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This issue of BusinessWise is gladly sponsored by:
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Welcome New Members!!!
Daniel Hayes
849 Darling Rd.
Northfield, VT 05663
Hundred Acre Consulting (HAC) is a full service Franchise Consulting and Development firm, offering 550 of North America’s leading franchise and business opportunities in 21 industries.The mission of HAC is to build community and economic growth. We do this by helping families and individuals realize their dreams through business ownership. My personal vision is what started HAC – “Help communities thrive so people feel good about where they live.” I discovered long ago that when people feel good about where they live, they get involved in where they live and that’s when change occurs; that kind of change benefits everyone. This personal vision is at the core of this business.
Sno-Bees of Barre
Steve Avery
PO Box 262
Barre, VT 05641
Snobees is a snowmobile club located in central Vermont since 1967, who have been pioneers in trail building, signing, and grooming plus many other fun activities for the benefit of its members.
Our club maintains 52 miles of trails that are some of the most scenic with variations of terrain from valley to hills to mountainous grades.
In central Vermont, it is the hub of trails that go north, south, east and west allowing a daily ride of an easy 100 plus miles in each direction and return to your lodging.
Chamber Member Spotlight
Every week, the Chamber spotlights a member with a video interview on their business. Below are some of the spotlights we have done so far....
Burr Morse of Morse Farm
Maple Sugarworks
Deb Phillips & Gary Hass of
The World Newspaper
Dave Watson & Greg Rouleau of the Barre Sno-Bees Snowmobile Club
Kay Nuissl of the Berlin Mall
28th Annual Chamber Challenge
Golf Tournament
Presented by
Friday, May 14th, 2021
Country Club of Barre
Take part in the first golf tournament of the season! Whether as a sponsor, a player or both, there's plenty of opportunities to promote your business while having a fun, relaxing day on the golf course.
Meal Sponsor
Registration Gifts Sponsor
Meal Co-Sponsor
Beverage Sponsor
Registration for a team of four is only $460 and includes green fees and 2 carts. Each player will be provided with quality registration gifts and giveaways, a great lunch served by Fairways and Greens, and a chance to win one of several prizes, including tournament awards for Low Gross, Low Net and 2nd Low Net scores, as well as prizes at several specialty holes.
Sponsor a hole for just $150 (Or $125 with a team!) and get your company name out on the course for all to see!
Contact the Chamber at 229-5711 or email [email protected] to secure your sponsorship and/or team today!
Hole-in-One Prize Sponsor
Hole #4
Hole-in-One Prize Sponsor
Hole #7
Save These Dates!
More information and registration to follow
Thursday, June 17- St. Patrick's Day Recognition Breakfast, 8am-9:30am. Farr's Field, 1901 US Route 2, Waterbury

Saturday, September 18- Calcutta Dinner, 5pm-9pm, Farr's Field.
The Third Annual Vermont
ATHENA Leadership Award® &
ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®
Saturday, November 6, 2021
Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
An evening of dinner, dancing and the recognition of women who exemplify the ATHENA model. All finalists of the two ATHENA awards will be recognized and presented consolation awards. The final two ATHENA award recipients will be announced and presented their ATHENA Leadership Awards.
Show your support of recognizing professional women in Vermont by sponsoring this prestigious award!
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

Secure your sponsorship today by calling 229-5711 or

2021 Nomination Forms Coming Soon!
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, to start, beginning on April 13, 2021.
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.
Chamber President, Kevin Eschelbach, and Operations Manager, Tonya Barnett, joined JD Green on his podcast, Aired Out, to discuss the happenings with the Chamber. Click the image to watch the interview on Aired Out's facebook page.
Be sure to like and share it!
American Red Cross Blood Drive
at The Chamber
9:30am-2pm, Monday, April 19th
963 Paine Turnpike N., Berlin
The need is constant, the gratification is instant. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs life-saving blood. Schedule your donation today to help save lives! Along with feeling good about saving lives, donors will also get a Red Cross t-shirt as thanks!
This issue of BusinessWise is gladly sponsored by:
To see your business featured here, email [email protected].
100% Tax Deductible Business Dining Expenses
for Next 2 Years!
The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), signed into law on December 27, 2020 as part of Covid relief, includes a temporary provision that allows 100% tax deductions for any meal expenses incurred as a part of doing business from now until December 31, 2022. A significant increase from the 50% deduction previously provided, this new provision is designed to cultivate business transactions while supporting restaurants during one of the toughest times in history to be in the hospitality industry.
Restaurateurs Brian & Karen Zecchinelli of the Wayside Restaurant, Bakery & Creamery are excited to share and take advantage of this new piece of legislation that many are unaware exists. "It's a win-win for both sides," says Zecchinelli. "Any carrot that can entice our valued customers to dine out more often, we'll take it," he said.
 Click here for the full press release featuring the Wayside Restaurant.
For more information on this provision, including requirements for deductibility, click 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 [email protected]. We look forward to hosting you in our great space!
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!
Parent Education Workshop ~ Parental Resilience
Tuesday, April 13, 6:30-8pm, Zoom
Presented By
In this session participants will continue to explore different ways to improve resilience including finding joy, spending more time on self-care, and building connections. The primary focus will be on you and what works in your life to build resilience!
Email Dori at [email protected] for more information, and to receive the Zoom links for classes!
Each time you attend a training your name will be entered into a drawing for the door prize to be announced at the end May!
Lost Nation Theater
G. Richard Ames: A Retro-Spectable"
written & performed by G. Richard Ames
7pm on Friday, April 23, 2021
Live but Online Only
(Registration required to receive link)
Lost Nation Theater celebrates one of central Vermont’s favorite performers: actor, writer, and singer G Richard Ames on his birthday with his new solo G Richard Ames: A Retro-spectacle.
You've enjoyed his performances with LNT since 2004 from comedies, to dramas, musicals, and as fav Emcee for special events! Rick won the 2019 Broadway World Regional Theatre Award for Best Actor for his work in LNT's Complete History of Comedy- Abridged. But for this special performance, Rick will treat you to a collection of his stories, poems, and songs - and shirts! Lots of Shirts! Rick is as famous for his wild wardrobe as he is his penchant for performance.
Learn more about Rick, his time creating rhymes and his pun propensity as we celebrate his 51st trip around the sun! He simply glows performing his new show.
The show is Free, but donations gratefully accepted.
Due to Covid-19, in-person theater audiences will not be possible, but we will live stream and share the show. The performance runs approximately 60 minutes without an intermission. (The show will be available after the live stream through May 1.)
Save The Date - Summit on the Future of Vermont
Building a Foundation for the Next Generation
May 26 & 27, 1-5pm, Virtual
What actions should we take now, in this transformational historical moment, to ensure the brightest future for our state? On May 26th & 27th, join us for a statewide conversation about our collective future. The Summit on the Future of Vermont will bring Vermonters together virtually to consider the The Vermont Proposition, a framework drawn from the input of thousands of Vermonters that lays out a set of bold and transformational goals for our state's economy, people and environment by mid-century, and a non-partisan, multi-sector platform of action to achieve them.
The Summit will include plenaries and fishbowls, small group discussion and brainstorming sessions, and opportunities for networking. Participants will consider each part of the Proposition, share strategies, build potential actions, and begin to engage in partnership for the future of Vermont. For more information and a tentative agenda visit www.futureofvermont/summit. More details and registration will be available in late April.
Barre Opera House
The Second Century Campaign
There's Still Time to Sponsor A Seat!
When the Covid-19 virus hit in March, The Barre Opera House's regular programming and, consequently, all its revenue streams came to a screeching halt. So, too, did fundraising their capital campaign, which was to be completed by April 2021, in order to begin work in the summer. Projects included repainting the theater, replacing antiquated rigging system and installing new seating. Despite having to raise the remaining third of the $1 million needed, the Opera House got down to business and began project work in early spring of last year. They are now at 90% of their campaign fundraising goal and, at this point, are relying on the generosity of their patrons - folks like you who value their shows and use the theater - to carry them to the finish line. We hope you will help! Donors who contribute $350+ will have the opportunity to have their names or the name of another designee engraved on a brass plaque on one of their new seats! Click here for more information and to make your donations today!
Help Us Work For You!
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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].
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 [email protected] so we can update others on news and happenings with your business.
Show Your Chamber Pride!

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