The Greater Merrimack-Souhegan Valley
Chamber of Commerce
Weekly E-Newsletter
Upcoming Meetings and Events:
Visit our Chamber Calendar for details on each event and meeting.
Lunch 'N Leads
Thursday, Jan. 6, 12-1 pm
Networking Via Zoom only
For January, we have made the decision to meet via Zoom. Join us! We have some fun things planned.

Chamber 101
Tuesday, Jan. 11, 11:00 am
Make the most of your membership! Via Zoom

Business Book Group
Hosted via Zoom by the
Merrimack Public Library
Tuesday, Jan. 11 6-7:30 pm

FLEX January Mixer
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 5:30 pm
at LaBelle Winery, Amherst

Business After Hours
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 5:30 pm
Synergy Acupuncture & PT Health Academy
Member News:
Check out our latest
GMSVCC Monthly Member Video Spotlight!
Meals on Wheels of Hillsborough County
This Week's Chamber Member Spotlight Features:
Less Leg More Heart

1. What is the name of your business/organization?  
Less Leg More Heart

2. What is your name?      
Tina Hurley

3. What is your role in the company?
Founder/ CEO

Click here to read the full Spotlight with our member:

Let us feature your business in our Chamber Member Spotlight/Video Spotlight!

Click here for the details:
Membership Directory
To make the most of your webpage on our GMSVCC website, keep your membership/business information up-to-date. Check out what your webpage looks like here: View your business directory listing, visit the Membership Directory page on our website and type in your business name. To update your listing, log in to the Members Only portal for your organization. If you have questions, need assistance or need to obtain your company's login information, call us at 603-673-4360
Chamber Members, do you have news to share? Provide us with a link to share your news with your fellow chamber members and we will post here as shown above. Email your news and link to: Liz.Calabria@gmsvcc.org
Make the most of your GMSVCC Membership

Chamber Member Tip of the Week:
Join us on Tuesday, January 11 at 11:00 am for Chamber 101 and learn to make the most of your membership!
Chamber Community Profile and Directories:
Our Chamber Directories have arrived at our office. We would love for you to share at your location. Give us a call and we can set up a time to deliver them to you. (603) 673-4360.
Click here to view online: Community Profile and Directory
Chamber Resources & Information:
GMSVCC Scholarship Fund

How would you like to Enhance and Enrich the educational opportunities for our region's students?
As a member of the Greater Merrimack-Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce, we we invite you to help fund our Chamber Scholarship Program
 
The mission of the Chamber Scholarship Program is to enhance and enrich educational opportunities for the region’s rising workforce by providing financial assistance to promising high school seniors in the Chamber service area.
 
Our program will provide scholarships to students in 2 categories:
  • One student pursuing a career and training in a trade field.
  • One student pursuing a traditional college education.

The chamber has been offering scholarships throughout the years; however, we took a short break in 2020 and 2021 during the pandemic. After evaluating our goals and mission, we are excited to be offering scholarships in the two areas mentioned above.
 
We invite you to join us as a Donor today. As a donor, you will take part in supporting the future of our area’s students. There are a few ways for you to become a donor and contribute to our Scholarship Fund:
 
$ 50 Level (10 available spots)
$100 Level (10 available spots)
$250 Level ( 4 available spots)
 
Every donation of any amount helps our students realize their potential. Each donor will be recognized for their generosity. 
 
We hope that you will join us and be a part of helping a student acquire the power to go after their dreams.  We are so grateful that you have taken the time to consider donating. We are looking forward to hearing from you.


If you prefer to write a check, please make payable to:
GMSVCC and mail to:
GMSVCC
Scholarship Fund
69 Route 101A
Amherst, NH 03031
 
Please contact me with any questions, call: (603) 673-4360 or

Thank you to our donors so far:
Peniel Environmental
Classic Signs
Millyard Bank

Dr. Leighton of Ponemah Crossing Dental
John Sterritt Modern Woodman
Bar Harbor Bank
Budget Blinds
Cruise Planners

Here is a link to make it easy to participate.
Click here to choose your Donor level and pay online:
Did you know....?
That your chamber offers a Referral Group for members. This is a direct referral networking group whose meetings are a way to help members form relationships and extend their network, exchange direct referrals with viable leads, build your networking skills and share ideas that help grow your business. 
For information on how you can become part of this group, visit the Chamber Referral Group page on our website or contact Annabell Hilton at:



Visit the NHES website for a list of services for employers. https://www.nhes.nh.gov/services/employers/index.htm
Chamber Members, are you Looking for employees for your business?
Let the GMSVCC website help you.
Create a Job Posting on our chamber website.
Watch a short "how-to video" here: JOB POSTING
Need help finding employees for your business?
Check out the resources at https://www.nhworks.org/
Chamber Committees:

The Chamber has a variety of committees in place that help promote and sustain the economic vitality of the community. This is your opportunity to truly get involved and help shape the future of the community where you live, work and play.

Interested in joining a committee? 
Learn more here: GMSVCC Committees
Contact us here: Liz.Calabria@gmsvcc.org
Chamber Partners:
NH SBDC
GMSVCC is proud to partner with THE NH SBDC to connect our members to the resources to enhance the success of your business.

NH SBDC is the leading resource for business advising and education for small businesses in the Granite State.

Some of the many benefits offered by the SBDC are listed here:
Merrimack Valley SCORE Webinars






Take a Workshop:

WordPress 101
Tuesday, January 4, 2:00 PM
Tempted to set up your own Wordpress.org website but don't know where to start? Join us for this three-part series. In this session, we will be reviewing hosting services, what you need to know about domain names, WordPress themes, and plugins. -Presenter Heather T

Thursday, January 6, 2022, 2:00 PM
In this session, we will be reviewing how to install a WordPress theme and install plugins. We will review how to keep your WordPress theme and version up to date. As well as, keeping your plugins updated. We will also review backing up your WordPress site and how to recover from some common issues that may occur when updating. We will also be touching on on-site security.
 Please, attend the WordPress 101 workshop or request the recording in advance.


Not all Franchises Require a Million Dollar Investment!
Friday, January 7, 2022, 2:00 PM
Franchising offers options for people to either replace income or diversify their financial portfolio all through proven systems and support not usually available in start-ups. During this panel discussion, we will cover Pandemic resistant franchises; Funding options; How to be a successful franchise owner and how to avoid the 5 Franchise Ambushes

Need help getting your new business started or solving problems with your existing business?
Over 100 business owners and executives are available for FREE, confidential, face-to-face, video and email counseling. Request a mentor today!
Capitol Connect Program
As a member of the Greater Merrimack-Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce, your business your business with 10 or fewer employees is eligible to be part of the Capitol Connect Program. The Capitol Connect Program is a program with our partner the Business & Industry Association of NH.
Click HERE to learn more.
The Business and Industry Association is New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce and leading business advocate. Through advocacy with state legislators and regulators, we shape business-friendly public policy and provide counterbalance to legislation and regulations that threaten the growth and prosperity of New Hampshire businesses.


Chamber Benefits:
Chamber of Commerce Members  Exclusive discounts at Staples® stores
Click here to learn more and log in
NH Veteran-Friendly Business and How to Apply:
 
The NH Veteran-Friendly Business recognition and network was launched in the summer of 2020 through a partnership between the NH Department of Military Affairs & Veterans Services (DMAVS) and NH Employment Security. It is now entering its 2nd year of recognizing businesses that strive to honor, fortify, empower and impact the military & Veteran community in New Hampshire. There is no cost for applying or for participating in the network. Recognized businesses enjoy a variety of benefits including access to the program logo for promotional uses, free training for staff, space on the DMAVS website to promote the business or advertise job openings, and invitations to participate in network and Veteran employment events. 
 
Learn more about the recognition, eligibility, benefits and how to apply at: https://www.dmavs.nh.gov/veteran-friendly-businesses-0/apply .
The Greater Merrimack-Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce

(603) 673-4360
Liz.Calabria@gmsvcc.org
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