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January 21 - In This Issue:



I received more-than-usual feedback about last week's newsletter and summary of Tuesday's Town Council discussion and review of the next steps in the Our Town Planning process. Happily, the comments were positive and underscored the value of the Chamber's efforts to observe and report Town policy-making and local developments.

One of my objectives in chronicling our community's admirable progression toward laying out an optimal path for Basalt, is to facilitate public tracking of the key issues and considerations without necessarily having to attend a bevy of meetings and read all the related documents.

If you missed last week's newsletter, you can now find all the Chamber's newsletters since last summer on our website. They're currently listed by date. Soon I'll add headings.

It's gratifying to me and our Board leadership that people are interested and participating. A rich knowledge base helps stakeholders to converse more thoughtfully and hopefully to avoid unproductive conflict. Shortly after stepping in at the Chamber, I observed that disagreements among thoughtful citizens can be immensely productive; healthy friction often creates the spark that generates great ideas. The Downtown Area Advisory Committee evidenced this in the last few months and I've noticed that conversation throughout the town has gained a new vibrancy.

Please continue to share your thoughts with me and if you'd like a more public discussion forum, visit the Chamber's new Facebook "Basalt CO Community Page." This online "social media" tool can be a dynamic resource for civil discourse and learning.

Speaking of learning, I've recently had some inspiring conversations with Basalt Regional Library District director Barbara Milner and her staff about teaming up to present a series of new and in-depth educational programs to Chamber members and the community. These will be built around "new media" and other business education topics.

What is New Media?

You'll find lots of definitions of "new media" on line but the most simple I've come across goes something like this:

new me.di.a  noun
a means of mass communication using digital technologies such as the internet,
involving an interplay between technology, words, images and sound

Lately, an increasing number of members are urging us to beef up our traditional lunch & learn programs and provide a range of classes around specific business needs. In particular, we've been asked to help members market their businesses easily, efficiently and effectively using social media.

We're working out the details, and if all goes well we'll introduce the program in March. We'd love to use as many of our local resources as possible so if you'd like to volunteer to present a class, please send a note with your interest and qualifications. If there's a class you'd like to see on the list, we'd like to hear from you.

Basalt Chamber of Commerce Announces 2015 Business After Hours Schedule

The Basalt Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present its 2015 Business After Hours schedule. As usual, we received more applications than months in the year. You'll find some new businesses on the list and a few interesting twists: a January Ribbon Cutting & Open House Party at the Midland Avenue Mall, Block Parties at Willits Town Center and in Downtown Basalt, a November pre-holiday event at Eagle Crest Nursery with the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, and new ideas and collaborations.

This year we've invited Business After Hours hosts to get together to help build and market each others' events. In addition, we've left two month's open, one for new members to showcase their businesses and the last month to plan a special end-of-the-year holiday event, so let us know if you have a blockbuster event idea.

Thanks to all who submitted applications to host these important networking events. For those who aren't on this year's schedule, we're already looking at new and different ways to engage and support your great community spirit.

Business Owners: Let's Get Together... Sponsorship Opportunities

As part of our 2015 planning, the Chamber is building member partner programs and crafting new event ideas to offer effective vehicles to recognize business participation. We're inviting sponsors for the new business education collaboration, 2015 annual meeting and reception, summer events, Business After Hours, Set Your Sails student mentorship program, and more. According to your level of participation, sponsoring businesses will receive prominent recognition in promotional materials, the 2015 Annual Meeting, Chamber annual report, publications and selected events. To discuss sponsorship programs crafted to your business interests, please contact us.


Did you get a chance to hear Neil Diamond's new song?

In case not, I've left it below for one more week. Just head to the bottom of the page for a little "Something Blue" filmed at home on our very own Fryingpan Road and please ask Mr. Diamond to give me a call if he'd like to be the first community member of the Basalt Chamber of Commerce. (Yes, we're still working on getting that show on the road.) I can't tell you how many times I've listened to Hot August Night, one of my favorite albums.

Warm regards, 
Robin Waters
President/CEO, Basalt Chamber of Commerce
Basalt Chamber of Commerce 2015 Board of Directors
Jeffrey "Jeff" Campbell, Chair
Roaring Fork Hospitality
Destination Resorts Snowmass
Charles "Charlie" Spickert, Treasurer
Touchstone Business Advisors
Zach Fischer, Vice Chair
Basalt Mountain Inn
Catherine "Cathy" Markle, Secretary
Alpine Design & Planning, Inc.
Christine Bostick 
Alpine Bank - Willits
Bill Simon
Symbion Design Inc.
Preston Files 
Preston Files Design
Will Vannice
Daly Property Services
To read more about our current Board members and their rich and diverse backgrounds,
please visit our website.
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
BAH Download a PDF of the 2015 Business After Hours schedule here.
& Open House Party with Basalt Emporium & Flying Circus   
January 28, Wednesday, 5:30-7:30pm  
132 Midland Avenue, Downtown Basalt (more details below)    
January 29, 5:30-7pm - Basalt Town Hall  
Discussion of signage, underpass, landscaping and more
        RSVP here so we can plan for attendance

Saturdays through March 14
        Eagle Crest Nursery in El Jebel. 

To view a more complete calendar of Basalt events, visit the Chamber website
For the Town of Basalt's schedule of meetings & events visit their website here and click "Calendar" 

 "State is 'Strong' As Hickenlooper Outlines 2015 Plans" Aspen Public Radio 1/16/15  
"Pan Fork site is work in progress in Basalt" Aspen Times 1/15/15

"Basalt will use planning effort as blueprint for downtown development" Aspen Times 1/15/15  

Every week I receive Alpine Bank's eLine and Financial News, which I find very useful. For example, this week there are details on IRA contributions, investment, and "Why New Credit Cards May Fall Short on Fraud Control." Sometimes I write them a note.... and they write back. It's a helpful news service and Alpine Bank is a great Chamber Member.  
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.
Free webinars offered by Colorado Small Business Development Center (all webinars are on Wednesdays, 8:30am-10am)

January 28 - Start-up Assistance: "Business Economics for Beginners"
February 11 - Financing/Business Start-up: "Show me the Monday"

Register Here
Click "Browse workshops & webinars," then in the "Location" box highlight "online."
fabooRibbon Cutting Ceremony  
& Open House Party

Wednesday, January 28

 132 Midland Avenue 
Historic Downtown Basalt 
Located in the Midland Ave Mall
across from the Town of Basalt

Basalt Chamber of Commerce 
January Business After Hours
Members attend free.
Others please join as a Chamber guest.
RSVP here by January 27 


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With the mix of milder weather the past few days and a nice mix of snow throughout the valley, we are blessed with a variety of activities to choose from. It's always amazing to most visitors that spend much of their time planning the day around mountain activities to even think about winter fly fishing. Many locals know they can.... For the rest of the January 14 story, click here.

January 12 Roaring Fork River
January 12 Fryingpan River Report 


SGS Real Time Flow Chart for the Frying Pan RiverU
USGS Real Time Flow chart for the Fork at Basalt (Emma)
Neil Diamond - Something Blue (Official)
Neil Diamond - Something Blue (Official)

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 can be found under the "Chamber" tab here
Basalt Area Chamber of Commerce
The Red Caboose in Lions Park
PO Box 514
Basalt, CO 81621

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 per year. For more information and a membership application, click here
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