April 25, 2019
Basalt Chamber Member News,
Upcoming Events & What's Happening
From magazine to website, we are working on Basalt's branding, and preparing for summer events. Stay tuned for more updates on how you and your business can get involved with different Chamber opportunities as the warmer months get closer.

Basalt Master Plan meetings
The Town of Basalt will be hosting community meetings to get feedback as it works on its new master plan. The first one is tonight at The Temporary. Also mark your calendars - there will be a specific meeting for local businesses on May 6 from 9-11 a.m. at the Basalt Regional Library.

Preparing for the worst case scenario
Today many members of our community (myself included) are participating in an emergency preparedness exercise with the Department of Homeland Security and Pitkin County. Specifically, we will be focused on the response and short term recovery from a mass causality event at a special event. As we learned last summer, the more we work together and practice, the better we will be at addressing issues that impact our entire valley.

This weekend: Fryingpan River Cleanup
Twenty one years and still going strong - the Roaring Fork Conservancy's annual clean up is this Saturday. Details below.

Advocacy in action - Healthcare
One of our top priority bills, HB19-1004, has passed and is on its way to Gov. Polis. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Kerry Donovan and Rep. Dylan Roberts (representing Eagle County), directs state agencies to recommend a plan to compete with private insurance plans and those offered on Colorado’s health care exchange. Polis to sign public health insurance bill pushed by Vail Valley lawmakers Vail Daily - Apr 23.

Sen. Kerry Donovan and Rep. Julie McCluskie (Pikin) are sponsors of a related bill focused on reinsurance ( HB19-1168). The bill, which requires more work before it can pass, would allow private insurers to lower market premiums. More work needed on Colorado health reinsurance bill to lower rates Aspen Times - Apr 21.

Article/post of the week: The sharing economy goes to the extrem e: The Affluent Homeless: A Sleeping Pod, A Hired Desk And A Handful Of Clothes via NPR. The piece makes a great point that instead of owning physical stuff, younger generations are now digital hoarders.

Hope to see you at The Temporary tonight,

P.S. This Saturday, send The Temporary off in style at The Last Salsa Night . Let's just say it will be good practice for what we have coming in July...
Question of the week:
What information do you want to see included in our new website?

Email your answers to director@basaltchamber.org.
Chamber News & Events
Save the Date - May 16
Business After Hours
Hosted by  Ann Korologos Gallery and friends 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

Member News & Events
Roaring Fork Conservancy's 21st Annual Fryingpan River Cleanup
Help clean up one of the most beautiful stretches of river in the country! Volunteers of all ages welcome! Join us for a free breakfast before cleaning up a 1-mile section of the river. Prizes for: Best of Trash, Most Toxic, Most Useful, Most Unusual Trash, and Best Photo.

Breakfast and registration starts at 8:30 am near Lions Park and the Midland Spur side of Basalt Town Hall. Teams of 3-4 people are arranged, assigned about 1-mile of river, and head out to clean up around 9:15 a.m. Entries of trash for prizes must be registered at Lions Park by 11:30 a.m. Winners will be announced at 11:45 a.m. Must be present to win.
Because weather can be unpredictable, please be prepared with proper clothing, including: 
  • long pants
  • gloves
  • hat
  • sunscreen
  • proper footwear
  • water

*Registration is not required but you may register in advance  HERE .
Fryingpan cleanup
Saturday , April 27 | 8:30-11:45 a.m.
Meet At Lions Park | Downtown
Eagle County Early Childhood Parade - April 30
Eagle County  is hosting on a short parade to celebrate the month of the young child and child abuse prevention. Meet at the red brick preschool building at Basalt Elementary School at 10:30 for a quick march around the elementary school grounds. There will be kid-friendly snacks, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and a few signs, but feel free to make your own posters. This event is for young children, parents, early childhood staff, administration and anyone that supports the importance of early childhood education.

Eagle County Early Childhood Parade
Tuesday, April 30 | 10:30-11 a.m.
Basalt Elementary School (red brick building)
Homebuyer seminar with Bay Equity and Sotheby's
Join Katie Erickson of Bay Equity and Sally Shiekman of Sotheby’s International Realty to learn more about homebuying. This FREE CLASS is open to both first-time homebuyers and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the homebuying process.

Monday, April 30 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Basalt Regional Library
14 Midland Ave | Downtown

Please RSVP to Katie:
kerickson@bayeq.com | 970-279-7099
Appetizers & beverages provided.
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: Small Business Development Center
Northwest Colorado SBDC Regional Director
The Northwest Colorado SBDC is looking for a Director to provide leadership and oversight for the development, fundraising efforts, implementation, and operations of the Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program. The position provide business consulting and training/educational courses throughout the nine county region including the following counties: Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Routt, Moffat, Pitkin, Summit, Clear Creek, and Gilpin. This position will also support Eagle County economic development strategy and initiatives.

For more information or to apply, please visit the job posting.
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
On the Fly: The caddis are coming (Taylor Creek Fly Shops) The Aspen Times - Apr 20
Energy wonks hope to achieve breakthrough at Basalt Vista project (Habitat for Humanity, Holy Cross Energy) The Aspen Times - Apr 22
More offseason service on RFTA buses this spring (RFTA) Aspen Daily News - Apr 24

Has your business or organization recently been featured in the media? Send us a link and we will promote it.
Be in the know
SBDC course | Women in Entrepreneurship: Growth Hacking
The Northwest Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business have teamed up to offer  Women in Entrepreneurship: Growth Hacking ”  ( flyer ), an interactive branding workshop for women business owners, decision makers, and entrepreneurs operating from mountain markets.

The course will focus on how business owners can strengthen their message to target customers through brand clarification and growth hacking techniques. Learn how to implement creative and strategic tools to better define your value proposition, and leave with the framework you need to unlock exponential growth potential.

Participants will receive the following:
  • Instruction from Cynthia Banks and Visda Carson, two leading professors within the field of entrepreneurship and brand clarity;
  • University of Colorado Leeds School of Business course certificate
  • Wine, drinks and appetizers the evening of May 2nd;
  • Breakfast, lunch, and beverages the day of May 3rd; and 
  • All learning materials

To unlock a special Basalt Chamber 15% scholarship, enter registration code “NWSBDC” at checkout.
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
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
Town Logo
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!

Let it blossom, let it flow The Aspen Times - Apr 22
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

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 . Trout image by C2 Photography Downtown Basalt image by Barry Stevenson . Motio 2.0 Sculpture photo by DemiurgeLLC.

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