In This Issue:

A Message from Melissa
On the Calendar for Next Week
Save the Date: Eggs and Issues
Save the Date: Mixers and More
Community and Member Events
Chamber Committee News and Notes

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Melissa Sheffer, Executive Director


Thank you—so much—to everyone who joined us on Tuesday night at Piecasso. It was such a special celebration. I am humbled by the continued warm welcome, and am even more inspired after having met so many of you. The appreciation for Max Neal was abundant, and incredibly well deserved. We will miss her, and will think of her motto “Perseverance and Onward!” as a reminder to honor her work and use that foundation as a catalyst to reach new heights.

This week’s e-news is an abbreviated version. The reason for this is that we are in the midst of making significant changes that we hope you will enjoy. What are those upcoming modifications, you ask? Well…we are transitioning to a bi-weekly edition, and we are working on a new look. I’d like to think of the newsletter as an evolving medium, with the goal of providing valuable content in an aesthetically pleasing format. We all have a lot to share, and we want to present that information clearly, concisely, and in a timely manner. So when you receive the next newsletter on May 26th, Jen and I invite you to let us know what you think!

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On the Calendar for Next Week

May 17th The Charlmont Pub, 5pm: More “Eggs and Issues, Evening Edition” (Rich Jacobs, Financial Advisor and a 401K Program) Rich’s presentation titled “The Entrepreneurial Equation” will show you strategies to help you save time; attract and retain employees; and preserve your business for yourself and your heirs. Please join us! Click here to register.

May 18th Copley Golf School ribbon cutting ceremony, 5:30pm. Please see details below. We encourage all of you to attend this event. The club is offering a discount to Chamber members from 9am to noon on this day. Nine holes for $12.50, cart not included. ($10.00) Go out and experience the changes they’ve made. You’ll be impressed. Click here for more information.

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Save the Date: Eggs & 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: TBD

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Save the Date: Mixers and More

  • June 8: Pall Spera Mixer
  • 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

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Community and Member Events

United Way Food Drive: No One Should Go Hungry in Lamoille County
Community Food Drive on May 14th

We hope you will pick up an extra item or two when you do your shopping this weekend. This year’s Community Food Drive will be held on Saturday, May 14th. The United Way of Lamoille County and the U.S. Postal Service coordinate this event which typically collects two tons of food annually for our local food shelves.

If you have rural mail delivery, you may hang your food donation from your mailbox. Your postal carrier will pick up your donation during their regular Saturday morning delivery. A drop box will be placed in the lobby of your local post office for the convenience of those who pick up their mail.

Please do not donate expired food! Check the labels and only donate items you would eat yourself. Only non-perishable items will be accepted. Items most requested at food shelves are: peanut butter, jelly, tuna, toilet paper, cereals, canned fruits and vegetables, spaghetti sauces, cake and baking mixes and hamburger helper, but any non-perishables will be greatly appreciated.

Please help those with food insecurities in our community by supporting this event. For more information, contact Brett at the United Way office at 888-3252.

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Copley Golf School Grand Opening May 18th
Copley Country Club is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Copley Golf School with a ceremonial ribbon cutting followed by an open house on May 18th at 5:30pm. Please come and join owners/golf pros Jay Cooke and Chris Clewes, the Board of Directors, local State Representatives, business leaders and the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce in welcoming the golf school to the Copley Country Club family and to the community.

Copley Golf School is using swing simulators with video, indoor putting options and teaching on the golf course to help players of all abilities. The addition of a newly built short game learning center, combined with the best instructional value in New England, injects an exciting new dimension to learning the game, lowering scores and helping enjoy the game even more.

About Copley Golf School
Copley Golf School’s mission is to enhance the golfing experience for our members and visitors by teaching how to play the game with joy and creativity. We believe that challenges posed by the golf course are best solved by students who have learned to play, not those who have been taught to practice swinging. We believe in helping improve technique, but our initial focus is on the craft of the game. We also are committed to the health and growth of a rare community resource – an uncrowded, secluded Vermont golf course that is beautifully manicured, professionally managed and fun to play every day.

Please contact Jay Cooke at 802-279-9889 or copleygolfschool@gmail.com.

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LEDC: Workshop On How To Select The Right Bookkeeping System For You And Your Business
Keeping accurate and up-to-date financial records for your business is without a doubt one of the most important aspects of starting and running a successful business. Unfortunately, many new and even seasoned business owners spend little time in selecting, setting up and utilizing a bookkeeping system that suits their business and their personal abilities and requirements. Many also decide to leave all this to someone else. Some do so because they suffer from “math anxiety” and some simply underestimate the importance of tracking and understanding the numbers their businesses generate.

This workshop will introduce you to some of the options open to all businesses from the most common computer-based system, Quick Books, to Peachtree, a simple Excel spreadsheet, and what is usually called a manual One-Write system. Also covered will be some explanation of what you are looking at when using the most common system and the one preferred by most accountants, Quick Books. Using any system to its greatest value to you and your business entails much more than just data entry, producing invoices, accounting for deposits, etc. Some of the things that Quick Books can do for you including producing monthly Profit & Loss statements, Balance Sheets, Aged Receivables and more will also be covered in this workshop. An extended question and answer section will allow all attendees to find out even more directly from the experts.

The presenters, accountants Julie Marckres, CPA and Deb Verzilli, CPA from Marckres Norder & Company, Inc. in Morrisville, each have over 20 years’ experience in the field. Come listen, watch and learn. Your business will thank you!

The workshop will take place on May 17th 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. Please visit www.vtsbdc.org and click on TRAINING to register and pre-pay on line or email or call Vicki Blanchard at dblanchard@vtsbdc.org, 802-728-9101.

For more information call John Mandeville at 888-5640.

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Committee News and Notes

Leadership Lamoille Steering Committee
Next Meeting: Tentatively scheduled for June 3rd; likely to change, please stay tuned -8:00 a.m. – Chamber Office
Open Meeting … Please Join Us

Marketing And Branding Committee
Mary Collins – Dawn Archbold – May 23 – 12:00 noon – Chamber Office

Events Committee
Tracy Baker, Chair
Next Meeting – May 24 (this is a new date) – 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 – 12:00 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. Let us know if you plan to attend.

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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 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 Connect

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 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 Melissa at (802) 888-7607 or drop her an email for more information.