In This Issue:
Max’s Memo: Your Chamber in Action
Position Filled: New Executive Director Selected
Leadership Lamoille 2016-2017
Final Legislative Breakfast of 2016 Session
Eggs and Issues: Anne Galloway of VTDigger.org
Mixer: 10 Railroad Street and Mo Vegas Fill Station
Ways to Engage and Promote Your Business Through the Chamber
Generous Response to Call for Sponsorships
Member News and Notes
Chamber Committee News and Notes
Community and Member Events
The Chamber’s Sustaining Members
Simpson Sales Unlimited
National Library Week: Two libraries joined the Chamber this month!
Please visit and welcome Stowe free library in Stowe and the Lanpher Memorial Library in Hyde Park. And be sure to drop by and say hello to the crew at Morristown Centennial Library, a long-time member of the Chamber.
Out, about and interesting stuff …
Leadership Lamoille 2016-2017 is being rolled out this week. Watch your snail mail for the details of this dynamic program. Also check further on in this E-news for more information as well as the exciting news that Lamoille Economic Development Corporation is offering scholarships to those companies who would like to enroll an employee in the program, but because of financial constraints could use a bit of financial assistance. Details in the snail mail and further on in this E-news.
Take note that April is filled with numerous networking opportunities beginning with the final Legislative Breakfast (April 11); the next day we will host Anne Galloway, VTDigger at an Eggs and Issues program and that same day (April 12), #10 Railroad Restaurant in Morrisville will host a fabulous Mixer. Check out details and reservation information further on in this week’s e-news.
Coming in May: More “Eggs and Issues” (Rich Jacobs, Financial Advisor and a 401K Program; May Mixer hosted by Pall Spera Real Estate in Morrisville; Bi-Annual Welcome New Member Breakfast hosted by Copley Country Club; Ribbon Cutting at Copley Country Club.) Details will follow in subsequent editions of the E-news … your source for up-to-date Chamber member information.
Executive Director Update:The search is over, an offer has been made; upon her accepting the offer and signing the employment letter, we will issue an announcement to membership, issue a news release, and plan a welcome reception…stay tuned.
Chamber members in the news…There has been a great deal in the news lately. Let’s begin with the closing of Gracie’s Restaurant. After an amazing run of 25 years, Sue and Archie Archdeacon will be closing Gracie’s and beginning their transition into retirement. To quote Archie “…This is a bittersweet decision but we look forward to relaxing nights with a bottle of wine”. Archie and Sue will serve their last meal on April 23 — plan to stop by with a bottle of fine wine to show appreciation for their many years of hospitality and to wish them well in retirement.
Levesque Insurance Agency will be closing its doors after forty-five years of service to Lamoille County residents and although we wish June and Rosaria well in their retirement, we will certainly miss their presence and excellence in insurance. An open house will be held on April 24th from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Morrisville VFW. Stop in and thank the Levesque’s for their many years of service.
Congratulations to Dawn and Greg Tatro, long-time chamber members, and recipients of the 2016 Contractor of the Year award from Equipment World Magazine. The contest is open each year to construction firms that have been in business ten years or more, have between $3 and $15 million in annual revenues and have an excellent safety record. One of the perks was being a Caterpillar VIP guest at a NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway…awesome. For those who know me, you know that road racing is near and dear to my heart (think Watkins Glen, New York; NASCAR, Grand Prix and the world-famous Watkins Glen International Race Track).
Congratulations to the MOCO team and good luck in moving forward with the purchase of the Pleasant Street building in Morrisville.
The Vermont Futures Project presentation led by Jeffrey Lewis at Johnson State College on March 31, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. was awesome. Forty guests attended. Comments most often heard as folks were leaving the presentation were “Wow … that was a fantastic presentation”; “much more than I expected”; and “will there be a follow-up.” For those of you who missed it, or if you would like to learn more, please visit www.VTFuturesproject.org or email info@VTfuturesproject.org. When you get to the site, be sure to check out the “dashboard”.
Many thanks to Johnson State College for hosting the program, to John Mandeville, Lamoille Economic Development Corporation, Tasha Wallis, Lamoille County Planning Commission and to the presenter Jeffrey Lewis for an outstanding program. Your Chamber, of course, was a partner in bringing the program to the community and was responsible for registration and promotion.
Out and about found me paying a new member visit to Stowe Free Library, Cindy Weber, Director. An amazing community resource. A quick stop at the Maple House Inn to wish Chamber member Phil Bonsignore a successful evening as he presented one of his ever-popular Social Security Seminars. Missed saying hello to Maple House owners, Rick and Lynn who are long-time members and supporters of the Chamber.
The Leadership Lamoille Steering Committee met and has done an outstanding job in organizing a dynamic 2016-2017 Leadership program. Applications, request for study projects, and the program brochure was snail mailed to all members this week. With many thanks to the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation who, upon the recommendation of David Silverman, Chair, voted to support the program by offering scholarships to those businesses who employ potential leaders but do not have the financial resources to enroll a student … check out your packet of materials for the details and/or see article below. In its 5th year, the program has graduated 50 students, many of whom have advanced their careers here in Lamoille County.
DID YOU KNOW that the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce represents 49 business categories in 22 communities. AND DID YOU KNOW that a recent report is out stating that 80% of the buying public will by first from a Chamber member?
Applications, requests for projects and other materials were sent snail mail to all Chamber members. Please consider sponsoring a one-day session.*
Now in its 5th year, Leadership Lamoille, a Chamber program, has provided the tools for today’s employees to become tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the program has helped to prepare 50 participants for leadership roles. The purpose of the program is to teach highly valuable leadership skills to future leaders working in Lamoille County … and beyond. Its program content is designed to help employees of local businesses strengthen their knowledge of community issues, facilitate positive problem solving techniques, and encourage participants to take active leadership roles. The series consists of ten classes that run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning with orientation in September and graduation in June 2017. The class is divided into two groups each of which will study a project submitted by a business (and selected by the Committee). Project findings are presented at a special evening in May.
Here’s what you need to know …
Applications: Due August 1
Requests for Projects: Due August 1
Cost per student (Chamber member): $600
Cost per student (Non-Chamber member): $800
Financial assistance is available: Call the Chamber for details
Call the Chamber at (802) 888-7607 if you have questions. Applications and Request for Projects information can be found at the Chamber’s website; or call the Chamber and we will snail mail or email information to you.
*Sponsorship Options: There are ten sessions, and each session covers a different topic, which are listed below:
- Orientation (Team Building);
- Education Day
- Communications and Media Day
- Human Services Day
- Health Care Day
- Under the Golden Dome: A day at the State House
- Community Leadership Day
- Law and Justice Day
- Presentation of Projects
- Graduation Ceremony
The cost to sponsor a session is $300….which, of course, will benefit your business and provide you with all the “rights and privileges appurtenant thereto” (i.e. promotion, publicity, and recognition.)
A corporate sponsorship for the Leadership Lamoille Program is $2,000.
April 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. – Town and Country Resort, Mountain Road, Stowe
7:30 a.m. – 8:00: Registration and Hearty Breakfast Buffet
8:00: a.m.: Legislators will give brief summaries of Committee work
A question and answer period will follow.
9:00 a.m. Adjournment
We encourage you to email your questions prior to the breakfast to Jen. 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.
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 unable to register online or did not receive an email confirmation, please email Jen or call (802) 888-7607.
A summer session is tentatively scheduled for July 12. Watch the weekly e-news for updates; or call the Chamber at (802) 888-7607.
Medicaid Expansion – Legalization of Marijuana – Gubernatorial Race
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, 1746 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672
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 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; $10.00 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.
More Eggs and Issues… Mark your calendar!
- May 17: Edward Jones Investments, Rich Jacobs, Financial Advisor: An evening of Eggs and Issues Program from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Registration begins at 4:45 p.m.
- 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 Open .. or Merry Christmas!
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., 10 Railroad Street, Morrisville, VT 05661
Special addition for this Mixer: “I love it here” campaign
Kim and Jimmy, owners of 10 Railroad Street will host the April 12 Mixer. As always, it will be an evening filled with exceptional hospitality and excellence in networking. Raffle surprises, 50/50 drawing, business of the month drawing, tasty hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
We’ve also teamed up with MACC (Morrisville Alliance for Commerce and Culture) … be ready to share with us the reason(s) why you “love it here” …. An initiative of MACC which the Chamber is happy to support. Don’t be camera shy – there may be a photo ops!
There is no cost to Chamber members; $8.00 donation from non-Chamber members is appreciated. Mark your calendars and register here for a fantastic evening.
We look forward to welcoming you, and encourage you to bring a friend or two!
Upcoming Mixers and Fundraisers for 2016:
- May 11 Mixer: Pall Spera Company Realtors – Morrisville Office
- June date TBD: Copley Hospital
- 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 – October is reserved: Laraway Youth and Family Services; September is pending (Sandiwood Farm).
- 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 Chambermembers via snail mail.
2016 Legislative Breakfast Series – SOLD! $1,000 – Community Health Services Lamoille Co.
2016 Annual E-News Sponsor – SOLD – $1,000 – Union Bank
2017 Annual Membership Meeting- Corporate Sponsor – SOLD – $2,000 – Union Bank
2016 New Member Breakfast (1 of 2) – SOLD – NFP/Poulos Insurance
2016 Wack-a-Doo Golf Event – Award Sponsor – SOLD – $250 – Wheelhouse Design
2016 Amazin’ Grazin’ Corporate Sponsor – $2,000 – SOLD – Union Bank
Sponsorship options range from $100.00 to $2,000…something for everyone’s budget and a wonderful way to engage – to promote your business – and to realize Chamber value.
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; or simply give us a call at 888 7607 and request the information.
The Morrisville Rotary Duck Race will be held on July 4th at 2:00 p.m. at the bottom of Coley Avenue in Morrisville. Duck tickets are $5.00 per duck and can be purchased at Manosh Corporation, Menard’s Agway, Marble Realty and from Morrisville Rotarians.
The Rotary invites you to be sponsor of the annual duck race … $50.00 sponsorship will get your name on the Morrisville Rotary Facebook page and your business name listed on posters; the $100 sponsorship will also include your business name on the back of the duck tickets.
Proceeds from the Race will help the Morrisville Rotary continue supporting great work in our community!
Need more information? Give a Rotarian a call, i.e., Rich Jacobs, President of Rotary, Tricia Follert, Heather Bradley, etc., etc…
Lamoille Economic Development Corporation Sponsors: Lamoille Region Business Assistance And Financing Forum
April 12, 2016 from 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 andexport 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 andlocal
- 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 smallbusinesses, 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 allindustries
- 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.
For more information call John Mandeville at (802) 888-5640.
Lamoille Family Center Is Celebrating 40 Years!
Send a Kid to Summer Camp!
In recognition of forty years of service in the Lamoille Region, the Lamoille Family Center is promoting a program to encourage donors to help give a deserving kid a summer they’ll remember! The staff at the Center is reaching out and inviting you to help celebrate its 40th anniversary by making a donation today by sending a check payable to Lamoille Family Center/Campers and mailing to Lamoille Family Center, 480 Cady’s Falls Road,, Morrisville, Vermont, 05661. Your donation will help send a kit to a summer camp of his/her choice. 100% of your gift will go directly to a campership of up to $400 for a kid whose family could not otherwise afford such an expense. To donate or learn more, visit the Center at www.lamoillefamilycenter.org.
A quote from Page, age 10 … a camper: I made a new friend named Maddy. We climbed the rock wall. It was scary but I made it to the top.
Help to make a another kid experience ‘making it to the top’.
Green is the color of spring, and it’s the color of The Lamoille Neighborhood Food Project collection bags. If you haven’t yet heard about it, the Lamoille Neighborhood Food Project was introduced a few years ago by the Lamoille Community Food Share as a way to help bring in food donations to the pantry throughout the year, not just during the holidays.
It’s easy to participate! Here are the basics- Buy an extra nonperishable food item or two when you shop. Store your purchases in a Food Project Green Bag, available at area libraries or at the Food Share. Then, every two months, on Green Bag day (the 2nd Saturday of the even numbered months) drop off your bag in the collection boxes at area libraries or bring it to the Food Share, and get your new bag to use for the next collection day. We’ll post reminders on Front Porch Forum and Facebook to help you remember. Too busy on Green Bag Day? No problem- You can drop off your bag any time that is convenient for you. You don’t need a Green Bag to donate, but having it at home is a great reminder!
Another way to help is as a Neighborhood Coordinator. Enlist a group of friends, coworkers, etc., to participate as food donors, provide them with Green Bags, remind them when the collection day is coming, collect and drop off their bags at the Food Share, and keep it going.
The Lamoille Community Food Share provides supplemental food assistance to needy families living in the Lamoille area. Please check out greenbag-lcfoodshare.org for more details.
Let’s Bag Hunger! The next Green Bag Day is Saturday, April 9.
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)
Committee Work Underway
Leadership Lamoille Steering Committee
Next Meeting: May 6 – 8:00 a.m. – Chamber Office
Open Meeting … Please Join Us
Marketing and Branding Committee
Mary Collins – Dawn Archbold – April 25 – 12:00 noon – Chamber Office
Guests: Irving Payne, Modaja Communications; and Marc Plouffe, Vermont State Chamber of Commerce
Open Meeting … Please Join Us
Tracy Baker, Chair
Next Meeting – April 26 – 12:00 noon – Chamber Office
Open Meeting … Please Join Us – Wack-a-Doo Planning!
Next Meeting – April 19 – 8:00 a.m. – Chamber Office
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
No meetings until October and it is an appointed Committee.
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
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 opening will be held at River Arts on Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m with an artist talk at 6p.m. 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!
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.
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.
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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.
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