Basalt Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Weekly Newsletter.
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In This Issue
Welcome New Member!
Active Life Chiropractic
Alesha Willis, DC

Dr. Alesha Willis, a soft tissue specialist and chiro at Active Life Chiropractic, uses functional assessment to identify areas causing pain, then uses Active Release Technique, chiro & corrective exercises to help you regain your optimum self. 

Learn more
(970) 456-7870
email Dr. Willis
Upcoming Events
Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission Meeting
Community Center
0020 Eagle County Drive 
4pm until Close
Review agenda here

Annual Holiday
Mid-Valley Chamber Business After Hours
Nov. 19, 5:30-7pm
at Eagle Crest Nursery 
0400 Gillespie Drive
El Jebel 

Eagle Crest Nursery
Names & Numbers
Bank of Colorado
& More
Festive food & refreshments, the famous "prize wheel," holiday shopping specials, friends & good times

A Basalt Chamber Member Benefit
Members and 1st time guests attend free
Non-members: $10 

Coffee with Mayor Jacque Whitsitt - 8 to 9am
Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday
Saxy's in Downtown Basalt
Coffee with Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry
Every 2nd Wed - 8:15 AM
Cafe Bernards  

Quick Links
Featured Property
Midland Ave Rental

Beautiful streetside location in Downtown Basalt at Riverwalk

227 Midland Avenue #14A

(across from Karen White Interior Designs)
604 square feet with windows to the road and a breezeway to the river.
For sale or rent with option to buy.
Contact (970) 309-3601 

Do you have a property for sale or rent in Basalt? Would you like to reach some of the area's best referrers, your business colleagues. Send a jpg photo and about this many words or fewer and we'll post it with your contact information and a link to your website ( $20 or less per insert).
One Hundred Guests... Or very close. That's how many people attended last Thursday's Business After Hours at Basalt Fitness. LeadStory

Co-hosted with Rock Canyon Coffee, Daly Property Services and Albright & Associates, the event was as lively as you could imagine in the long-established Basalt fitness center. From the start there was a buzz of conversation, generous exchange of business cards and happy consumption of delicious Smoke food and El Jebeverage refreshments.

It's such a pleasure watching as our business and local community comes together in work and in fun. Mark your calendars for the November 19 joint Basalt-Carbondale Chambers Business After Hours at Eagle Crest Nursery. If you've never been to a Business After Hours, it's always free for Basalt Chamber members and first time guests.

Gen-X, Millennials and More

Speaking of coming together and things that inspire, last Friday a group of Basalt-focused Gen-Xers and Millennials met for the first time at Woody Creek Distillers to talk about their community and how they'd like to see it move forward. The discussion was lively, thoughtful and impressively focused. This is good news to many of us who've long missed this important voice in Basalt. The group is new, but they're already moving at a nice clip with what appears to be abundant pent-up energy and ideas. For more information contact Chris.

Insurance Co-Op Shut Down 
~ Valley Insurance Forum in the Works

Last week the Colorado HealthOp sent out an announcement that they had essentially been shut down by the Colorado Division of Insurance. Insureds would have to find new coverage by the end of the year. I received the notice as did about 83,000 other Coloradans. HealthOp CEO Julia Hutchins wrote that she was "astonished and disappointed," calling the DOI's decision both "irresponsible and premature." Just weeks before, we'd all received a letter of good tidings and the day before talking to a HealthOp rep about 2016 premiums there was no hint of what was to come. (On Monday, CO HealthOp filed a lawsuit to keep its doors open but a Denver judge promptly ruled against the request.) 

I took to the Basalt CO Community Page on Facebook to ask about others' experiences and started a mini-firestorm. At the Basalt Chamber, there's hardly a community issue that we won't jump into or need we won't try to address in some way (time and Chamber Board-permitting) and this is one that revealed itself as ever more consequential with each post and conversation. One insurance agent reported that more than 500 of his clients alone are covered under the HealthOp policy. People are confused, frustrated and not a little bit concerned about their options. This includes both those who were part of the HealthOp plan and others who've never had insurance or lost it do to employment changes. Insurance providers are girding themselves for a very busy few months ahead. There's a tendency to go to blame. I hope we'll stay focused on solutions.

I started talking to people about organizing a mid-valley Community Insurance & Health Forum to help disseminate information. I called the offices of Gov. Hickenlooper and Sen. Bennett. Then I reached out to Sen. Gail Schwartz in Crested Butte. Gail has long championed rural health initiatives and though she and her family moved recently to Crested Butte she remains vitally active in the Roaring Fork Valley. She immediately offered help and suggestions. The timing is tight and outcome uncertain, but we hope to put together a forum during which information can be communicated clearly and efficiently. Moreover, we'd like to be able to initiate pro-active conversation between our community, Denver and Washington.

In this short time, the easiest way for me to reach those interested with updates is through the Community Page. If you're not a member and would like to join, just click here and connect.

Robin Waters
Basalt Chamber Discount Ski Passes SkiPass
Deadline to Purchase: Friday, November 13
If you ski in our valley, you'll want to take advantage of the Basalt Chamber Discount Ski Pass benefits. Those who work at least 20 hours and make the Roaring Fork Valley their primary home are eligible for substantial discounts off season passes. You must be a member of the Chamber to enjoy this and other valuable benefits.
The Early Bird discount deadline is Friday, November 13. Call the Basalt Chamber today at 927-4031 to see if you qualify and learn about all the many other benefits of being part of your local chamber of commerce.

Aspen Skiing Company has opened a down-valley ticket office at Four Mountain Sports. Open Daily until November 13: 11am to 7pm
Stop by the Basalt Chamber to pick up your member voucher then buy your Discount Season Pass 
by November 13 for the best rates 
and save up to $380 off your season pass.
Aspen Skiing Company's letter provides all the detail
The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission meets this afternoon in what was expected to be the final review of the Tree Farm Preliminary Plan for Planned Unit Development (PUD).

However, substantial discussion areas remain and it is likely that the review will be continued to November 5 to allow additional time for the public to comment and the Planning Commission to conduct deliberations and formulate recommendations.

This afternoon's meeting at the Eagle County Community Center begins and 4pm and will cover the following general topic areas and presentations:
  • the Planning Commission is expected to complete its review of the PUD Guide, focusing on Affordable Housing, Administration, Parcel Matrix, Parking Requirements and Definitions
  • Parking studies for multi-family developments in the mid-valley region
  • Infra-structure variances
  • Site Development & Design Concepts
  • Provision of Day Care
For further information related to this Land Use Application, visit the Eagle County website.
Basalt Community Guide & Business Directory 
The Basalt Chamber of Commerce seeks proposals from  qualified design firms with a top-notch team able to produce the 2016 Basalt Community Guide & Business Directory.

The ideal candidate(s) will take the magazine from sales and design through printing maintaining the high standard for which it has become known. The purpose of the RFP will be to provide candidates with the scope of expectation and evaluation criteria against which their applications will be judged. 

To receive a copy of the RFP when available, please write Basalt Chamber CEO.
The Basalt Chamber of Commerce is accepting proposals from qualified website designers to consolidate, enhance and upgrade the functionality of our Basalt, CO website and create a separate Economic Development website.

On October 1 an RFP will be available to view. The purpose of the RFP will be to provide candidates with the evaluation criteria against which their applications will be judged. 

If you would like to receive a copy of the RFP when available, please write me here.
November 2015 Voter Information
Town Logo
The Town of Basalt is NOT participating in the November 2015 election. 

Voter information can be obtained at the following online locations:

Eagle County Residents here
Pitkin County Residents here

You can check or change your voter registration at the Colorado Secretary of State's Office online
Ballot Issue 4A: Support for Our Fire Protection District with NO Tax Increase!

Basalt Fire District Aims to Improve Emergency Response  Without Increasing Taxes!

Confused? Ballot Issue 4A on the November 3 ballot asks voters to replace a retiring 1995 bond issue with a new one to enable strategic capital improvements for the Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District including:
  1. Upgrades to Basalt & El Jebel Fire Stations for Equipment and Responders
  2. Replacement of Dated Fire Apparatus & Emergency Response Command Vehicles
  3. Acquisition of Affordable Housing for Responders
The new bond issue will be funded by extending the tax authorized at the November 1995 election. There will be no tax increases. I'd like to see our Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District, most of whom are volunteers, remain strong and supported.

For more information, please see the October 20 Aspen Times article
Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District website
Get Free Publicity for Your Business or Event
Nearly every day I receive an email or two from businesses and organizations with pictures, information or a poster promoting an activity or event. Yet, I seldom see them up on the Basalt CO Community Page on Facebook. It's puzzling.

Why go to the trouble of organizing a local event and creating such nice artwork and not take advantage of this free, social media marketing tool? The only answer I could come up with is that people haven't tried it yet and don't know how quick and easy it is.

So last week I created instructions. Take a look here and the next time you have an event or want to announce a sale, give it a try. It's easy and it takes just a few minutes... to reach nearly 1,200 people and growing in the Basalt area.

While you're there, please add your Facebook friends to the group to expand our reach and community. I have instructions for that too. 

If you're not yet a member of the Basalt CO Community Page, just ask to join. The more the merrier. There's no better FREE way to get information out about your business and events.
10 Habits of Highly Successful Small Business Owners

By Kelly Spors
in The Hartford BIZAHEAD

What differentiates those that fail from those that become raging successes?

The unfortunate reality is that a lot of businesses fail. What differentiates those that fail from those that become raging successes?

Certain traits and habits help business owners beat the odds and build highly successful companies. Here's a look at the top 10:

1. They dream big. Successful business owners are dreamers. "Business owners often create something out of nothing," says Anita Campbell, founder and chief executive of SmallBizTrends. com, an online community for business owners. They wholeheartedly believe they can turn those dreams into reality, she says. "You have to see your business in your mind's eye. You must have complete faith and belief in this vision of what your business can become from the very start, even when there's hardly anything tangible yet."
read on >>
Applications for 2016 Business After Hours hosting are already exciting. There's an idea for a patio party, another for showroom gathering. Prospective co-hosts are planning together to create great networking and after-hours social events for the new year.  Please submit your application by November 15.

Applicants must be members of the Basalt Chamber in good standing. Preference will be given to those who've not hosted an event in the last 12 months and for creative and collaborative themes.

But don't let that put you off. If you'd like to host an event and don't have a co-host in mind, contact us and we'll help create a match. If you don't have a storefront and would like to co-host an event with a bricks and mortar business, let us know and we'll connect you. There are many ways to get involved.

Business After Hours are an important Chamber networking benefit. Hosts have an opportunity to showcase your businesses and connect informally with other members. Download your application here and email it by November 1 or mail it to Basalt Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 514, Basalt, CO 81621.
What do you think of colleges in Colorado? Enter to win a free iPad.
Please share your thoughts on the quality of colleges in Colorado. Results will be used to help higher education better meet the needs of students in our own district and throughout the state.

It takes barely 10 minutes and your name will be entered to win one of three 34-GB iPad Airs. The survey is capped at only 900 people so your odds are good. Better yet, you're earning good karma by helping a educational nonprofit organizations deliver better services where we need it most. (Speaking of good odds, please also check out the prize drawing below.)

The study is being run by an independent, third party so all responses will remain completely anonymous. Take the survey here.
Sopris Sun is seeking local writers to provide news about Basalt
LOOKING FOR YOU.....If you'd like to help write informative and creative stories about Basalt!
The Sopris Sun, a weekly newspaper published in Carbondale and distributed on Thursdays in Carbondale, Basalt, El Jebel, Aspen and  Glenwood Springs currently  has a Basalt section with one to two stories each week. W e're looking to expand to at least four stories each week and need help covering Basalt cultural events, school activities, sports and business, association and library news . Photos in high res olution to go with stories are also welcome . We would like to present POSITIVE, ENGAGING STORIES OF BASALT and  need your help! Please email Bob at to discuss.
Events, Updates & Special Offers
Did it take you a while to get down to the bottom of this newsletter?

Some of our members thought it might. They asked if we could give their ads and notices more prominent visibility. After some deliberation, this  week we launched the new "Basalt Chamber Member Mondays News & Upcoming Events." If you missed it, you can take a look here or watch for it next Monday.

We'll post your ads, event posters, job announcement, invitations and any other designed outreach materials. Just send us your file in jpg format a few days ahead. It's free for Chamber members once a quarter. After that, it's just $10 per submission. Non-members can get a spot for $25.
Visit Basalt Printing on Two Rivers Road and Online
Did you know there is a beautiful
CoWork Office Space in Basalt?

For more info visit
Now Offering Take-Out & Delivery!
Basalt/El Jebel Winter Market Vendors - Submit Your Applications WinterMarket
Missing the Basalt Summer Market already? The Winter Market is just
around the corner and Eagle Crest Nursery is gearing up. 
Opening Saturday, December 5th.

Download the full poster here.
VENDORS: Click here for an application and participation details.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: December 17 Business After Hours at Eagle Crest Nursery 
Welcome New Members ~ September, 2015

(970) 456-7870
Esse Design
Julie Kolar
(970) 927-4459
(970) 927-5354
Arbonne International
Jacy Allen
(970) 948-4422
Hufker Design Studio
John Hufker
(970) 309-4428
ShirksWorks Design
(312) 371-0055
Aspen Hardware Company
John Truso
(970) 927-6411
Keating Fine Art
Gordon Keating
(970) 925-7042
Silver Sage Building Company
David Dorr
(970) 379-7110
Aspen Valley Rentals
Jamie Collins
Liaison Home Automation
Steven Weber
(888) 279-1235
Studio B Architecture + Interiors
Scott Lindenau
(970) 920-9428
B-Electric LLC
Roger Baillargeon
(970) 923-5844
Life Vantage
Laura Coarsey
(970) 379-8926
TransCoast Media
Dyke Shaw
(970) 279-5594
Best of Both Adventures
Colleen Bartelt
(970) 390-8593
M|Professional Life Assistant
Mary Hofer
Valley View Hospital
Sharon Turner
(970) 945-6535
Carolyn Heil Interiors
Carolynn Heil
(720) 936-1774
Monica Dahling New MFT
Monica Dahling
Wiseley Jewelers
Steve Wisely
(856) 816-7155
Copperhead Plumbing and Heating Inc
Edward Sullivan
(970) 618-2276
Mountain Primal Meat Company
John Maas
(970) 927-2580
Zone 4 Architects
Dylan Johns
Basalt Chamber Mega-Prize Drawing & Fundraiser - Tickets at the Caboose
Basalt Chamber 1st Annual Mega-Prize Drawing
Download the Poster Here & Get Your Tickets at the Caboose Raffle
A mountain of thanks to our generous gift donors!
About the Basalt Area Chamber of Commerce
Red Caboose in Lions Park
PO Box 514
Basalt, CO 81621
(970) 927-4031
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. To inquire about the rate for your business to join, please call (970) 927-4031.
To submit and online application, click here.  
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