Basalt Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Weekly Newsletter.

In This Issue
Welcome New Member!
Owner Von (R) &
husband David Fumetti

Colori is an artists' collective whose primary goal is to represent and exhibit diverse, seasoned and aspiring local artists' work within a retail framework.

Want to learn more?
Interested in space?
Email Von
132 Midland Avenue
(303) 258-6236
Upcoming Events

December in Basalt is jam-packed with wonderful events, too many to feature here.
Take a look at the event box and join us through the month for fun, networking and the best of community.


Basalt Business Center Association
1st Tuesday Each Month
Email Amanda for details

Midvalley Visionaries
Millennials & Gen-Xers
Meet monthly & more
Email here
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
Post your Basalt Real Estate listing here 
LeadStoryIn the near months ahead, the Town, its citizens and county officials will make decisions about Basalt that will define our community for years to come.

Basalt Chamber of Commerce
Seeks Applications for Board of Directors

The Basalt Chamber has played an increasingly strong advocacy role in town decisions and developments. At this critical time in Basalt's growth, the Basalt Chamber is inviting involved, dedicated citizens to join the leadership Board of Directors to help maintain a positive, influential voice in the community. Voting will take place in January 2016 for four vacant seats. Applications and nominations must be received by December 31.

To support our current objectives, we're looking for professionals with experience in new business development, marketing and tourism, business education, non-profit management and fundraising. Board members are asked to play an active role in the Chamber's programs and development and help to build the volunteer strength of the organization through committee leadership and support.

The Chamber has increased in membership to nearly 500 over the last year. We invite Chamber members old and new to consider this important opportunity to shape the future of your community. To receive an application, please email us
Don Your Winter Scarves & Warm Wear & Come Out for a Festive Friday in Basalt & Magical Day of Saturday Shopping
  • Holiday Tree Lighting in Willits, Friday, 4-6pm
  • Friday night Artwalk in Downtown Basalt from 5-7pm
  • Saturday Magic of Basalt downtown shopping specials from 12 noon to 5pm. Enter for a KSNO $500 shopping spree.
  • All these events and more described below
An Abundance of eMails
You'll be getting more emails than usual from us in the next few weeks. Coming up are:
  • Martin Insurance Enrollment Fair (straight ahead)
  • Invitation to Input: Friday Chamber Opinion Survey
  • Thursday, December 17th Business After Hours eBlast
  • Chamber Board Application Invitations
  • A Special Welcome Party for the Rocky Mountain Institute's Innovation Center
Believe me, we're holding back. We strive to limit our emails to the special Member Mondays announcements and this newsletter on Thursday. Apologies in advance for filling your Inbox but Basalt is hopping and there's so much to share. I hope you stay with us and enjoy the community news.

Onward & Upwards in Basalt!

Robin Waters
President/CEO, Basalt Chamber 
Basalt Business News In Review  News
Aspen Skiing Company Will Locate Key Staff in Basalt

Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) last week completed their purchase of the 28,380 square foot commercial and office space in Riverside Plaza on Two Rivers Road, a prime downtown location formerly occupied by Total Merchant Services. They anticipate moving in employees in the spring. A more dynamic relationship between Basalt and our preeminent business neighbor opens a world of opportunity. At Tuesday's Town Council Meeting, CEO David Perry and VP of Sustainability Auden Schendler said the company considers this a "great opportunity" and looks forward to playing a more active role in the community. With a 500-bed shortfall for their 3,600 winter staff, affordable accommodations are top on the list. ASC is a values-based organization with a long-time commitment to sustainability, a perfect fit for our valley and community. 

Choosing Basalt for "Remote" Work Convenience

More than 71% of working Basalt residents travel up-valley for their livelihood. Enabling people to work where they live, coupled with lower commercial rents in Basalt, makes good business sense. Basalt has a fine assortment of comfortable, convenient office space. For large upvalley employers like ASC, Pitkin County and the City of Aspen establishing remote work hubs could significantly increase personnel efficiency while reducing travel time and lightening the load on the roads. It makes economic sense and it's great for Basalt and the valley.

Element Basalt-Aspen Opens in Warm, Classy Style
It was pure pleasure walking around the new Element Basalt-Aspen hotel in Willits yesterday. Spacious lobby-breakfast combo room looking across a sunken sitting area to an open courtyard with firepit, tables and winding walkways. Well-equipped exercise room and elegant swimming area. Sleek mini-conference room and convenient work spaces. (I confess the main floor conversation was so engaging I've yet to see the rooms but hear from first-night guests they're picture perfect.) General Manager Michael Welly reports that reservations are coming in steadily and they've already reached 70% occupancy for the holidays. Stop by every Tuesday night in December from 4:30 to 6:30 for an Open House and tours and watch for more special events (and local discounts) in the months ahead.

Willits Town Center Marches On
Capping off an epically-long meeting this week, filled with new young faces, the Basalt Town Council reviewed and voted for first-reading approvals of proposals from the Willits Town Center to:
  • allow an additional 59,500 square feet of commercial and 31,500 of residential space at Willits Town Center (WTC);
  • share new town sales taxes generated at WTC above 2015 levels and endorse a separate 1% private fee on sales for a limited time.

Willits developer, Mariner Real Estate Management, said the proposed expansion is consistent with the original concept and that the added space will be used for reallocation of development not an increased building footprint. Town consultant, Bruce Kimmel of Ehlers financial advisors, supported both decisions as a "good solution" that protects the Town's interests and keeps a key project moving in a positive direction.

A December Full of Events EventsBelow
Friday|DEC 11
Holiday Tree Lighting - Willits Town Center
Santa - Carols - Cookies - Bonfires - Carriage Rides - Ornament Decorating - Merrymaking. Free and open to the public. Details below
Friday|DEC 11
ArtWalk in Downtown Basalt
Visit the Art Base (formerly Wyly Art Center) and Ann Korologos, Toklat & the Tania Dibbs galleries for a festival of fine art openings and receptions.
Saturday|DEC 12
Discover the Magic of Basalt in Historic Downtown
Basalt downtown merchants, KSNO and the Basalt Chamber invite you to visit downtown for fun and a magical day of discounted shopping at Faboo, Midland Shoe, Traffic, Heirlooms, One-of-a-Kind Jewelry and other venues. Visit any participating store through December 12th at 4:30pm and enter to win a $500 shopping spree. Plus Happy Hours Specials from noon to 5pm at  Riverside Grill, Brick Pony Pub, Cafe Bernard and Heathers Tapas & Savory Pies.  Details here .
Sunday| DEC 13

Dory Home Dedication Ceremony
213 E. Homestead Drive, Basalt
Meet the family, volunteers and staff who've made this home a reality! Tour the home and appreciate the special work that Habitat for Humanity is doing in our community. Learn more here.
Thursday| DEC 17
Chamber Member Event
Basalt Chamber Business After Hours
Hosted by Alpine Bank Basalt
A traditional holiday Business After Hours in historic downtown with Santa, refreshments & assorted foods from Tempranillo, Brick Pony Pub, Stubbies, Riverside Grill, Cocina del Valle, Timbo's Pizza and Jimbo's Fine Wine & Liquors. RSVP here
Wednesday| DEC 30
Chamber Member Event
Basalt Chamber & Basalt Businesses Welcome the Rocky Mountain Institute's Innovation Center
A special welcome to the Innovation Center hosted by the Basalt Chamber and Basalt Business members. RSVP here
Basalt's Holiday Tree Lighting at Willits Town Center, December 11th  Tree
Discover the Magic of Basalt ~ Saturday, December 12, Noon to 5pm Magic 

Holiday Business After Hours at Alpine Bank ~ Thursday, December 17th  Menorah
Basalt Chamber Business After Hours
An Evening with Santa & Friends
Thursday, December 17, 5:30-7:00pm
Hosted by Alpine Bank Basalt

The Basalt Chamber of Commerce & Alpine Bank
invite you to an evening of holiday cheer

Hosted by Alpine Bank
137 Midland Avenue ~ Downtown Basalt
Special Appearance by Santa Claus

Featuring the local flavors of:
Tempranillo ~ Brick Pony Pub ~ Cocina del Valle
Stubbies Sports Bar & Eatery ~ Riverside Grill
Timbo's Pizza ~ Jimbo's Wine & Liquors ~ and more

Enjoy great company and opportunities for new
business connections. Be sure to bring your business card
to enter for door prize drawings.

Chamber members & guests of Alpine Bank attend free.
Non-members: $10 after 1st complimentary visit. 
Protect Your Business from Fraud during the Holidays  entrepreneur

Soaring sales during the holiday season can give your small business the boost it needs to end the year on a high note. Unfortunately, scammers and fraudsters are eager to grab their share of your profits. Last year, VeriSign-an Internet security and web domain company-noted that fraud grew in proportion to e-commerce growth with fraud reducing a merchant's bottom line by 3 percent to 4 percent. 
Don't let these thieves turn an otherwise prosperous holiday sales season into a nightmare.

Follow these simple steps to protect your small business this holiday.

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For more member news, watch for the Member Mondays eNews
For more Basalt Chamber member news, views and special events watch your Inbox for the Member Mondays eBlast or visit the
Basalt CO Community Page on Facebook 

To be included in the Member Mondays send us your ad or announcement in jpg or png format a few days ahead. It's free for Chamber members once a quarter, with a nominal fee thereafter.
Thank you, Donors to the 2015 Basalt Chamber Season Prize Drawing!!!
And the winners are... Prize 

We have a terrific bunch of applications for 2016 Basalt Business After Hours mixer hosting. A half-dozen more or so of you planned to send in your applications. We'd like to put all the information together and create a schedule in the next few weeks.  Please submit your application this week so we can include your business in the mix for this or other networking events.

We're also collecting names of non-bricks and mortar business owners who'd like to get the extra visibility and build community connections. If you don't have a storefront and would like to co-host an event, let us know and we'll help you find the perfect match.

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.

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.
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 Request for Proposals, please click here. If you have any questions, please write Basalt Chamber CEO. Many did not receive the RFP due to difficulties with our server, so we're extending the deadline to December 17.
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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