Western White Mountains Chamber
Member E-News

February 16, 2021

With the winter carnival sculptures currently under construction and a combination of incidents requiring asking members of the public to depart from the sledding hills during school hours, it is becoming unavoidable to have to close down our fields to public sledding this week.

While unfortunate, this precaution will become necessary for the safety interest of our students. Notices have been placed on the front electronic board and around the school property.

*NO* public sledding will be allowed before 3pm
02/20/21- 02/28/21
Feb School Vacation - Public sledding allowed
03/01/21 - Return to regular hours
*NO* public sledding will be allowed before 3pm

Local Business Events & Updates

Do you have an upcoming event or promotion you'd like Chamber member businesses and visitors to know about? Share it with us by emailing your information to Info@WesternWhiteMtns.com or submitting it online.

NH SBDC is committed to doing everything we can to help you navigate the challenges your business is facing to recover and reopen as a result of COVID-19.

Tuesday, February 16th- COVID Tax Relief
12pm- 1pm

Thursday, February 18th- PPP Forgiveness Applications: Eligibility & filling out applications
12pm- 1pm

Thursday, March 4th- PPP Applications in 2021, Both First & Second Draw

Thursday, March 11th- COVID Assistance for the Self-Employed

Register for the SBDC webinars here: https://www.nhsbdc.org/education/webinars
SCORE Has some great upcoming workshops to help you with your business. Learn effective email & newsletter marketing, get updated on quickbooks, or learn how to navigate the new facebook business.

Stay at Work: WorkShare

We wanted to make you aware of a program that can help make difficult decisions around reduced staffing. The NH WorkShare program uses state unemployment resources to allow employers to reduce their staffing costs without risking the loss of staff. If you’re facing these decisions, we want to help.
Here this is how it works, employees keep their jobs and receive unemployment benefits while their hours are reduced rather than eliminated; they stay partially employed instead of becoming unemployed. This is a win-win for the employer and employees.

About WorkShare

NH Employment Security
WorkShare BAU
518 White Mountain Highway
Conway, New Hampshire 03818-4205
Telephone: (603) 447-1467
Fax: (603) 447-5985
Harman's Cheese & Country Store Social Distancing Procedures can be found to the left. This is Harman's current In-Store protocol.

The store is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays but we are asking if you could limit your visit to 15 minutes. If you wish to browse, consider making an appointment to do so on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

We also offer curbside service on
Mon-Tues and Thurs-Sat. Visit our curbside webstore: https://harmanscheese.com/curbside/shop/

Thanks for your understanding and supporting small businesses like ours.
Common Man Grab & Ski Lunch
Need lunch for your day on the slopes? Check out our new Grab 'n' Ski menu. Order online by 6 p.m. the night before and we'll have your order ready for pick up between 8 - 10 a.m. on your scheduled pick up date. Grab 'n' Ski orders are available Wednesday - Sunday. View our new menu and place your order online at: https://bit.ly/GrabnSkiCMANLincoln
Believe in Books- Sugar House Update
The 100-Acre Wood Sugar Shack will be open today and all weekend! We have adjusted our hours slightly to 11:00 am to 4:00 pm! Make sure you stop by for all of your maple needs!

If you can't make it to the Sugar Shack, our office is still selling maple syrup daily, Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 2 pm!
Visitors must call ahead: 603-356-9980
Introducing "We Bake-You Take" Meals!
The Woodstock Inn Brewery is now doing "We Bake-You Take" Prepared Meals!
From our kitchen to your table! Each meal is designed for 4 people and comes prepared. Includes our homemade bread.
Orders require 24 hr advanced notice. Call 603-745-3951 to place your order. View Menu
Winter Hours at Polly's Pancake Parlor
Our Winter Hours are:
Thursday- Monday 7am-2pm
For the most up to date hours please visit our website. Don't forget to shop online!
If you have questions related to COVID-19, please visit our website: https://littletonhealthcare.org/covid-19.php 
or call the LRH COVID-19 Hotline at (603) 575-6400.
Town Updates
Lincoln Town Offices are currently closed to the public until further notice. This closure is to support efforts to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Town Hall staff will be in the building working in their respective offices and available by phone or email as follows:
Town Manager/Executive Office(603) 745-2757 Email: Townhall@LincolnNH.org
Planning/Zoning Department:(603) 745-8527 Email: Planning@LincolnNH.org
Finance Department:(603) 745-8673 Email: Finance@LincolnNH.org
Town Clerk/Tax Collector Office (603) 745-8971 Email: Townclerk@LincolnNH.org
Town Hall hours of operation are Monday - Friday    8AM - 4:30PM     
ALL TOWN BUILDINGS WILL BE RESTRICTED TO THE PUBLIC, ALL NON-ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES, FAMILIES, AND GUESTS. We encourage and request all residents to process motor vehicle renewals, dog licensing, vital record requests, property taxes and water/sewer payment transactions online via www.WoodstockNH.org. If you are not able to access this online option or need assistance with the online portal, we will be available by phone, email, or appointment. Please call 603-745-8752 or email the office at admin@woodstocknh.org if you need this assistance or have a special request we will do our best to accommodate you.

We will continue to monitor all local developments related to COVID-19, and as your Town Officials, we are committed to timely and ongoing communication about any and all changes to our operating status as well as any recommendations to the public from public health and other government officials. Please visit the website frequently for news and updates

The Town Moderator and the Board of Selectmen have carefully chosen to move forward with a Virtual Town Meeting for March 9, 2021. This decision was made out of concern for the protection of our community’s healthy and safety. Regrettably, the Woodstock Town Hall is not set up properly to socially distance residents who attend Town Meeting to vote on Warrant Articles.
Although Town Meeting will not be in-person, you will have the opportunity to virtually attend three public hearings via Zoom that will allow you to listen and submit questions, comments, and amendments for Warrant Articles and the Town Budget. Virtual Hearing dates will be released soon.
The Warrant and Budget will be available to residents prior to these hearings via WoodstockNH.org, mail or pickup from the Town Building.

After the three public hearings voting residents will have the ability to vote on all Warrant Articles by ballot. Voting options include: absentee, drive-up or traditional booth voting on March 9, 2021 at the Town Hall in lower Woodstock from 10am-6pm.

Anyone with questions or concerns regarding the Virtual Town Meeting format may email the BOS Executive Administrator at admin@woodstocknh.org or call 603.745.8752.
Job Opportunities
Needing to fill open positions as you reopen your business? We're here to help, add your job posting directly to our website or email me to add them for you. Questions on how to add your job? Email Info@WesternWhiteMtns.com.

Click here to view current list:
The New Hampshire Employment Security launched the COVID-19 Response Recruitment Portal - a new, simple, streamlined approach to connecting job-seekers with employers. It's open now and free of charge for all employers and a great way to get your open positions out to people actively seeking jobs.

  • The portal is free of charge and is available for all New Hampshire employers in all sectors.  
  • Businesses with openings that they would like to post on the recruitment portal need to complete the attached spreadsheet and send it to NHES using the email address below.
Please note that:
  • Each different job title needs to be listed individually on its own line.
  • Positions with multiple openings only need to be listed once.
  • Once completed it should be sent to covidrecruit@nhes.nh.gov.
  • An individual from NHES will then follow-up with you to verify the information provided.
State of NH Updates & NH Reopening Business Task Force
With the onset to the Covid-19 pandemic, Governor Chris Sununu formed of the Governor's Economic Re-Opening Task Force, which will develop a plan and oversee the state and private-sector actions needed to reopen New Hampshire's economy while minimizing the adverse impact on public health. Pursuant to RSA 91-A:2, this meeting is open to the public. Upcoming meeting information, minutes and recordings can be found here: https://www.nheconomy.com/reopeningtaskforce

Current Guidelines can be found here: https://www.covidguidance.nh.gov/
Upcoming Meetings:
Thursday, February 25, 2021 11:00 am
Task Force meeting | Public Comments

Call-In Information: Call-in: 1-800-356-8278 or 1-857-444-0744 Pin: 194499

For Public Comments session to request to speak, press 5* If anybody has a problem getting on the call, please call 603-271-0670 or email at hilary.ryan@livefree.nh.gov
Task Force Public Comments Email: nhreopen@nheconomy.com

Business Frequently Asked Questions
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted questions from business owners seeking to clarify portions of the Universal Guidance, as well as resources to help them continue operations in these unprecedented times. The Department of Business and Economic Affairs has compiled the following list of Frequently Asked Questions and will update as new information becomes available.
Legislative Update as of February 5, 2021
Prepared by Simon Thomson, Sheehan Phinney Capitol Group

The Governor will be delivered his budget address virtually on Thursday, February 11, 2021, click here to view the Executive Summary.
Below is a list of some bills of interest. For a report on all the bills we are following, click here.
MEALS AND ROOMS TAX: SB 99, removes the annual increase limit on the distribution of the meals and rooms tax revenues to municipalities so that 40 percent of net revenues is distributed annually. In essence increasing the amount municipalities are currently receiving from the M&R tax. 
SB 128, this bill increases the amount retained by operators who sell taxable meals from 3 percent to 5 percent of the Meals & Rentals taxes due for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022 if the return and payment are timely received by the Department.  This bill’s hearing is Monday, Feb. 8 at 10am.
UNUSED VACATION TIME: HB 113, requires an employer to pay an employee for earned but unused vacation time. This is a bill that has been around for a couple of years, but has never passed. Given the make-up of the Legislature I think this will have a difficult time passing this year.  
SAFE HARBOR: SB 63, limits the liability of business organizations for claims based on exposure to COVID-19. Many of the State’s business organizations have teamed up to support this bill. 
MINIMUM WAGE: HB 517, increases the minimum hourly rate, increases the base rate for tipped employees. The bill also requires a youth minimum wage for employees under 18 years of age. It would set the rate at $12.75 per hour and move it up to $15 over a four-year period. 
SB 137, this bill changes the hourly rate for tipped employees contingent on an increase in the federal minimum wage. Senator Bradley has submitted this legislation on behalf of the restaurant industry.
Division of Travel & Tourism Updates- OPEN NH WEBSITE
Open NH Website Now Online
The Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA) is pleased to introduce the Open NH website. With residents and visitors eager to find places to go and things to see and do, the Open NH website will provide a comprehensive database of businesses that are open and services that are currently available.

We encourage all tourism businesses to sign up for a free listing on Open NH to let visitors know that you are open and ready to welcome them back. Your business listing will include the following information:
  • New or resuming services offered
  • Hours of operation
  • Amenities
  • Guidelines, restrictions or new requirements
  • Reopening specials or deals
  • Logo and images
To create your listing on Open NH, please click here. It takes just a minute to set up a new account and you can login and update your information at any time. If you have any questions please contact travel@livefree.nh.gov.

Click and bookmark this page for update state tourism information, marketing plans and previously recorded webinars.
Business Resources
The State of New Hampshire's COVID-19 Dashboard displays the most recent data available that is reported to the NH Department of Health and Human Services regarding cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, with further demographic detail and county of residence. This data is reported daily for public review while also protecting individual privacy and has a NEW LOOK!
Government Officials Contact Information