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
Business After Hours hosted by Jozach Jewelers
Thursday, May 2nd 5:30pm-7:00pm

GCCC Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 5th 11:00am-1:00pm

Would you be interested in leading an
educational session on a topic of your expertise?

Contact the Chamber today for
more information & to save your spot!

Also taking reservations for BBH & BAH events in 2020!
Chamber Member News & Events
Sullivan County Celebrates National County Government Month
Sullivan celebrates  National County Government Month  (NCGM) throughout APRIL with NACo’s 2019 theme  Connecting the Unconnected: Building Healthy, Safe & Vibrant Communities.   As a member of the NACo – the National Association of Counties - Sullivan is celebrating NACo’s theme through various events, services, programs and projects going on throughout the month … and beyond.

NH Guild of Catholic Healthcare Professionals to Honor
Deacon Dr. James Wilton with St. Martin de Porres Award
VRH Occupational Health Open House
On Wednesday, April 24, immediately following the annual White Mass, the NH Guild of Catholic Healthcare Professionals will honor Deacon Dr. James Wilton with the 2019 St. Martin de Porres Award, given annually to a Catholic healthcare professional who exemplifies the virtues of Catholic healthcare.

Deacon Dr. Wilton serves patients at Valley Regional Hospital as a foot, ankle and peripheral nerve surgeon, and serves parishioners at St. Mary Church in Claremont, NH as their deacon. Throughout his career, Dr. Wilton has been an advocate for the poor by serving on committees that worked to make healthcare available and affordable for patients who had little or no insurance coverage. He provides exceptional care to each person he encounters, regardless of socioeconomic challenges of poverty, homelessness, unemployment, debilitating health behaviors, and violence

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 .
Leadership Upper Valley Accepting Applications for 2020
What are the critical issues facing the Upper Valley region? What can we do about them? Explore those questions with an engaging and inspiring group of peers and experts! Join the  Leadership Upper Valley  Class of 2020! Leadership Upper Valley is a great way to network with others, learn about key issues, and grow as a leader.  Find out more and apply by April 30 .     Leadership Upper Valley inspires, educates, and engages leaders to better serve Upper Valley communities.
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

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.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Announces Jaime Frederes as Senior Vice President, Director of Residential Lending
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has named Jaime Frederes as its Senior Vice President and Director of Residential Lending. Frederes is responsible for the overall bank leadership, franchise growth and business-line profitability of the Residential Lending division throughout the Bank’s footprint of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Frederes’ office is located at 1000 Elm Street in Manchester, New Hampshire.  
With over 20 years’ experience in residential lending leadership at both regional and national lending institutions, Frederes is especially skilled at developing successful processes and training to provide the best products and customer service to those seeking home financing. Most recently Frederes was Vice President, Area Lending Manger for Bank of America in Southern/Central Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Prior to that role he served as Vice President, Area Lending Manager for Bank of America for Northern New England.
“Jaime is a seasoned executive with a history of demonstrated achievement and performance in all aspects of Residential Lending, one of our critical and core business lines. We welcome Jaime to our team,” commented John Mercier, EVP and Chief Lending Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Frederes holds a bachelor’s degree in management with a concentration in finance from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. In the community he has served as both President and an Advisory Board Member of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Genesee Region and a Board Member of Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation.
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
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
How can Small Business Comply with OSHA Standards Webinar
Tuesday, April 16th 10:30am-11:30am
Did you know that a safe and healthy workplace not only protects employees from injury and illness, but can lower costs, reduce absenteeism, boost morale and increase productivity and quality? How can your small business stay safe? OSHA can help! 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) assures safe and healthful working conditions for U.S. working men and women. OSHA does this through setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. 

This webinar presented by Timothy Irving, the Assistant Regional Administrator for Cooperative & State Programs at OSHA, will provide an overview of OSHA, employer requirements and critical resources for small businesses.

In this session, participants will learn:
  • What is OSHA?
  • OSHA requirements for small businesses
  • OSHA’s no-cost, confidential On-Site Consultation Program
  • How to show your commitment to safety and reduce costs

Please register for this FREE event here!
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.