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July 1st, 2014 - In This Issue:

Heather Smith, President and CEO of The Basalt Chamber of Commerce





By Linda Sheehan Cunningham COPYRIGHT 1970 & 1996

Our Nation's Flag is a stirring sight

As it flutters proudly in the breeze
Its colors of blue, red and white
Mean so much to you and me
Red stands for courage and hardiness
The white means innocence and purity
Blue for justice, perseverance and vigilance
In its promise to keep us free.

This banner stands for a bountiful land,
Its government, people, and ideals,
The stripes from the thirteen colonies stand,
Its symbolism is very real.
Each State now is represented 
By a star of white on blue
President Washington first presented
The American Flag to You.

Many brave men have fought and died
To protect it from dishonor and disgrace.
Wives have mourned and mothers have cried
So we could remain...the United States.
The sight of this Banner brings feeling of joy,
Of courage, pride and freedom to all.
A symbol of our nation in all it's glory,
On the moon Old Glory stands tall.


The Chamber will be closed Friday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.  Make it a great week and hope to see you at our concert on Wednesday!



Heather L Smith, CPA

President & CEO, Basalt Chamber of Commerce


June 2014
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
(970) 927-6400
174 Midland Ave.  # 201
Basalt, CO 81621 
Russ Andrews of Ameriprise focuses on personal financial planning for retirement, small businesses, retirement income strategies and retirement plan distribution. As an Ameriprise financial advisor, Russ believes success should be measured not just by your financial well-being, but by how confident you feel about your future. Russ's mission is to help you plan for your financial goals through a personal relationship based on personalized, knowledgeable advice. This focus is designed to help you with your goals, helping give you confidence regarding your financial future. Russ focuses on working with clients who are seeking to maintain their income and preserve their wealth throughout their retirement years. Russ will work with you to manage your financial resources to help you gain the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your money has the potential to work for you-so you can continue to enjoy the retirement of your dreams.

Tomorrow - July 2 in Lions Park!


All ages & abilities welcome! Saturday, July 19th!

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS                                 
July 17th from 5:30-7pm

Our July Business After Hours will be hosted by Vectra Bank at 218 E. Valley Rd, Suite 108, El Jebel, in the Orchard Plaza and co-hosted by the UPS Store, Blue Tent Marketing, and Campbell Audio & Video, INC. from 5:30-7:00pm, Thursday, July 17th.

This event is a great networking opportunity full of great food, prizes, and fun! Get ready to salsa with Roaring Fork Valley's reknowned salsa dancing instructor, Ricardo Hernandez! This event will be catered by the Downvalley Tavern, and our hosts will provide drinks! Be sure to enter your name for some great door prizes! Don't forget your "Business Bragging Bucks" so you get 30 seconds on the mic to tell all you can about your business during the event!

Make sure you RSVP by 5pm Wednesday, July 16th, to receive your pre-printed name tag and to be entered to win the Business Spotlight for July! .

Business After Hours is a member benefit and is FREE for members of the Basalt Chamber. First time guests may attend for free and returning guests are $20.

5 Unusual Ways to Start Working Smarter, Not Harder

I wrote a post recently about ways that you canwork smarter, not harder. As I worked through the list of techniques I'd collected, the post became so long that I had to split it in half. Here are even more suggestions to help you make your day more productive without putting in extra hours.

1. Limit your to-do list
I've written about the history of the to-do list before, and how to write a great one. One of the most counterintuitive but effective methods I've found for increasing my productivity is to limit how many items I add to my to-do list.
2. Measure your results, not your time
The whole idea of working smarter, rather than harder, comes from the problem many of us have of putting in more and more hours, only to find we don't get more done. We want to find methods of being more productive in less time. One way to go about this is to adjust the way we measure productivity.
3. Build "getting ready to work" routines

As I mentioned earlier, if I don't know what to work on first, I tend to procrastinate and waste time in the mornings. You might have a different danger time for procrastination, but getting started seems to be a common hurdle. One way to make it easier to get started is by building a routine that tells your brain and body it's time to work.

4. Track what you're wasting time on

If you're struggling with productivity, it can be tempting to start changing your routine or trying new solutions before you uncover the real problem. I've definitely done this in the past, and found it never leads to a long-term solution.

5. Build habits to help you stop working
This one might seem a bit strange, but I think it can really work. Some of us struggle most in stopping work, rather than (or as well as) getting started. It can sometimes be too easy to just keep going for another hour, or to get your computer out after dinner and get stuck working until well after bedtime. The worst thing about these habits is that they encourage us to put off our MITs in the morning, since we know we'll end up working for long enough to get them done.

To read the full article by Belle Beth Cooper go to

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We can help you get the word out about your specials or sales 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 of what you want included as well as a picture.  We can also insert a link to a pdf of flyers or invitations into the article, so send us as much as you can.  We need all information by Friday at Noon to be included in the Tuesday newsletter.
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{This Week In Basalt}


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POB 514
Basalt, CO 81621

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