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July 8th, 2014 - In This Issue:

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





The Basalt Chamber of Commerce is seeking to obtain paid services with a professional photographer to assist in capturing Basalt's beauty and various outdoor activities, along with some of our events. The Chamber is looking to update our photos for our brochures, directory, website, Facebook account, and various publications with both candid, posed pictures and seasonal beauty shots of our town. This RFP is open to both Basalt Chamber members and non-members alike with preference given to members.


Basalt Chamber of Commerce Photography Services Overview


The Basalt Chamber of Commerce needs a professional photographer to capture seasonal beauty shots during Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring of the various areas of Basalt (Downtown, Southside, Willits, Ruedi), as well as those areas' amenities (Shopping, Dining, Business, ETC.) and capture our various sporting activities (Kayaking, Biking, Hiking, Fly Fishing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kite Surfing, Camping, ETC.) as well as covering the following events below. Please note the times are approximate and subject to change. We have tried to make them as accurate as possible such that the estimates can be accurate in the proposals. Confirmation of times and locations will be supplied as soon as available:

  1. Live after Five August 20 at Triangle Park 5:30-8:00 pm
  2. Business after Hours November and December events

Projected Timeline
June 8 RFP issued
July 22 Submissions due
July 28 RFP awarded
July 31 Contract to be signed to services RFP Requirements


Submissions should include a portfolio of work, whether through the photographer's website or other methods to provide examples. Preferred photography style is candid and/or event photographs. Having relationships and understanding of process in working with local magazines to submit for publications is an advantage. Please indicate if your rate is hourly or by number of photos the Chamber selects to obtain the rights to. Lastly, please indicate how the photographs would be sent to the Chamber and the expected timeframe to receive photos of the Seasonal, Area and Activity shots requested.


A contract will be signed between The Basalt Chamber of Commerce and supplier that will outline services required, fees charged and payment schedule.



RFP Submittal Procedure:Please submit proposals and portfolio information to Heather Smith at by midnight Tuesday, July 22, 2014.


RFP Questions:Any questions regarding this RFP should be directed to Heather Smith at 



Heather L Smith, CPA

President & CEO, Basalt Chamber of Commerce


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 renowned salsa dancing instructor, Ricardo Hernandez! This event will be catered by 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. 
Tomorrow - July 9th in Triangle Park in Willits!


The Chamber's beer tent will open at 5:30 featuring Aspen Brewing Company, Coors, and Wine from Four Dogs Fine Wines & Spirits.  Please note: No outside liquor will be permitted in the park for this concert as it will violate our liquor permit.  


The Chamber will have hot dogs & chips for sale along with pies from the Basalt Community United Methodist Church!


Come hungry, thirsty, and ready to kick off those shoes to dance your midweek stress away!


For more information on this week's band, check out their website at 


A HUGE thank you to the ladies at Community Banks that staffed our beer tent last week.

We still need volunteers for this week!  
Please call Sam at 927-4031 or email if you are able to help out during the event this week!

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

BAH Business Spotlight
Basalt Realty is one of the longest running businesses in town. There is a reason - the brokers all live in the Basalt area, have a great depth of knowledge of the market and enjoy sharing it with their customers and clients.

For nearly 40 years, Darryl Grosjean has been assisting folks with the sale and purchase of homes, land and businesses in the mid-valley. Joanie Haggerty, who has been with Basalt Realty for over 27 years, says that "knowing the market, the town and the people gives us the inside edge. We often know of properties that may be available before they are formally listed."

"We are seeing that the residential real estate market has picked up tremendously this spring and early summer. We've had properties listed and sold within 45 days, We've been very busy, and expect that sales will increase throughout the balance of the year." Darryl said.

Call Darryl at 927-9955 or Joanie at 618-2730 for additional information or to answer questions you may have.
Would you like to have your business spotlighted?  All you have to do is RSVP AND ATTEND the next Business After Hours to be entered to win!

3 Surprisingly Simple Things You Can Do Right Now to Build Better Habits

Building good habits can be difficult. That's especially true if you want to stick with them for the long-term. Thankfully, there are a few simple strategies that you can use to build better habits and break bad ones.

I'm not going to pretend like these ideas are the only way to build better habits - there are plenty of others out there - but these simple steps can help you make progress with most of the goals you have for your health, your work, and your life. And with that in mind, here are 3 things that you can do right now to build better habits.


1. Start with a habit that is so easy you can't say no.

The most important part of building a new habit is staying consistent. It doesn't matter how well you perform on any individual day. Sustained effort is what makes the real difference.

For that reason, when you start a new habit it should be so easy that you can't say no to it. In fact, when starting a new behavior is should be so easy that it's almost laughable.

  • Want to build an exercise habit? Your goal is to exercise for 1 minute today.
  • Want to start a writing habit? Your goal is to write three sentences today.
  • Want to create a healthy eating habit? Your goal is to eat one healthy meal this week.
It doesn't matter if you start small because there will be plenty of time to pick up the intensity later. You don't need to join a CrossFit gym, write a book, or change your entire diet at the very beginning.

2. Take some time to understand exactly what is holding you back.

I recently spoke with a reader named Jane. She wanted to exercise consistently, but had always thought that she was, in her words, "the type of person who didn't like to workout."

Jane decided to break the habit down and realized that it wasn't actually exercising that bothered her. Instead, she didn't like the hassle of getting ready for the gym, driving somewhere for 20 minutes, and then working out. She also didn't enjoy going to a public place and working out in front of other people. Those were the real barriers that prevented her exercise habit.

Once she realized this, Jane thought about how she could make exercising easier. She bought a yoga video and started exercising at home two nights per week. She was also a teacher and her school offered an exercise class for the faculty after school. She started going to that class because it meant that she didn't have to drive somewhere else or put in a lot of prep time just to workout.

Jane has been sticking to her workout routine for months now. She says, "You might not be able to fix everything you don't like, but figuring out how to work around one or two of those hurdles might provide the push you need to get over the hump and stick with your goals."

The people who stick with good habits understand exactly what is holding them back.


3. Develop a plan for when you fail.

Dan John, a popular strength and conditioning coach, often tells his athletes, "You're not good enough to be disappointed." The same is true when you build a new habit. What were you expecting? To succeed without fail from the very beginning? To be perfect even when people who have been doing this for years make mistakes on a regular basis?

You have to learn to not judge yourself or feel guilty when you make a mistake, and instead focus on developing a plan to get back on trackas quickly as possible.

Here are three strategies that might help...

I find the "never miss twice" mindset to be particularly useful. Maybe I'll miss one workout, but I'm not going to miss two in a row. Maybe I'll eat an entire pizza, but I'll follow it up with a healthy meal. Maybe I'll forget to meditate today, but tomorrow morning I'll be oozing with Zen.

Slipping up on your habits doesn't make you a failure. It makes you normal. What separates top performers from everyone else is that they get back on track quickly. Make sure you have a plan for when you fail.

To read the full article by James Clear go to

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