In This Issue: June 30, 2016

Executive Director’s Report
Two new members join the Chamber family
Help Wanted: Piecasso, Trapp Family Lodge
Member Blog: Cygnus Security
Chamber News and Notes
Community News and Notes: Opiate Addiction Forum
For Your Calendar: Chamber, Member & Community Events, Workshops and Classes
Sustaining Membership: A special sponsorship opportunity

Executive Director’s Report

“Great companies don’t hire skilled people and motivate them. They hire motivated people and inspire them.”

That quote from Simon Sinek was personified by the winners at the VT SBA awards ceremony held on June 16th at the Country Club of VT in Waterbury. Three businesses from Lamoille County were honored; they were High Mowing Organic Seeds, Sweet Crunch Bake Shop, and LRCC member Power Play Sports. Tom Stearns, Debbie Burritt and Caleb Magoon all gave heartfelt, humorous and compelling acceptance speeches. The overarching sentiment—the common thread—was how they spoke about their employees and how they strive as owners to inspire those who work so tirelessly to make the owners’ visions a reality. How do you inspire your employees?

WACK-A-DOO! As I stood in front of our group on June 23rd, I told the story of how I sat with Max Neal during our transition period and the topic of Wack-A-Doo came up. As I’m sure you’d understand, my first thought was “What is a Wack-A-Doo?!” Well, last Thursday at Ryder Brook Golf Course, I understood. It was a sense of community. It was a group—members, friends and family—coming together for nine holes of golf and enjoying food catered by Vermont Harvest Catering to raise funds for scholarships that will be awarded to deserving high school students from Lamoille County. It was community outreach at its finest.

With that, it is my pleasure to announce our 2016 Wack-A-Doo winners:
Town and Country – 2016 Wack-A-Do Champions – Lowest Score
Great Big Graphics – Highest Score
Kurt Loati of Morrisville Lumber – Wild Card for best 5th person and beer fetcher

Click here to view photos from the event.

Thanks to all of the participants and to the Events Committee for making this happen. A special thanks to Casella Waste Management for their generosity in being our Presenting Sponsor. It was truly a success.

Now that Wack-A-Doo is behind us, we will be setting our sights on Amazin’ Grazin’. Stay tuned for details.

There was a lot to do on June 23rd. Right before heading to the golf course, I went over to the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail to join other members of the community for a ribbon cutting. It was a momentous day for all involved as ribbon cuttings took place at St. Johnsbury, West Danville, Hyde Park, Johnson, and Cambridge Junction. When completed, the LVRT will be the longest rail trail in New England. If you haven’t already, pick a beautiful day to take a walk, run or bike on this historic trail. Hope to see you along the way!

The Stowe Area Association held its Annual Meeting on June 15th. As most of you are aware, Ed Stahl, SAA’s Executive Director for the last nine years, is stepping down in December. The organization has started to re-evaluate what it does and how it does it, as well as how to better meet its members’ needs. A strategic action committee has been formed to collect information from member and non members to help them determine the direction of the association.

In my last newsletter, I said I would give you an update regarding Sophia’s birthday party held at Stowe Bowl on June 12th. Well, suffice it to say that Sophia’s friends are STILL talking about it! The staff could not have been more accommodating and our two hours flew by. Learn more about planning events at Stowe Bowl.

I have been invited to speak at Stowe Rotary’s July 7th meeting of “The State of the Region.” I am honored to be their guest speaker for the evening, and am happy to impart the Chamber’s knowledge with regard to where we have been, where we are, and the bright future of the Lamoille Region.

Just a quick glimpse into one of our monthly committee meetings: Membership. For those of you who may not be aware, we have two ambassadors, Rich Jacobs and Michelle Legere. Each month, they receive a list of members to call or visit…just to chat and to ask questions such as, “What can we do as a Chamber to add value to membership?” In addition, they inquire, “What we are doing well…and what we can do better?” The feedback and responses they receive and share with the group are invaluable.

We take that information and act upon it quickly if possible, and often it is a phone call from me to continue the conversation. There is much more to this topic; however, my intent for bringing it up is to let you know that we are listening, and soon you will see robust, positive changes that will add immeasurable value to your investment in the Chamber. It’s an exciting time, and we are all going to share in the promotion, growth, and prosperity of our business community and beyond.

Lastly, we are pleased to announce that we have two new members! Please join me in welcoming Pleasant Valley Insurance and Sushi Yoshi Stowe to the Chamber. Please scroll on down to our New Member Spotlight to learn more about them.

With appreciation,
Melissa Sheffer
Executive Director

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New Member Spotlight: Pleasant Valley Insurance, Sushi Yoshi

Pleasant Valley InsurancePleasant Valley Insurance
Pleasant Valley Insurance is an Independent Insurance Agency representing many different insurance companies for your insurance needs. They carefully select their carriers in order to provide you with the best level of service, price and coverage. You have the ability to choose the best carrier for your insurance needs which is the main advantage to using an independent insurance agency.

Located in Jeffersonville, Vermont their goal is to educate and service the Lamoille County community and throughout the state of Vermont. Through their independence, they strive to educate the community on the best options for their insurance needs.

The team at Pleasant Valley Insurance is dedicated to providing their customers in Vermont with the best coverage at competitive rates and they want you to have a positive overall experience.

Sushi YoshiSushi Yoshi I remember when I first saw the Sushi Yoshi sign go up in Stowe back in 2014. Being a sushi lover, I began counting the days until they opened. I dined there opening day and have been a repeat customer ever since.

Start with delicious drinks. Sushi Yoshi has a talented team of excellent bartenders who can whip up whatever you have might be craving. You can relax with a beer or cocktail outside on their porch or enjoy the same inside in their cozy bar area.

Sushi Yoshi is family friendly. What’s better than dinner and a show? They have fun for the whole family by way of hibachi dining. Kids can enjoy smaller portions available on their children’s hibachi menu.

Last and absolutely not least, they serve amazing sushi. Rock ‘n roll your way in and try some of it! They offer traditional rolls and Chef Special Creations. Your taste buds will thank you.

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Help Wanted: Piecasso, Trapp Family Lodge seeking employees

With summer having approached quickly, a good number of our members have many job opportunities available. Please see below and help spread the word for Trapp Family Lodge and Piecasso. Also, please let us know if we can assist you and your business with your staffing needs, and we will be sure to make those announcements!

Piecasso Pizzeria and Lounge
Piecasso is seeking applicants for full time and part time in the following positions. Please send resume to or apply in person at 1899 Mountain Road Stowe, Vermont (no phone calls please.)

LINE COOK: Experienced line cooks for 25-30 hours a week. Must be
hardworking and able to work our sandwich, salad, grill & garde manger
stations. Lunch and dinner hours available. Part/full time positions, flexible hours.

EXPERIENCED BAKER: Experienced baker to work roughly 15-25 hours a week. Duties include, but not limited to: baking sub rolls, burger buns, focaccia and homemade desserts from scratch. Must be organized. Creativity is a must. Ability to work independently while maintain¬ing a safe, sanitary work environment and fulfill job requirements is a must.

PIZZA MAKER: Pizza maker must enjoy a fast-paced positive working
environment. This position requires a hands-on-dedicated approach and the willingness to take responsibility for outcomes. Must be able to communicate clearly with employees & guests.

PM PREP PERSON: Are you highly organized, quick with a knife …? Can you work independently…? We are looking for a hard working person to join our team to prep our menus. While most of this shift includes prep, position also requires the person to clean their own dishes & clean up the kitchen after they are done. Hours are 9am-1pm. 3-5 days a week. We are in the process of tailoring a shift that works for the employer & employee.

COUNTER STAFF: Must be an enthusiastic team player and able to multi-task. Requirements include knowledge of our menus, exceptional customer service, basic math skills, taking orders over the phone for take-out and delivery. Interacting with guests in a professional manner is a must.

AM/PM DISHWASHER: Hardworking dishwasher from 9am-4pm, weekends a must. Primary job responsibilities will be washing and restocking dishes, keeping station clean and orderly. Some janitorial work. Sanitizing, assisting in cleaning food prep areas, some food preparation and overall assistance in helping kitchen operations functioning smoothly. We are also seeking PM dishwashers for the summer season and beyond. 5pm-11pm or later when busy.

Trapp Family Lodge
There are 25 openings listed on the Trapp website, and many are multiples within a job title. They also have their new von Trapp Brewery BiereHalle opening in August, and there will be a Job Fair on site July 13th to hire people aged 18 and over for those opportunities.

Click here to apply online.

Click here to learn more about the BiereHalle Job Fair.

Hospitality, Culinary, and all of the departments are ready to gear up for the summer – and the setting and benefits (free recreation center, pool and lunch) are terrific, too!

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Member Blog: Cygnus Sercurity

Cygnus SecurityWe are fortunate to have members who dedicate time to blogging as a way of sharing knowledge on their particular area of expertise. This week, we encourage you to spend some time reading the following from Douglas Babcock of Cygnus Security. Here, he provides information, thoughts, stats and best practices for security for your business, concentrating mostly on workplace violence and embezzlement.

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Chamber News and Notes

Recognizing Chamber members on Facebook: 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. We love promoting our members, and this is one of many ways we do it!

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Community News and Notes: Opiate Addiction Forum

Over 100 community leaders and members attended Wednesday night’s opiate addiction forum, hosted by the Lamoille County Sherriff’s Department. The panelists and speakers, which included doctors, law enforcement agents and support specialists, discussed how opiate addiction isn’t just a ‘big city’ problem and how it can impact people from all walks of life. Only as a community can we address the problem and this forum was a great icebreaker for a very difficult conversation. Thank you to everyone that attended and to everyone involved in making the forum possible.

Media Coverage of the Forum:
WPTZ: Over 100 turn out at community opiate discussion in Lamoille County

WCAX: Growing concerns over opiate crisis in Lamoille County

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For Your Calendar: Chamber, Member & Community Events, Workshops and Classes

Chamber Events: Eggs and Issues, Mixers and More
July 12: Shine Communications Mixer hosted by 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. It will be 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: Mixer at Sandiwood Farms – at the beautiful farm property
  • Aug 22: Eggs and Issues with Gubernatorial Candidate Phil Scott
  • Sept 13: Eggs and Issues with Michael Mosher: Part 1 – Accessing Demographic Data for Business Intelligence
  • Sept 23: Amazin’ Grazin’ at Hope Grows Community Farm (Ray and Carolyn Chauvin)
  • Oct 11: The Manor Mixer
  • Oct 12: Eggs and Issues with Betsy Bishop, Vermont State Chamber of Commerce
  • Nov 14: Eggs and Issues with Michael Mosher: Part 2 – The Date Process: A Step-by-Step Guide
  • Nov 16: Stowe Bowl Pre-Holiday Mixer
  • Dec 13: A TBD Eggs and Issues
  • Dec 14: Sushi Yoshi Stowe

Community Events:
Johnson Events:
Will Patton Quartet at Tuesday Night Live
July 5, 6 to 8:30 PM Legion Field, School Street, Johnson
The Will Patton Quartet is comprised of mandolin/octave mandolin, violin, guitar, flute, clarinet and string bass. The group focuses on Gypsy jazz and Brazilian styles as well as straight up bebop. Free, just bring a blanket or chair.
Vendors on site with refreshments and more. Information: (802) 635-7826. Rain or shine.

Morristown Events:
Annual 4th of July Celebration
Parade at 11 a.m.
Down Hill Derby at 1 p.m.
Fiddlers Contest at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday Night Live Music Series
July 6, 5:00 – 7:30, Oxbow Riverfront Park, Morristown
Opening Act: Lamoille Valley Dance Academy
Musical Guest: Shellhouse

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Sustaining Membership: A special sponsorship opportunity

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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!

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