In This Issue

Learn about our upcoming legislative webinars, the future of telecommuting in Vermont, Chamber members in the news, and more in our August edition of Commerce Connection. We also welcome our newest members and spotlight our member Thomas Hirchak Company.

August 2020
Vermont Chamber Hosting Legislative Webinars

Help the Vermont Chamber prepare to fight for what you need during upcoming State budget discussions by attending our webinar, Directing Relief: Legislative Updates, on August 11 or August 13. Our four-person lobbying team will also help you understand current legislative issues. This event is for Vermont Chamber members only.

Register to attend Aug. 11 or Aug. 13 webinar
Apply Now for Recovery Grants

Applications for Vermont Economic Recovery Grants are still available, and we are encouraging businesses and nonprofits to apply now. This week, expanded eligibility criteria was announced.

Recovery Passport Continues Into August

The Vermont Chamber's Passport to Recovery will continue to run into August, by request and due to high visitation. The passport features timely economic, sales and marketing, health, and workforce webinars.

Chris Carrigan Wins SBA Award

Our Vice President of Business Development Chris Carrigan is the 2020 recipient of the Vermont SBA Award of Distinction. Chris has been a strong partner in increasing the government contracting of small businesses in Vermont and has also helped businesses export through programs supported by SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program.

VP of Tourism in The Wall Street Journal

Our Vice President of Tourism Amy Spear was featured in The Wall Street Journal promoting safe tourism to Vermont this summer.

Future of Remote Work in Vermont

Vermont Chamber President Betsy Bishop and Sarah Teachout with member Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont were featured in a recent WCAX-TV report on the future of telecommuting.

Thank You for Supporting the Chamber

The most important thing we can ask is that you continue to support the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as we support you and your fellow businesses across Vermont. It is critical that Vermont’s businesses are well-represented so that we can weather approaching storms, small and large. We are in this together.

Members Among Best Places to Work 2020

Congratulations to the many Vermont Chamber members honored in the 2020 Best Places to Work in Vermont awards: Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman, Co-operative Insurance Companies, Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP, Heritage Aviation, Instrumart, Liquid Measurement Systems, Inc., Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC, ReArch Company, Inc., Chroma Technology Corporation, DEW Construction Corp., Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group, NorthCountry Federal Credit Union, SymQuest, The Richards Group, Union Mutual, Vermont Systems Inc., Comcast, Green Mountain Power, King Arthur Baking Company, Mascoma Bank, Parker-LORD, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group, and VHB.

Stay Safe to Stay Open

Masks are now mandatory in public spaces across Vermont. Wearing a mask will help protect Vermonters and help our state stay open.

Staples Discount for Chamber Members

Staples is offering Vermont Chamber of Commerce members an exclusive discount of 10% off in-store purchase of regular priced items and 20% off in-store orders of $50 or more on print and marketing services, valid through October.

Member Spotlight

This month’s Member Spotlight is Thomas Hirchak Company. They are your auction solution for Vermont. They are auction and liquidation specialists in vehicles, antiques, collectibles, art, heavy equipment, personal property, business assets, and real estate. They concentrate their efforts to obtain the highest price for you, the client, and design aggressive marketing programs to give your property maximum exposure. The Thomas Hirchak Company brings buyers and properties together for a competitive sale to achieve the best results
2020 Annual Meeting: Official Notice to Membership 

In accordance with the bylaws of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Article III, Section 5, this shall serve as notification of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting, which shall take place virtually on September 9, 2020 from 11:15 to 11:30 a.m. The slate of nominees to the 2021 Board of Directors will be presented and voted on at the Annual Meeting.

Visit the Vermont Chamber membership page for benefits and staff contacts.
Save The Date

These upcoming free events are for Vermont Chamber members only.

For more information about the manufacturing summit, please email Chris Carrigan.

To learn about Vermont Chamber membership, please email Erica Canada.
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