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This issue of BusinessWise is gladly sponsored by:
To see your business featured here, email info@centralvt.com.
Welcome New Members!!!
Nina Towne
80 S. Main St.
Waterbury, VT 05676
The perfect place to shop for a gift for any occasion. Nina is well known for her striking flower choices, interesting color pairings, and out-of-the-ordinary gift and card selections. Stop by today at 80 South Main Street in Waterbury, right across from Rusty Parker park! We have the best view in town.
Norm Grammer
PO Box 436
Waterbury, VT 05676
When you throw a party, you want everything to be perfect - especially the food. You want your guests to be impressed by not only the quality, but by the presentation, and ample portions. Le Petit Catering is Chef Owned, and we have more than 27 years of catering experience. Owner Norm Grammer worked at the Vermont Culinary School for 8 years before starting his own catering business in 1996.
Clark's Rentals/
Penske Authorized
Karson Clark
3122 Airport Rd.
Barre, VT 05641
When you rent with Penske, you benefit from our 50 years experience in moving. Our easy-to-use resources help you make the right truck selection. Penske can lead you to get a free truck rental rate quote or to reserve your moving truck accessories. Or call us, and we'll guide you through the rental process.
Nikki Rivolta
25 School St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
Nationwide Internet service provider & telecommunications company providing Internet, TV, data and cloud services for homes and businesses.
Chamber Member Spotlight
TJ Kingsbury of Kingsbury Companies, LLC
38th Annual
5-9pm • Saturday, September 18th
Farr's Field, Waterbury
In addition to a $5,000 grand prize, there are also 8 other cash prizes totaling almost $2,000, live entertainment provided by Nottingham Drive Band, Fireworks display provided by Northstar Fireworks and a Silent Auction.
Only 150 tickets are sold in advance.
Each ticket cost $125 and includes dinner for two, outstanding entertainment, in person networking, and the chance to
win some cash!
Contact the Chamber at 802-229-5711 or email info@centralvt.com to reserve your Calcutta Ticket(s) today!

Thank you Sponsors!!

ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients are individuals who:
  • Have achieved the highest level of professional excellence
  • Contribute time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community
  • Actively assist others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential.
  • ATHENA Leadership Award® Nominees may represent either the profit or not-for-profit sector.
  • Previous ATHENA Leadership Award® Recipients are not eligible for nomination; however past nominees may be nominated again.
  • There is no minimum or maximum age qualification that must be met by ATHENA Leadership Award Nominees; however, ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® nominees must be under 40 years old.
Completed Nominations are due by 5pm on SEPTEMBER 1, 2021
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

Secure your sponsorship today by calling 229-5711 or
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.
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!
Connecting Hope
Back to School Bash
9am-1pm, Saturday, August 14
VT Granite Museum
7 Jones Brother Way, Barre
Each year, hundreds of students from around Central Vermont access school supplies and family resources through the Back to School Bash fundraiser. Close to 400 students are expected to utilize this event to obtain necessary resources to ensure a successful return to school.
Your help is needed! Regular school supplies, hygiene items, socks and underwear, along with many other items are all needed. Cash donations are also accepted and highly appreciated. Items needed by August 11th. See below for a full list of necessary items.

More than a fundraiser, it is also a celebration complete with a bounce house, lunch provided, and additional resources. Come join in the fun and receive school and family resources to start this school year off great!
For more information, contact Connecting Hope at 802-622-4244 or email connectinghopecvt@gmail.com.
64th Annual
Vermont Antique and Classic Car Meet
August 13, 14 & 15
Farr Field, Waterbury
Rain or Shine
Much of last years Covid cancelled Show highlights are carried over to this year with 34 judged show car classes including military, street rods and motorcycles. Don’t miss the huge automotive flea market, car corral, and Show car parade through downtown Waterbury. Added special events feature Vintage Fashion Judging, Hot Wheels and valve cover racing. Unique and popular is the Crafter’s Tent featuring Vermont Artisans and their creations for sale. Sunday focuses on judging followed by Award presentations.
For more information or to register a car visit vtauto.org.
For car show info contact Chris 802-223-3104 or cgeeb99@gmail.com
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!
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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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Thank you,
Central Vermont Chamber