In This Issue:

From Main Street to You…Melissa’s Weekly Message
Welcome Piecasso, our newest Chamber member
On the Calendar for May
Leadership Lamoille 2016-2017
CHSLV Sponsors Legislative Breakfasts
Invitation to Join a Committee
Chamber Committee News and Notes
Community & Member Events, Workshops, Classes
Request for E-News Feedback
The Chamber’s Sustaining Members
Insurance Options
Simpson Sales Unlimited
Vermont Web Marketing

A Word From Melissa

Melissa ShefferHello, and please allow me a moment to say WHEW! What a first week it has been. Talk about full immersion. Exhilarating, inspiring and motivating are just a few descriptors that come to mind.

It was a week of dynamic and very informational meetings. Membership, Finance, Events (read “Wack-a-Doo!”) Board of Directors, and Lamoille Economic Development Board. It was the perfect opportunity to get to know our committee members and board members, as well as our community partners with whom we work so closely. I was also invited as Max’s guest to attend the Stowe Rotary Meeting last Thursday, and enjoyed that experience immensely. They take their “Service above Self” motto to a new level. Coming up, I’m looking forward to attending the Vermont Association of Chamber Executives’ meeting in Randolph Center. They have a compelling list of guest speakers and topics on tap. Stay tuned for notes regarding the goings-on at VACCE.

And now, I am excited to announce that our welcome reception/farewell gathering will be held at Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge in Stowe! Tuesday, May 10th, from 5pm to 6:30pm. As our invitation says, it promises to be a night that will not be soon forgotten. This will be a time to honor Max Neal and the exceptional work that she has done over the last two years…and it will grant me the chance to meet so many of you and express my gratitude for being in this new role. Would love to see you there.

The e-invitations will be hitting your inboxes tomorrow at noon or if you cannot wait to register go ahead and signup early by clicking here.

With appreciation,
Melissa Sheffer
Executive Director

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New Member Spotlight: PieCasso

Piecasso logoPiecasso has come on board, and wow, are we thrilled. This place is special.

Stop in for a quick slice of the most fresh and tasty pizza in town. Or sit down and enjoy the Pasta Rovetto…a personal favorite. The Insalata Mista with grilled chicken is also a must have. The menu runs the gamut, successfully able to accommodate any and all palates. Consistency is key, and Piecasso is spot on.

The cocktails are unsurpassed. Give the strawberry jalapeno margarita a try, or the bloody marytini. Your taste buds will thank you. The beer selection is impressive and extensive, and the wine list…well, brace yourselves, folks. You will be blown away. The servers are always ready to help with suggestions for pairing, and you will not be disappointed.

Ed Rovetto, Piecasso’s owner, has said, “People feel immediately drawn to the energy. You can have a good product and a great staff, but if it doesn’t have the energy, if you walk into a place and it’s dark, cold and not well decorated…people aren’t going to stay.” Ed and his staff have knocked it out of the park. As soon as you enter, there is an immediate and palatable sense of friendliness and warmth. It’s the reason you’ll find so many locals there multiple times per week. The staff hosts their out-of-town guests with such familiarity and unmatched hospitality that Stowe visitors return again and again. That sort of welcome is not easily found, yet the Piecasso family effortlessly makes everyone who walks in feel as if they are at home.

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On the Calendar for May

Please note that the mixer originally scheduled for May 11th at Pall Spera has been postponed to likely the second week of June. We will update you as soon as we receive confirmation. I spoke with Pall at the Rotary meeting that I mentioned earlier, and he really wanted to be at the mixer. He is going to be out of town on May 11th, so we decided that it would be mutually beneficial to reschedule! We’ll keep you posted.

May 17th at 5pm at the Charlmont: More “Eggs and Issues, Evening Edition”(Rich Jacobs, Financial Advisor and a 401K Program)

Click here to download the flyer.

Please call Imelda Turner at 802-888-4207 or email by Thursday, May 12, 2016.

May 18th Ribbon Cutting at Copley Country Club. Details will follow in subsequent editions of the E-news … your source for up-to-date Chamber member information.

Save the date: Eggs and Issues

  • 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!

Save the date: Mixers and More

  • 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

(Reservations are coming in for 2017 – Let us know if you are interested in hosting a 2017 Mixer – October is reserved: Laraway Youth and Family Services; September is pending (Sandiwood Farm).

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Leadership Lamoille 2016-2017

Lamoille Leadership - Round Logo-01Applications, requests for projects and other materials were sent snail mail to all Chamber members.

Businesses are encouraged to consider sponsoring a one-day session. Details below.

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
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.

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Serve on a Committee
Donate Raffle Items to Mixers
Sponsor an Event, the Chamber’s website, the E-News

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2016 Sponsorship Responses

Legislative Breakfast Series: SOLD! for $1,000

Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley, led by Kevin Kelley, has committed to sponsoring the Chamber’s Legislative Breakfast Series! Many thanks to that organization.


We invite you to consider sponsoring one of the many options available to Chamber members…your commitment and sponsorship participation helps support the Chamber’s budget allowing the Chamber to increase its efforts in working on behalf of the Lamoille County business community. Check out your options by visiting our website

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Invitation to Join a Committee


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)

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2016 Committee Work is 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
Next Meeting: May 23 – noon – Chamber Office
Open Meeting … Please Join Us

Events Committee
Tracy Baker, Chair
Next Meeting – May 17 – 12:00 noon – Chamber Office
Open Meeting … Please Join Us – Wack-a-Doo Planning!

Membership Committee
Next Meeting – May 17 – 8:00 a.m. – Chamber Office

Finance Committee
Appointed Committee
Next Meeting: May 18 – Noon – Chamber Office

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 May 19 at the Tegu Building, Morrisville.

Government Affairs Committee
Stay tuned…

Nominating Committee
No meetings until October and it is an appointed Committee.

Let us know if you plan to attend any of the meetings listed above.

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Community & Member Events, Workshops, Classes

River Arts Winter/Spring Workshops
74 Pleasant Streets – Morrisville, – 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
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!

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with River Arts!
Thursday, May 5, 2016, 5:30-8:30PM

Artisan beer tasting from local breweries, Mexican food prepared by Jennifer Isabel of El Toro, Live music and pinata. Tickets are $45, $10 for those 5-18, under 5 free. RSVP to River Arts at 802-888-1261.

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A respectful Request For E-Newsletter Feedback:

As you have probably noticed, this week’s newsletter is considerably shorter than what has been issued in the past. Jen and I are trying to pare down the amount of content while still bringing you pertinent and valuable material. I want to be respectful of your time, yet offer an exemplary source of Chamber information.

With that, would you consider sending me any feedback you might have? For example, is there any content you would like to see more of, and conversely, anything that you do not find particularly relevant? What do you think of the format and the readability of our newsletter?
Thanks. We really appreciate your input. Please send your comments to Melissa via email.

Become a Sustaining Member

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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.

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Insurance Options

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.

Vermont Health Connect

Vermont Health ConnectThe 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.

Simpson Sales Unlimited

Simpson Sales UnlimitedWelcome 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.

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Vermont Web Marketing

VT Web Marketing LogoVermont Web Marketing helps small to medium-size businesses improve their online visibility through natural search. Along with strategic advertising on popular search engines and a solid social media plan, the VWM team believes in optimizing a site properly so that it comes up naturally when someone searches for a product or service.
Unfortunately, there’s often a disconnect between web design and SEO. A lot of business owners pay good money for websites that look great but aren’t optimized for search engines.

VWM designs websites that are beautiful, functional, and optimized. Even before that site is up and running, we help our clients develop marketing strategies that will put their website to good use.

Online marketing doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, but you do need a plan. VWM can help you come up with a strategy and then prioritize your to-do list based upon your budget and objectives. Get started!

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