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August 19, 2014 - In This Issue:

The USA ProChallenge is Coming to Basalt - Today!
It's Tuesday AM and before reading on, please check your nearest clock. At 11:30 this morning,cycling history will be made in Basalt and we hope you'll be there to see it. For the first time ever, the world-class athletes of the USA ProChallenge will loop through town along Two Rivers Road on their way to Crested Butte. Whether you're in Southside, Mid-Valley,  Willits, Orchard Plaza or El Jebel, please join us near the Basalt Town Hall or on Hwy 82 to cheer on the racers and enjoy this incredible display of stamina and skill. 

What an exciting start to the week, but there's so much more happening in Basalt than the flash of wheels and metal from east to west. Last Monday, I sat in on my first Basalt Downtown Business Association meeting. It's inspiring to see these creative business owners working together to keep the heart beating strong in the core of our community. If you're working or running a business in downtown Basalt, please consider getting involved and supporting this hard-working group.

Spotting a few commercial "for rent" signs around the town, some people see empty storefronts, others see possibilities. Over a fabulous frozen mocha at Saxy's Cafe, I met with several participants in the Our Town Planning process and reviewed the results of the recent community visioning process. What came in from businesses, residents, students, retirees and others was phenomenal. If you haven't read the new Our Town Planning: A Report on Informal Networks (Basalt 2014), click here or stop by the Chamber Office for a copy. 
The word on everyone's lips is how fortunate Basalt is to have a Town Manager like Mike Scanlon with his experience, dedication, innovation and sense of humor. I saw that first hand at lunch this week and found myself scribbling madly as the ideas flowed. Stay tuned as some exciting proposals are laid out on the table over the next few months.

At Tuesday's Town Council meeting, I got my first glimpse of the Willits' Triangle Park Renovation sketch. Talk about possibilities: a permanent stage and summer green transforming into an ice skating rink in the winter, all wrapped in lovely landscaping and natural accents. Everything I see affirms our town planners' and business leaders' commitment to enhancing our community's economic and social vitality while preserving its charm and livability.

Speaking of commitment, the Basalt Chamber of Commerce staff and Board of Directors are working hard to ensure that Basalt remains a great place to work, own a business and live and play. We're currently reviewing proposals to bring new benefits to our members and will write about those in upcoming newsletters. Soon we'll be in planning sessions for the new year and are talking to an impressive cadre of professionals interested in joining the Chamber Board. Please get in touch if you'd like to be among them.
Meanwhile, It's an especially lively time at the Caboose as we entertain and inform visitors who can't say enough about our community's charm and natural beauty. We're also busily building our chamber membership and diversity. We'd like to extend a warm welcome to the new businesses who've recently joined (we'll tell you all about them in a couple of weeks) and those of you who have renewed or stopped by for your Chamber Discount Ski Passes.
I look forward to seeing the rest of you at this week's Business After Hours and in the days ahead. Stop by webShine Thursday at 5:30 for a pleasant Business After Hours on the river, and chat with Heather Smith at her last official event before she sets out for her new life in Ouray, CO. I'd like to personally thank Heather for her help and support over the last few weeks, and for her seven years of dedicated service to the Chamber and our community.

If you're new to town and would like to get to know us better, the Business After Hours is the perfect venue for networking and getting acquainted. If you're ready now to be part of our vibrant business community, or your membership has lapsed and you feel that something is missing, just visit us in the Caboose, join today and begin to enjoy all your Chamber has to offer. The benefits are numerous and growing every day and, most importantly, you'll be an essential part of shaping the future of our unique and exceptional Town.

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

P.S. Gather your blankets, lawn chairs and dancing shoes and join us Wednesday at 5:30 at Triangle Park in Willits for the season's last Live After Five concert featuring one of our favorite bands, Starwood & Night Plane. There'll be a Beer & Wine Garden, great food from Whole Foods and delicious pies from the United Methodist Church.
This Thursday August 21st!
Our August Business After Hours will be hosted by webShine at 231 Midland Ave Suite 101, Basalt, and co-hosted by Footsteps Marketing and The Aspen Clinic from 5:30-7:00pm, Thursday, August 21st.
This event is a great networking opportunity full of great food, prizes, and fun! Our host and co-hosts are planning a fun, easy going Backyard BBQ theme, with fun lawn games, Whole Foods will cater, and drinks will be provided by Four Dogs Fine Wine & Spirits
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, August 20th, to receive your pre-printed name tag and to be entered to win the Business Spotlight for August! .

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.

3 Seats Opening in January!


The Basalt Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is looking for nominees to fill out the 2015 Board of Directors. 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 great way to make a difference in your community!

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


The Aspen Clinic and TAC Fit Will Present Next Wednesday, 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 Friday, August 22nd. 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.


ProChallengeUSA PRO CHALLENGE CYCLE RACE                
First Time in Basalt... TODAY!
Don't Miss this Historic Event!


Today, for the first time ever, the USA Pro Challenge Cycle Race will pass through Basalt. Shortly after 11:30 a.m., some of the world's top athletes will race down Hwy 82 along Two Rivers Road from east to west, then beyond Aspen Junction back onto Hwy 82, past Willits Town Center and El Jebel on their way to Crested Butte.


What a thrill for Basalt.... 

Let's Line the Streets with 1,000 Cheering Supporters

This is one of the biggest cycling events in US history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state so the media coverage will be huge. For a special window of time this morning, the world will get a glimpse of Basalt as the racers come through. There will be a large arch stretched across the 4-way stop at Midland Avenue, lots of brightly-colored banners, a Sprint Challenge near Town Hall, and a children's bicycle race on Two Rivers Road after the racers go through. Enjoy a live DJ, coffee and pastries from Community Banks of Colorado, and fresh lemonade from Camp Chip-a-Tooth.


Join us Tuesday morning at 11:30
in Lions Park or at the Community Bank
to cheer these exceptional cyclists as they race through Basalt
Come on out... let's have fun!


Volunteers... Meet at the Basalt Town Hall at 10 a.m.

Volunteers should be at the Basalt Town Hall by 10:00 this morning for your assignments and be sure to email with your name and men's t-shirt size. A few more hands are needed. To volunteer, contact Steven Chase at or stop by the Town Hall. Thank you all for pitching in to help make this event a smooth and safe success.

For details on road closures please go to USAProChallenge  

Support Your Local Pre-schools!

Please Support Our Local Preschools!

Joining forces:GrowingYears, Mt. Sopris Montessori School, and Children's Rocky MtnSchool, are pooling efforts to put on our annual collaborative fundraiser. The fundraisefrothis excitinevent wilbe useto supporthese higquality Early Childhood Education programswhere children learn and grow, whilstilremaining affordablto working parents in our area.ThRock N' Roast wilbheloOctober 17th, 2014. The event will include a variety of BBQ roasting stations and gourmet side dishes from several of our local restaurants.

This is going to be another fantastic year for the event! 400+ people have attended our Rock N'Roast fundraiser!

Tickets include entrance in to the event, food, drink tickets, music,and a chance at some of the best silent auction items in the valley! This event is open to the public so invite friends and family! This celebration and event is in honor of children but is FOR ADULTS. YOU MUST BE 21 TO ATTEND!


Support These Local Preschools- Mt Sopris Montessori School:Carbondale Children's Rocky Mountain School:Carbondale GrowingYears:Basalt 


Your sponsorship OR donation is tax deductible. We will send a formal letter of THANKS with the tax ID number for your records. We will also run an ad in a local paper thanking businesses for their support.

For more information please contact:  Adele Melnick @ (970) 927 8008

Tomorrow -
August 20th
5:30pm-8:00pm in Willit's Triangle 



Join us in Triangle Park tomorrow, August 20th for The Willit's closing show with Starwood and NightPlane!   For more information about this band go to 


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

Whole Foods will be there with food 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!

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!

A Special Thank You To Our Sponsors Who Made This Series Possible!!

Alpine Bank
Bank of Colorado
The Aspen Times
The Aspen Daily News
Aspen Valley Hospital
Coldwell Banker
Daly Property Services
Premier Party Rental
Town of Basalt
Willits Town Center
Basalt Downtown Business Association
Community Bank
El Korita
Mountain Chevrolet
Myers and Company
Stewart Title
Valley View Hospital
Vectra Bank
6 Steps to Salvage an Unproductive Day

An unproductice day can cause you stress, and affect your general well being and mood. Instead of giving up on an unproductive day, try following these steps to recovering the day instead. 

Clear the clutter. A desk overflowing with paperwork can cause you to continually interrupt yourself, preventing you from getting anything done. "You start looking through the piles of clutter to find something, then you find other things that you forgot you had and you get distracted and start working on something else," says personal-productivity expert Peggy Duncan.
Cross off the easy stuff first. You can gain momentum on your to-do list by checking off a couple of easy tasks first. When glancing at a lengthy list, Duncan will often write down a few simple things that weren't even on the original list, just so she can check them off. 
Choose one task. Performance-improvement expert Les Taylor says a to-do list does nothing but maintain the status quo. He recommends swapping the "to-do list" with the "success list." Ask yourself: "If I could only accomplish one thing today that would move my business forward, what would it be?" Then focus your attention on that one thing, turning off email reminders and social media to avoid interruptions. 
Change the scenery. Simply getting out of the office and moving to another setting can help you shift into a more productive mindset. 
Set a 15-minute timer. Give a project your undivided attention for only 15 minutes. 
Keep a positive mindset. Taylor says starting your day on a negative note is the fastest way to ensure an unproductive day. He recommends developing a library of books or CDs that stimulate the mind with healthy, productive thoughts. Avoid starting or ending the day by watching the news, for example, as news reports tend to be flooded with negative emotions. Instead, use the first few moments of the day to energize your mind with positive thoughts and the last few to review the accomplishments of the day, setting yourself up for a productive tomorrow.

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