Table of Contents:
Max’s Memo: Your Chamber in Action
Engage, Promote, Realize
Welcome New Member: Copley Country Club
2016 Sponsorship Responses
Final Legislative Breakfast: Town & Country Resort at Stowe
Legislative Breakfast Wrap-Up
Eggs and Issues: Anne Galloway of VTDigger.org
Mixer: 10 Railroad Street and Mo Vegas Fill Station
Public Forum: Vermont Futures Project
Business of the Month: Williams and Green, PC
Chamber Committee News and Notes
Sponsorship Opportunities
Community and Chamber Member News, Notes and Events
Become a Sustaining Member
Insurance Options

Max Neal, Executive Director

Max Neal
Executive Director

Max’s Memo: Your Chamber in Action

Out, about and interesting stuff … Did you know that the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce represents 49 business categories in 22 communities. And that a recent report is out stating that 80% of the buying public will buy first from a Chamber member?

This past week was one of committee meetings … Finance (we’re on budget); Membership (we’ve exceeded new member goal so far this year); Events (planning for the “world famous” Wack-a-Doo event); Board of Directors (monitoring and leading); Lamoille Economic Development Board meeting (joint meeting with LEDC Board and the Lamoille County Planning Commission Board); Legislative Breakfast at Town and County on March 21 (more than 40 guests with robust exchange of information); MACC – Morrisville Alliance for Commerce and Culture meeting (Chamber will promote “I Love It Here” campaign at April 12 Chamber Mixer hosted by 10 Railroad Street); Vermont State Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting (Manchester Chamber closing and then not closing – legislative updates and exchange of information from all Chamber members present… i.e., “what works and what doesn’t work”, the challenge of recruitment and retention and visionary approaches to the futures of Chambers); Personnel Committee with CHSLV and the TAC meeting on Wednesday which addressed among other agenda items a status update on the master planning efforts at the Morrisville Stowe Airport as well as an update on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail Municipal Trailheads.

Out and about also found me visiting the Trapp Family Brewery to attend a Stowe Area Association Mixer – the facility is awesome and we learned that plans are in place to build a conference meeting space (construction underway and part of the brewery facility. We are engaged in conversation with the Lodge to perhaps host the 2017 Chamber Membership Dinner/Celebration.

Rock Art Brewery hosted a “Beer with Bruce” event last week at which time all present (including your Executive Director) had the opportunity to meet, greet, and chat with gubernatorial candidate, Bruce Lisman and enjoy a Rock Art brew.

The Board of Directors met on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the Tegu Building. These meetings are open to Chamber members in good standing (dues paid). Your Executive Director missed the meeting due to illness … for the record: this was her first sick day taken in 68 years of receiving a pay check. Jen assures her not to be concerned – a record of 67 years without a sick day will probably stand!)

Following Committee including financial reports from the treasure, the Board discussed the upcoming search for an Executive Director. Four qualified candidates are in the interview pool; all will have an interview with the Executive Committee; that pool will be narrowed down to two; those two candidates will be interviewed at least once, probably twice, before a final decision and employment offer is made. It is anticipated that a decision will be made on or before May 1, 2016. We will keep you informed.

Onward!
Max, Executive Director

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WAYS TO ENGAGE … PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS … REALIZE CHAMBER VALUE

  • Serve on a Committee?
  • Donate Raffle Items – Mixers?
  • Sponsor an Event – details in this e-news; on the Chamber’s website; and was sent to all Chamber members via snail mail.

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A Warm Welcome To Copley Country Club, The Newest Chamber Member

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We are excited and honored to have the opportunity welcome and promote the Copley County Club in Morrisville and extend a hearty welcome to Michael Gandy, Board Chair, Jay Cooke Vice Chair, and the entire Copley Country Club staff to the Chamber team.

Jay tells us that the Club has re-grouped, re-focused and has exciting initiatives it will be introducing to the community over the next few months. The Chamber, working with the Club’s Board of Directors, is planning a ribbon cutting ceremony during the month of May … an opportunity to showcase the course, hear about the Club’s future vision, play a bit of golf, and enjoy the hospitality of the Club and its staff.

The Club is located at 377 Copley Country Club Road in Morrisville, telephone (802) 888-3013 and business email is proshop@copleycountryclub.com. Check it out and do extend a hearty Chamber welcome to Michael and Jay!

Following is a brief Club History:
Alexander CopleyIn 1934, Morrisville’s philanthropically minded native son, Alexander Hamilton Copley, who is also responsible for Peoples Academy and the Copley Hospital, deeded the now Country Club property to the Village of Morrisville to be used as a recreational facility for its residents. Use of the property was intended as a Park, Golf Course, or Airfield. Because of this, a well thought out plan is in order.

The approved plan would provide direction and control in the future development of Copley Country Club while maintaining its integrity and original intent. The management of the course was placed by the Village fathers in the hands of a board of directors, consisting of C.H. A. Slayton, A.B. Limoge, Dr. Phillip Goddard, C.F. Higginbotham and Hammond Barnes.

The construction of the course was done by James M. Kelley of Morrisville, who with L.M. Munson, president of the board of village trustees, ably supervised the laying out and building of the house and course. So far as was known at the time, Morrisville had the only combined airport and golf course anywhere. Season membership at the time, which included use of the course and clubhouse, cost only five dollars!

The clubhouse was built to provide a gathering place for social activities for its members. The club house itself is a beautiful one story structure with its large club room, which could be divided by sliding partitions into three separate rooms fireplace, kitchenette, and men’s and women’s lockers and shower rooms. Mr. Copley also furnished the clubhouse at the Copley Country Club. The furnishings included equipment enough to serve banquets and to care for 100 guests. The clubhouse has remained as built with few minor changes.

The nine-hole course was slightly less than regulation distance, covering 2,154 yards. However, it had been described by a golfer who has played on more than 1,000 courses as presenting one of the most beautiful panoramic views of any course in this country. George Clewes of Randolph was hired as pro and greens keeper. The first officers of the club were President, W.D. Jones; Vice President J.M. Kelly; Secretary C. Russell Graves; Treasurer, L Morris White.

Since its inception the golf club house remained intact even though the course has seen several changes including, four major layout changes. In addition to the four major layout changes, the course has seen a multitude of revisions, alterations and additions, including sand trap additions and deletions, tree removal and plantings, various fairway and rough configurations, a new pro shop, green modifications, new and expanded tee boxes and the most recent addition of a full irrigation system.

These changes were implemented based on changing times, increase use, technological advancements and some simply as ideas of the Boards of Directors to improve or direct play. For whatever reason, changes were and will continue to be made.

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2016 Sponsorship Response

Legislative Breakfast Series – SOLD! $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.

Many thanks for the Marron Family and the staff at Town and Country for hosting the March 21 Breakfast. Forty-one attended the early morning program and a robust exchange of information ensued.

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Final Legislative Breakfast – April 11

Town and Country Resort at Stowe, 876 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672
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Be sure to take a moment now to sign up for the fourth and final Legislative Breakfast. As always the morning will begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration and a hearty breakfast buffet, followed by brief legislator updates at 8 a.m. to be wrapped up with a question and answer period with adjournment at 9 a.m. Owners, Dick, Millie, and Rich Marron together with the staff at Town and Country Resort look forward to welcoming guests to the property.

We encourage you to submit your questions prior to the breakfast by emailing them to Max.

Questions received before April 11 will be answered prior to questions from the floor. All questions submitted will be answered during the breakfast or forwarded to Legislators following the program for individual follow-up. There will be questions from the floor as well. Come – participate – let your voice be heard!

The public is encouraged to attend. No fee for Chamber members; $10.00 suggested donation from non-Chamber members.

Reservations are appreciated and can be made by online by clicking here. If you are uable to do so or do not receive a confirmation email, please call the Chamber at (802) 888-7607 or email Jen.

NOTE: The April Legislative Breakfast WILL NOT BE HELD AT 158 MAIN RESTAURANT IN JEFFERSONVILLE. An unexpected turn of events has prevented this from happening and Jack Foley, owner of “158” sends his regrets for the last minute change.

A summer session is tentatively scheduled for July 18. Watch the weekly E-news for updates; or call the Chamber at 802 888 7607.

A special note of thanks to the Speaker of the House, Shap Smith; our Senator, Rich Westman; and legislators, Bernie Juskiewicz, Linda Martin, Heidi Scheuerman, Mark Higley, Mark Woodward, Avram Patt … for their faithful attendance, their guidance and their leadership.

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March 21 Legislative Breakfast Wrap-Up

Town and Country Resort, 876 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672

Legislative Breakfast 3-21-16Many thanks for the Marron Family and the staff at Town and Country for hosting the March 21 Breakfast. Forty-one attended the early morning program and a robust exchange of information ensued.

Some folks who did not get the opportunity to ask questions of our Legislators directly completed forms which were then forwarded to our Legislative body for responses. Issues covered: overwhelming development and/or relocation regulations; independent contractor issues and employee classification concerns.

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Eggs and Issues Series – April 12 Program

Medicaid Expansion – Legalization of Marijuana – Gubernatorial Race
Anne Galloway, Executive Director, VTDigger.org
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., Location to be determined

Anne Galloway Executive Director VTDigger.org

Anne Galloway
Executive Director
VTDigger.org

Anne Galloway is the founder and editor of VTDigger and the executive director of the nonprofit Vermont Journalism Trust. She has worked as a reporter and editor for 20 years. She holds a BA from the University of Kentucky and moved to Vermont in 1988. For many years, Galloway was a contributing writer for Seven Days Newspaper and a visual arts reviewer for the Times Argus. She was the editor of the Sunday Rutland Herald and Barre Times Argus from 2004 to 2009. Her reporting has appeared in The New York Times (the Vows column), the New York Daily News, Vermont Life and City Pages (Minneapolis). She is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

VTDigger.org is a statewide news website that publishes watchdog reports on state government, politics, consumer affairs, business and public policy.

Anne’s presentation will focus on Medicaid Expansion, Legalization of Marijuana and the Gubernatorial Race.

Do plan to join us! Bring your questions! No charge for Chamber members; $8.00 donation from non-Chamber members is appreciated. Hearty breakfast buffet. 7:30 a.m. registration, networking, breakfast with program beginning at 8:00 a.m. and adjournment at 9:00.

Reservations are appreciated and can be made by online by clicking here. If you are unable to register online, please email Jen or call (802) 888-7607.

More Eggs and Issues… Mark your calendar!
May 17 Eggs: Edward Jones Investments, Rich Jacobs, Financial Advisor
June 15 Eggs: Betsy Bishop, Vermont State Chamber of Commerce
July 12 Eggs Michael Mosher (first in 3-part series) To be confirmed “Get to Know Lamoille County” – Key Demographics
August 22 Phil Scott – Gubernatorial Candidate
September 13 Michael Mosher–Part 2 – Accessing Demographic Data for Business Intelligence
October 12 Betsy Bishop, Vermont State Chamber of Commerce
November 14 Michael Mosher–Part 3 – The Date Process: A Step-by-Step Guide
December 13 Open .. or Merry Christmas!

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April Mixer: 10 Railroad Street and Mo Vegas Fill Station

10railroadstWe’re excited to announce that Kim and Jimmy, owners of #10 Railroad will host the April 12 Mixer from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It will, as always, be an evening filled with exceptional hospitality and excellence in networking. You can expect a hearty welcome, raffle surprises, 50/50 and business of the month drawings, tasty hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

There is no cost to Chamber members; $8.00 donation from non-Chamber members is appreciated. Mark your calendars and register here.

We look forward to welcoming you – bring a friend (or two)!

Meet the Business Owners – Kim and Jimmy
Kim K. and Jimmy G. have been restaurant owners for 15 years, starting with an old fashioned malt shop in NYC. They finished their tenure in NYC with a great little neighborhood bar known as the Blue Donkey Bar. They took the Blue Donkey and moved with it to Stowe, VT where they returned to the burgers and milkshakes theme.

Their new venture in Morrisville, 10 Railroad Street, is a blending of their earlier experiences with an upscale twist. The food is a little more serious than burgers, though the Blue Donkey burger is their best seller! Steak, prime rib, clams, fish, mac n’ cheese… all made in house. They are enjoying the Morrisville community and hope to bring culinary joy to its people.

In 2015, Kim and Jimmy introduced their retail brand, Mo Vegas Fill Station, which offers the best selection of micro-brew growler fills, wines, and ciders in around. The Fill Station also boasts the only walk-in humidor in the state, with fine cigars, tobaccos, and accessories. Also located at 10 Railroad Street, with a second store coming soon. Until then, however, come on out to 10 Railroad Street to enjoy Food and Drink for the Hungry Travel.

Upcoming Mixers
May 11: Pall Spera Company Realtors – Morrisville Office
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)

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Public Forum on Vermont Futures Project

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March 31, 2016 – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Stearns Student Center, Johnson State College
Sponsored by: Lamoille Economic Development Corporation; the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce, Lamoille County Planning Commission and Johnson State College

LAST CALL FOR RESERVATIONS … WALK-INS WELCOME – RSVP’S PREFERRED FOR PLANNING PURPOSES!

Our Vermont economy is one of our most crucial and the least understood systems. The Vermont Futures Project was founded to conduct research and provide knowledge about the Vermont economy aimed at enhancing and sustaining a robust and growing economy. The Futures Project believes that Vermonters need a shared vision about the economy we want – one that is as strong as the vision we share for our environment.

To help build this vision, the Vermont Futures Project is sponsoring, in collaboration with regional entities, a series of discussions around the State. Johnson State College will host a meeting on March 31 for Lamoille Region businesses and residents. The forum will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Stearns Student Center at Johnsons College. The event will build off the economic indicators in the Vermont Futures Project website focusing in three broad areas: economic performance, workforce and quality of place. The unique Vermont challenge is balancing our commitment to environmental responsibility, fairness to our people, and growth of opportunity.

The Vermont Futures Project, created by the Vermont Chamber Foundations, has already published a website of economic indicates at www.vtfuturesproject.org based on research funded by the foundation and performed by the UMass Center for Economic Development. The indicators provide a profile of the economy which the Foundation is committed to update annually for at least the next ten years.

The forum will be led by Jeffrey Lewis, one of the principal organizers of the Vermont Futures Project.

Attendance is free; but we do encourage you to let us know you’re coming by contacting John Mandeville at 802-888-5640 or by emailing him or by registering online.

Both John and I have heard the presentation…it is awesome, timely, important, and meaningful … we hope you will plan to join in the conversation.

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Business of the Month: Williams and Green, PC

Business Card Drawn at March 15 Mixer

williams and green logoWith offices located at 259 Upper Main Street in Morrisville, the law firm of Williams and Green has provided legal services to our community for a number of years. Mr. Williams has retired from the firm; however, Sharon Green continues to serve her clients in the area of real estate, wills, trusts, estates, family law, corporate law, litigation and civil and personal injury.

In addition to her professional life, Sharon is deeply involved in community life. She volunteers on several Boards and has served as Chairman of the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce (two terms – at least); served as immediate past Chair of the Board; volunteers on the Events Committee and is a major force in the Chamber’s Leadership Lamoille Program.

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Chamber Committee News and Notes

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)

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2016 Committee Work Underway:

Leadership Lamoille Steering Committee
Next Meeting: April 1 -8:00 a.m. – Chamber Office
Open Meeting … Please Join Us

Marketing and Branding Committee
Mary Collins – Dawn Archbold – March 28 – 12:00 noon – Chamber Office
Open Meeting … Please Join Us

Events Committee
Tracy Baker, Chair
Next Meeting – April 26 – 12:00 noon – Chamber Office
Open Meeting … Please Join Us

Membership Committee
Next Meeting – April 19 – 8:00 a.m. – Chamber Office

Finance Committee
Appointed Committee
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
Stay tuned

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

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2016-2017 Sponsorship Options

Market/Promote Your Business – Be Involved! Be Engaged!

Your participation in sponsorship options offered by the Chamber not only brings an increased visibility to your business, it helps to support the Chamber’s annual budget which allows the organization (Chamber) to continue to bring members interesting and meaningful programs throughout the year. Click here for sponsorship details.
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Community and Chamber Member News, Notes and Events

Inspired Wellness by Rosie, CMT, CPT
Rosie’s Back to School Message

Rosie just notified us that she will be back at “SCHOOL”. She was enrolled in CT this past weekend which is an intense course which when successful completed will earn her a certificate in Medical Massage. This new certification will allow Rosie to bill for Workers’ Compensation and Personal Insurance.

The Medical Massage Practitioner Certification is specifically designed to allow the professional massage therapist to confidently work within the medical community. The Professional Level Series includes the following courses:

Insurance Billing (proven strategies and techniques for dealing with personal injury cases, workers’ compensation, PIP and private insurance; Day of the Neck (a hand on class learning how to assess and treat major pain complaints such as whiplash, torticollis, cervical strain, R.O.M. limitations, etc.; Day of the Back (a hand on class learning how to assess and treat major pain complaints such as lumbago, pelvic tilt, post-op back surgery, sciatic and more.

If you, or someone you know, that might need Rosie’s skilled hands, please give her a call at 802 730-0452 or email: wellnessbyrosie@icloud.com.

Inspired Wellness by Rosie has been a Chamber member since December 2015.

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VAST and VTrans to Host Public Meeting: Review Lamoille Valley Rail Trail Management Plan
April 11 – 4 p.m. – Green Mountain Technical & Career Center – Hyde Park<

The Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST), the Vermont Department of Transportation (VTrans) and the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail Committee (LVRTC) invite the public to a meeting on April 11 at 4 p.m. at the Green Mountain Technical Career Center in Hyde Park.

The purpose of the meeting is to review the newest edition of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail Management Plan and give community members an update on the project and a chance to comment on the plan. A copy of the current proposed management plan can be found at www.lvrt.org; or stop by the Chamber office for a hard copy (Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce, 92 Lower Main Street, Morrisville, Vermont).

The public is invited; no charge.

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Strategies to Maximize Your Social Security Income
Hosted by: Maple Street Inn; Presented by: Philip Bongiorno

The presenter, Philip Bongiorno is a financial services professional and is not affiliated with any government agency. This seminar is educational and designed to give the attendees a broad view of current information relative to social security benefits. Phil was the Chamber’s guest at an Eggs and Issues program and his message and delivery were awesome.

This seminar is a free educational workshop; seating is limited; RSVP by calling (888) 754-3056.

This is your opportunity to learn little known Social Security strategies that could increase your lifetime benefits and key factors you need to know before applying for Social Security. Don’t lose tens of thousands of dollars in benefits unnecessarily.

Maple House Inn and Philip Bongiorno are both members of the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce.

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Jewelry and Sip Event at The Space
March 25; 5 – 7 p.m. Reservations Required

Enjoy a night with the girls modeling jewelry! We are featuring Silver Stars, Sterling Silver jewelry, check them out here. Pick out something to suit your style! Catalogs will be provided along with live jewelry. Tickets to this event are $10 . The Event entitles you to 30% off your jewelry order for the event, one free beverage, a selection of finger foods, one entry for the door prize and a free gift! Click here to sign up now for a fun night!

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Cuppa Tea at Haymaker Card and Gift
Got tea? We sure do…at Haymaker Card and Gift shop 84 Lower Main Street Morrisville…the place to be… Green Tea. Red Tea. Blue Tea.
(One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish…)
Loose Tea & loose teapots & loose teabags and balls & matching teacups!!
Makes a great birthday or wedding gift or a special gift for YOU!
Get yourself a cuppa…

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Lamoille Economic Development Corporation Sponsors: Lamoille Region Business Assistance and Financing Forum
April 12, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to noon – Green Mountain Technology and Career Center – Hyde Park
Open to Public – Free to All – Registration Is Required

If you are a local business owner or manager, chances are there are times when you need help, advice, mentoring, financing or just another person in the know with whom to bounce ideas around. And, chances are, you don’t know where to turn to seek out this sort of assistance. Never fear, help is on the way. The Lamoille Economic Development Corporation is sponsoring a business assistance forum on Tuesday, April 12th from 9:00 am to noon in the Community Room at the Green Mountain Technology and Career Center in Hyde Park. Representatives from the following organizations will be making short presentations on the nature of the assistance available to you:

  • Small Business Administration – small business financing and technical assistance
  • Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center – LEAN procedures used in all businesses, innovation and export training
  • Vermont Training Program – financial assistance for employee training programs
  • Vermont Global Trade Partnership – import/export and the EB-5 investment program
  • Vermont Economic Development Authority – business financial services
  • Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program – economic incentives for business recruitment, expansion and growth
  • Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance program – selling to the government, federal, state and local
  • Vermont Small Business Development Center – business planning assistance, coaching, training, advising for existing businesses and start-ups
    USDA, Rural Development – loans, loan guarantees, technical assistance, grants for small businesses, municipalities and non-profits
  • Fresh Tracks Capital – venture capital
  • Community Capital of Vermont – small business alternative lender
  • Vermont Community Loan Fund – small business alternative lender
  • U.S. Export Assistance Center – export assistance for businesses of all sizes and in all industries
  • VSJF Flexible Capital Fund – royalty financing

There will be an extended period for questions and answers and informational material will be available from every agency. Everyone will also be provided with information on how to make one-on-one appointments to meet with representatives from any and all agencies present. The Forum is free to all attendees but reservations must be made in advance. Please visit www.vtsbdc.org to register online or email Vicki Blanchard or 802-728-9101.

For more information call John Mandeville at 802-888-5640.

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Lamoille Home Health & Hospice To Hold a Community Conversation on Alzheimer’s Disease
March, 28 – 10 a.m. – Johnson Public Library, Johnson, VT

A series of community conversations on important health topics for Seniors will be presented by Lamoille Home Health & Hospice and will include an upcoming talk at the Johnson Public Library.

Monday, March 28th at 10:00 a.m. at the Johnson Public Library, 7 Library Drive, Johnson, VT, join the conversation, led by Meridith Vaughan, RN, Long Term Care Director at LHH&H on “Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease”. About 15 million people care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s in the United States. Knowing what to expect and preparing for the challenges, can help people with Alzheimer’s live better with the disease and also stay in their homes longer. Each person’s situation is unique, but having good information can help you be ready for the challenges each stage may bring. Lamoille Home Health & Hospice is experienced in educating and caring for homebound individuals who need skilled nursing and personal care. This informative discussion will help you recognize the telltale signs of Alzheimer’s Disease, how families can cope, and what local and regional resources are available.

Light Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Lamoille Home Health & Hospice is Lamoille County’s only nonprofit home health and hospice agency and has served the county for over 40 years. Named a “Homecare Elite” ™ Top Agency in 2014, LHH&H provides skilled nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies, medical social services, personal care attendants, homemaker support, palliative and hospice care.

For more information, contact: Mary L. Collins, Marketing Director, Lamoille Home Health & Hospice, (802) 888-4651,or, email: mcollins@lhha.org.

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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 at 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 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!

iPhone Photography – Seriously
Wednesday – March 16 through April 13 – 6 8 p.m. – $85.
Discover the strengths and limitations of iPhone photography in this interactive workshop with Nan Carle Beauregard. All levels of skill and experience welcome.

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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

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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

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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

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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 Unlimited

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.

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