In This Issue:
Melissa Sheffer Named New Executive Director of the Chamber
Max’s Memo: The Final Farewell
Vermont Web Marketing, Our Newest Member
Leadership Lamoille 2016-2017
Leadership Lamoille: Scholarship Fund
April’s Business of the Month: Hickock & Boardman, Inc.
April Programs: Eggs and Issues, Legislative Breakfast
May Mixer: Pall Spera Company Realtors
An Evening of Eggs and Issues with Rich Jacobs, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Investments
Mark Your Calendar: Community Activities
Chamber Committee News and Notes
Community and Member Events, Workshops, Classes
The Chamber’s Sustaining Members
Simpson Sales Unlimited
The Board of Directors interviewed four candidates for the position of Executive Director and at the final session (Friday, April 1), it was the decision (vote) of those present that the position be offered to Melissa Sheffer. Melissa has accepted the offer and will begin on Monday, April 18.
Melissa brings extensive hospitality experience to the table and her quote “… as you will see, my resume reflects my extensive hospitality experience. My career has taken me all over the country, yet when I landed in Vermont, I knew this would be home … I have lived in Lamoille County for three years. I have always made it a point to become active in each local Chamber of Commerce of the towns in which I have resided. I firmly believe that chambers of commerce are essential to the economic growth of our communities. With that, I also know that it is important for members to understand the return on investment of chamber membership, as it can sometimes be overlooked.”
Chairman Adam Lory stated that “what sets Melissa apart is her community-minded spirit and her undeniable enthusiasm. In her previous positions, she demonstrated tremendous leadership and a can-do attitude that produced measurable and significant results. Those traits will surely serve her well in her new role.”
A welcome reception is being planned … watch the e-news for details.
The End of an Incredible Journey!
Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks for the privilege of having served as your Executive Director for two years. When hired it was our mutual understanding that my tenure would be short (about two years). The Chamber’s foundation is strong, the Board of Directors are 100% committed, membership is growing, our financial base is much improved; we have a professional staff on board, we’ve moved into professional office space and we are a credible and meaningful organization. With this strong base, we are ready to propel the Chamber to even greater heights — and we can reach those mountain tops through strong leadership from Melissa, from engagement from members; from a willingness and eagerness to step forward as an organization, take risks, be unafraid of change and to be cheerleaders for the Chamber… I ask you to be a part of the journey… you will make a difference.
I respectfully ask that all Chamber members extend to Melissa a hearty Chamber welcome; that members support her with the same enthusiasm and commitment as has been shown to me during my two years; and that members will become engaged in the operation of the Chamber.
Ryan Meravi, owner, Vermont Web Marketing located at 166 South Main Street in Stowe is the newest member of the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce having joined the Chamber team on April 11, 2016. On April 12th, he joined friends and colleagues at the 10 Railroad Street mixer and immediately began to network…that kind of engagement is encouraged! As the saying goes, “networking is as old as dirt, but it works”.
Vermont Web Marketing (VWM) is a Vermont-based marketing company that helps small to medium-size businesses improve their online visibility through natural search and strategic advertising. Services include: website and graphic design, website audits, local business optimization, search engine optimization, search engine marketing and social media advertising, content creation, and web consulting.
Now in its 5th year, Leadership Lamoille, a Chamber program, has provided the tools for today’s employees to become tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the program has helped to prepare 50 participants for leadership roles. The purpose of the program is to teach highly valuable leadership skills to future leaders working in Lamoille County … and beyond. Its program content is designed to help employees of local businesses strengthen their knowledge of community issues, facilitate positive problem solving techniques, and encourage participants to take active leadership roles. The series consists of ten classes that run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning with orientation in September and graduation in June 2017. The class is divided into two groups each of which will study a project submitted by a business (and selected by the Committee). Project findings are presented at a special evening in May.
Here’s what you need to know …
Applications: Due August 1
Requests for Projects: Due August 1
Cost per student (Chamber member): $600
Cost per student (Non-Chamber member): $800
Financial assistance is available: Call the Chamber for details
Call the Chamber at (802) 888-7607 if you have questions. Applications and Request for Projects information can be found at the Chamber’s website; or call the Chamber and we will snail mail or email information to you.
*Sponsorship Options: There are ten sessions, and each session covers a different topic, which are listed below:
- Orientation (Team Building);
- Education Day;
- Communications and Media Day;
- Human Services Day;
- Health Care Day;
- Under the Golden Dome … a day at the State House;
- Community Leadership Day;
- Law and Justice Day;
- Presentation of Projects; and
- Graduation Ceremony
The cost to sponsor a session is $300….which, of course, will benefit your business and provide you with all the “rights and privileges appurtenant thereto” (i.e. promotion, publicity, and recognition.)
A corporate sponsorship for the Leadership Lamoille Program is $2,000.
Lamoille Region Chamber Of Commerce and The Lamoille Economic Development Corporation Announce The Lamoille Economic Development Corporation “Leadership Lamoille Scholarship Fund”
The Lamoille Economic Development Corporation is offering financial assistance (scholarships) to those Chamber member businesses that due to financial constraints may be unable to enroll a student in the 2016-2017 Leadership Lamoille Program…an initiative of the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce.
The Leadership Lamoille Scholarship Fund will provide up to 50% ($300) in tuition fees to any Chamber member business with demonstrated need. Non Chamber members interested in participating in the program are encouraged to apply. The tuition for non-members is $800.00 ($400 scholarship). This scholarship is being offered to those businesses that would not otherwise be in a position to enroll a participant in the Leadership Lamoille Program due to the cost of the program. The total amount of funding from the LEDC is capped at $2,000 so the scholarships are available on a first come first served basis.
Now in its 5th year, Leadership Lamoille has provided the tools for today’s employees to become tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the program has helped to prepare 50 participants for leadership roles. The purpose of the program is to teach highly valuable leadership skills to future leaders working in Lamoille County … and beyond. Its program content is designed to help employees of local businesses strengthen their knowledge of community issues, facilitate positive problem solving techniques, and encourage participants to take active leadership roles. Many of the program’s graduates have remained in Lamoille County and have advanced in their careers
David Silverman, President of Union Bank and chairman of LEDC Board of Directors, has supported the Leadership Lamoille program since its inception; he speaks highly of the program and its benefits to not only the community but to potential leaders as well. In describing the program Mr. Silverman uses the word “dynamic” and encourages businesses to seriously consider participation in the program. The Lamoille Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors approved this scholarship at its March Board of Directors meeting.
Scholarship applications are included in the program application package which has been mailed to all Chamber members. Max Neal, Executive Director, Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce commented “This is an awesome opportunity for any business to participate in this highly respected Chamber program regardless of financial constraints. We encourage businesses to seriously consider enrolling a student in the program. Not only does participation give participants a unique opportunity to discover the intricacies of Lamoille County, and to work together as a team on team projects, it generates and instills a certain confidence in a participant’s ability, motivation, and passion to become a leader”.
If interested in scholarship details please call the Chamber office at (802) 888-7607; email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Chamber’s website.
Name Drawn at April 12 Mixer
Edward Jones, Rich Jacobs Financial Advisor was the business card drawn. Rich, in his generous way, stated that he had won in the past and would like to donate his e-news space to Chamber member, Hickok and Boardman, Inc. Stefanie Eichler, Client Advisor for Hickok and Boardman, Stowe, who was in attendance at the Mixer, graciously accepted the offer.
From the website: “Our Stowe office is in the heart of this tight-knit community. We’re here when you need us, whether you’re here for work or play. The Stowe office was opened in 1988. We specialize in helping clients throughout Vermont with their Personal and Business Insurance. We are a Main Street agency with access to all of the resources of one of Vermont’s largest agencies.
Our agents are all community members. We understand the importance of providing “our neighbors” with the most competitively priced comprehensive insurance program available. Hickok & Boardman works with leading Regional and National Insurance carriers to offer you innovative solutions that fit your insurance needs.”
Richard Smith, Vice President, Hickok and Boardman, Inc., serves on the Chamber’s Board of Directors and on the Chamber’s Finance Committee . The agency, in partnership with the Chamber, offers favorable workers’ compensation rates to Chamber members in good standing, an offer several Chamber members have taken advantage of . A call to their office will result in immediate and professional service.
Hickok & Boardman, Inc.
618 South Main Street
PO Box 1457
Stowe, VT 05672
PHONE: 802-253-9707 TOLL FREE: 800-900-0121
Legislative Breakfast of the 2015-2016 Session
Awesome Attendance; Dialog; and Interaction
Hosted by Town and Country Resort – Stowe
April Eggs and Issues: Anne Galloway Presentation – April 12
Hosted by Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Conference Center – Stowe
April Mixer … Amazing Turn Out
Hosted by #10 Railroad Restaurant in Morrisville
Dozens of people attended Tuesday’s Mixer at 10 Railroad Street for an evening of great company, delicious food and fantastic drinks. It exemplified what a Mixer should be – warm and inviting, gracious hosts, and excellent flow for networking and socializing.
A special thank you to Rosie Manning of MACC and Inspired Wellness for snapping candids of the crowd for MACC’s ‘I love it here’ campaign.
Generously Hosted by Pall Spera Company Realtors – Morrisville Office
Pall Spera and his professional team of realtors will host the May 11th Mixer at offices located in the Northgate Plaza in Morrisville. The networking will begin at 5:00 with a welcoming reception, followed by a brief program, interesting and perhaps surprising raffle items, a 50/50 drawing, hearty hors d’oeuvres, liquid refreshments and networking. Expect an evening filled with exceptional hospitality and experience an opportunity to interact with business colleagues and friends; make new business contacts; meet new people and potentially new customers; exchange business cards and promote your business.
Pall Spera Company Realtors is a long-time member of the Chamber and has sponsored several Chamber events. Plan to attend … shake a few hands … listen to an overview of where the organization is now and what its vision is for the future and simply enjoy an evening of camaraderie with friends and colleagues.
There is no fee for members in good standing; $10.00 donation from non-members is appreciated. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is encouraged for planning purposes. To RSVP online, click here. If you are unable to RSVP online or did not receive a confirmation email, please email Jen or call the Chamber at 802-888-7607.
We look forward to welcoming you – bring a friend (or two).
Upcoming Mixers and Fundraisers for 2016
- June date TBD: Copley Hospital
- June 23: Wack-a-Doo – Golf Event – Ryder Brook Golf Club
- July 12: Shine Communications – Mary Collins – At Her Home
- August 16: Sandiwood Farms – at the beautiful farm property
- September 23: Amazin’ Grazin’ – Hope Grows Community Farm (Ray and Carolyn Chauvin)
- October 11: The Manor – Washington Highway, Morrisville
- November 16: Pre-Holiday Reception – Chamber Office
- December 13: McMahon Chevrolet Holiday Party – Morrisville
An Evening of Eggs and Issues – May 17 – Charlmont Restaurant & Pub
As a business owner, you probably have your hands full minding day-to-day activities. Are you taking advantage of the financial strategies and tools available to help you run your business more effectively?
Join us for our presentation The Entrepreneurial Equation(TM) to learn strategies to help you:
- Save time
- Attract and retain employees
- Preserve your business for yourself and your heirs
You will also have the opportunity to network with other business owners in our community at this event.
It’s your business. Only you can make the most of it.
Hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The Charlmont Pub
116 VT Rte 15A
We hope you and a guest will join us. Please call Imelda Turner at 802-888-4207 or email Imelda.email@example.com by Thursday, May 12, 2016.
More Eggs and Issues… Mark your calendar!
- June 15: Betsy Bishop, Vermont State Chamber of Commerce
- July 12: Legislative Summer Session
- August 22: Phil Scott – Gubernatorial Candidate
- September 13: Michael Mosher–Part 1 – Accessing Demographic Data for Business Intelligence
- October 12: Betsy Bishop, Vermont State Chamber of Commerce
- November 14: Michael Mosher–Part 2 – The Date Process: A Step-by-Step Guide
- December 13 Open .. or Merry Christmas!
Clarina Howard Nichols Center
Business Appreciation Night – April 25th
The staff at Clarina Howard Nichols invites all to its Business Appreciation Night to be held on Monday, April 25th at its Community Center in Morrisville.
Business Appreciation Night is an opportunity for the Clarina Howard Nichols staff to thank its partners for supporting the work it does with survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The time is 5:30 to 7:30 (food and community appreciation! ) Where: 31 Lower Main Street, Morrisville, Vermont. RSVP appreciated: firstname.lastname@example.org … by April 20th
Call (802) 888-2584 with any questions.
Community College Of Vermont
Spring Fling Event and Career Fair (to be followed by a Lip Sync contest!)
Submitted by Billi Dunham, Community College of Vermont
The Spring Fling event will be held Friday, April 29th form 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at a location to be announced at a later date.
Who should attend: Community Families!
Why: to build community among our students and our community. The idea is to have Community College of Vermont classes invite professionals from the community to “show off” their careers so that other community members can learn from that sharing. (an example … the Introduction to Human Services class may ask Lamoille County Mental Health to come. This is for children and adults so ideally those professionals that come will bring some kind of activity for those attending. The dimensions class is also hoping that some classes may use this event as an opportunity to create their own activity to show off their discipline.
The Gist: please participate by inviting professional from your field and perhaps crafting and running an activity.
The dimensions of Work class and the Center are very excited for this event and would welcome any questions, suggestions or comments. For details or if you have questions, please contact Billi Dunham, Community College of Vermont at (802) 888-4258.
Ladies Night at My Place Boutique
We keep getting in more spring and summer clothes for the store. We are very excited to show you them… a mini Victorian fringy infinity scarf ($12.95) and capri leggins ($16.50) in many colors… cute turquoise print sundress, vest and jackets ($50-60 range), waffle pattern long light weight jacket, black or neutral ($86.00), crinkle tops in bright colors ($29.95)… come see what s new… at our Ladies Night or anytime we are open (Mon-Sat 10-5ish)
Advertise With Smuggs! Target shoppers/tourists in your region this Summer!
Explore Smuggs magazine… Targeting high-end families/travelers seeking a true Vermont shopping experience.
Explore Smuggs Magazine promotes your regions’ local flavor including best places to shop, dine, and recreate while on vacation.
– Pre-Arrival email + link to electronic copy of the magazine (12K+)
– Check –In; All guests receive a copy of Explore Magazine in their Welcome Packet (15K+)
– Smuggs.com content promotes views of the online versions
Ready to drive sales this summer? Call Sarah @ Smuggs today! 802.644.1079 or email@example.com to request more info on how your brand can reach MORE of the RIGHT audience with Explore Smuggs’ summer edition! (Ad Deadline for Summer edition: May 1)
National Walk at Lunch Day – April 27th
Submitted by Vermont Department of Health/Burlington
Help spread the word in your schools, worksites, and communities!
Regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to manage our health, but it can sometimes be difficult to find time to participate in the recommended 30 minutes per day. That’s why Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Vermont is encouraging everyone to take a walk during the lunchtime hour as part of National Walk @ Lunch Day on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016.
Walking during the day can give you the opportunity to enjoy beautiful Vermont in springtime, catch up with co-workers, or simply take a break from your normal work routine to refresh your mind and body. What a great opportunity to use this event as a kick-off to regularly walking during lunch breaks too!
National Walk @ Lunch Day is an initiative of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, encouraging people to use their lunch break to get the recommended 30 minutes each day.
Did you know that by fitting a brisk walk into your day on a regular basis, you can:
- Improve you productivity at work
- Decrease your risk of a heart attack and type-2 diabetes.
- Control your weight and improve your muscle tone.
- Reduce your stress.
This year, both a participating worksite and a school will be entered into a drawing for a smoothie bike!
Invitation to Join a Committee
WE NEED YOUR HELP – YOUR ENERGY – YOUR COMMITMENT – YOUR INSIGHT!
The Committees that support the Chamber and its programs are:
Events Committee * Membership Committee * Marketing and Branding Committee * Government Affairs Committee * Leadership Lamoille Steering Committee * Nominating Committee * Finance and Budget Committee (appointed) * Executive Committee (Officers and Member at Large)
2016 COMMITTEE WORK UNDERWAY:
Leadership Lamoille Steering Committee
Next Meeting: May 6 -8:00 a.m. – Chamber Office
Open Meeting … Please Join Us
Marketing And Branding Committee
Mary Collins – Dawn Archbold
Rescheduled to a to-be-determined May date
Open Meeting … Please Join Us
Tracy Baker, Chair
Next Meeting – April 26 – 12:00 noon – Chamber Office
Open Meeting … Please Join Us – Wack-a-Doo Planning!
Next Meeting – April 19 – 8:00 a.m. – Chamber Office
Next Meeting: April 20
Board of Directors
All Board meetings are open to any and all members of the Chamber who are in good standing (dues paid). Next meeting is April 21 at the Tegu Building, Morrisville. Let us know if you plan to attend.
Government Affairs Committee
No meetings until October and it is an appointed Committee.
River Arts Winter/Spring Workshops
74 Pleasant Streets – Morrisville, RiverArtsVT.org – 802.888.1261
The workshops offered by River Arts are numerous and we suggest you contact the organization directly for a complete schedule of upcoming workshops. Following is a sampling:
Galen Cheney Exhibit – To China and Back
March 3 – May 2, 1016
The Gallery at River Arts, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville, VT
The Gallery at River Arts unveils brand new work from Galen Cheney in To China and Back, featuring paper constructions and paintings. The opening will be held at River Arts on Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m with an artist talk at 6p.m. The exhibit will run March 3 through May 2, 2016.
River Arts Paint and Sip Evenings
Thursday, February 23, March 15, April 26, and May 17, 6 – 8 p.m. – $35/session
A fun, relaxing evening of painting with Liz Kaufman. Create a featured work of art, step-by-step, while you enjoy a glass of wine or seltzer. Perfect for beginners and aficionados alike … get creative!
Becky Olson, Ed French and Rich Jacobs are all Chamber sustaining members. This level of membership was adopted by the Board of Directors in May 2015. To date we have three participating Chamber members and the goal is ten. Level of participation begins at $500 and goes up from there. One of our sustaining members is in at $1,000. Contact Max for details.
2016 VACEPlus Insurance Program: A Chamber Member Benefit
VACEPlus insurance programs are offered to all Chamber members in good standing (dues paid). Life Insurance, AD&D coverage, vision and dental are all options offered at favorable rates through the VACEPlus program. For additional information, call Max at the Chamber 802 888 7607; or email Max . We are having some activity from Chamber members interested in participating in this program. Please consider it as an option for your employees and your families.
The open enrollment for health insurance benefits ended January 31. Contact Max for information on special enrollment period or coverage under Medicaid or Dr. Dynasaur. These options for coverage are not affected by the “Open Enrollment” period. If you, or your employees, do not have health insurance coverage, we encourage you to give Max, the Navigator, a call at (802) 888-7607 or send her an email to schedule an appointment to enroll and avoid year-end penalties. On average, an appointment takes about 1 ½ hours.
Workers’ Compensation Insurance
A Chamber benefit offered by Hickok and Boardman. Some Chamber members are participating in this option. Call Max at (802) 888-7607 or drop her an email for more information.
Welcome to Simpson Sales . We are a family owned and operated business serving Lamoille County and beyond since 1991. Our longevity is due to the quality products we supply and the prompt, superior service we provide.
We have proven expertise in every phase of garage door selection, installation, maintenance, service and repair. We can guide you in finding exactly the right garage door to meet your needs. Getting the proper advice when buying a door is essential; after all, we buy one or at most two, garage doors throughout our lifetime.
Contact us today, our team will be happy to talk to you and assist you in evaluating your needs with the goal of finding the right solution for you. Or if you prefer, we also provide a free at-home estimates.
Simpson Sales Unlimited Inc. is a member of the Lamoille Regional Chamber of Commerce. Founding member of the International Door Association, and founding member of the Professional Door Association of New England.