-9 p.m | Pitch Event
9-11 p.m | After Party & Networking
RECAP - Big Ski Pass News
This week Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) made two big announcements with regards to next winter's (2019-20) passes.

Here's what you need to know:
  • The 2019-20 Premier Chamber season passes will now include the IKON Base pass.
  • Everything else remains the same - Chamber Passes go on sale starting on August 12, 2019.

In short - if you remain a Chamber member, it makes the most sense to  wait until the Chamber discounted pass season begins   in mid-August  in order to purchase your season passes.

The ASC  Spring Pass Sale  is intended for people who buy a traditional, regular season pass (i.e. full-price), not through a discounted pass program, such as the Chamber's.

Know someone who isn't a member yet?  The information below may help convince them that it is worth joining!
Member News & Events
Blue Lake Preschool – Date Through the Year fundraiser
Blue Lake Preschool hosts its annual Date Through the Year Fundraiser on April 12th, 2019 from 6 to 10 p.m.! Event ticket includes heavy appetizers from over 25 restaurants throughout the valley, beer and wine, music by DJ Dylan and dancing, door prizes, games with prizes, a photo booth, and an amazing silent auction. Grand Prize is a five night stay in British Columbia, First Place Prize is 'Date Through the Year' prize package and a chance to win 11 additional awesome prize packages.

100% of proceeds benefit Blue Lake Preschool.

April 12 | 6-10 p.m.
110 Snowmass Dr, | Carbondale

Tickets: $30 advance / *$35 at the door
Online | Also available at: Blue Lake Preschool or Alpine Bank in either Willits or Downtown Basalt
Extended Stay accommodations at Element Basalt Aspen
Stay for 30 or more nights and pay as little as $89.00/night for a fully equipped King or 2 Queen Studio accommodation. Rate includes WiFi, on-site parking, access to pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, laundry room, and courtyard with gas grilles. All rooms have a full kitchenette. Walking distance to restaurants, shops, activities, Whole Foods, and the local valley RFTA bus.

Contact Kelly Dean : Email | 990-340-4035
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Help a non-profit | Alpine Bank's #GiveBack campaign in April
Please join Alpine Bank employees in volunteering your time to support a nonprofit organization in your community. Learn more about how you can enter Alpine Bank’s sweepstakes to win $1,000 for the Colorado nonprofit of your choosing. For more information visit www.alpinebank.com
Now hiring: Cedar Networks
Technical and customer support
Cedar Networks is looking for a new member to join our team for technical and customer support. The successful candidate will have a positive and professional demeanor, strong trouble shooting and critical thinking skills, and excellent customer service skills.

For more information, please call or email Ally Bernhoft at 970-510-3231 or abernhoft@cedarnetworks.com
Are you hiring? Email us details and it will be added to the Chamber newsletter for free.
Members in the news
On the Fly: Oh, the things you’ll see fishing Fryingpan River (Taylor Creek Fly Shops) The Aspen Times - Mar 30
How to counter ‘manels’ and make scientific meetings more inclusive (Aspen Global Change Institute) Nature - Apr 2
Holy Cross board nominations open (Holy Cross Energy) Aspen Daily News - Apr 4

Has your business or organization recently been featured in the media? Send us a link and we will promote it.
Be in the know
Small Business, Workplace
Well-being Workshop
Join Health Links for a morning of meaningful conversation and networking with like-minded employers. This year’s symposium will feature
three table talks facilitated by experts in the field. Walk away inspired and equipped with tactical takeaways on how you can make a difference for your employee health, safety and wellbeing

Table Talks:
  • Improving employee engagement through communication strategies
  • Solutions for lowering worker’s compensation costs
  • Tapping into low and no-cost resources to get your program started

May 3 | 8-11:30 a.m.
Morgridge Commons
815 Copper Avenue, Glenwood Springs
How to start a business | April 17
Business Plan 101 | April 20
Business Financials 101 | April 24
Funding your business | April 27
Small Business Workshops at CMC
Colorado Mountain College is bringing its business workshop series to Carbondale. These workshops
provide a storehouse of information on business start-ups, plans, financials and funding. All are taught by small business tax pro and veteran SBDC consultant Jim Olp. Workshops are $55 each. Take the whole series for a discounted rate of $200. More information

CMC Glenwood Center | 1402 Blake Avenue | 970-945-7486 | REGISTER NOW!
Basalt Highlights
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Basalt Community Gardens Accepting Applications for 2019 Growing Season
T he Basalt Community Gardens, west of Basalt High School, is now accepting applications for the 2019 growing season!

Basalt in the news
FlyFishing  Winter
Outdoor Recreation Reports

Aspen Snowmass Snow report (via Aspen Skiing Company)

Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC)

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

4/11-17 Kris is traveling
Thu 4/18 Business After Hours | Downtown
Sat 4/27 | Fryingpan River Cleanup

Mon 5/6 | WE-cycle reopens
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 . Downtown Basalt image by Barry Stevenson .USPS Mailbox by Ethan Hoover on Unsplash . Motio 2.0 Sculpture photo by DemiurgeLLC.

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