Karen White Interior Design Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening                  Photo by Jeremy Swanson
Basalt Chamber of Commerce
September 24, 2015
Weekly Newsletter.
In This Issue
Welcome New Member!
Laura Coursey

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Upcoming Events

Last Week to Enjoy the Sunday Market
Downtown Basalt
-Shop early for holidays
-Warm winter sweaters
-Wine & honey

End of Season Specials!
Have lunch with friends & enjoy the music

Business After Hours 
THURS, Oct 15, 5:30-7pm
Basalt Fitness with
co-hosts Rock Canyon Coffee, Albright & Assoc.
82 Duroux Lane

Basalt Pumpkin Jazz & Roots Festival
SAT, Oct 17, 5-9pm 
10 Venues in Historic Downtown and Willits
Stay tuned for more info
This will be a blast!

Coffee with Mayor Jacque Whitsitt
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

It seems that every day I'm hearing more stories of Basalt's lively business environment. Today Faboo owner Monika Oginski told me that her summer has been fantastic. Monika moved her chic European fashion store from a long-time Aspen location at the beginning of the year, loves being historic downtown Basalt, has maintained many loyal customers and gained some new shoppers from up and down the valley.

Part of the challenge our mid-valley businesses face is maintaining steady year-round sales. Let's toss around some ideas of how to address that.

The opening of Element by Westin in early December will boost our visitor count as will the completion of the Rocky Mountain Institute's new Innovation Center and transition to Basalt at the end of the year. Please email me or post to the Facebook Basalt CO Community Page any suggestions and action for building year-round economic sustainability.
Keating Fine Art Business After Hours & Ribbon Cutting
Meanwhile, the beat goes on. The Chamber hosted not one, but two, ribbon-cuttings last week: from walls of art to sculpture to jewelry filled with well-wishers on Thursday at Keating Fine Art in Willits and an indoor-outdoor packed Grand Opening and ribbon cutting at Karen White Interior Design on upper Midland Avenue in downtown.

Keating Fine Art Business After Hours & Ribbon Cutting
Chamber Ambassador Darryl Grosjean with Past President Bennett Bramson
Autumn is upon us and it's time to scope out your best leaf-peeping adventure. The best time for viewing the changing colors is usually mid-September to mid-October. As the leaves change earlier in high altitudes, this is a perfect time to take a trip over McClure and Independence passes, out Emma toward Mt. Sopris or along the Fryingpan Road to and beyond Ruedi Reservoir. For more tips, visit the Chamber's website.

There's so much to enjoy in Basalt this fall and every season!
Robin Waters

P.S. We had a terrific get-to-know-your Chamber benefits member breakfast this morning. Many thanks to Whole Foods Market Willits, Marketing & Community Relations Director Sarah Innerarity and all the other super-friendly and helpful staff for hosting this event. Also please check out the additions to our prize drawing and stop by the caboose to get your tickets.
Click the image to vote
Voting ends at 9am today and we've been breathing Frisco's dust all week! 
It's the  3rd Round (semi-finals) of Elevation  Outdoors magazine's  2015 3rd Annual Top Adventure Towns Contest  Colorado's 3 Best Outdoor Hotspots.
Please go to  this link  and VOTE BASALT. Middle column at the top. Vote Glenwood Springs too! It takes just a few seconds, then share the post to your Facebook page and invite your friends and family to vote, now before it's too late. Help our town move to the finals and get some great kudos!
Now Accepting Applications 
2016 Business After Hours Hosts BAH
The Basalt Chamber of Commerce invites applications from prospective hosts for 2016 Business After Hours. Applicants must be members of the Chamber in good standing. Preference will be give 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. We're here to help. If you'd like to host an event but don't have a co-host in mind, contact us and we'll help create a match. If you don't have a storefront but would like to co-host an event with a bricks and mortar business, let us know and we'll connect you with a host seeking other member participation. There are many ways to get involved.

Business After Hours are offered as 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.
Request for Proposals:
Basalt Website Consolidation & Redesign
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.
School Bond Issue Community Meeting
Thursday, Oct 1, 5-6:30pm at the Basalt Regional Library
The public is invited to a community meeting to learn more about the Roaring Fork School District (RFSD) proposed bond issue Thursday, October 1st from 5:00 to 6:30pm at the Basalt Regional Library, Community Room.

Join us for a panel discussion with RFSD Superintendent Diana Sirko, Chief Academic Officer Rob Stein, Basalt Middle School Principal Jen Ellsperman and Board of Education Members Matt Hamilton and Karl Hanlon.

The panel will provide an overview of the bond issue and projects included. They will also discuss the changing shape of our school district, important infrastructure considerations and the process that led the District to this ballot question.

The event is hosted by the Basalt Area Chamber of Commerce, Town of Basalt and Basalt Regional Library to provide an opportunity for residents and voters to learn more about regional education needs and the bond issue and to ask questions directly of our educators and school administrators. Click here for more information on the bond election.
It's Not Too Late to Join the Basalt (Citizens') Police Academy
The Town of Basalt Police Department is offering their first citizen's "police academy" free to the Basalt Area community . The academy offers citizens an opportunity through six classes to learn what their law enforcement officers do and why. Participants will do simulated traffic stops and CSI finger printing, interact with social services, experience defensive tactics and weapons management at the Basalt firing range and more. This will be a fun, personal and interactive experience. A certificate will be awarded at the end of completion. Classes will be held in English and Spanish from September 21 to October 21. (I just stopped by the 1st class and it's fascinating! Sargeant Garcia said folks are welcome to begin next week. After that you'll need to wait until the next series.)
For information and to register,
email Sgt. Joe Gasper  this week or call (970) 927-1316.

Are you in need of legal assistance and lack representation. On the 2nd Monday of every month through December, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of civil litigation, collections, appeals, veteran's benefits, civil protections orders and family, property, probate and landlord-tenant law.

This service is offered free of charge via computer link to parties who have no attorney. The event is hosted by the Basalt Regional Library and supported by the local bar association, courts and Access to Justice Committee.

The next clinic will be held Monday, October 12 from 2-5pm. Walk-ins are welcome. First come-first served. For more information, download the 2015 schedule and poster. 
Updates, Events & Special Offers
Stop by for Vendor Specials. Music. Gifts. Fun! 
New Hours ~ Sunday Brunch ~ Bottomless Drinks
For more info visit The Aspen Clinic
For more info visit Vimana Yoga
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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