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August 26, 2014 - In This Issue:
  

NEWS FROM THE CABOOSE
 
We know the winter snows are getting close when a steady stream of athletic-looking folks stop by to renew their memberships and pick up their discount Chamber ski pass vouchers. Don't get me wrong, it's a great benefit and an excellent example of collaborative marketing and business development: SkiCo gets early and widespread enrollment; the Chamber offers a compelling benefit to businesses; and members enjoy and can share with their employees significant savings on season passes. 

But.... Are You Using All Your Member Benefits?

Sam and I scratch our heads thinking of ways to encourage business owners to take advantage of the many other benefits Chamber membership affords - benefits that could net you far more through the year than the generous discount on your season pass.

Here are 9 ways you can easily derive greater value from your membership
 in the Basalt Chamber of Commerce

1. Go big on the Chamber's website... for free!

 

  
One of the biggest and most expensive challenges business owners face is getting the word out about what they offer. As a Chamber member, your business or service is automatically listed on our website. Did you know that you now also receive a free enhanced profile page? It's easy, takes very little time, and once you're up you can update your page, share your business news and communicate with potential customers. To take advantage of this complimentary benefit contact Sam and she'll walk you through the steps.

 

 

2. Advertise for Free in this Weekly Newsletter. 

Do you find yourself cringing as you prepare your annual advertising budget? Social media and the internet afford countless opportunities that are budget friendly or even free. For example, Chamber members enjoy a free ad each quarter right here. That's a reach of 1,000 and growing. Or, keep your company in the public eye every week for only $20 per mailing. Contact us to get started.

 

3. Send Us Your News. 

Having a special sale or event? Proud to announce a new client? Have a new house for sale in Basalt? Let us know in 35 words or less and we'll post it at no charge in the new Basalt Bizness Buzz section of our newsletter along with your email address or website. Send your info here.

 

4. Share Your Industry Expertise With Your Peers. 

We love sharing your news but there's an even better way to get your name and business out in public. Write an article that provides educational content that's relevant and useful to other business owners and managers. We'll post up to 500 words on this page, and can link longer articles. Just contact us with your ideas and we'll schedule you in.

 

5. Take the Stage at the Lunch & Learn

Do you have more to say than can be covered in an article or a bullet? Consider signing up to speak at the monthly Lunch & Learn. We have so many bright, talented people among our members. Let's help each other keep up-to-date on the latest insurance changes, tax codes, investment ideas, personnel requirements, social media shortcuts or on-the-job health tips like our event this Wednesday.

 

6. Post on the Basalt Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page

Our Facebook "likes" are a breath away form 2,000. That's a lot of free exposure. Take your 35-word news post and jump over to the Chamber's Page to get more bang for your few minutes of creative effort. Every good marketer knows that the more people and more often your message reaches your intended audience the better the result. (If you haven't yet "liked" the Chamber, please do now. As you know, we're all about sharing the connection and don't want you to miss a thing, plus we do appreciate the affection.)

 

7. Broadcast Your News.
Your Chamber membership offers ample networking opportunities to talk about your business. Stop by the monthly Business After Hours, meet the hosts and exchange business cards. For just a dollar, you can take the stage, share your latest news and practice your presentation to a rapt and friendly audience. 

8. Host an After Hours Event Yourself.
So much time is spent chasing down new customers and clients. Why not host an event that brings them right to your front door. Our Business After Hours are social events but we all know that some of our best leads come from the golf course, chance encounters on the streets and community gatherings. Don't have space to host a large event? No problem. Team up with a nearby business or two and get the same promotional advantage while putting on a great communal event. We're scheduling for 2015 now, so contact us to get your name on the list.

9. Discounted Advertising & Other Special Benefits for Chamber Members.
Last but certainly not least, your chamber membership brings you discounts on newspaper advertising, printing, RFTA bus passes, gym memberships, shipping and car rentals. If you don't know all that's available, take a look here and call us if you have any questions. 

Be sure to check back as we're building a host of new benefits to take effect within the next few months. If you'd like to offer a special discount or program for your fellow members let us know. We'll set it up and presto you get additional exposure and good will for minimal effort. That's your business community working together and working for you!

Warm regards,
Robin
Robin Waters
President/CEO for your Chamber of Commerce
 
P.S. Sam and I and your Chamber Board of Directors have such wonderful plans and want to do so much for you - our business friends and community - and we could use a few more hands... perhaps a hundred or so. Please take a look at the volunteer invite below and the attached description of activities to see what might tickle your fancy. Working solo to create a vision is never as much fun or effective as working together. Will you join us? 
THANK YOU TO OUR RENEWING MEMBERS
August 2014
  • Alpine Design & Planning
  • ARC Solutions
  • Aspen Carpet Services
  • Aspen Hair Company
  • Avalanche Cheese Company
  • CMC Construction
  • Coldwell Banker Mason Morse
  • Downing Consulting
  • Elite Land Design
  • Hans P. Stouffer Enterprise
  • Happy Real Estate
  • Jones Trading
  • Karl Schindler Project Management
  • Lodge at River's Edge
  • ma2 architects
  • McDonough Construction
  • Midvalley Family Practice
  • Sopris Medical Practice
  • Symbion Design
  • West by Southwest
  • Wonderland Construction
  • Wright & Company
buzzBASALT BIZNESS BUZZ
Here's some news about town from our members.

The Buddy Program-Become a Big Buddy and Make a Big Impact! The Buddy Program is looking for male mentors to work with children in the mid-valley. 

Visit www.buddyprogram.org to fill out a  volunteer inquiry form and volunteer with an award-winning mentoring organization. Watch this short video to get inspired: http://youtu.be/5kI8KL5_Gok Contact: Heather Hicks, Director of Recruitment, heather@buddyprogram.org or 970-920-2130.


Stop by Kitchen Collage at Willits Town Center for their 5th Anniversary Celebration August 25-31. Live music, food, daily specials giveaways and a "Spectacular Sidewalk Sale" on Saturday 8/30 10-6. Visit their website.

Basalt Sunday Market 10-2, next to the Town Hall. Crafts, vendors, fresh fruit & vegetables, salmon, trout, beef, cheese, music, lunches and other munchies. 

Pooch Plunge at the Basalt Swimming Pool. Saturday, September 6, 10-12noon. Games & fund activities for pooches & their pals. Grilled food at noon.

Send us your news in 35 words or less by Friday noon and we'll post it here.
Please include your website, email address or other contact information.
RIBBON CUTTINGS
Help us to welcome our new members!
   
These are our new members and their scheduled ribbon cutting ceremonies. Please help show your support by attending these events!
 
Crossfit
Ribbon Cutting-Tuesday August 26th at 3:00pm
160 Southside Drive
Basalt, CO

SolarGlass Doors & Windows
Ribbon Cutting-Thursday, September 18th at 4:45pm
207 Basalt Center Circle, Ste 101
Basalt, CO
   
volunteerVolunteer to Support Your Business Community
Choose an activity you'll enjoy! Decide how much time you have to give..

We need help in the caboose in a variety of ways: phone outreach, list development (cross-checking and updating lists), mailings and general in-office support. We'd also love to have a weekend tourism outreach coordinator and ambassador. Do you know someone who'd like to join a happy team, hang out in a historic Colorado Southern caboose and meet great people. If so, invite them to fill out this form and send it by fax to 927-2833, by email to info@basaltchamber.com or by hand to the Caboose.

We're also launching several working groups and are looking for experienced, committed participants to help enhance business vitality and quality of life in our community. Opportunities are available in the following areas:
  • Membership Outreach & Training
  • Economic Enhancement
  • Downtown Revitalization
  • Events Planning
  • Marketing
  • Build Your Chamber
  • Ambassadors
  • And more...
We invite you to join us. Make new contacts, network with other professionals and business owners, develop your leadership skills, and have a great time. For more information on volunteer opportunities, click here then send in the attached volunteer form or call us at (970) 927-4031.

Employee Transportation Survey
Garfield/Eagle/Pitkin Counties, Participating Municipalities, CDOT and RFTA 
We Need Your Help!

  

To: Employers in the Roaring Fork/Colorado River region (Aspen to Parachute)

From: Garfield / Eagle / Pitkin Counties, participating municipalities, CDOT and RFTA

Re: Employee Transportation Survey


Dear Employers:

The local governments of the Roaring Fork/Colorado River region, CDOT and RFTA are working together on a study of local and regional travel patterns.  Results will be used to plan, design and implement local transportation projects and services throughout the area.

  • The study sponsors strongly encourage your organization to participate in this study, by inviting your employees to take an online survey within the next 10 days.
     
  • We have provided a suggested survey invitation for you to email to (and/or post for) your employees below, which you can use or adapt. 
  • In appreciation for employees' time and input, $50 grocery gift cards will be awarded to 10 randomly selected employees from among all responses received. 

By way of background, this is the second of two rounds of surveys.  The first was completed in March/April and focused on winter travel.  This second survey will provide data about summer travel. 


If you have any technical questions regarding this study, please contact David Becher at RRC Associates (the company assisting with the study) at 1-888-449-4772 (toll free), or david@rrcassoc.com.   The contact for the study sponsors is David Johnson at RFTA, 970-384-4797.


Thank you for your help with this important study!  Your assistance is greatly appreciated!


Sincerely,

Garfield / Eagle / Pitkin Counties, participating municipalities, CDOT and RFTA

 
For full document link and suggested invitation for employers to email employees click here 
  
BE PART OF YOUR LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 
& RECEIVE BIG SAVINGS ON SEASON SKI PASSES

August and September are always busy in the Caboose with business owners and managers stopping by to renew their memberships and pick up their vouchers for discounted season ski passes. We're ever grateful to the Aspen Skiing Company for enabling us to offer this benefit to our members. We know it makes it easier for you to be part of our chamber and in turn to offer a nice seasonal treat for your employees.

As a Chamber member you and your eligible employees may choose among several categories of passes for up to $470 in savings. Each offers a variety of terrific benefits, including the popular Premier Pass which now includes 50% off lift tickets at six additional world-class destinations. Please take a look at Aspen SkiCo's letter for all the details and follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Pick up your voucher at the Basalt Chamber office, M-F, 9am-5pm
Step 2: Purchase your Season Pass at the Aspen Mountain or Snowmass Two Creeks tickets offices.
Step 3: Sign up at one of our great member gyms: Basalt Fitness, Roaring Fork Cross Fit, Studio 360TAC Fit or New Image (Personal) Training to get in shape for the snow.


lunchnlearnLUNCH & LEARN
The Aspen Clinic and TAC Fit Will Present Tomorrow, August 27th

"Healthy Workers Equals Healthy Profits"

A growing body of research suggests that nurturing employee health & wellness has a significant impact on productivity -which, as we know has a direct bearing on company profitability. There is a direct connection between our state of minds and bodies and the quality of our work. For every dollar invested in a wellness program, the employer saves more than the dollar spent.

 

How does The Aspen Clinic propose that we do this?

Through collaboration of health providers, locally and across the state, to help business's develop these "lifestyle programs and whole patient services" allowing employees to become more proactive when dealing with their own health.

We will have a discussion about what is working for organizations and what is not working. We will provide information on how to improve employee health and wellness within the organization, and the existing resources outside of the organization.

 

Space is limited and is by prepaid reservation only! All reservations must be prepaid by 5:00pm on Monday, August 25th. The cost to attend is $15 for members of the Basalt or Carbondale Chambers and $25 for non-members.

Call the Basalt Chamber at 927-4031 to make your reservation today!

Lunch is catered by Downvalley Tavern. This is a monthly event held the last Wednesday of each month and presented by the Basalt Chamber, the Carbondale Chamber and Downvalley Tavern.

   

RFTA's FALL Season Schedules 
Effective September 2nd, 2014

The weather will get crisp and the days will start to get shorter, with this said, fall will be arriving soon. Be sure to preview RFTA's fall season transit changes at www.rfta.com.

The 2014 RFTA fall season begins September 2nd.

The fall service changes will include:

* Valley service will have reduced frequency on nights and weekends.
* VelociRFTA BRT will have reduced frequency and discontinue on the weekends until winter season.
* Hogback service will have reduced frequency on weekends.
* Woody Creek service will discontinue until winter.
* Aspen service will have reduced hours

Plan your commute changes accordingly and review the RFTA Fall Season schedules now at www.rfta.com.

Also remember you can live track your RFTA bus anytime at www.myrfta.com.
BoardNominations
NOW ACCEPTING 2015 BOARD NOMINATIONS
We're interviewing now for four available seats

The Basalt Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is looking for nominees to fill out the 2015 Board of Directors. Two positions are currently available due to our expansion from seven to nine members and two seats will open at the end of the year.

If you or someone you know are interested in getting involved, helping us to fulfill the mission and vision of the Basalt Chamber and provide meaningful support to your business community, send a letter of interest to Chamber President & CEO, Robin Waters, at director@basaltchamber.com or Chamber Board Chair-Elect, Bill Simon, at simon81612@gmail.com or call us for more information at (970) 927-4031. It's a great team and a gratifying and effective way to make a difference in your community!

Please submit your Letter of Interest by September 15, 2014 to be considered
& participate in the end-of-year planning sessions

WEEKLY BUSINESS TIP
10 Surprising Things You Should Know About Social Media

Did you know Fridays are funny on Pinterest? Or that brands have one hour to respond to someone on Twitter? Or that Twitter has six distinct communication networks?

Social media is evolving so rapidly that it can be tough to keep up.

The infographic below by digital marketing firm Mainstreethost is another great resource, revealing 10 surprising facts about social media.

Please go to http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236584 for the full article by Kevin Allen

THANK YOU TO OUR NEWSLETTER SPONSORS

ASPEN VALLEY PROSTHODONTICS  
The Future of Dentistry


Introducing the Tru Denta System!

 

Aspen Valley Prosthodontics is introducing to the Roaring Fork Valley

the Tru Denta System, the definitive, painless treatment for migraines, 

head and neck pain, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ/TMD) disorders. No drugs or injections are involved.  Our state-of-the-art diagnostic process will determine if our system can effectively treat your chronic head pain.

  

Call our office, to schedule a complimentary consultation, and learn how you can stop suffering and start enjoying pain-free living.

 

Aspen Valley Prosthodontic Dentistry

1460 East Valley Road, Suite 201, Basalt

970-927-0549

VECTRA BANK
Is Your Money Market Account Due For
A Promotion?
 
You work hard for your money. Your money should work hard for you too. If a promotion for your money is long overdue-introduce your savings to Sheri Smith or Ricardo Hernandez at Vectra Bank and give your money the boost in responsibility it deserves!

218 E. Valley Road, Suite 108
Carbondale, CO 81623
vectra bank
(970) 963-6096
 
218 El Valley Road, Suite 108
Carbondale, CO 81623
(970) 963-6096
 
ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS HERE FOR ONLY $20!
Exclusive Member Only Advertising Opportunity

We can help you get the word out about your specials, sales and up-to-the-minute news for only $20! This is an affordable avenue to reach your fellow business associates as well as community members. We have over 1000 contacts and a high open rate on our campaigns. All you need to do is send us up to 200 words with your message as well as a picture. We can also insert a link to any type of pdf - flyers, invitations, articles and more - so send us as much as you'd like Information must be received by Friday noon to be included in the Tuesday newsletter.
 
Have an extra special fundraiser, sale or event and want your item highlighted in an specially-scheduled email? We can send out an email campaign on your behalf for $100 (that's less than 10 cents per contact!). We do need 48 hours notice and cannot send one out on a day we already have a campaign scheduled, so get your request in early.

Contact info@basaltchamber.com to schedule your ad or email blast


{This Week In Basalt}

   

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Basalt Area Chamber of Commerce
The Red Caboose in Lions Park
POB 514
Basalt, CO 81621
970.927.4031

Our Mission:  To advocate for, promote, and serve our members.

 

Our Vision:  To grow Basalt as a destination for businesses, locals, and visitors. 
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