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SCORE Announces Fall 2019 Small Business Workshop Series
SCORE has announced its Fall 2019 workshop series where area residents and those seeking empowerment in business can enroll.
 
The workshops sponsored by Mascoma Bank are held at the SCORE office, 20 West Park Street, Suite 316, Lebanon, NH are offered on Thursdays (and one Wednesday) from 5-8 p.m. The workshop presenters at bring years of experience to the job. As well as being knowledgeable in the workshop subject, they have a down-to-earth approach based on their experience in counseling small businesses.
 
The fee for each workshop is $30. If you invite your spouse or business partner to attend as your guest, the fee for the two of you would be $40. Veterans are FREE.

Optimizing Internet Marketing , Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM  
Choosing the right Internet Marketing options can be a daunting task for a small business. This workshop will start with website fundamentals and then delve into blogging, email marketing, Pay per Click, and newsletters - all intended to help you focus on producing cost-benefit marketing results.
 
Social Media Marketing , Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 5:00-8:00 PM
This workshop will provide an overview of the major social media marketing channels – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and LinkedIn. Various tools will be examined to help you not only chose the correct channel for your marketing efforts, but also reduce and streamline your workload. Social media marketing content will also be presented.
 
For more information about the workshops or to reserve a spot, visit Upper Valley Score www.uppervalley.score.org  or call (603) 448-3491.
 
ABOUT SCORE:  a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years.  Upper Valley SCORE  was founded in 1967 as Chapter 184 and currently has more than 30 volunteer mentors who are all experienced business owners and managers. SCORE offers experience and knowledge to help small business owners and potential small business owners achieve success. Services include confidential, free face to face counseling, email counseling, business workshops
Business Leaders Housing Breakfast Explores Employer Creation of Housing
November 1 Event Features Presentation of Housing Demand Study by Dartmouth and D-H, Keys to the Valley Framework and Local Housing Market Update
 
Upper Valley business, municipal and nonprofit leaders are invited to the fall  Business Leaders Housing Breakfast , co-hosted by Vital Communities and Twin Pines Housing on November 1. The event will include presentations about a recent housing demand study conducted by Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock and a ‘Keys to the Valley’ framework from the Upper Valley’s regional planning commissions.
 
This year’s fall Business Leaders Housing Breakfast is set for Friday, November 1, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Fireside Inn in West Lebanon. Those interested in attending can find details and register at  vitalcommunities.org/housing .
 
The semiannual Business Leaders Housing Breakfast brings leaders together to better understand the housing market in the region, the role of workforce housing in vibrant local economies and communities, and how businesses and municipalities can help develop thoughtful solutions.
 
“It’s great to see our region’s largest employers working together to measure local needs and consider investments to create homes,” said Mike Kiess, workforce housing coordinator at Vital Communities. “It shows that we all have a role to play in meeting this regional challenge. Homeowners, municipalities, and employers can all create places to live, and we need that for a vibrant future.”
 
“We’re so pleased to have Josh Keniston from Dartmouth College and Sarah Currier and Tom Goins from Dartmouth-Hitchcock here to speak about housing demand in the Upper Valley. The studies conducted by the college and hospital, along with the work done by the regional planning commissions, will be helpful tools in meeting the region’s housing needs,” said Andrew Winter, executive director at Twin Pines Housing.
 
The breakfast event will also include an update on the Upper Valley housing market from Buff McLaughry of Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty.
 
Registration for the fall Business Leaders Housing Breakfast is free thanks to generous sponsorship from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and the Vermont Housing Finance Agency. A $20 donation is suggested to support Vital Communities’ workforce housing initiatives. Learn more at  vitalcommunities.org/housing .
 
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Vital Communities  cultivates the civic, environmental and economic vitality of the Upper Valley. We bring people together, bridging boundaries and engaging our whole community to create positive change. Leadership Upper Valley, a program of Vital Communities, inspires, educates, and engages leaders to better serve their communities. Learn more at  vitalcommunities.org .
 
Twin Pines Housing is the leading developer and provider of affordable housing in the Upper Valley region for individuals and families with low to moderate incomes. Its mission is to increase access to quality housing and supportive services to meet the pressing and long-term needs of the Upper Valley Community Twin Pines Housing currently owns 471 rental apartments with another 72 rental and four homeownership units in development.   To learn more visit  twinpineshousing.org .
Claremont Opera House Upcoming Shows
On November 2 nd,  Takin it to the Streets, a Doobie Brothers Experience,  covers all of The Doobie's great hits and an occasional deep track or two with stunning accuracy. CBS, NY stated, “It was one of the best tribute concerts we've seen."

Comedian  Bob Marley  returns for his annual visit, this time on a Thursday, November 14 th with an all new show sure to have friends laughing with tears rolling down their faces.

Wanting something a little heavier?  Dirty Deeds-an ACDC Experience  on November 30, is a great holiday gift for anyone that's in to heavy metal!  

Comedian Paul D’Angelo and Nashville recording artist Lexi James will be co headlining a “ Yee Haws and Ha Has” event for a night of hilarious stand-up comedy and sensational country music on January 25 th .

The World’s Greatest Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers!” according to Katie Daryl, Mark Cuban and Ryan Seacrest of AXS-TV, will rock the stage on February 15th.

RentaComic brings 2 nights of comedy to chase away the winter blues to the Opera House stage on February 29 th and April 25. Scheduled comedians can be found on the COH website. 

On March 14th, for the Irish in all of us, Wood’s Tea Company performs bluegrass, Celtic tunes, folk songs, and sea chanties.

After standing ovations, back by popular demand , Tusk, "The World's #1 Fleetwood Mac Tribute" , returns on April 3 rd .  

Moondance, the ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert, captures the Van Morrison concert experience like no other on May 2nd.

Don't forget to check out  www.claremontoperahouse.org  for more information! For your convenience, a link is there to sign up for email notices to get breaking news on shows that have been added at the last minute as well as the chance to be in a drawing for free tickets.

Tickets make great gifts. With print at home option, tickets can be purchased online at www.claremontoperhouse.org , by phone at 603-542-4433 or in person at the Opera House Box office in City Hall Complex at 58 Opera House Square.

We look forward to seeing you soon at the Claremont Opera House! 
Upper Valley Farmers Learn Together about Climate Change Adaptation
  As many farmers think about adapting their practices for the changing climate, Upper Valley farmers will have an opportunity to learn about current climate change concerns and adaptation practices, tour a farm that has implemented climate change adaptive and resiliency measures, build farmer and peer connections and receive support.
 
On November 6 at Edgewater Farm in Plainfield, Chris Skoglund of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services will speak on climate change impacts in our region and across the globe and potential considerations for developing resilient agricultural systems.
 
Farmers in this region are already finding that certain farming practices improve soil health, protect water, and increase the resilience of their crops. According to the National Young Farmer Coalition, “The extreme weather events of this growing season, the UN Climate Change Summit and the Global Climate Strike have much of our attention focused on ways we can support our farmers and ranchers in this uncertain climate reality.”
 
Edgewater Farm, host of this workshop and tour, has grown produce for more than 45 years on the alluvial plains of the Connecticut River in Plainfield and has been implementing climate adaptive field techniques for several years. They have come to rely on high tunnels and other strategies for protected growing of the farm’s key crops and the importance of practices that build the soil’s health and resiliency.
 
This free workshop is appropriate for farmers of all stages and for all types of farm operations and is hosted by Vital Communities and Land For Good, targets farmers of all stages and type of operation in the region. Vital Communities is building climate-resilient communities in the Upper Valley through collaboration, research and education. Land For Good is bringing together established and beginning farmers interested in implementing climate adaptive field techniques together to receive support, especially around the land tenure security needed to invest in these techniques.
 
Register for this free workshop at  landforgood.org/edgewater-farm  or by contacting Nancy LaRowe at Vital Communities at 802-291-9100 or  nancy@vitalcommunities.org .
 
Funding for this event is provided by the Land Access Project, Phase 3 (LAP3) that improves land access and transfer education, training and technical assistance to beginning and established farmers through a grant from  USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture  (NIFA)  Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program  (NIFA # 2018-70017-28531).
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Bar Harbor Bank & Trust - 31st Annual Food for Good Food Drive
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is hosting their 31 st  Annual Food for Good Food Drive beginning October 21 through November 22, 2019. Non-perishable food items are being collected at all bank branches to benefit local food pantries throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Join us is helping our neighbors in need by visiting your local branch with a donation for the collection bin. Cash donations are not being accepted. 
 
“As a community bank, we prioritize giving back to the people in the places we call home,” said Joseph Schmitt, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “We are proud to continue the tradition of our fall Food for Good food drive for the 31 st  year to help stock the shelves of our local food pantries.” Interested to know which organization will receive your donation? Ask your banker the next time you visit your local branch!
 
Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.6 billion in assets. As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company. For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit  www.barharbor.bank  or call 888-853-7100. Member FDIC.
Amplified Arts & TLC Resource Center Collaboration
November 8th will mark the second collaboration between Amplified Arts , A collaborative arts venue in Downtown Claremont and TLC Family Resource Center, a nonprofit serving children, youth, and families with a wide range of free programming.

Back in the Spring of 2018, AMP and TLC partnered to produce The Laramie Project, a theatrical piece about the Matthew Shepard murder and its effect on the community of Laramie, Wyoming. The event included a panel discussion following the live production by AMP’s Teen Academy program. The production would go on to be nominated for three New Hampshire Theatre Awards and would win for Best Actor In a Youth Production in 2019.

This time, AMP and TLC are working together to bring the story of the community that was impacted by the Sandy Hook School Shooting in 2012 with a stage reading of 26 Pebbles to be followed by a community conversation. 6 actors from AMP’s adult Company will take on 19 roles in a stripped down version of 26 Pebbles written by Eric Ulloa. Similar in style to The Laramie Project, the playwright conducted interviews with members of the community in Newtown, CT, and crafted them into an exploration of the impact of gun violence and a small town shaken by a horrific event.

“This is an important piece of theatre that AMP is honored to bring to our small stage. Our goal is to start a conversation about mental health and the impact this kind of violence has on a community as well as finding resilience and hope in the face of such violence. We are looking forward to working with TLC again through a program that brings our community together to see impactful arts at work. The unpacking of what this production means to us as artists and as a community that has struggled with mental health, drug and community violence issues, is an important conversation to have as a community,” says Shelly Hudson Producing Artist Director of Amplified Arts.

TLC Executive Director Maggie Monroe-Cassel says, “I am pleased for another partnership in which we use an art form to have a community conversation about the serious public health issue that gun violence creates and its impact on families.”

26 Pebbles by Eric Ulloa and presented through an arrangement with Samuel French, opens Nov 8th at 7PM and Nov 9th at 4PM at Amplified Arts intimate theatre space in downtown Claremont. Tickets are $12 General Public, $10 for AMP Members and will be on sale midOctober. Members of the panel will be announced on social media so make sure to like Amplified Arts and TLC on Facebook and Instagram. You can visit www.amplifiedartsnh.com or www.tlcfamilyrc.org for more information and to purchase tickets.
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
Community News & Events
Upper Valley Land Trust - Corporate Volunteer Program
The Upper Valley Land Trust has an exciting opportunity to offer Upper Valley businesses and employees! Now in its second year of operation, the Corporate Volunteer Program puts your employees to work in the community, volunteering with our local environmental nonprofit to make a difference socially and ecologically. This offering is designed to provide an opportunity for your Upper Valley business to spend time volunteering in the outdoors and strengthen bonds between your team members. This program will benefit your business in many ways:
 
·         Engaging employees in team building activities in a beautiful environment outside of the typical workplace
·         Involving your group with our local social and natural communities
·         Providing a philanthropy opportunity for a business and its employees
·         Reenergizing and resetting a team dynamic before diving back into work projects
 
We are ready to create a volunteer experience tailored to the needs of your company! Contact Paul Blazevich ( (603) 643-6626 x 201) for program offerings, more information on CVP, or to begin customizing your own volunteer experience. UVLT’s current project offerings for CVP are attached below, which also includes program logistics and a recommended packing list for participants.
 
The Upper Valley Land Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, committed to preserving natural areas, working farmlands, and priority habitat so residents and visitors alike can enjoy the scenic landscapes that make the Upper Valley so special.
Holiday Crafters and Vendors Fair
Holiday Crafters and Vendors Fair sponsored by St. Mary Parish - Claremont NH
Saturday - November 2, 2019 St. Mary Gym - Main St. - Claremont NH
9:00 AM - 1: 00 PM
Featuring ...
   Area Crafters and Vendors
   Cookie and Sweet Breads Sale
   50 / 50 Raffle
   Food Concession