Weekly Newsletter
Membership Notification - Proposed Bylaws Changes
The Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 8am at the CSB Community Center. The first item on the agenda will be the membership vote on the proposed bylaws changes pertaining to Board of Directors Terms, the Seating of New Directors and Electronic Voting. All members in good standing are invited and welcome to attend.

Please contact Elyse with any questions or concerns.

McGee Toyota of Claremont
McGee Toyota of Claremont held a Ground Breaking Ceremony on Thursday, September 2, 2019 for their new dealership located at 168 Charlestown Road. Communities members enjoyed refreshments under the tent while learning a bit about what's to come.

Mayor Charlene Lovett, Councilor Jon Stone, GCCC Board of Directors Vice President, Liza McSwain and GCCC Board of Directors Secretary, Tim McNulty are pictured above with McGee Toyota Staff as well as members of the CM & B construction team.
Interested in donating an auction item to the event? Please email Elyse

Chamber Member News & Events
Seminars & Trainings Presented by Clark-Mortenson Agency
State and federal regulations are part of doing business; but fines and penalties for non-compliance don't have to be. Clark-Mortenson compliance workshops cover a range of topics, from labor laws to federal mandates. Our presenters focus on specific, practical information that you can use to improve your  compliance  practices right now. Designed for company owners, managers and HR directors, our workshops are open to all local businesses and most events are free of charge.

September 25, 2019 at 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

October 16, 2019 at 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Vital Communities Welcomes 30 to the Leadership Upper Valley Class of 2020
Vital Communities this week welcomed 32 emerging and established community leaders to the  Leadership Upper Valley  Class of 2020. The group will meet one day each month for the next 10 months to deepen their knowledge of the Upper Valley and expand their networks within the region. The goal is to better equip Upper Valley residents to succeed in and serve their communities.
“Vital Communities is excited to welcome the Leadership Upper Valley Class of 2020. So many of this year’s participants are already established leaders in their communities and workplaces. The class itself will be an important component as we broaden our understanding and perspective of the key issues at play in the Upper Valley,” said Rob Schultz, manager of Leadership Upper Valley at Vital Communities.
This year’s Leadership Upper Valley participants include:
Charlene Ashey, River Valley Community College
Audra Bonds, Hanover Co-op Food Stores & Auto Service Centers
Mary Bourque, Sullivan County
Allison Childs, Claremont Savings Bank
Darcy Curran, Kendal at Hanover
Jennifer Eastman, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
Asma Elhuni, United Valley Interfaith Project
Sandy Gmur, Cobb Hill CoHousing
Michelle Hale, Dartmouth College
Hillary Halleck, Red River
Anita Hamalainen, self-employed
Kyle Hayman, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Susan Howard, Pyrus Horticultural
Jan Hutslar, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley
Sarah Jackson, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Robert Kay, Hypertherm
Ian Kipperman, Gallagher, Flynn and Company
Nancy LaRowe, Vital Communities
Liza McSwain, Mascoma Bank
Shaun Mulholland, City of Lebanon
Lisa Saturley, LISTEN Community Services
Kristi Saunders, Lake Sunapee Region VNA
Jennifer Schiffman
Lauren Schumacher, Mascoma Bank
Kelly Sczomak, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park
Alison Sherman, Downs Rachlin Martin
June Sweetsir, Geokon
Susan Swenson, FUJIFILM Dimatix
Ethan Ticehurst, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Jesse Vazzano, Veterans Health Administration
John Wallace, Dartmouth College
Sally Wilson, SCORE/SBA
During the 10-month program, participants will learn about the Upper Valley’s education system and opportunities for further involvement; enjoy a hands-on exploration of the rich local arts world with JAG Productions; discover the varied service and nonprofit organizations supporting the community; examine the past, present, and future of the Upper Valley’s economic development with help from the City of Claremont; explore the criminal justice system and broader issues which affect our community; learn about the structure and responsibilities of governmental bodies, as well as how to engage actively as a citizen; discover the region’s growing transportation network and how various modes of travel can impact every aspect of our lives; and address the topic of environmental sustainability at VINS. The class will also plan and complete a service project together.
Leadership Upper Valley runs from September through June each year. Participants spend one intensive day per month learning in-depth about a different regional issue from topic-area experts. Residents and employees within Vital Communities’ 69-town service area are welcome to apply each winter; recruiting begins in January. Learn more at  vitalcommunities.org/leadershipuppervalley .
SCORE Announces Fall 2019 Small Business Workship 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.

Business Bookkeeping Thursday, September 26, 2019, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
This Accounting 101 overview gets you started with understanding the basic accounting concepts. The workshop will teach you a straightforward way to keep score with respect to the financial performance and condition of your business.

Start Your Own Business ,   Thursday, October 3, 2019, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
This workshop covers the basic elements one must consider in having your own business. A primer on developing and managing any small business, this workshop provides critical materials and a step-by-step process for developing a workable approach to assessing and planning a new business.

Franchising: Employee to Entrepreneur Thursday, October 10, 2019, 5:00-8:00 PM
All aspects of franchising, positive & negative, will be discussed in this workshop. Some of the topics that will be covered are: setting goals & objectives; ownership options; how to safely research and select the right franchise; ownership options; how to finance your business; and available resources and consultant services.

Funding Your Small Business , Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM
This workshop concentrates on loan programs available through the Small Business Administration and local financial institutions. A representative from the SBA, Grafton Regional Development Corp., and Mascoma Bank will take you through the process of accessing capital for your business.

Writing a Business Plan Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM 
Before seeking business financing from a bank, relatives, or other sources, creating a business plan is a must. This workshop covers a step-by-step guide for putting together the seven basic sections required for a good and effective business plan. Specific time will be spent discussing what bank loan officers are looking for in a business plan.

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
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!
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
Food Service Update
ServSafe ®  is a nationally recognized food safety certification program of the National Restaurant Association. Participants passing the exam given at the end of the class, with a score of 75% or higher, will receive ServSafe ®  Food Protection Manager Certification. Certification is valid for five years.
The cost of the training is $140 which includes the ServSafe ®  Manager Book, 7th Edition & Exam. For persons with disabilities, dietary, language or financial difficulties requiring special accommodations, please contact us prior to the event. Given ample time, we will make any reasonable effort to arrange accommodations. Books and exams are available in several languages, please check with our office for availability before registering.

Upcoming ServSafe ®  classes:  All classes are from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Cheshire Medical Center - 580 Court St. - Keene, NH
Must register by 9/15/19.  Register Here
Sullivan County Health Care - 5 Nursing Home Dr. - Unity, NH
(95 County Farm Rd. on GPS) 
Must register by 9/22/19.  Register Here
Mt. Eustis Commons - 260 Cottage St. - Littleton, NH
Must register by 10/23/19.  Register Here

S.A.F.E. - Safety Awareness in the Food Environment
S.A.F.E. (Safety Awareness in the Food Environment) is a free 2-hour training that covers personal hygiene; cross-contamination; controlling time and temperature; and safe food handling. It’s a comprehensive introduction for new or seasonal employees and a valuable refresher for longtime staff! Trainings can be done right at your facility.
Upcoming S.A.F.E. Classes:    Classes are offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day.

Keene Public Library - 60 Winter St. - Keene, NH
Must register HERE  by noon on 9/19/19
Claremont Savings Bank - 145 Broad St. - Claremont, NH
Must register  HERE  by noon on 10/10/19
UNH Cooperative Extension Grafton County Office
3855 Dartmouth College Hwy. - North Haverhill, NH
Must register HERE  by noon on 11/7/19
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.