January 2018
From the Booth on Main

Welcome New Members:
BAH and BBH coming right up!

     Business After Hours (BAH) and Business Before Hours (BBH) are free to LSRCC Members and a great opportunity for networking with your peers to learn about other business in the area. 

     There are few opening to showcase YOUR business in this unique way later in 2018. Contact us to learn more.

No Chocolate Fest in March of 2018 (boo-hoo)  but planning for 2019 (yahooo)
     We are sooo sad to report that the Chocolate Fest has been cancelled for 2018. BUT WAIT - the fabulous committee has ALREADY agreed to start thinking about 2019 and will meet in September to begin planning and recruiting vendors.  Spoiler alert: We have a special plan for a sweet spot just for kids at the Willie Wonka table. Interested in helping? Let us know.
     Craving too much to bear? Stop by the Chamber Booth for a quick fix - we always have some of the coco bean to share.

Lake Sunapee Young Professionals are now part of LSRCC
     The Lake Sunapee Young Professional Network is an organization designed to foster career growth, relationships and community. Recently joining forces with the LSRCC, the LSYPN is working to offer a combination of business after hour events, educational series and volunteer opportunities. They also work closely with NH's Stay Work Play initiative, focusing on bringing in and retaining young talent to meet business employment demands. However, the name of the group name is misleading: LSYPN encourages attendance by those of all ages, realizing that individuals with many years of work experience offer a wealth of knowledge and connections that can benefit those looking to grow. If you are interested in learning more, visit their Facebook page or contact the chamber.

Get out and enjoy Winter Carnival
     I hope many of you are able to attend some or all of the  New London Winter Carnival  Feb. 2-3.  Use this link to view complete details. Can't make that? Then enjoy Newport's 102nd Annual Winter Carnival   Feb. 8-11  (details here ).

Wishing you all a prosperous 2018! Let us know how we can help.

Patty McGoldrick
Annual Meeting Report

     The Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, held at Colby-Sawyer College on Jan. 9, was attended by 100+ Members, and local and state officials.  EVERSOURCE sponsored this year's event, which is an  opportunity for important conversation, comradery and community.
     Special thanks to Governor Chris Sununu for attending the dinner, speaking to the region's business leaders about the coming year in the state of NH, and local workforce development issues and initiatives.
     We were very fortunate to have Tym Rourke as the keynote speaker to discuss the addiction crisis we face in NH and to share information about trends in the state and resources for employers and individuals alike. Rourke is the director of New Hampshire Tomorrow, from the NH Charitable Foundation.
     LSRCC President Sarah Christie reviewed 2017 chamber activities, which include successful events like the Black Fly Open and Chamber Night at Hospital Days as well as many Business After Hours and the four-session Business Growth Series.
     The annual meeting attendees unanimously approved the slate of Directors. Returning for another term (through 2020: Sarah Christie, Lorie McClory, Dan O'Halloran and Karen Zurheid.

2017 Community Business of the Year was awarded to TopStone Barber Co. for their generous support of youth sports and education programs as well as underwriting arts programs. The crew participated in area events such as Strawberry Festival, the Hospital Days parade, Halloween, and Ladies Night to name only a few. TopStone has created a space for community connection - and a great haircut!  Pictured at left are Danny Brooks, Gov. Sununu, Ryan "Roomba" Kirby and TopStone owner Andrew Maki.

2017 Community Member of the Year was presented to Sharon Parsons of Sunapee. As the owner of the Wild Goose Country Store, she supports Project Sunapee and Sunapee Magic. As a teacher, Sharon has coordinated the re-purposing of three different outdoor spaces on the Sunapee school campus and is a co-teacher for the Senior Project. As a parent, she was very active in the Booster Club. She is the new chair for the nonprofit Sunapee Heritage Alliance. Pictured at right are LSRCC Director Debbie Campbell, Sharon Parsons and Gov. Sununu.

Member Opportunities
     There are lots of reasons to join the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber. Helping you promote your business is just one.
  • Submit your events for inclusion in the Online Calendar and Social Media: Whatever you're up to, we want to hear about it and share it with others. Send your event information to the chamber and we will included it on the master calendar and share on our social media platforms.  Be sure to include: Name of Activity; Date; Time; Setting; Information about the event to include types of participants and any admission/fees, along with your contact information. ( send your posters in a jpg)
  • Information Guide: LSRCC partners each year with Beyond Design to put together the LSRCC Information Guide, which we're working on right now. With over 15,000 users, this stunning printed booklet is distributed locally and through the state and new this year available online. You won't want to miss this Chamber benefit.  To be automatically included you must be a current LSRCC Member. Look for the mailing and details in early February.
  • Business-to-Business benefits: That's right, you might get benefits from other chamber members like this one:
    • The InterTown Record gives LSRCC members a minimum of 5% off advertising all the time in addition to other discounts for which you might qualify. Contact the InterTown for details.
      Does your business offer a member-to-member benefit? Let us know and we'll get the word out.

Do you know a business that is not a chamber member? Encourage them to join, or give us a heads-up so we can contact them.

Do you have news to share?
Send news about your business and we'll get it out to fellow chamber and share it with the world on our Facebook page:  admin@LakeSunapeeRegionChamber.com .

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