Deborah M. Carroll
Executive Director, LRCC

Your Chamber Update for May: A lot of positive changes

Your Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce is a member supported business service organization that provides opportunities for member businesses and our communities to build relationships and grow.
Like Lamoille’s business community, your Chamber continues to evolve, and these last 2 months have seen a lot of positive changes.
Starting a conversation …
As the new Executive Director of the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce, my goal is help each of our members find ways to make the most of their Chamber membership investment. With meetings every day, and site visits to member business, I’ve learned about the good work that our members are doing and about the challenges they face.
In my travels and conversations, I’ve met a significant number of members.  However, I’ve got a long way to go before I reach everyone! If you want to speed things up please call me, and we’ll get on each other’s calendar. Better yet, join us at an event so that we can get the conversation started (and schedule a tour or visit to your workplace).
Speaking of events …
Our inaugural Chamber Breakfast Meeting, on April 11, was wonderfully successful.  We had nearly 50 attendees, a sponsor (Efficiency Vermont), 5 spotlighters, 5 new members (Madadashcar, Stowe Media Group, SunCommon, Peace Pups Dogsledding & Tours, and NorthCountry Federal Credit Union), and a dynamic speaker (Johnson State College Professor James Black) who presented information regarding the Lamoille Jobs Project.  Just a side note: Lamoille Jobs Project was inspired by the Vermont Futures Project and born of work done by Leadership Lamoille, a LRCC program.  It is a workforce development initiative that is of particular relevance as maintaining a solid workforce is a common challenge experienced by many of our members.
At our upcoming May 9 Chamber Breakfast Meeting we’ll be introducing more new members, and we’ve got room for a couple more! We’ve also got room for 1 or 2 additional spotlighter tables for member businesses to share information about what they’re doing with other members. Call us if you’re interested in spotlighting, it’s FREE!
And one more word about the upcoming Chamber Breakfast Meeting on May 9: We are grateful to our sponsor, Rich Jacobs at Edward Jones Investments.
So, what else is new?
We are looking forward to welcoming members of the Smugglers’ Notch Area Chamber of Commerce as members of our Chamber. We’ll also be working together with folks in the Cambridge area on the production of their 2 signature events. The addition of new members from the Smugglers’ Notch area, and their well branded events, will strengthen our membership and provide opportunities for all of our members and our communities.
Stay tuned for our new website!
The talented members of our marketing committee, including representatives of VT Web Marketing802 Mobile, Great Big Graphics, Stowe Media Group, Union Bank, Lamoille Home Health and Hospice & The Manor, have been working diligently on creating a new website for our Chamber.
In addition to the content that is in development, we are looking for photographs from our members that we can use on our site – with proper photo credit given, of course.
This is what we’re looking for:
Photos should be primarily landscape, nature, town scenes and local landmark type photography, though an occasional person is fine as long as the person is not the subject of the photo or easily identifiable;
Photographic images must be digital, in TIFF or JPEG format, of sufficient size, and high resolution; and,
Original photos only – no filters, please.
Please send us your photos as soon as possible! We can only use a handful of photos, but with your permission we’ll be happy to hang onto whatever photos you send us for possible future use.
And speaking of committees …
I hope that you’ll consider becoming an integral part of what’s happening here at your Chamber of Commerce by joining one of our committees.  We’re looking for folks with a passion for events, with expertise in marketing, who want to encourage leadership development in our area, who want to help our Chamber grow while serving the needs of our members, and who want to be a part of Chamber leadership.
Looking forward …
We’ve got some exciting things coming up, including:
Over the summer and beyond Sheriff Roger Marcoux and Kathryn Van Haste from Senator Sanders office, as well as other notable speakers, will be speaking at Chamber Breakfast Meetings.
We hope that you’ll join us!
Wishing you all the best,
Deborah Carroll
Executive Director