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Weekly Chamber Chatter- 9/27/21

Where Business and Opportunity Meet
 
 
BusinessWise eNews
 
 
 
 
Dear Chamber Member,
Thank you for visiting, staying, working and being a part of the solution to growing prosperity and commerce in Central Vermont.
 
 
 
This issue of BusinessWise is gladly sponsored by:
 
 
 
For only $50 a month, see your business featured here four times a month in this weekly newsletter sent to over 1600 subscribers by emailing info@centralvt.com. Use your company logo, or an image of a product or promotional offering, along with a live link to your website!
 
 
 
Chamber $marts & ¢ents
Business Beware: The Pitfalls of Using Templates & Online Business Forms
Presented by
Caroline S. Earle, Esq. &
Robin A. Freeman, Esq.
Tuesday, October 19th, 1pm
Virtual on Zoom
No Charge
 
Small to medium sized Vermont businesses often rely on templates or online forms that are not geared to their business needs. It is a classic case of trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. The use of these forms is risky and often works against the best interests of the business.
 
Join attorneys Caroline Earle & Robin Freeman on Tuesday, October 19th from 1-2 pm for this virtual presentation. Caroline and Robin will offer sound advice and share cautionary tales that can benefit any small to medium sized business. 
 
 
 
Business After Hours Mixer at
Marshfield Inn & Motel
5630 US Route 2, Marshfield
5pm-6:30pm, Wednesday, October 20th
Attend this free (for Chamber members), casual, in-person event to network with fellow Chamber members and community leaders, explore the property that sits on 37 acres of beautiful Vermont land, and enjoy refreshments provided by the Marshfield Inn.
 
 
 
Charity Pet Costume Contest
October 30th
Berlin Mall
Proceeds to Benefit the
Central VT Humane Society
The Central VT Chamber, the Town of Berlin and the Berlin Mall are pleased to present the 1st Charity Pet Costume Contest.
Register now to get your pet in on the fun! Prizes will be awarded in each category (Dog, Cat, Small Pet) for the best costumes!
 
Sponsorship opportunities available to show your support for the furry friends of Central Vermont. Sponsorship is only $100 and gets your business recognition as a supporter on social media, the regional website, newsletters, and materials and promotions for the event.
Contact the Chamber today at 229-5711 or email Kelly@centralvt.com to sponsor to support this great fundraiser.
 
 
Thank You Presenting Sponsor PET WANTS Central Vermont!!!
 
 
 
Thank You Supporting Sponsors!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
See Your Logo Here with Link to Your Website for only $100!
Contact the Chamber to be included in all promotional materials for this event.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Halloween Flipbook
Chamber Members can advertise for FREE in the Chamber's Halloween Flipbook. Promote your Halloween deals and specials at no cost by sending the Chamber your advertisement in jpeg format to Kelly@centralvt.com. The specs for the ad are as follows:
Full Page- 8 1/2" Wide x 11" High
Half Page- 4 1/2" Wide x 5 1/2 High
Quarter Page- 2" Wide x 3' High
Ad copies are due in by October 19th in order to be included in the Halloween Flipbook.
Here is an example of the last flipbook created for Labor Day- https://www.flipsnack.com/CentralVermontChamber/labordayflipbook.html
 
 
 
 
The Vermont ATHENA Leadership Award® judges have now made their decision on the finalists for the ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®.
A virtual press conference will be held on Monday, October 4th at 2pm via Zoom to introduce the six finalists (3 for each category).
 
Finalists will also be recognized and the final award recipients for each award will be announced and presented their awards at the 3rd Annual Vermont ATHENA Leadership Awards® Gala.
Find out who this year's award recipients are by attending...
 
 
 
Register now to secure your seat for the Gala!
 
 
 
ATHENA Leadership Award®
Finalists
 
 
 
Lisa Keysar, President & CEO of Union Mutual
 
Tara Kulkarni, Associate Professor, CE Department Chair at Norwich University
 
Monique Priestley, COVID Business Recovery Project Manager at the Center for Women and Enterprise, Founder & Executive Director of the Space On Main
 
 
ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®
Finalists
 
 
 
 
Sarah Lang, Southern Vermont Economy Project Manager at Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation
 
Monique Priestley, COVID Business Recovery Project Manager at the Center for Women and Enterprise, Founder & Executive Director of the Space On Main
 
Page Spiess, Lecturer in Chemistry & Biochemistry, and University Academic Integrity Officer for campus programs at Norwich University
 
 
THANK YOU SPONSORS!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Would you like to see your company among these that support the recognition of women leaders in Vermont?!?
 
Sponsorship Opportunities include...
Nike Goddess Sponsor: $3,500
  • Prominent mention in all promotional announcements, advertising, notices, brochures, applications and all collateral materials related to the ATHENA Award®
  • Banner displayed at ATHENA Award® Gala on November 6, 2021
  • Recognition from the podium at the ATHENA Award® Gala
  • Opportunity to address the audience at the ATHENA Award® Gala
  • Prominent placement in the ATHENA Award® Gala program
  • Table of eight at the ATHENA Award® Gala
Bia Goddess Sponsor: $1,750
  • Prominent mention in all promotional announcements, advertising, notices, brochures, applications and all collateral materials related to the ATHENA Award®
  • Recognition from the podium at the ATHENA Award® Gala
  • Prominent placement in the ATHENA Award® Gala program
  • One half-table (4) at the ATHENA awards® Gala
Tyche Goddess Sponsor: $1,000
  • Prominent mention in all promotional announcements, advertising, notices, brochures, applications and all collateral materials related to the ATHENA Award®
  • Recognition from the podium at the ATHENA Award® Gala
  • Prominent placement in the ATHENA Award® Gala program
  • Two tickets at the ATHENA Awards® Gala
 
Unable to sponsor but still want to show your support for the great women leaders in Vermont?! Purchase an ad in the 3rd Annual Vermont ATHENA Leadership Award program book and be recognized as a contributor of an award that acknowledges women leaders, while promoting your business at the same time!
 
Secure your sponsorship today by calling 229-5711 or
 
 
 
The Central VT Region Has a New Website!!!
If you are a Chamber member, your business listing is on the new site and you have full access to your listing as well as members only content. Check it out at centralvt.com. Use your email address this email was sent to as your username in order to login using the 'forgot password' link to reset your password. Feel free to poke around, keeping in mind that some content still needs to be added as it is a continual work-in-progress.
Online Advertisement Opportunities Available!
A cost-effective, easy way to advertise your business on the front page of the Central VT regional website that averages 400 views per day!! Only $250 for 12 months of online advertising with a link to your website! Send the Chamber the logo or advertisement you would like to use to tonya@centralvt.com.
 
 
 
Member 2 Member Discounts
Utilize your fellow Chamber members to give and receive discounts for products or services to your business.
Contact the Chamber at 229-5711 or email tonya@centralvt.com to offer a discount or deal exclusive to fellow Chamber members.
Deals will be accessible to Chamber members on the regional website.
Login to centralvt.com to check out the deal being offered exclusively to Chamber members by Staples- centralvt.com/stapleschamberdiscounts
Send us your offerings to be included along with Staples.
 
 
 
Chamber Member Leads Group
Are you interested in using a leads group as one of your prospecting strategies to grow your business? A leads group can be a very powerful way of generating referrals. The Chamber's leads groups will allow members of noncompetitive business categories to network, build relationships, and generate referrals. Leads Groups are open to Central VT Chamber members & each group is limited to one member per business category. Members are required to meet attendance.
Meetings will take place on the second Tuesday of every month at 9:30am on zoom.
Expectations of Leads Group Members:
  • Actively participate in weekly meetings
  • Whenever possible encourage a guest to participate in the meeting should the member not be available to attend
  • Help fellow members grow their business through positive referrals and word of mouth marketing
  • Maintain active membership in the Central VT Chamber of Commerce
What Should Leads Group Members Expect:
  • A team of up to ten local professionals that will help you grow your business
  • Monthly opportunities to share about your business with the group along with an extended opportunity to provide a detailed presentation about your business annually
  • Networking in a fun and productive environment without needless rules and fees
Sound interesting? Click here to sign up!
If you don't see your business category, either someone else already taken it or we missed listing that industry. Please contact the Chamber to verify. Only one member per business category. First come, first served.
 
 
 
This issue of BusinessWise is gladly sponsored by:
 
 
To see your business featured here, email info@centralvt.com.
 
 
MEMBER NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
 
 
 
Got job openings?
 
 
Members, please send us the link to employment opportunities at your business and we will post it to our growing online list!
 
 
 
Lost Nation Theater
Presents
"Annie Oakley" staged reading
7pm, Saturday Oct. 2 &
? 2pm Sunday Oct. 3
Pay what you can for tickets
Maura O'Brien stars in “Annie Oakley;” a work-in-progress staged reading of a new play by Jeanne Beckwith, written especially for her. Despite her fame, very little is really known by the public about this strong, resilient & fascinating woman's life. Hear her story!
You also get to be part of the creative process as we take steps toward the final script to be presented as part of LNT's 2022 Mainstage Season. The reading will last approximately 90 minutes, and will be followed by a discussion session. Ask questions and give your feedback to the playwright, actor, and artistic directors.
 
LNT is thrilled to “begin again” with live-in-person audience by going back to the company's roots: developing original work.
 
Limited In-Person Seating!
Properly worn Masks, being Fully Vaccinated (with proof of vaccination) and adherence to other covid-safety protocols are required for In Person Seating.
 
The Sun Oct 3 event will also be live streamed; the recording will be available online through Oct 11th for anyone who can't make it, or who is not yet comfortable gathering indoors.
 
 
Vermont Business Magazine
Presents
Participate in this annual survey to not only receive acknowledgement as a great place to work, but also to garner feedback on how your employees feel about working for you and your company.
 
Calling all nonprofits!! Here's an opportunity to showcase your good work and gain recognition, customers and support. Participate in this annual publication to get a year of advertising specifically tailored to the nonprofit industry in Vermont.
 
Need more avenues for advertising? Take advantage of all the VBM has to offer by advertising in their publications.
 
 
 
 
Presents
2021 Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge &
State Agency Race
In-Person September 16- Montpelier
Virtually September 1-October 31
Union Mutual is pleased to announce the Company is the presenting sponsor of the 2021 Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race. The event, to be held in-person in Montpelier on September 16 and virtually September 1 through October 31, will be known as the Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race, Presented by Union Mutual.
“We are excited to support the Corporate Cup in this manner and thereby support the Council's important work to keep all Vermonters active and well,” said Lisa Keysar, President & CEO of Union Mutual. “The Corporate Cup is one of the most popular events on our employees' calendars, and we look forward to once again seeing the runners and walkers on State Street, and virtually.”
The Corporate Cup, a program of the Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports, is a popular 5k run/walk race in which teams of three enjoy the benefits of a wellness activity with their co-workers and compete for awards in four employer classes: State/Federal Government, Corporation/Business, Nonprofit/Local Government, and an Open Class. Proceeds benefit the many programs and events of the Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports, including the Vermont Senior Games, community wellness grants, parks pass prescriptions, Vermont Worksite Wellness Awards and subsidies for youth ski and snowboard lessons.
“Union Mutual employees turn out in droves each year to run and walk in the Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge, and the company's leadership always supports employees' participation. So it's fitting that the company is the event's first presenting sponsor,” said Janet Franz, Council chairperson. “We are grateful for Union Mutual's financial backing for this signature Vermont event, and thrilled that we can offer both in-person and virtual options to raise funds for Vermonters' physical fitness initiatives.”
The 2021 event will be the 38th annual race – the 2020 race was held virtually and drew participants from all regions of the state. Traditionally, more than 4,000 runners and walkers stream through the Capital City's main streets and gather on the State House lawn for pre-and post-race festivities.
The State Street start and finish line of the race is steps from the home office of Union Mutual, which has called Montpelier home for nearly 150 years. The race has been a cornerstone of the company's wellness program. The property-casualty insurance carrier has a rich history of sponsoring employee involvement, and in 2019, set a company record with 19 three-person teams participating.
For more information and to register, visit www.vcccsar.org.
 
 
 
Union Mutual of Vermont Companies, founded in 1874, is a property casualty insurance group consisting of Union Mutual Fire Insurance and New England Guaranty Insurance Company Inc., both based in Montpelier, Vermont; and Community Mutual Insurance Company, based in Latham, New York. The three companies write a total of $186 million in direct premium annually through independent agents throughout New England and New York and are all rated A (Excellent) with a Stable Outlook by AM Best.
 
The Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports promotes health and wellness through physical activity for people of all fitness and ability levels.
Contact: Janet Franz, Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports chairperson, (802) 238-8182; janet.l.franz@uvm.edu
 
 
 
Beaulieu Place Conference Rooms
Open for Meetings & Events
The conference rooms at the Central VT Chamber offices, also known as Beaulieu Place, are available for meetings and events again!
Two conference rooms separated by a fold away wall can host meetings and events from just a few people to over 40. Centrally located in a prime space just off exit 7 from I-89, with free parking, coffee/tea, LCD projector, speakerphone and more, what more could you ask for in a conference room space?!
For more information on these meeting rooms and rates, click here.
We are leaving it up to the discretion of users to monitor attendance and social distancing while meeting at Beaulieu Place.
Don't hesitate as dates are filling up quickly and reserved on a first come, first served basis.
Reserve your next meeting or event by calling 229-5711 or email tonya@centralvt.com. We look forward to hosting you in our great space!
 
 
 
Help Us Work For You!
Are you looking for more ways to promote your products, services, sales and deals? Let your Chamber membership work for you!
Send the Chamber images and information on your goods and services so we can share on our social media campaign and among our networks.
Send to Tonya@centralvt.com so we can help you make the most of your Chamber membership!
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This issue of BusinessWise is gladly sponsored by:
 
 
To see your business featured here, email info@centralvt.com.
 
 
 
Get Your News Out There!
 
If you have an upcoming event, product promotion, or congratulations you would like to share, please send your press releases to The Chamber at info@centralvt.com so we can update others on news and happenings with your business.
 
 
Show Your Chamber Pride!
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When you advertise your business in the local media, be sure to include that you are a proud member of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce!
 
 
Thank you,
Central Vermont Chamber
802-229-5711
 
 
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