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September 2, 2014 - In This Issue:
  Before the Super Discount Ski Pass Deadline on September 12

  Beat the crowd... stop by today for your Chamber Discount Voucher. 

New Members Welcome! Great Benefits!         For Information, call (970) 927-4031

What in the world is "leaf peeping?" 
"Leaf peepers" is an informal term for people who travel to areas of vibrant changing foliage in the autumn months. At the Basalt Chamber of Commerce Office & Visitors Center, we're already getting calls from vacation planners hoping to capture a perfect few days of vivid yellows, oranges, reds and purples along our already scenic roads. It's a little like timing the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC, but we happily share our best local tips any chance we get.

More than just a business resource

The Basalt Chamber of Commerce continues to develop as a resource not only for business vitality and development but also for visitors, newcomers, and those of us who are continually exploring all that's around us. As we grow so do the features on our website, which now offers a virtual library of information about the unique and compelling attractions in and around Basalt.

Information at your fingertips 

Be in the know about the best time and place to view the Autumn's changing colors here. Read about more than a dozen of the best hiking trails for miles around, the level of difficulty and directions to road biking and mountain biking trails, and places you never knew to go campingThere's information on boating, sailing, kite surfing and paddle boarding at Ruedi Reservoir and nearby lakes and rivers, plus where to kayak and how to get rentals or take a guided trip. You'll discover the best "Off the Beaten Path" destinations for 4-wheelinggolf courses close by, where and when to fly fish throughout the year, and all you need to know to plan a hunting trip.

Of course there's plenty of information about nearby kid and family-fun activities listed in the "Adventures Galore" page of the our website.There are myriad things to do in Basalt and a wealth of information available to help you access the best of our community and outdoor treasures. Please take a look at these pages and share them with your friends and visitors. (Thanks to Board of Directors chair-elect Bill Simon of Symbion Design for his detailed work in providing all this useful info and photos.)

The beauty around us is so much of why we've each chosen Basalt as our home. It's also vital to the strength of our economy, tourism and overall quality of life. Supporting economic vitality means being stewards of this precious gift of nature and history. That's why we're continually looking at ways to protect and enhance these assets and develop our business community in a way that makes sense ecologically as well as economically. 

Opportunities ahead

We're currently looking at opportunities for Scenic ByWays designation, participation in the Colorado Main Street Program, and simultaneously exploring grants and related funding for historic preservation and economic development. It's all a package and involves every aspect of thoughtful community design and business planning. Please consider joining one of our developing working groups and be a part of these important initiatives. More information on volunteering is available below and will be described in future newsletters.

Meanwhile, if you haven't noticed, we've added a new section in the newsletter call Basalt Bizness Buzz. Chamber members may submit any news of 35 words or less plus your contact info completely free. And don't forget you're also entitled to a free quarterly ad right here, and any additional insertion for just $20. It all goes out to more than a 1,000 readers a week. 

How else can we help you? Just send us a note or give us a call and we'll put our creative heads together.

Warm regards,
Robin Waters
President/CEO for your Chamber of Commerce
August 2014

RealAmerica Development, LLC
RealAmerica is the developer and general contractor of affordable housing developments.  We have 1,550 units in Indiana and have a site purchased for 56 units in Basalt called Roaring Fork Apts.
111 Emma Road
Basalt, Co 81621

Portal Asset Management
Portal Asset Mgmt is a Property Management Company.  We manage mini storage properties.
(970) 920-7833
135 West Main Street, Suite M
Aspen, Co 81611

Midstate Motors Inc.
Auto Service
26812 Highway 82
Snowmass,Co 81654

McShane & Calvin, PC
(303) 915-5894
183 Basalt Center Circle
Basalt, Co 81621

Law Office of FJWPC
Legal services, investments
(214) 215-2006
330 Sunrise Lane
El Jebel, Co 81623

Mountain Works
Legal services, investments
(970) 948-4177
1514 Mockingbird Lane
Basalt, Co 81621

Aspen Roaring Fork Wellness
Wellness Center and Alternative Medicine
(970) 279-5072
24505 Highway 82 #2A
Basalt, Co 81621

Sculco Creative Inc. & Letterpress Studio
Sculco Creative Inc. & Letterpress Studio is a full service letterpress printing and graphic design studio offering affordable design solutions for your large or small business.
62 Holland Hills Rd.
Basalt, Co 81621

Here's some news about town from our members.

Basalt Realty proudly announces its launch of a new mobile-friendly website including images & history tour from Basalt Regional Heritage Society. Our search feature includes a MAP SEARCH for point-n-click or touch screen users.

The Basalt & Carbondale Lions Club Charity Scramble takes place 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? Send me a note by email and I'll forward it on.

Become a Big Buddy... Make a Big Impact! The Buddy Program is looking for male mentors to work with children in the mid-valley. Visit or submit this volunteer inquiry form. Here's a short video to inspire you: Contact Heather Hicks or 970-920-2130.

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.

It's Free! Have more to say? Try a full ad for only $20 per insertion.
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!
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 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.
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 or Chamber Board Chair-Elect, Bill Simon, at 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

Thursday, September 18th from 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 5:30-7:00pm, Thursday, September 18th.

This event is a great 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!

Make sure you 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 are $20. 


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.



Ribbon Cutting Ceremony September 18th, at 4:45pm!

Please join us September 18th at 4:45pm for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at SolarGlass Doors & Windows! Mayor Jacque Whitsitt will be there to do the honors, and there will be events throughout the day including a continuing education luncheon that is FREE and will earn you credits from the AIA for attending, from 12:00pm-1:00pm, and the Grand Opening Ceremony that will begin at 4:00pm until 7:00pm. 

For more information about the AIA continuing education luncheon please click here and for more details about the Grand Opening Ceremony please click here!

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 !

To RSVP e-mail
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

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

Also remember you can live track your RFTA bus anytime at

Welcome to Basalt!

Please stop by and welcome Nolan & Kay Parker, owners of Crossfit!
They are located at 160 Southside Drive, Basalt, CO 81621. Our Mission at CrossFit Omphalos is to help you become the best, most abundant version of yourself. We create an environment filled with 

positivity, motivation, and balance. We encourage you to dream big and believe in your goals 

because if you can dream it, you can achieve it.

First 3 Classes are free and we do a free workout open to the community every Saturday at 9am!


Contact Nolan & Kay at (970) 319-9531 or email and visit their website for more information, schedules, and rates.


Become a Big Buddy and Make a Big Impact!

You have a meaningful opportunity in front of you - to not only guide and inspire a youth today, but to transform their potential for tomorrow. And, your impact can directly strengthen our community. By giving a couple of hours, 3 to 4 times a month, you can give your Little Buddy the invaluable gift of friendship. As a friend, you can provide guidance and opportunities for your Little Buddy to learn and grow. By showing up, listening, and having fun, you can help change a young person's perspective for the better. Little Buddies are 6 - 18 years of age who are referred by teachers, counselors, or parents and are in need of companionship and encouragement. Big Buddies are responsible, caring individuals who act as a positive role model and advocate for their Little Buddy. Volunteer requirements include full-time, year round residents who are capable of committing to consistent contact with their mentee for a minimum of 1 year. The Buddy Program is especially looking for male mentors to work with children in the midvalley.

Two ways to get involved:
* Community Program: Buddy Pairs meet 3 to 4 times per month in the community to take part in a variety of activities, including free Buddy Program sponsored activities, like fly-fishing and cooking classes.
* School-based Program: Buddy Pairs meet weekly at the youth's school. This program is site-based and takes place during the academic year.

Visit to fill out a volunteer inquiry form and volunteer with an award-winning mentoring organization. Watch this short video to get inspired:
Contact: Heather Hicks, Director of Recruitment, or 970-920-2130.

Heather Hicks
Director of Recruitment
The Buddy Program
110 East Hallam St., Suite 125
Aspen, CO 81611

Direct: (970) 367-4167
Office: (970) 920-2130

Fax: (970) 925-2093

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 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

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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