In This Issue: June 10, 2016
Executive Director’s Report
You’re Invited to Play in the Wack-a-Doo
Four new members join the Chamber family
An Announcement and Congratulations!
Chamber News and Notes
For Your Calendar: Chamber, Member & Community Events, Workshops and Classes
LEDC Workshop: Online Business Done Right The First Time
Lamoille Workforce Investment Board (WIB):10 Hour OSHA Construction Safety Certification Training
At Rivert Arts: Rick Loya Exhibit
Sustaining Membership: A special sponsorship opportunity
Chamber Benefit: Insurance Options
A question that is often posed to me is, “How are you liking your new job?” My usual—and always heartfelt reply—is “It just doesn’t get any better!” There’s a quote: “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Your Chamber is hard at work, and as for my part, I love it. How much, you ask? Let me count the ways…
Recruiting! We have four new members! (Read about them in the New Member Spotlight.) I realize that when I am out recruiting and talking about the Chamber, my enthusiasm level simply skyrockets. You, our members, make that aspect of this position easy. What I mean to say is that you all impeccably embody what this Chamber is and where it is going. It is a spectacular representation of our business community, and it is difficult not to be passionate when speaking of the benefits of being a part of the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce.
Next, Wednesday night’s mixer, hosted by Pall Spera! Despite the fact that the weather gods clearly didn’t get the memo about our mixer being held outdoors, the event was a smashing success. Our door prizes were generously donated by Hoagies (incredible catering job!), Rock Art Brewery, Power Play Sports, Piecasso and Mary Skelton of the Hobble Inn. Much mixing and mingling was done, all thanks to Nancy Durand and the team at Pall Spera Company Realtors. Pall, an exceptional host, knocked it out of the park. A special thanks, also, to Roland LaJoie for bringing his radio skills and interviewing those who donated prizes—live on the air on WLVB. The vibe was electric and I couldn’t help but feel the vitality of this group just bursting at the seams.
I mentioned Mary Skelton. I had the pleasure of meeting her at her Bed & Breakfast, the Hobble Inn, in Stowe. For those who may not be aware, Mary is in the midst of an extraordinary project. Please take a moment to watch this clip.
As I was out and about, I stopped at Rimrock’s Mountain Tavern in Stowe on May 28th for an ice cream social hosted by Caren Merson, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. The occasion was “Saving for College Month,” specifically with regard to the 529 Plan, an effective college savings strategy that can help us prepare for the increasing cost of college. Here’s a picture of Caren with Dawn Smith, Branch Office Administrator. The event was well attended, fun, and informative, as well!
And on May 26th, I visited Sara Schlosser at Sandiwood Farm, where we will be holding our August mixer. I was absolutely stunned at the beauty that I witnessed. Please take a moment to peruse her website. While pictures don’t quite do it justice, it’s worth a look. I very much encourage you to take a drive to Wolcott and see it for yourself.
So, there you go: a snippet of this wonderful community of businesses that continues to prosper, and that we have the awesome responsibility of promoting. It is an honor, and I thank you.
June 23rd, rain date June 24th! This is the primary fundraiser for the Chamber’s High School Student Scholarship Program. And it is going to be a blast! Read more about it here. Sign your team up, and learn about sponsorship opportunities. Let’s make this the most successful Wack-a-Doo yet!
A few years ago, Rachel and Mark Vandenberg took up the plan to create something truly unique for Stowe, and indeed the entire state: an 8-lane bowling venue that’s not your regular alley, but something a little more boutique, swanky, cozy, comfortable, lounge-y, and elegant. Great food, a full bar serving anything from Shirley Temples to White Russians, a lounge atmosphere, and a state-of-the-art audio-visual experience will all complement the good old family sport that everybody knows and loves. They worked very hard to achieve their goal, and the rest is history. Come check it out for yourself!
Their menu features a tasteful blend of appetizers, fritters, bites and grabs to share (or not to share), as well as regular entrees. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by their excellent menu choices! And the Stowe Bowl bartenders will craft you a unique cocktail if you like, or just serve you one of the many national and local beers (we’re looking at you, Heady Topper!) on their drinks menu.
I just booked my daughter’s 9th birthday party celebration at Stowe Bowl, and we are both incredibly excited! I’ll let you know how it goes in the next e-news!
Stowe Golf Park
A famous Stowe summer recreation facility, the Stowe Golf Park is centrally located on the Mountain Road in front of the Sun & Ski Inn and Suites and consists of an 18-hole putting course and mini-kiosk. This heavily landscaped and contoured Stowe miniature golf course is in a garden environment and is a welcomed addition to Stowe, Vermont summer activities.
The Stowe Golf Park has been professionally designed as a miniaturized golf course which strives to simulate a real golf environment and experience. Adults, kids and families alike enjoy the challenge of a game of putting. While keeping score, players of all ages can “read” the breaks in the greens, avoid natural obstacles, fairway hazards, sand traps, rough grass, trees, etc. The Stowe Golf Park is open from May through October from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.
Efficiency Vermont is the nation’s first statewide energy efficiency utility. Through education, services, and incentives, they advance sustainable energy solutions for all Vermont homeowners and businesses.
Since 2000, Efficiency Vermont has worked to help customers reduce their energy costs, decrease strain on the electric system, and protect the environment. An Energy Efficiency Charge (EEC) that appears on Vermonters’ electricity bills enables them to deliver that value by investing in projects that help Vermonters reduce their electric usage.
They also provide services to help Vermonters reduce their heating and fuel usage. These activities are funded by two sources: Vermont revenues from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and revenues from selling energy efficiency savings to the region’s Forward Capacity Market, where electrical energy and capacity is bought and sold to meet New England’s electricity needs.
Efficiency Vermont is administered by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent nonprofit energy services organization under an appointment issued by the Vermont Public Service Board. Vermont regulators conduct oversight of Efficiency Vermont through a rigorous management process known as results-based accountability. This process requires that they meet a range of stringent goals in order to ensure energy savings are maximized and that they deliver cost-effective, equitable services to all ratepayers.
Shaw’s General Store
Founded by Howard E. Shaw in 1895, Shaw’s General Store has been family owned and operated for the last 120 years. Shaw’s represents not only a store that has evolved with the times, but one that has earned its way into the hearts of both locals and travelers by providing a first-hand feel of true Vermont hospitality.
Shaw’s has become one of my personal favorite places in which to shop for clothes. The best part is that clothing is just a start. I would tell you everything that they carry, but I am trying to keep the newsletter to a minimum. The experience is flawless. The fact that the store has been family owned and operated, in the same structure (with a couple of renovations along the way,) speaks volumes. If you haven’t already—or even if you have—pop in and say hello to Sal and the welcoming staff. You’ll be glad you did.
Stackpole & French Law Offices of Stowe and the law firm of Williams and Green of Morrisville are pleased to announce that Williams and Green will integrate its operations into Stackpole & French as of September 30, 2016. Attorney Sharon Green, owner of Williams and Green, will cease the practice of law as of September 30, 2016, but will continue to be involved in the combined business.
Stackpole & French plans to maintain an office at the existing Morrisville location of Williams and Green, in addition to its two existing office locations in Stowe. Sharon Green commented, “It has been a real pleasure to serve my clients in the Lamoille Region over the last several decades, and I am confident that the experienced attorneys at Stackpole & French will be able to carry on very well after me.”
“We are excited about this transition,” stated Ed French. “We look forward to working with Sharon and continuing to serve the greater Lamoille County area from the Morrisville office,” he stated. Those who have questions may contact either Sharon Green (888-4557) or Ed French (253-7339).
Facebook Promotion For Chamber Members: Chamber Members recognized
This is a friendly reminder to check out our Facebook page, as we are promoting each Chamber member on a weekly basis. Jump on over to see what’s going on. Brace yourselves for a pleasant Facebook experience, as Jen continues to exhibit her social media prowess. We love promoting our members, and this is one of many ways we do it!
Save the date: Mixers and More
- June 23: Wack-a-Doo – Golf Event – Ryder Brook Golf Club
- July 12: Shine Communications – Mary L. Collins –July’s Chamber Mixer will take place at Mary’s home overlooking Lake Elmore, off Route 12 south of the lake. Turn left onto Lacasse Road, follow straight up to 557 Hardwood Flats Road, Elmore, VT, about 1.5 miles. Featured will be Elmore-based businesses. Catered by the Elmore General Store and Firetower Pizza, highlighting ingredients from many local producers. Mary promises it will be an enlightening event! Bring your walking shoes!
- Aug 16: Sandiwood Farms – at the beautiful farm property
- Sept 23: Amazin’ Grazin’ – Hope Grows Community Farm (Ray and Carolyn Chauvin)
- Oct 11: The Manor – Washington Highway, Morrisville
- Nov 16: Pre-Holiday Reception – Chamber Office
- December: TBD (a great possibility in the works!)
Save the date: Eggs and Issues
- 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: TBD
MORRISVILLE – In today’s marketing world almost nothing has the potential to affect your business more positively or negatively than website construction and the targeted online marketing strategies used by you and your business.
Establishing a robust online presence for your small business is essential to a successful future. Today’s customers expect to find your business quickly and easily when they look online. And if they don’t, there are plenty of other options available to take your place! But with various website building tools and options, social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more, it can be a challenge to determine where to focus your energy. That, coupled with time and budgeting constraints makes it easy to make a wrong turn when it comes to decisions regarding your overall online business strategy.
This workshop will help you learn the options, costs and risks associated with various digital platforms and website building strategies, as well as what online marketing tools to consider once your online presence has been established. Covered topics include website building, social media, paid online marketing, analytics and more.
The workshop presenter, Patrick Ripley, is the digital media specialist for the Vermont Small Business Development Center. Patrick has more than 15 years of experience working with digital media, has worked for the Hearst Television stations and has written, edited and managed thousand of pieces or online content while managing the development, creation and design of multiple websites and social media campaigns.
The workshop will take place on June 15th from 9 am to noon in the Community Room at Green Mountain Technology and Career Center in Hyde Park. The cost to attend is $49 and pre-registration is required.
For more information call John Mandeville at 888-5640.
10 Hour OSHA Construction Safety Certification Training
Monday, June 13th 4:30-8:10 pm
Tuesday, June 14th 4:30-8:10 pm
Wednesday, June 15th 4:30-7:40 pm
Location: Green Mountain Technology and Career Center
Instructor: Stephen Nutting, CHST, Registered OSHA Outreach Instructor
Northeast Regional Safety Manager / Employee Owner
PC Construction Company
Number of Students: Maximum of 40
Cost Per Student: $40.00
Registration Deadline: Monday, May 30th
To register: Call or e-mail Chris Damato, Adult Education Coordinator, GMTCC or register online. This training is sponsored by and supported with training grant resources made available by the Lamoille Workforce Investment Board and GMTCC.
Rick Loya Exhibit with River Arts
Morrisville Post Office
May 12 – July 5, 2016
The paintings exhibited in this collection at the Morrisville Post Office are inspired by the artist Rick Loya’s surroundings and through his passion for the outdoors as a skier, cyclist, and hiker. His work as an artist extends to his love for theater as a set designer and his business as a sign maker.
Rick Loya is a native of Bethel Connecticut, who studied art at the Silvermine College of Art and received his B.A. in Art from Johnson State College. He has also studied painting under the Stowe artist, Stan Marc Wright. Loya currently resides in Morrisville, VT.
The Morrisville Post Office is located at 16 Portland Street in Morrisville, VT. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.and Saturdays 9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
All artwork is for sale through River Arts Center. For more information, please call 802-888-1261 or visit their website.
Becky Olson, Ed French and Rich Jacobs 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. The purpose of this option is to engage businesses and individuals who are willing to step forward and provide a special monetary contribution to aid the Chamber in both its general activities and specific projects – initiatives that are critical to its ability to serve its members and the regional community.
Benefits: Special recognition in Chamber publications and at Chamber events; and you will take deep pride in the fact that you had done something very special by supporting your Chamber beyond your annual investment (dues). On average, membership dues are approximately $250.00 per business … sustaining membership gives the Chamber an extra shot in the arm to advance its programs.
Give Melissa a call to discuss sustaining membership. Our goal is ten sustaining members by year end 2016. Thank you for considering!
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.