September 2021
Membership News & Updates
We ended August on a great note, with a very successful Vergennes Day. It was so good to get back outside for a festival and to celebrate all that Vergennes has to offer. September will move quickly here at the Chamber, as we ramp up for the Bristol Harvest Festival on the 25th. We hope to see you there.

In other Chamber news, we have hired our next Executive Director who will start on October 4th. Learn more about him below.

Rob, Maria & Amy
Chamber Events & News
Welcome to Phil Summers
Philip Summers will take the reins at the Addison County Chamber on October 4th. He is a graduate of Wagner College with a BA, and a graduate of Brooklyn College with an MS in Communication. He is also an adjunct lecturer in the School of Business at the University of Mary Washington where he remotely teaches undergraduate courses in marketing and advertising.

Phil has spent the majority of his career in some way connected with sports, working in marketing and sales with the NFL, moving on to sports marketing with Sirius Radio, and then working in marketing and creative services for Cablevision. Phil then shifted over to the non-profit world, becoming the Executive Director of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association. There he works with over 140,000 players and 30,000 coaches and administrators across Virginia and the District of Columbia and oversees a budget of over 
$4.5 million.
September Webinar:
Human Resource Issues for Nonprofits
Wednesday, September 8th
8:30am - 10:00am
You can’t help people outside of your organization if you’re not taking care of the people who make your mission come to life–your staff. Join Sarah Audet (Principal, Hedgehog + Fox Collaborative) and Helena Van Voorst (Executive Director, United Way of Addison County) for a panel discussion with local nonprofit professionals who know a thing or two about the HR issues facing nonprofits today. 

September Networking Mixer
Tuesday, September 14th
5:30 - 7:00pm
We’re mixing it up this September with our monthly networking mixer on Tuesday, September 14th! Join us at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices new office overlooking Middlebury’s downtown plaza. Great company and delicious food offerings from neighboring Sabai Sabai will make this gathering the must attend event for September. Get some great networking in, while we enjoy the backdrop of this great new space.
August Chamber Mixer a Little Wet
We had a little rain for our August mixer, but that didn't dampen spirits as we met in the barn at the UVM Morgan Horse Farm. We learned about the history of Morgans and the farm, and enjoyed food from Pratt's Store.

This month's door prize winners included Adam Rainville, Maple Landmark - Goodro Lumber gift bucket, Davida Murray, New Moon Physical Therapy - UVM Morgan Horse Farm gifts and foal raffle tickets, and Natalie Reigle, Vermont Adult Learning - UVM Morgan Horse Farm kid's basket.

The Pot of Gold winner was The Rotary Club of Middlebury, but unfortunately they were not in attendance.
Chamber Annual Meeting
Save the Date - The Addison County Chamber of Commerce will hold it's annual meeting on October 21st at the Middlebury Inn, which will include breakfast.

Nominations Still Open - At our annual meeting we will present awards to the top business, non-profit and citizen. Members can nominate other members for these awards through September 13th.
Welcome to Our Newest Members
We had two new member join the Chamber in the past month. Learn more about them below:

Rainbow Pediatrics - Rainbow Pediatrics was founded in 1991 by Jack Mayer MD FAAP to provide comprehensive pediatric primary care. Their goal is to provide the best Medical Home for children in Addison County by using the best of their flexibility and independence coordinated with technology and evidence based practices. They strive to provide complete pediatric services, including without losing the personal touch of a hometown doctor’s office. They also collaborate with many area specialists coordinate referrals to them.

Little Seed Coffee Roasters - little seed COFFEE ROASTERS was created with the intention to engage people in a joyful experience drinking and sharing their coffee. They roast their seeds to bring out the best in each offering. Each roast is meant to be approachable - to the most experienced coffee drinker to the novice who wants to expand their palette. They firmly believe that complex, eye-opening, flavor-forward coffee that is ethically-sourced and acts as a vehicle for change should be enjoyed by all. Their coffee shop will open this fall on Merchants Row in Middlebury.
Member Spotlight
This month’s Member Spotlight features OMYA, a member of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce since 2007. Read More
Job Openings
Congratulations to Our Members
Middlebury College has named Caitlin Goss vice president for human resources and chief people officer.

VPR wins National Edward R. Murrow Awards for Feature Reporting, Podcast.

Maple Broadband and WCVT ink deal to expand broadband in Addison County.

Larry Plesent retires from Vermont Soap.

Addison County Community Trust announces Funding Awards for Community Wastewater System at Lindale Mobile Home Park.

The Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Genevieve Williamson to the position of child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and Medical Director of Youth and Family Services.
Community Events and Opportunities
Bristol Harvest Festival 2021!
Saturday, September 25th,

Join us on the Bristol Green for a day of great food, music and a host of vendors. Enjoy live music all day, check out the Art on Main Silent Auction, and participate in the Moose Scavenger Hunt & Sidewalk Sales on Main St.
Musical lineup:
10:00 AM - Bob Recupero
11:00 AM - Rick Ceballos & Lausanne Allen
12:00 PM - Whiskey and Wine
1:00 PM - Greg Ryan
2:00 PM - Nate Gusakov
3:00 PM - Atom and the Orbits

Red Cross Blood Drawings
Tuesday, September 7th
American Legion, Middlebury
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuesday, September 21st
St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Bristol
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday, September 29th
Middlebury Parks & Rec, Middlebury
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday, October 12th
Vermont Cider Company, Middlebury
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Boys & Girls Club of Vergennes
Fall Open House
Thursday, September 23rd,
5:00 - 6:30pm
20 Armory Lane, Vergennes

Who: YOU! Friends, families, businesses, anyone interested in learning more about the Club and meeting the team!

What: Dinner, games, tours, and excellent company!

United Way Days of Caring is Back
September 23 & 25 will be dedicated to extreme volunteering in Addison County. There are many ways to get involved:
  • Days of Caring is a great team-building opportunity for families, coworkers, teams, classes, and clubs. If you'd like to register to volunteer as a group, email Amy Hoekstra.
  • Looking to register as an individual? Click here.
Bristol Clay Studio
Matlak will offer the following classes:
  • After School Pottery
  • Wednesday Morning Adult Hand Building
  • Wed & Thurs Evening Wheel & Hand Building
  • Vacation Clay Camp

Row & Paddle with LCMM
Learn about Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's opportunities for rowing:
  • Hope for TomorRow - September 4th
  • Challenge Race - September 11th
  • Celebrating Sacred Waters - September 11th
  • Rowing Clubs

Soldiers Atop the Mount
Saturday, September 4th

The Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont, hosts “Soldiers Atop the Mount,” a one-day version of the annual weekend event to honor the Revolutionary War soldiers who built and garrisoned Mount Independence in 1776-77 and laid the foundation stones of the new United States of America. The event runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

An Evening with The Bengsons
September 10th at 7:00pm

Town Hall Theater proudly presents An Evening with The Bengsons, featuring the married composing and performing powerhouse indie-folk duo, Abigail and Shaun Bengson. Based in New York City and Vermont, The Bengsons have performed across the country and around the world. 

Best Places to Work Survey
This exciting initiative is dedicated to identifying and recognizing Vermont's best employers. If you think your organization has what it takes to be honored at the 16th annual "Best Places to Work in Vermont".

Celebrate Apple Season
Apple Season Photo Contest - All September long, snap the best photo of your apple orchard adventure and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #eatvtapples to enter DigInVT’s contest, created in partnership with the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association. Four winners will get prizes!

Sunrise Orchards - This year marks the grand opening of Sunrise Orchard's new farmstand and pick-your-own operation! Follow along with owners Chris & Barney if you want to see delicious apples and donuts, but also to learn about what goes on behind the scenes at an Addison County orchard that's been around since 1974! Sunrise Orchards - Cornwall
Vermont Rated as America’s Best Place to Live in 2021
You’ve heard the news — people are quitting their jobs to pursue a life of passion and adventure. Here’s a little secret: in Vermont you can have it both ways! Coming in at No. 1 on the Life, Health, & Inclusion index, Vermont is rated as America’s best place to live in 2021.
Chill Skateboard Clinic
Sept 21 to Oct 5, 3:30-5:30pm
Bristol Hub Teen Center

Come learn to skate with Burton Chill at the Bristol Hub! Burton Chill has been offering programs to teach youth to skateboard, snowboard, surf, and paddle board since 1995. Their wonderful staff come teaching the sport with lessons about resiliency, strength, acceptance, and other important life skills to help bring joy and fulfillment to the lives of youth. This special program is offered at no cost to the community.

Hospitality Industry News
The NRA released new consumer confidence survey findings that found that a majority of consumers have changed their dining behavior as a result of the Delta variant. 

The 37th Annual Vermont Tourism Summit will be held November 17-18, 2021 at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel. View the full schedule of events and register.

US hotel occupancy and average daily rate (ADR) dipped from previous weeks, according to STR‘s latest data through August 14.
Business News & Resources
New and relocated worker program launched - This new relocation program aims to grow the workforce as well as provide support to employers who are struggling to fill vacancies, either due to the low unemployment rates or a disconnect between job requirements and candidate qualifications. Eligible applicants are those who fill vacancies in occupations identified with the most openings. The program offers reimbursement grants for eligible expenses, up to $7,500, to workers in certain occupations who move to Vermont and fill an opening with a Vermont employer. The application portal is now open to applicants who relocated after July 1, 2021. You can learn more about the program, find eligibility information, and apply at:

Housing Assistance Website Launched - Hardships from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt across the economy. The federal eviction moratorium expired on July 31st. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) partnered on a housing assistance website to help homeowners and renters during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Vermont Covid-19 Cultural Recovery Grant Program is a partnership between Vermont Humanities and the Vermont Arts Council to provide support to arts and humanities organizations facing financial hardship due to the pandemic. Organizations can also apply for the NEA's American Rescue Plan Grants. Deadline: September 14, 2021. Learn more about the program and register for an informational webinar on Aug. 17.

Relief for Businesses Still Available :
Bridge Grants - ACCD is still accepting applications from organizations that have received prior State or Federal assistance. Under the expanded guidelines, organizations that can demonstrate; 1) a 2020 tax loss; and 2) that the organization suffered a net loss when aggregating the results of their monthly profit and loss statements for the period from March 2020 – April 2021 including the amount of prior state and federal assistance, are eligible to apply. For more information on the program.

Utility Assistance - Green Mountain Power (GMP) is reminding customers that $55 million in grant money is available for a limited time to help renters, homeowners, businesses and farms get caught up on overdue utility bills tied to the pandemic. Customers can apply for grants through October 25, and qualified customers can use the money to pay past-due landline phone, electric, natural gas and water service bills. Up to $50,000 is available for businesses. Learn more here

Vermont Arts Council Grant Opportunities:

Addison County Responds Grants - Good news for UWAC's funded partners - United Way's Board of Directors has approved an additional $10,000 for Addison County Responds mini-grants. If you recall, this process was set up in March 2020 to quickly assist UWAC partner agencies who were addressing needs related to the pandemic. If your nonprofit continues to have emergent needs related to the pandemic, please consider applying for a mini-grant by clicking here. 
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