Chamber of Commerce
Welcome to the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce!
Mission: The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce is committed to working together with business and the community to provide leadership, education, and support for our members in order to make the Carbondale area a more vital and dynamic place to live, work, and visit.
Congratulations to the 2014 Carbondale Chamber Businesses of the Year!
2014 For Profit Business of the Year:
InterMountain Waste & Recycling
Karen and Scott Eden, InterMountain Waste & Recycling
InterMountain Waste & Recycling was founded in September of 2009 by Dan and Bonnie Kirkpatrick and Scott and Karen Eden. Scott and Dan bring over 30 years of expertise in waste and recycling activities. They have gathered that experience from other areas of the country and especially right here in this area of Colorado. We are ecstatic to be home in Colorado and especially pleased to call the Roaring Fork Valley our home!
In January of 2010, we made a life changing decision to move here with two trucks and some commercial dumpsters and literally began knocking on doors of potential customers in Glenwood, Carbondale and Basalt. We expanded into Aspen and New Castle as our fledgling company began to take wing. In October of 2010 we purchased the assets of a bankrupt roll-off company in order to expand our service offerings to the construction trades. We bought the equipment for the construction portion of our business during one of the worst economic times this area has seen in quite a while. For our little business it was a sink or swim moment.
As our commercial and construction customers grew in number, we were repeatedly asked about providing services to homes throughout the valley. We made the decision to buy additional equipment and enter the residential waste and recycling business. We hit the streets, walking door-to-door, placing flyers on houses in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt. The business took hold and we have successfully begun relationships with many HOA’s in the Valley and have even branched out as far as Battlement Mesa with our services.
A key element of our business plan was to immerse ourselves into the community. We immediately joined the local Chambers of Commerce and became heavily involved. Bonnie joined the Board of the New Castle Chamber and helped with their annual chili cook-offs and Burning Mountain Days celebrations. Karen became a Posse member for the Carbondale Chamber and later joined the Board serving as Secretary, Vice-President and most recently as President. Both Bonnie and Karen also joined the WIN group at the Glenwood Springs Chamber and Valley Divas. Scott became a member of the Tourism Council in Carbondale, whose focus is to bring people to Carbondale in an effort to boost the local economy. Both Scott and Karen joined the Mt. Sopris Rotary Club of Carbondale and we have attended meetings at other Rotary clubs in the valley and supported their good works.
We started with zero customers in the depths of a challenging economic climate. We now have thousands. We credit this growth to our fantastic service team of drivers and mechanics, not to mention the lovely trashy women who answer the phone. We remain involved and supportive in the communities we serve. One can “sell” a product or service, but it is imperative to be able to back it up and deliver. We have been blessed with hardworking, dedicated people to do just that.
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2014 Non Profit Businesses of the Year: KDNK and
Thunder River Theatre Company
Steve Skinner of KDNK and Lon Winston of TRTC
KDNK is Carbondale's community access radio station. The station went on the air in 1983 in the Dinkle Building with two turntables a couple of microphones and a reel to reel tape machine. KDNK still has the turntables in the on-air studio. The station remains loyal to the founding principle of providing access to the radio station to local volunteers.
KDNK's mission is to provide public access radio that connects community members to one another and the world.
The public access part of the mission is the cornerstone of the station and remains a vital component of KDNK's success. KDNK hosts monthly trainings for volunteer announcers. All of the more than 80 music hosts and public affairs hosts are volunteers. KDNK's doors are open to volunteers from all walks of life.
KDNK has two full-time news reporters and a stable of talented journalists to report on local, regional and state news. The news team produces local news every weekday and maintains a searchable archive of news content on KDNK.org. The station won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Series in 2013.
KDNK airs public service announcements for local non-profits and produces a daily community calendar. KDNK makes a connection to the world through membership in National Public Radio and by airing Pacifica's "Democracy Now."
One of KDNK's most important and unique partnerships is with the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program. This partnership brings local youth onto the airwaves. AZYEP trains local youth in broadcasting skills and they produce a monthly public affairs show discussing youth and environmental issues. KDNK is one of the only radio stations in the country that airs locally-produced youth programming in prime-time on a regular basis.
The station is funded through a mix of grants, membership donations, events and local business support. KDNK has around 1,200 members providing nearly one-third of KDNK's budget. The station receives a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and receives funding from Pitkin County, Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale and other foundations. KDNK holds two membership drives each year and hosts events and concerts.
KDNK broadcasts from Leadville to Rifle at 88.1, 88.3 and 88.5 FM and online at KDNK.org.
Thunder River Theatre Company
Founded in 1995, TRTC set its goals to not only produce the finest professional theatre in the valley and region, but to foster community and give something back. Originally founded in partnership with CCAH, the relationship was designed to produce theatre and raise money for CCAH’s programs. This partnership was relatively simple and on the cutting-edge; CCAH produced TRTC plays, which were performed as CCAH events. TRTC wrote grants and solicited underwriters. Theatre artists were actually paid and net proceeds went back to CCAH for the continued support of all the arts in our community.
The Colorado Council on the Arts (now Colorado Creative Industries) used this partnership model (highlighted on their website at that time) when advising other arts organizations throughout the state. TRTC grew, and in 2004, achieved its own 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, Roaring Fork Friends of the Theater, Inc., DBA TRTC.
TRTC did the remarkable in 2005, which showed just how important TRTC had become to our community. In February of that year TRTC purchased land in downtown Carbondale, broke ground on a new theatre, and opened on New Year’s Eve with an original production in a brand new theatre. With the help of our Building Founders (Bob Young & Alpine Bank, Connie & Jim Calaway, The Town of Carbondale, The Crossland Foundation, The Gates Family Foundation, The Kruidenier Family Foundation, Kathy Weiss & Dick Stephenson, and one Anonymous,) TRTC raised $1.3 Million in pledges and celebrated our opening of the new building, unencumbered. This was all accomplished in 11 months. Alpine Bank also gave TRTC an interest free construction loan based on these pledges.
Part of the TRTC mission is to offer free outreach programming (Educational Outreach, Latino Theatre Initiative, New Play Development.) It is the desire of TRTC to make sure that everyone, regardless of their ability to pay, has culture in their lives. TRTC keeps ticket prices among the lowest in Colorado. TRTC’s tuition-based kid’s program (The Embrey Family Youth Conservatory) is the lowest in the valley.
TRTC has forged meaningful creative partnerships designed to improve the quality of life from Parachute to Aspen. The Roaring Fork Cultural Council is now part of TRTC’s programming and brings luminaries to the theatre to speak -- including Madeleine Albright, Thomas Friedman, and this coming June, Pres. Jimmy Carter. We have maintained special partnerships with the Garfield County Libraries, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s Folklorico Program, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, KDNK, and CCAH.
TRTC is building a state-wide and national reputation. TRTC was named the 2012 Colorado Theatre Guild’s “Outstanding Regional Theatre.” It was one of three El Pomar Foundation’s nominees for Excellence in the Arts & Humanities in 2006, the only theatre. TRTC was invited to present a program and teach at Dartmouth College in the summers of 2005 and 2006. TRTC’s recent The Lion Winter was nominated for Best Play by a Small Theatre, Best Actor in a Lead Role, Best Supporting Actress. TRTC has contributed greatly in the growth of Carbondale’s “Downtown.”
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Visit the Carbondale Chamber office at 520 S. Third Street, Suite 3, at the Third Street Center, or give us a call at (970) 963-1890.
The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, organized in 1947 and incorporated as a 501(c)(6) in 1980, is a voluntary membership organization of businesses and individuals. The Chamber is governed by a Board of Directors and is staffed with four employees and a multitude of dedicated volunteers.
Visit the Membership page to learn about free and low-cost benefits and opportunities of membership in the Carbondale Chamber and download a membership application.
Most importantly, welcome to the Carbondale Chamber! If you have any questions or suggestions, please give us a call at (970) 963-1890 or email us. Thank you for stopping by!