February 25 - In This Issue:


Historic Downtown Basalt is Rocking!

This week Habitat for Humanity announced that the world-renowned nonprofit will move a Habitat ReStore into the former Clark's market downtown store in April. Three commercial spaces on Midland Avenue have either been rented, sold or are under contract (more details in the week's ahead). Habitat for Humanity, which is also building a Habitat house in the old neighborhood above town, plans to set up shop by April of this year, and has contracted for a two-year lease which will allow important flexibility for future planning.

Motorcycles on Midland ~ Opening night Tuesday April 7, 5pm, at Stubbies Bar & Grill
Special Guests: Wally & Peppy Dallenbach

In furtherance of our ongoing and successful collaborative efforts to revitalize downtown, a group of us met last week at Stubbies Bar & Grill to plan a monthly Motorcycles on Midland night in historic Basalt. The premier event will be held on Tuesday, April 7, starting at 5pm at Stubbies, with special guests Wally and Peppy Dallenbach, followed by a rotation in restaurants around Town. Future newsletters will list locations and further details. The event is open to the public so whether you're motoring around on two wheels or four, join us.
Set Your Sails Basalt Student-Business Program is Setting Anchor
The Basalt Chamber-Basalt High School conceived program to link students with local businesses and professionals to help chart their passions is making its first matches. This pilot program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to ask key questions of business mentors to support informed career, education, and life choices. The Basalt Chamber CEO has worked with a group of leadership students over the last few months to build a program proposal, student application process, guidelines for student and business participants and evaluation. Approximately 15 students will be enrolled in the 2014-15 session, with ideas being developed to enable broader student participation and benefit. The first few connections target professionals in areas of pediatric medicine, nutritional consulting and event planning. JAS Aspen provided the first match.

Band Battle AKA Battle of the Bands Returns to Basalt
The Basalt Chamber of Commerce and Basalt Downtown Business Association (BDBA) met this week with JAS Aspen to confirm the return of the Band Battle - formerly known as "Battle of the Bands" - to Basalt on Saturday, May 9 of this year. Ideas were flowing, with talk of food contests, Midland Avenue business welcome specials, and additional events for students. The program brings together student bands from Aspen to Rifle to compete in various categories from rock to country, jazz to heavy metal, and mariachi to you name it! We're delighted to welcome the Band Battle and JAS Aspen to back to an even more beautiful Basalt and Lions Park.

Basalt Chamber Fund Drive?
Have you been listening to Aspen Public Radio this past week? They're charging ahead with a semi-annual fund drive that, while punctuated by friendly, entertaining reminders of the importance of community support, is taking a new approach. No interruption of regular programming. It's daring and I hope supremely successful!

The Basalt Chamber is also conducting its semi-annual fund drive. We're asking for your participation in the 2015 Basalt Community Guide & Business Directory. It's the face of Basalt. A guidebook to all that's alluring, innovative and unique to our community. It's the detailed directory for our many Chamber business members. It's up and down the valley, all through the year. It's the best advertising choice for any budget.

For just three weeks, we'll be asking you to be part of the magazine by reserving ad space, contributing great photos or writing an article. We have just a short time to build a beautiful magazine, so we're connecting with regular reminders and appeals. Please excuse our (over)filling your inbox. It's important, and we'll soon be back to our regular programing. For more information on the magazine, see below. Thank you!

Basalt Chamber of Commerce Annual Luncheon & Business Vitality Update
Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 16 at 11:30 at Tempranillo Restaurant in Basalt

With a theme of innovation and integration, the Basalt Chamber of Commerce's 2015 Annual Meeting will be packed with information on the Chamber's new programs, developments around Basalt, new businesses, and upcoming special events. Finish up your taxes, and come celebrate with us a great year past and even better years ahead. Watch for details in the next few newsletters, and be sure to contact us soon to reserve a space as we'll have limited seating.

Celebrate, this week in Basalt!
Robin Waters
President/CEO, Basalt Chamber of Commerce
magazineYour Basalt Directory is OUTSTANDING, GORGEOUS, brilliantly written, delightful, informative and just plain fabulous! 
  I am really impressed from the page layouts to the presentation of the various areas of interest, 
how the directory is interwoven, the articles and even the individual ads.
~ Comments received about the 2014 Basalt Visitors Guide & Business Directory     

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TODAY! Basalt Chamber/Basalt Regional Library Business Classes 
"Introduction to Social Media for Business"
February 25, 5:15-7pm; Follow-up Lab March 5, 8:30-9:45 a.m. (details below)
Basalt Library Community Room

A Community Real Estate Open House
Dream Your Future Business in a prime Basalt Commercial Location
Wednesday, March 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m. with refreshments and appetizers
Emma Road in the River Park Building next to Ho Palace (the former Bristlecone space)

Basalt Chamber March Business After Hours
 "St. Patrick's Day in Basalt"
Hosted by WJ Bradley Mortgage, Land Title Guarantee Company and Jimbo's Wine & Liquors
March 19, Thursday 5:30-7:00pm
104 Midland Avenue, #103, Basalt
Recurring Events and Social Connections

Coffee With Mayor Jacque Whitsitt   
Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday at Saxy's in downtown Basalt 
Please check the Town Calendar to confirm.  


Coffee with Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry
Every 2nd Wednesday around 8:15 am at Cafe Bernard's in downtown Basalt. Please check to confirm schedule.  
To view a more complete calendar of Basalt events, visit the Chamber website
To download an updated list of the Chamber's monthly Business After Hours, click here
For the Town of Basalt's meetings & events schedule visit their website here and click "Calendar"
Find out how and why social media, or "new media" as it's now called, can be part of an effective marketing and business development strategy. Let's start at the beginning.

Introduction to Social Media for Business
  • Wednesday, February 25, 5:15-7pm TODAY!
  • Thursday, March 5, 8:30-9:45am
Introduction to Social Media for Business - LAB
The labs are designed to help participants apply their learning in a practical way. 
  • Wednesday, March 4, 5:15-7pm
  • Thursday, March 12, 8:30-9:45am
If you'd like to join any or all of these classes, please send a note confirming the dates you will attend. All classes are free of charge.

These are the first in a series of classes designed to help Basalt-area business owners and employees maximize your business success using traditional tools as well as those afforded by social media and newer online tech-centered platforms. The program is presented by the Basalt Regional Library and the Basalt Chamber of Commerce. We welcome collaboration. Please let us know if you'd like to be involved in planning or teaching and what types of classes are needed and times of day most convenient.

"Basalt Fire Department improves critical rating" Aspen Times 2/24/15 Thank you... you're the best!!

"Basalt Fire Department beefs up medical services" Aspen Times 2/24/15

"Colo. resort real estate sales topped $6 billion for 2014" Aspen Times 2/24/15

"Basalt finds innovative way to aid Rocky Mountain Institute's Relocation" The Aspen Times 2/22/15

"New Habitat for Humanity Restore could give Basalt an economic boost"The Aspen Times 2/20/15

"CDOT: Bridge comments mostly supportive" The Post Independent 2/21815 
Town Manager Mike Scanlon's Weekend Update 
Find information on happenings around the Town including the housing needs survey, Downtown Area Advisory Committee, development projects, parks and trails activities, and more. 
If we've missed anything or you have new news to report, please send it to us. If it's good news, and hasn't yet made the headlines, we'll see if we can get our local papers interested.
(From left) Vonda Williams, Trent Castleberry, Wally Dallenbach, Gretta McKenney, Janet Lohman, Robin Waters. Not pictured: Dick Stahura
Opening Night: Join us at Stubbies, Tuesday, April 7, 5pm onward and upward 
Guests of honor: Wally and Peppy Dallenbach 

Motorcycle enthusiasts and friends are invited to the opening night of Basalt's "Motorcycles on Midland" gathering. Presented by the Dallenbach Ranch, Basalt Chamber of Commerce, and Basalt Downtown Business Association, the motorcycle night will be held every first Tuesday of the month at different restaurants throughout historic downtown Basalt.

Known and loved as the "Home of the Colorado 500," Basalt is also home of Wally Dallenbach, famed race car driver, his wife Peppy and their family. The Dallenbach's have long hosted events in and around Basalt that bring hundreds of people to the area from all parts of the world, supporting the community and raising local scholarships. Wally says he's thrilled to participate in these events that support Basalt and bring  friends - old and new - back to town.

Motorcycles on Midland is open to the public and will be held every 1st Tuesday of the month at alternating restaurants. 
We're looking for the perfect name for these events. Please email us your ideas and names to add to our invitation list.  
TSA Seeks Employees for the Aspen Airport
I received a call last week from a representative of the Transportation Security Administration. She nicely asked if we might help recruit qualified workers for positions at the Aspen Airport. While we have job postings on the website, we don't normally cover that in the newsletter. Still, it was intriguing and we want to support a good team at our local air hub. So....

If you're looking for work, and this strikes your fancy, the TSA is offering part-time permanent Federal positions with full Federal benefits, including paid, ongoing training, flexible work schedules, a retirement plan, paid time off, and more. Apply before March 3, 2015 at this website and enter "TSA" in the "keyword" search box and "Aspen, CO" in the "location" search box. Call 1-877-872-7990 for more information. Good luck!
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Looking for even more direct exposure? Take advantage of our exclusive member e-blasts? The member rate is $100 (that's less than 10 cents per contact!). Just email us with with your ad details and we'll have it out within 48 business hours (just not on a day when another campaign is scheduled). As a bonus, with your e-blast, we'll include an ad in the newsletter for free.
While hobbling around on a gimp foot that I broke a few weeks ago, I haven't been fishing as much as I generally do. Don't feel too bad for me though. I've still been getting out there twice a week on average. I have, however, had to learn how to slow down, watch where I'm walking, and think twice about.... read the rest of the story here


SGS Real Time Flow Chart for the Frying Pan River
USGS Real Time Flow chart for the Fork at Basalt (Emma)
The Chamber community Facebook page is growing daily, and provides an easy way to share your business news, views and announcements. JOIN the BASALT CO COMMUNITY PAGE on Facebook, then add your "friends." Imagine being able to share news with the entire town at the click of a button. As a group member you can create your own event listings, invite the group and take RSVPs. For info on how to join and add group members, click here

This Month In Basalt

For a full listing of Basalt activities click on the calendar

Basalt Chamber of Commerce members receive complimentary advertising, free attendance at great networking events, educational programs, and discounts a local stores, athletic clubs and media outlets.

And this is just the beginning. Members tell us that the most rewarding part of their involvement is the sense of community and collaboration. Basalt Chamber memberships begin as low as $250 per year.

For more information and a membership application, visit the Chamber website. Applications also can be found online under the "Chamber" tab here

Our Mission: To advocate for, promote, and serve our members
Our Vision: To grow Basalt as a destination for businesses, locals, and visitors.

Memberships as low as $250 a year with valuable benefits. For more information and a membership application, click here

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