Weekly Newsletter
GCCC Scholarship Applications Due May 10, 2019
Do you know a high school senior planning to attend a college, university or post-secondary career in technical education program after graduation?

Encourage them to apply for our High School Senior Scholarship .

Are you continuing your education at a college, university of post-secondary career in technical education program?

Would a small scholarship help you achieve your education goals?

We encourage you to apply for our Member Continued Education Scholarship .

Upcoming Chamber Events - Save the Dates
GCCC Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 5th 11:00am-1:00pm

July Business After Hours
Hosted by Claremont Senior Center
Tuesday, July 9th 5:30pm-7:00pm

Chamber Member News & Events

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Offers Scholarship for High School Senior
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is pleased to announce the availability of a $1,500 scholarship for high school graduating seniors who are going on to college. The scholarship is for income eligible applicants who have attended a technical career program as part of their high school curriculum. There is the potential for 15 awards of $1,500 each. From qualified applicants, one student may be chosen per technical center in the geographic region outlined below. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2019. Applications are available at any branch of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and can also be found online at www.barharbor.bank
Students residing in the following counties are eligible:  Maine  – Hancock, Kennebec, Lincoln, Penobscot, Sagadahoc, Waldo, and Washington;  New Hampshire  – Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack and Sullivan;  Vermont  – Orange, Rutland, Washington and Windsor. 

“Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is pleased to offer these scholarships,” said Jack Frost, VP/Director of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “We recognize that education is one of the surest ways for each person to have a fulfilling and successful career. These awards can truly make a difference in helping students and families pay for the cost of a college education.”
Application requirements include a personal statement describing career aspirations and college choice, explanation of leadership and community service, high school transcript, and one-page scholarship application. This scholarship is offered by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. For questions, please contact the Director of Community Giving at 207-667-7100 extension 10986.
Volunteers Needed for Special Olympics Regional Meet
Claremont has been chosen as the host site for this year’s Special Olympics Regional Meet and we are looking for volunteers to help with this event.  The day of the event will be Saturday, May 4 th .  Events will include swimming, bocce, and track and field.  The events will take place at both the Claremont Community Center and Monadnock Park.  Volunteers will be required to attend a training for their event at 8 AM and will need to be able to help with that event throughout the day.  The closing ceremonies are scheduled to take place at approximately 2PM. Any group or individual who is interested in volunteering, please contact Claremont Parks and Recreation Director, Mark Brislin by phone at (603) 542-7019 or by e-mai l .
Congratulations to all of this year's leaders but a very special congratulations to
Ivy Condon of Claremont!
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust First Annual Pet Supply Drive Kicks Off May 6th
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust invites you to participate in their first annual Pet Supply Drive from May 6 thru May 31, 2019. Collection boxes are located at all of our branch locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont; more than 50 locations! Please visit your local branch and make a contribution of unopened pet food, litter, cleaning supplies, new toys and bedding. No cash donations are being accepted. All donations benefit local, non-profit animal shelters or humane societies. Want to know which shelter will receive your donation? Just ask a branch employee!
“We are introducing the Pet Supply Drive to address a need in our local communities – caring for the pets in local animal shelters,” said Joseph Schmitt, SVP/Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “Thank you in advance for your generous contributions. Partnering together we can do more.”
WordPress Workshop
Saturday, May 25th from 9am-4pm
SCORE is offering a full-day, hands-on WordPress workshop, Saturday, May 25 th  from 9 am - 4 pm at Franklin Pierce, 24 Airport Road, Lebanon. WordPress is the most popular online publishing platform for websites and blogs.
This course is a comprehensive review of WordPress and how to use it to build websites and/or blogs and publish your content on the Web. The workshop is suitable if you want to brush up on the newest version of WordPress, learn techniques, better understand theme installation, page and blog post publishing, adding images and video content, search engine optimization, and more.
“What makes this workshop hands-on is each participant will have their own workstation and work on a live WordPress website/blog,” said Gary Horsman, the workshop presenter who oversees Marketing at a Global Reach, a business development and Internet Marketing Company in Woodstock “This is a perfect practice environment to learn or brush up on WordPress where key concepts will be explained and demonstrated so participants can implement on the spot. There will also be time for discussion.”
The cost of the workshop is $300. If you want to bring a colleague or friend (and share a workstation) the additional fee is $150. There will be a one-hour break for lunch (lunch not included) and light refreshments will be available in the room for the morning session.
Gary Horsman  will be the workshop presenter. Horsman oversees Marketing at A Global Reach, a business development and Internet Marketing Company located in Woodstock, Vermont. He also teaches programs on search engine optimization and content marketing.
For more information about the workshops or to reserve a spot , visit Upper Valley Score or call (603) 448-3491.
ABOUT SCORE:  SCORE is the largest volunteer mentoring network in the USA. For more than 50 years, SCORE has served as America’s premier source of confidential business mentoring and education. Through a nationwide network of more than 300 chapters and 10,000 volunteers, SCORE helps small businesses to start up, grow, and achieve their goals. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE Upper Valley was founded in 1967 as Chapter 184. With more than 30 volunteer mentors, who give freely of their time and talent to help small business owners and potential small business owners achieve success and improve the economic health of their local communities. SCORE mentoring is always free and our educational services are free or at a low cost.
Help the Sullivan County Humane Society reach their fundraising goal of $15,000 this year!

They are off to a great start with $3,000 in corporate sponsorships - what can your company contribute?

Contact Laurie Waterman for more information on sponsorship opportunities via email or 603-381-0716
Claremont Opera House Seat Restoration Underway
Thanks to NH State Council on the Arts ($20,000), Mascoma Bank Foundation ($10,000) and Claremont Savings Bank ($2,000), the Claremont Opera House Theater Seat restoration project has begun. These grants will enable COH to repair the seating on 300 of the 519 seats in the orchestra level. The per chair cost is $100.   Many of the seats are stained from use over the years and the sun coming through the windows has rotted some of the fabric exposing the deteriorating foam. Other grants are currently being written to finish the balance of the 219 orchestra seats. 

The restoration is being done by Bartholomew Contract Interiors from Hartford Connecticut. BCI and David Eckstein were highly recommended by Friends of the Audi who recently restored their seating in Concord. The Audi awarded BCI with a Certificate of Excellence award. BCI is using a fabric very close to the original fabric and will be keeping the historical features, such as the under-the-seat hat racks of the seats, intact. 

Because the seats have to be removed and taken to Connecticut for their repairs, BCI will work around the COH show schedule. There may be some shows where there will be some seats missing. Sponsored by NHSCA and Mascoma Bank Foundation and Claremont Savings Bank, this first phase of the lower level should be completed by June in time for the annual full house for Jenkins and Stardancer Dance Recitals. When the lower level, which is showing more wear is completed, the balcony level will be addressed.
Taverne on the Square is now offering a 15% discount for lunch to all business members of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce. Lunch is served from 11:00am to 4:00pm

For your convenience you may consider calling an hour ahead of your desired pick up time. Then simply pick up your lunch order to go. If you prefer, we will be happy to have it ready to serve to you!

Simply mention promo code: Jasper56
Places we LOVE in
Sullivan County
Choose your favorite outdoor place, building, restaurant, business or historical site. Any place where others can visit is perfect to share. Use your smart phone to snap a photo, then visit bit.ly/LoveSullivan to upload and describe what makes it special to you!
Community News & Events
Land and Community Heritage Investment Program Grant Workshops 
Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) announces the schedule for 2019 grant requests. 

Learn more at the  LCHIP website .

Workshop attendance is required for first time applicants and recommended for repeat applicants. Registration materials can be found  HERE

The schedule for application activities is detailed below. 

  • April 9 State Conservation Grants Workshop at NH Dept. of Environmental Services 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301
  • April 29 Historic Resources Grant Workshop at NH Dept. of Environmental Services 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301April 30Historic Resources Grant Workshop at Littleton Community Center  120 Main Street, Littleton, NH 03561
  • May 1 Grant Round Opens
  • May 17 Intent to Apply forms due at LCHIP office

Required for EACH project
Find Natural Resource Intent to Apply form    HERE
Find Historic Resource Intent to Apply form  HERE

June 28 Grant applications due at LCHIP office by noon

 Contact the LCHIP office (603-224-4113) with any questions.
Economic & Infrastructure Development Investment Program
now accepting grant applications for 2019
 Applications and more information are available online here: http://www.nbrc.gov/ Applications will be due on Friday, May 10 th .
UNH Advanced Manufacturing Day
May 23, 2019
Explore the possibilities of partnering with UNH.
An interactive day, with direct access to UNH professors, researchers, industry experts, and government officials.
What to expect:
  • Learn about UNH research topics, including industrial internet of things, biomanufacturing, rapid prototyping,automation/robotics, machining, electronics manufacturing,composites, materials characterization, and more
  • Networking sandpit/speed dating opportunities to exchange ideas with researchers, faculty, scientists, engineers, and industry experts
  • Intensive, interactive, innovative environment
  • Tours of UNH’s John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center, Space Science Center, the University Instrumentation Center (UIC), and the UNH InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL)
  • Learn about facilities access to the John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center and UIC
  • Expo featuring UNH research centers and business resources 
  • Student poster presentations highlighting the range of advanced manufacturing research at UNH
  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and networking reception

Who should attend:
  • Manufacturing plant managers
  • Engineering directors
  • Decision makers 
  • Business development executives 
  • Heads of research or product lines 
  • Entrepreneurs 
  • Venture capitalists 
  • Recruiters 
  • UNH faculty and researchers

This event is free, but registration is required. Register early as space is limited.