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Weekly Chamber Chatter 12/6/2021

Where Business and Opportunity Meet
 
 
BusinessWise eNews
 
 
 
 
Hello,
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!
 
 
 
Where is Elfis?!?
Running from Nov. 29-Dec. 23
Elfis is back for the holiday season and he's making his way around Central Vermont businesses to encourage local shopping.
 
 
 
Click Here to print Elfis, set him up somewhere in your business to take a picture and send to the Chamber at kelly@centralvt.com. It will be shared on the Chamber's Facebook page to garner guesses as to what business he is hanging out in. Correct guesses will be entered for a chance to win a $40 gift card to a local member restaurant. Three gift cards will be awarded every Friday for four weeks beginning next week.
Please be sure to "like" and "follow" the Chamber's Facebook Page to participate in guessing Where is Elfis?! Happy Hunting!
 
 
 
 
If you would like to participate in the 50/50 raffle to benefit the VT Foodbank, but not attend the Holiday Mixer, click here for 50/50 raffle tickets ONLY.
Purchasing 50/50 tickets through this link will not register you for the mixer, and attending the mixer does not increase your chances of winning.
 
 
 
Annual Meeting
4-7:30pm, Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Capitol Plaza Hotel
The Future of Business
 
Guest Speakers
 
 
 
 
Lindsay Kurrle Secretary
Agency of Commerce & Community Development
 
 
 
 
Molly Gray
Lieutenant Governor
 
 
 
Matt Musgrave Associated General Contractors of VT
 
 
Many businesses continue to face new and reoccurring challenges as the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted our way of life. But many businesses have also experienced some silver linings from the pandemic, which we will hear about from Ms. Kurrle.
There is light at the end of the tunnel as there are resources available and initiatives being taken to help businesses navigate out of the murky waters of the pandemic. Lt. Gov. Gray will address the initiatives her office is taking, and Mr. Musgrave will share resources available through the Chamber and how your business can get involved to help direct
The Future of Business.
 
Registration is $50/person and includes dinner, the program of guest speakers, and the election of Directors and Officers to serve on the Board in 2022. Here is your invitation.
 
Nomination of Directors & Officers
 
 
 
 
Thank You Sponsors!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To see your business listed here as a supporter of the Chamber's Annual Meeting, Click here for sponsorship opportunities.
Contact Tonya@centralvt.com or call 229-5711
 
 
 
3rd Annual Vermont ATHENA Leadership Awards
Hosted on November 6, 2021
 
 
 
 
 
Legislative Preview
Hosted on December 3rd
 
 
 
 
 
Dental & Vision Coverage for Employees
Exclusively for Chamber Members
Are you aware that Chamber members can provide dental and vision coverage for employees at discounted group rates?!
VACEPlus offers Northeast Delta Dental & VSP Vision at rates only available to members of the Chamber of Commerce.
Advantages of VACEPlus Northeast Delta Dental Program:
  • Member-only group rates for groups as small as one
  • No employer contribution required
  • Choice of plan options
  • Delta Dental provides the most extensive dental networks available
  • Plan 1- Dental Dental PPO Plus Premier
  • Plan 2- Delta Dental PPO
  • Plan 3- Delta Dental Preventative
  • Health through Oral Wellness program keep members healthy
  • Double-Up Maz included with the Delta Dental PPO Plus Premier plan
  • Vision Discount Program is free and automatically included
  • Discounts up to 35% through EyeMed Vision Care
 
 
 
For more information and enrollment forms, visit vaceinsurance.com
 
 
 
Member 2 Member Discounts
Utilize your fellow Chamber members to give and receive discounts for products or services to your business.
Deals will be accessible to Chamber members on the regional website.
Login to centralvt.com to check out the deals being offered exclusively to Chamber members by Staples- centralvt.com/stapleschamberdiscounts and Pet Wants Central Vermont.
Send us your offerings to be included along with Staples and Pet Wants Central Vermont.
 
 
Member discount!
Pet Wants Central Vermont is the latest Chamber member to offer a discount to fellow members! To see the details of their discount and others, visit Chamber Member Discount on the regional website.
 
Contact the Chamber at 229-5711 or email tonya@centralvt.com to offer a discount or deal exclusive to fellow Chamber members.
 
 
 
 
Want to promote your business and
drive people to your establishment?!?
Host a Chamber Mixer in 2022 to do just that!
Hosting a mixer is a great way to bring people into the doors of your business for them to learn more about what your business does and how they can take advantage of the products or services you provide your customers. It is also a great way to network with fellow Chamber members and community leaders.
If interested, please contact Kelly at kelly@centralvt.com or call 229-5711 ext. 308
 
 
 
Low Cost, Effective
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.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
Welcome New Members!
 
 
 
Pet Wants Central Vermont
Harold Blake
282 Berlin Mall Rd.
Berlin, VT 05641
 
Sugarbush Polo Club
Seth Gardner
844 Weisenback Rd.
North Ferrisburg, VT 05473
 
The Roots Farm Market
Meryl Friets
1572 South Hill Rd.
Williamstown, VT 05679
 
Garrett's Properties
Lance Garrett
PO Box 1292
Montpelier, VT 05601
 
Thomas Hometown Sales & Service
David & Lu Thomas
1598 US Route 302
Berlin, VT 05641
 
Arandas Restaurant
David & Lu Thomas
535 US Route 302
Berlin, VT 05641
 
Gusto's
Joshua Dickinson
28 Prospect St.
Barre, VT 05641
 
 
Bisbee's Hardware
John Wilson
76 McNeil Rd.
Waterbury Center, VT 05677
 
Waterbury Family Chiropractic
Dr. Raymond Van Voorhis
104 S. Main St.
Waterbury, VT 05676
 
Young America Capital
Peter Fromanek
141 E. Boston Post Rd.
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
 
Thomas Auto Service
David & Lu Thomas
510 Elm St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
 
Thomas Farm & Garden
David & Lu Thomas
535 US Route 302
Berlin, VT 05641
dthomas@tpmsvt.com
 
Key Krafter
Spencer Dumas
PO Box 656
Waitsfield, VT 05673
 
 
 
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!
 
 
 
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
Willem Lange reading of Charles Dickens'
A Christmas Carol
Live & In-Person!
7pm, Friday, December 17
 
Lange uses the cutting of the novel Dickens himself used when performing the tale.
Patron Spaced 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.
Emmy-winner Lange's tradition of reading Dickens' Christmas Carol began in 1975. He always performs to benefit “The Haven” in the Upper Valley. In addition to Lange donating his fee to The Haven, LNT will donate 20% of its proceeds to Just Basics' Food Pantry and Good Samaritan Shelter.
The shows will also be live-streamed for anyone not yet comfortable gathering indoors.
Plus, an “on-demand” video recording will be available through December 26, 2021.
The performance runs approximately 70 minutes without an intermission.
We strongly encourage purchasing tickets in advance. Seating capacity reduced, and tickets may not be sold at the door.
 
 
 
 
 
Special offer being provided by
?Vermont Radio Group
Via RVG Digital
FREE 15 second video commercials for any business that provides five referrals that do business with Radio Vermont Group for any video or digital service. More information here.
 
 
 
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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Be sure to Like, Follow and Share our facebook page facebook.com/centralvermontchamber
 
 
 
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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