In This Issue:
Executive Director’s Report
New Member Spotlight: Image Outfitters
Congratulations, Chamber Members!
Chamber News and Notes
For Your Calendar: Chamber, Member & Community Events, Workshops and Classes
News and Notices from Chamber members
Sustaining Membership: A special sponsorship opportunity
Chamber Benefit: Insurance Options
This week, as I was out and about recruiting new members (stay tuned for thrilling recruitment announcements in our next e-newsletter!), and visiting our current members, I found myself (again) taken aback by the profound progress that’s happening right here in Lamoille County.
On May 17th, I met with DJ Masi from Creative Workforce Solutions and Michelle Salvador, Alcohol Drug Abuse & Prevention Coordinator, VT Department of Health, Morrisville. We spent an hour discussing and brainstorming a possible focus for our Leadership Lamoille Human Services topic. (Stay tuned for more.) I walked away from that conversation incredibly enlightened with respect to how the medical world, human services, and the community at large look at our system of care. It is a compelling subject about which we will delve into more as time goes on.
This past Tuesday, I made a second trip to Copley Country Club for the Stowe Area Association Mixer and had the opportunity to introduce myself to Ernie Ruskey of Tektonika Studio Architects. Greg Paus, Board Member, was also there enjoying the festivities and making the most of the experience by practicing on the putting green.
Image Outfitters is a full-service promotional products business serving all companies that use promotional products to market their own products or services to customers, suppliers, employees and other shareholders.
They strive to conduct their business in an environmentally and socially responsible manner, offering many green products and always looking to make a difference in the communities in which they and their customers operate by incentivizing customers to give back to charities they know are most effectively serving those in need.
They’re on the Mountain Road in Stowe; stop in and say hi to Esbert Cardenas and his team. It’s the most welcoming space I’ve seen in quite some time. If you don’t have a chance to say hello, just do as the sign says outside: “HONK 4 FUN!
Copley Golf School at Copley Country Club opens
The ribbon cutting that was held on May 18th was a huge success. Jay Cooke and Chris Clewes have something very special going on, and if you’re like me, the thought of improving your golf game is a beautiful thing.
ReSOURCE VT: A Non-Profit Community Enterprise re-opens in Hyde Park
ReSOURCE VT celebrated the Grand Opening of their Hyde Park location on May 21st. When I visited on Saturday, I was so impressed with the wide range of goods that were available to be purchased at very, very low prices. Pamela McKenna, Store Manager, and Curtis Ostler, Development and Communications Director, were both on hand to assist and greet customers. What may not be widely known is ReSOURCE’s history. In 1991 in Burlington, Vermont, ReCycle North began an innovative program of repairing and reselling household items that otherwise would have gone to the dump. Out of that founding vision, more than 750 people have received job training and skills essential to gainful employment, 10,000 low-income people have received needed household goods and building materials, more than 10,000 tons of materials have been kept from the landfill, and 50 people now have secure employment through income earned largely from this social enterprise. ReSOURCE’s success to date has proven its sustainability and is replicating this model of environmental sustainability, educational training, and economic opportunity in central Vermont. Please carve out some time to visit their brand new store. They’ll take great care of you.
Happy 150th birthday, Stowe Free Library!
Festivities continued to flourish on Saturday, May 21st with the 150th anniversary of the Stowe Free Library. There was entertainment by the Stowe High Jazz Ensemble; yummy treats; and historical recollections. In 1866, the library was founded with a donation of 51 books; it now houses more than 35,000 items in the way of books, video, audio and digital media!
Stop on by the Stowe Free Library. They’ll welcome you, inspire you, and enrich your mind.
Copley Hospital kicks of a new community health blog
Congratulations to Copley Hospital on their new project: the Live Well Lamoille blog! Folks throughout our community are contributing to share ideas, information, and perspective in hopes of building a healthier community. Please head over to the blog and let them know what you think!
A successful Eggs in the Evening with Rich Jacobs, Financial Advsior, Edward Jones
Thank you and congratulations to Rich Jacobs who held an “Evening Eggs & Issues” on May 17th at Charlmont Restaurant and Pub. It was well attended, and we all walked away feeling better informed on a wide range of topics including employee retention, retirement planning, and protecting the financial future of our loved ones.
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 we work to improve out social media presence. We love promoting our members, and this is one of many ways we do it! So be sure to LIKE and SHARE our posts!
Chamber Member Committees: An Invitation to Join a Committee
One of the best ways to become engaged in Chamber work is to volunteer to serve on a Committee.
While all committees and our Board met over the span of the last two weeks, we would like to make mention of our recently formed Marketing Committee. On May 23rd, Mary Collins, Dawn Archbold, Nichole Loati, and Irving Payne sat down with Jen, Adam and me for this introductory meeting. We are fortunate to have such diverse talent on this committee.
Mary Collins of Shine Communications assists businesses to tell their stories through strategically considered advertising, marketing, and well-crafted public relations efforts. They help you share the story of your business while being considerate of your budget and the greater good. Shine Communications helps you achieve clarity about the unique qualities that make your product or service desired, needed, and valued.
Dawn Archbold of United Way of Lamoille County, recently submitted her resignation after 20 years, ending on a high note. United Way just ended its best campaign ever, bringing in over $200k. We are honored to have Dawn, her expertise, and her inherent dedication on this very important committee.
Nichole Loati, owner of Great Big Graphics in Morrisville, brought her out-of-the-box thinking to this lively gathering. More than once, we all said, “Good thinking, Nichole!” Her creativity lends itself well in her industry. What sets her business apart is that it is a boutique graphic design and sign company staffed by artists and craftsmen. More than just a sign company, their in-house production facilities allow for creative signs and large-format printing limited only by your imagination. They work with businesses and organizations of all sizes and industries throughout Vermont and New England.
Finally, Irving Payne of Modaja Communications joined us and shared his background in Marketing and Branding. He has been in the media business since 1980, starting in N.Y.C. as a recording studio vocalist. During that time, he learned about audio recording, mixing and producing. Today, he combines his 36 years of audio experience with video production and offers high quality and affordable media platforms for businesses small and large.
Save The Date: Mixers and More
- June 8: Pall Spera Mixer (you will be receiving a special e-vite for this mixer which promises to be quite the occasion!)
- June 23: Wack-a-Doo – Golf Event – Ryder Brook Golf Club (more to come on this very important (and fun!) golf tournament.
- 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: TBD (a great possibility in the works!)
Save The Date: Eggs and Issues
- June 15: Betsy Bishop, Vermont State Chamber of Commerce, Town and Country
- 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
From Lamoille Economic Development Corporation
ROAD PITCH 2016 IN LAMOILLE COUNTY!
If you are an existing small business, a new start-up or just someone with an innovative idea for a business or new product, and you are looking for free advice from the experts who have been-there-done-that, or even looking for equity investors to help you make it all happen, you need to talk to us about being a “pitcher” at this year’s Road Pitch event. We are interviewing potential “pitchers” NOW in preparation for Friday, August 5th in Hyde Park when those selected will have the opportunity to give their pitch to 40 or more riders who are themselves successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors and business advisors. No more than seven pitchers will be selected but each will be given extensive assistance in preparing their seven minute pitches and will have the opportunity to meet and network with some of the most influential and successful business people in the tri-state area. Go here for more information on Road Pitch and last year’s event.
Also, at its most recent Board meeting, the Directors of the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation discussed its concerns for the effect the unusually mild winter we have just gone through has had on businesses in the region. The drop in tourist visits and the subsequent drop in money spent in local businesses of all sorts, not just those that cater directly to the tourist trade, has had a negative impact on the cash flow of many businesses. The LEDC operates the Lamoille County Revolving Loan Fund whose mission is to provide direct financing to assist businesses in Lamoille County. The Fund has two parts: the Microloan program for loans from $2,500 to $10,000 and the Small Business program for loans over $10,000 to $50,000. These loans are made at very attractive interest rates with variable re-payment terms and are available to any business located in or moving to Lamoille County.
If your business is having difficulty recovering from weak winter sales volume we encourage you to contact us and find out more about how we may be able to assist you with a loan through the revolving loan fund or in some other way. To learn more or to make an appointment to discuss how we can help you please contact John Mandeville at 888-5640 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also be sure to check out our websites at www.lamoilleeconomy.org and www.lamoillerevolvingloanfund.com.
Caren M Merson | Financial Advisor – Edward Jones
Each year during the month of May, investors across the country take the opportunity to address their education savings needs because of a very special reminder 5/29 or May 29th. A 529 plan is an effective college savings strategy that can help prepare for the increasing cost of college.
We want to celebrate “save for college month” on Saturday May 28 with an ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Date: Saturday May 28th
Time 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Rim Rocks Tavern Stowe
Kids welcome and we encourage parents and friends to wear their favorite college logos or alma mater!
Lamoille Workforce Investment Board (WIB)
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.
River Arts: Rick Loya Exhibit
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.