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September 16, 2014 - In This Issue:
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  NEW "COMMUNITY FRIENDS" MEMBERSHIP
  Read all about it below.....

  Then download this form and enjoy the benefits.
  
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NEWS FROM THE CABOOSE

Intoxicating Opportunities??

 
Last week I promised to talk about "intoxicating" opportunities. It was way at the bottom of the page so some of you might not have noticed, nor waited all week for the scoop.

I apologize but the whole big bunch of intoxication will have to wait, as today I'm only going to share one exciting announcement.

A new "Community Friends" Chamber membership  

What? NON-business members of the community joining the Chamber of Commerce? Absolutely. What better way to serve our business members than to find ways to make new connections with your prospective clients and customers. And these days, inclusivity is the way to go all the way around.

How does it work?

Any non-business owner of the community will be invited to join the Basalt Chamber of Commerce - students, retirees, homemakers, friends, family, lay-abouts, and those incredible people who volunteer their time for every possible charitable endeavor without ever collecting a penny. Your employees can even enroll and have their own Chamber member discount card.

Community members won't receive your business benefits - free and discounted ads in Aspen Daily News, Aspen Times, The Sopris Sun and Always Mountain Time radio. Nor will they have complimentary advertising and announcements in the Chamber newsletter, discounted RFTA zone passes, or auto rental discount. And, unless they're employees of a current business member, no treasured Chamber Discount Ski Passes. (Remember, you can still enjoy the special ski pass discount with your chamber voucher. More info below)

What they'll get is a better connection to you and a whole different category of relevant benefits. This is where you - our business members - come in. How much do you work to get customers in your door? And how much do you spend? Wouldn't it be great to attract more people to your business year-round and all you'd have to do is sign up. Here's the way it works. 

Increase Visibility. Attract New Customers. Boost Sales.

Member-to-member discounts are a great way to draw more attention to your product or service. Participating business members get extra exposure with lots of free advertising, and not only do you and your fellow chamber members save money but you'll reach a whole new category of "community" members. Interested? Here's what you need to do. It's easy.... and it's free!

     Here's the easy part:
  • Download the Member-to-Member Discount Form here.
  • Offer a discount off your standard customer prices, a free product or service, an educational benefit or an annual members-only event. If you're short on ideas, give us a call at 927-4031 and we'll get really creative. The important thing is to be included.
  • Fax, mail, email, or hand-deliver your form straight to the Caboose and that's it! 
     Here's the free part:
  • We'll include you in all the promotions for this new program all year long.
  • Your business and special offer will be listed in the widely-distributed Member-to-Member Community Discounts brochure.
  • Plus, you'll be included in the Member-to-Member Community Discounts listing on the Basalt Chamber web page where your entry will be linked to your website.
Here's the Best Part

We're building relationships! The traditional roles of a Chamber of Commerce - political lobbying and general business advocacy - are no longer enough. Sure, we offer networking opportunities, business assistance, educational programs, and a bunch of free advertising. But, in this complex, high-tech, social media world, more is needed for Chamber's to be truly relevant: community involvement and influence.

Progressive Chambers today focus not just on traditional business issues but on the overall financial health and well-being of the community. By embracing a more diverse membership, we can better understand our community's needs, communicate that to our business members, foster community-to-business connections, and improve economic vitality.

I don't know about you but I'm really excited about this new program. I can't wait to meet every person in our community, up and down the valley, and to share the news about all our great Basalt businesses. Please take a look at the form today and get back to me soon. Together we can build a dynamic "Buy Local and Save Local" partnership and a truly supportive and united community. As always.....
  

Warm regards,

Robin
Robin Waters
President/CEO for your Chamber of Commerce
BizBuzzBASALT BIZNESS BUZZ
Here's some news about town from our members.

 

Be WOWED this Saturday, Sept 21 at the Wyly Art Center's 10th Annual Gala Cocktail Party & Benefit... an extraordinary evening of community celebration, cocktails & culinary creations, visual inspiration and art. Meet and honor the incredibly talented and fascinating Dick Carter. 4-7 pm at the Roaring Fork Club. For more info see below, and for tickets call (970) 927-4123 or email Holly.

Join Valley View Hospital's 3rd Annual Rally the Valley Saturday, September 20, 2014 in Sayre Park. Rally the Valley raises funds for the oncology center's "body, mind & spirit" complementary care programs. Glenwood Springs. More info at www.rallythevalley.org.

 
The Basalt & Carbondale Lions Club Charity Scramble takes place next Friday, September 26 at the Ironbridge Golf Club in Glenwood Springs. Proceeds support scholarships, vision care, reading programs & more. Contact Ryan Beckman by email or at (970) 319-9163. Download the flyer here and golf registration form here.
 
A few good men are needed by the Basalt Lions Club to help cook and flip burgers at community and charity events. You'll have fun in action and get that fuzzy good feeling. Interested? Contact Robert Woods by email here.

Basalt Sunday Market 10-2, next to the Town Hall. Arts and crafts, vendors, fresh fruit & vegetables, salmon, trout, beef, cheese, music, lunches and other munchies. So much fun!!!

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.

It's Free! Have more to say? Take advantage of your quarterly free member ad below.
Or build your business presence for only $20 per insertion.
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS - Yum! Don't Miss It...
This Thursday, September 18, 5:30-7:00pm
 
Our September Business After Hours will be hosted by Basalt Printing at 23252 Two Rivers Road, Basalt, and co-hosted by Timbo's Pizza from 5:30 to 7:00pm this Thursday.
 
This event is a prime networking opportunity full of great food, prizes, and fun! There will be goodie bags for everyone who attends!
 
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! Don't be shy. This is your chance to practice your on-stage presentation among friends, or put your dollar in the jar and we're happy to do the honors.
 
Be sure to RSVP by 5pm Wednesday, September 17th, to receive your pre-printed name tag and to be entered to win the Business Spotlight for September!

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 pitch in $20. Introduce a new member and get a bonus ad in the newsletter and our huge appreciation!
RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONIES
WELCOME! ~ New Business in Basalt
 
Please join us in welcoming the following new business and Chamber member at their special ribbon cutting ceremony. Stop by to say hello, learn about what they're bringing to town and introduce yourself and your own business. 
 
Thursday, September 18 at 4:45 pm - Ribbon Cutting by Mayor Jacque Whitsitt
SolarGlass Doors & Windows
207 Basalt Center Circle, Ste 101 in Basalt
Grand Opening festivities from 4 to 7 p.m. and a continuing education lunch.
For more info, have a look below.
SEPTEMBER LUNCH & LEARN
Wednesday, September 24, 11:30am to 1pm 
at the Eagle County Building next to the El Jebel Theater

Peter Martin from Martin Insurance Group presents:
"Making the Most of Your Insurance & Tax Dollars"

Many rules of the Affordable Care Act were delayed until 2015. Peter and his team will present updates on important new rules and guidelines coming up soon that companies and individuals will need to know. Take advantage of this opportunity to gather critical information and ask questions from the experts.

The cost to attend is $15 for members of the Basalt or Carbondale Chambers of Commerce, and $25 for non-members and includes lunch and refreshments from the Down Valley Tavern. Space is limited and reservations must be prepaid by 5:00 pm Monday, September 22nd.

Call Sam at the Basalt Chamber of Commerce (970) 927-4031 to make your reservation and assure your space.

See you there!
WYLY
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
  • Scenic ByWays Presentation & Planning
  • Chamber Membership & Program Development
  • 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.
SkiCoYOU MAY HAVE MISSED THE SUPER-DUPER DEADLINE
BUT THERE'S STILL A DISCOUNT & MANY MORE BENEFITS
  
Did you miss SkiCo's "Super Early Deadline" for your season ski pass? Shucks! There's a silver lining though, the "early" deadline discount and your Chamber membership still qualifies you for significant savings as long as you pick up your voucher and purchase your pass by November 14. New and renewing members are most welcome! Call or stop by to learn about all the great benefits. If you're going to pay us a visit, please call ahead in case we have to run out for a moment, 927-4031.

You'll still enjoy up to $370 savings PER pass with your Chamber Discount Voucher. You and your eligible employees may choose among several categories of passes. 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 ticket offices.
Step 3: Sign up at one of our great member gyms: Basalt FitnessRoaring Fork Cross Fit, Studio 360TAC Fit or New Image (Personal) Training to get in shape for the snow.

The "Early" Deadline is Friday, Nov. 14th! 
Don't miss your last chance to save big on ski passes!
THANK YOU TO OUR NEWSLETTER SPONSORS

   

GrandOpeningGrand Opening September 18, 4-7pm 

 
Please join us Thursday, September 18 for the Grand Opening festivities at SolarGlass Doors & Windows and the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 4:45pm! Mayor Jacque Whitsitt will do the honors, and there will be events throughout the day including a FREE continuing education luncheon from 12noon to 1pm that will earn you credits from the AIA

For more information about the: 
This event will take place at the SolarGlass' newest showroom location at 207 Basalt Center Circle, Downtown Basalt.
You can contact them at 970-988-0804 or visit their website at www.solarglass.com !

   Please RSVP by e-mail to KRice@solarglass.com 

 
BizAdADVERTISE 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


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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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