November 2017 Newsletter
As we settle down to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family, friends and neighbors, we should remind ourselves that despite tumultuous issues in the world today and the challenges we may face in our personal lives and in our communities, we have much for which to be thankful.

We are lucky to be able to live, work and raise our families in an area of such magnificent beauty. We are also fortunate to live in a region where our villages are full of committed individuals and businesses who truly care about the future of our region and of its people. How comforting it is to visit area businesses, attend community suppers, participate in various festivals, attend concerts and performances and cheer on our hometown teams while seeing the friendly familiar and smiling faces of our neighbors. We are thankful not to live in a community of nameless, faceless individuals who interact only when necessary. Even when we may disagree, we know that most of our fellow community members want to do what they believe is right for their communities and for their neighbors. When tragedy or challenges face our area, we see our communities come together with love and support to help those in need and to provide solace and comfort. As you enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, take a minute to appreciate all that we have in our beautiful region and how very fortunate we are to live here.

Wishing you warm thoughts and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Erik

Erik Volk
Executive Director
Upcoming Events
Please visit our WEB page at www.cohase.org for more details on any of these events and a listing of other events in our area. Details of the Featured Events listed below appear at the bottom of our WEB page.

November 18 - Wild Game Supper, Bradford Congregational Church, Bradford, VT
November 18 - Holiday Craft Fair, Haverhill Coop. Middle School, North Haverhill, NH
November 18 - Fall Fair, Wells River Congregational Church, Wells River, VT
November 18 - Wreath Making Workshop, North Haverhill, NH
November 20 - Colatina Game Night, Bradford, VT
November 22 - The Rowdy Concert, Room 111 @ Victory Lanes, Woodsville, NH
November 25 - Craft Fair & Chinese Auction, Woodsville, NH
November 28 - Cohase Young Professionals Open Coffee Club, Bradford, VT
December 2 - Atlas Key, Court Street Arts @ Alumni Hall, Haverhill, NH
December 2 - Oxbow Holiday Craft Fair, Oxbow High School, Bradford, VT
December 2 - Christmas Craft Show, Woodsville United Methodist Church, Woodsville, NH
December 4 - Cohase Economic Summit, RBCTC, Bradford, VT
December 8 - Boy Scout Spaghetti Supper, Bradford Congregational Church, Bradford, VT
December 9 - Giving Fair - A Nontraditional Market, Bradford, VT
January 22 - Cohase Chamber Annual Meeting, Haverhill, NH
Member Moment - Many Streams
We were pleased to speak this month with Rebecca Bailey, owner of Many Streams in Piermont, NH. Many Streams is a social media marketing business that is contracted by small businesses and non-profits to empower them with the use of social media marketing. Rebecca can be reached at (603) 728-8949 or by email at Rebecca@manystreams.com . You can also visit the company WEB site at www.manystreams.com as well as visit her on Facebook.

Can you tell us a little about your business and what services it provides?
Up until about a month ago, the main piece of my business was social media marketing for small businesses who don’t have the skills or knowledge or the time to do their own social media marketing. Generally, a business will come to me and I will give them a social media plan for their business after doing a lot of research on how to best reach their target audience. They decide what they want and don’t want and we go from there. I’ve also done a lot of grant writing, music promotion and public relations work.  

I understand you have a passion for helping small businesses and there is a Haitian connection?
Yes. I grew up in Lyme, NH. My dad started out as a farmer but eventually started a construction company which he has had for about thirty years. It gave me a lot of insight on small business ownership and how to get your name out there. Interestingly enough, my dad never advertised…ever. This shows how much things have changed. The next thing that had the greatest impact with working with small businesses was when I travelled to Haiti and helped people start small businesses there so they could be self-sustaining. I ended up in Haiti because I was working at Camp Walt Whitman as their gardener. The summer I started working for them, they had hired a bunch of Haitians who were working in the kitchen. These guys became really close friends with my family and I took them everywhere. After they got home, they had a hurricane come through Haiti and they lost the seeds they were going to use for the next year’s planting. I thought I would take some heirloom seeds to Haiti and help them out and that it would not be such a hard thing to do. I hit the ground and very quickly realized I was going to be making do with a lot less. By the end of that trip, I realized what people really needed was to make money for themselves instead of going to non-profits and asking for handouts. I helped raise $2000 with a grassroots fundraiser for a woman who was going to lose everything and she set up a very successful solar charging station in her town. For about six years, I was in and out of Haiti helping new businesses get set up.

How and when did you decide to start Many Streams?
After all the business building I did down in Haiti, I decided four years ago that I needed to back off from my travels to Haiti and tend to me a little more. I had come back from a seven month stay in Haiti and started working in some jobs that were tied to my background in Special Education and working with people with disabilities. However, my heart was really in the area of helping small businesses and public speaking. I enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University and ended up getting my degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and with a minor in Social Media Marketing. About two years into college, I started the business. So, at the time, I was working full-time, going to college full time, taking care of my kids and running the business on the side. It has been about a year now since I left my full-time position as the Public Relations person for Simple Energy and have been running the Many Streams business full time.

Who are some of your current clients?
I’ve got clients in five different states right now. Believe it or not, the closest any of them are to the Upper Valley is Wilder and Woodstock. Just recently, I was hired by the Keith Stern for Governor campaign in Vermont to do all the communications for the campaign. This new project has allowed me to flex my public relations muscles and also to hire a part-time employee. It makes me feel great to think that I making a difference for someone else income-wise. My smallest client is the Scottish Club of the Twin States. They are fun. They get about four hours a month from me but they are really great about it and it has made a big difference for their organization. Other clients include Yellow House Media, Vermont Lighting House (one of four lighting stores I am working with) and Kirschner Concerts. There are also other places who hire me when they have specific events coming up like the work I do for Interplay Jazz and Arts.

What are your biggest business challenges?
Well, my biggest challenge at the moment is still not having electricity from the recent storm but my biggest challenge overall is two-fold. When I get someone interested in becoming a client, it can be difficult figuring out how to build their campaign fairly. I need to figure out what my time is worth and allocate enough hours to them for their campaign to be effective but not scare them away. Each client is under contract for a certain number of hours each month. I now have a giant whiteboard on my wall that covers the entire month and each client is slotted in for the time that they are scheduled. My other challenge is staying on top of everything that is changing in the social media world. I spend a minimum of $100 per month just in training. Specifically, Facebook is changing their algorithms so much that for businesses, it is definitely becoming a pay-to-play endeavor. It looks like they have decided that your posts as a business are not going to be seen unless you are spending money. There is not going to be as much opportunity for posts to be organically seen. This has really hit my clients in the last month and even more cutbacks on the views of posts are starting to happen. It can be difficult helping clients to understand that Facebook advertising is cheap but effective and you can target it so specifically that you can have a really big impact on your target audience. In the Upper Valley, you can spend as little as $20 per month and hit about 20,000 people in your target audience.
Another Successful Business After Hours!
Just under 30 people attended our most recent Business After Hours at An Affair To Remember/Everything But the Cook in Woodsville, NH on Thursday, November 9. Liz Shelton, Erin Atkinson and Kevin Shelton welcomed business people from throughout the region and provided a wonderful array of delicious food and refreshing beverages. We are so appreciative for their hospitality! Guests had an opportunity to mingle, network and to find out more about all the fabulous village improvements happening in Woodsville village. Local author and businesswoman Marianne Kelly was the lucky winner of a beautiful Wusthof Classic knife set.in the event's raffle. After years of not holding Business After Hours events, the Chamber resurrected our Business After Hours events last year. In addition to our most recent event, past Business After Hours have included events at Copeland Furniture in Bradford (August 2017), Wells River Welcome Center (July 2017), Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty (November 2016) and Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank (September 2016.) If your business would like to host an upcoming Business After Hours, please let us know! Our goal for 2018 is to have one per quarter.
Wells River Chevrolet Sponsors Regional
Food Shelf Event
Wells River Chevrolet is hosting an exciting food-raising event for local area food shelves to help assure that ample food is available to those in need for the holidays and beyond. For every 5 non-perishable food items donated, you will be entered to win $500 of "warmth." The prize will be exchangeable for fuel oil, propane or pellets. Donations can be dropped off anytime during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 AM-6 PM and Saturday, 10 AM - 1 PM.) All donations will be evenly distributed to six local food shelves on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Local food shelves include Newbury, VT; Groton, VT; Wells River, VT; Bradford, VT; North Haverhill, NH(Trinity Church of the Nazarene) and Woodsville, NH.

Please join the Chamber in supporting this worthy cause which assists those less fortunate in the Cohase region.

Click here for a downloadable flyer to help spread the word!
Erin Odell Named President of VIAA
Cohase Chamber Vice-President Erin Odell of Odell Insurance in Bradford, Vermont was recently elected President of the Vermont Insurance Agents Association (VIAA) during its recent 111th annual convention at the Hilton Burlington. Erin served for the past year as the organization's Vice President. The VIAA is a voluntary, professional association of independent insurance agencies throughout Vermont. Founded in 1906, the association maintains its executive offices in Williston, Vermont. In addition to this new role, Erin also serves the insurance industry as member of the AIPSO Vermont Board of Governors and the Agency Council on Technology Committee and Task Forces. She is also State Champion for the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America INVEST Program. We wish Erin the best in her new role and know she will be fantastic! To learn more about Erin and her new role, click here to see a recent article from the Bridge Weekly Sho-Case.
Business of the Year and Citizen of The Year Nominations Wanted
It's not too late to nominate a fellow business or individual as the Cohase Business of the Year or Citizen of the Year! These awards are presented to businesses and individuals who have had a significant impact on the regional community and will be awarded at the Cohase Chamber Annual Meeting on January 22. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2017. Last year, Wells River Chevrolet received the Business of the Year award and Connie Philleo and Claude Phipps of Newbury, VT received the Citizen of the Year award. Nominees for both awards must meet certain requirements. For a list of these requirements as well as nomination forms, please visit www.cohase.org and click the COY/BOY Nominations button at the top of the screen or contact the Chamber by email at cohasechamber@gmail.com or by phone at (802) 518-0030.  
Member News
  • Laura Perez, formerly of Stagecoach Transportation has recently joined the team at the Special Needs Support Center in Lebanon, NH. We wish Laura the best in her new role and thank her so much for her commitment to facilitating quality transportation for so many people in our region.
  • Red Kite Candy in Bradford, Vermont is hosting a Taste Testing at their facility at 226 Industrial Drive in Bradford, Vermont on Saturday, November 25 from 12 PM - 4 PM. Stop by and give your input on Kendra's Candy Cane Cocoa! The final version of the Kendra's Candy Cane Cocoa will go on sale on December 1st as Red Kite's second Candy Lab flavor and 100% of profits will benefit Vermont Foodbank!
  • Paul Gallerani of Farm-Way Inc/Vermont Gear in Bradford, Vermont recently celebrated his 80th Birthday on October 14th. His birthday was celebrated at the store with 24 cakes and loads of friends. Even on his birthday, Paul was still active negotiating great end of season deals!
  • Ariana's Restaurant in Orford, NH will be moving to the Lyme Inn in mid-January. Chef Martin has indicated this was not an easy decision for him but it will provide him with a more accessible location, a long term lease, a larger space and the opportunity to be even more creative. For more information and a personal note from Chef Martin explaining his decision, please visit the restaurant's WEB page at http://arianasrestaurant.com.
  • Gloria Bumford of Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank recently retired after 37 years of service. Many have heard her pleasant voice on the phone when they call for assistance. Best of luck in retirement Gloria! Sean Long has also joined WGSB as Vice President and Upper Valley Market Manager. Sean will be working from the bank's new Loan Production Office in Hanover when it opens in early 2018. Welcome Sean!
  • Wells River Savings Bank is celebrating 125 years with cake and refreshments! Celebratory events will occur each week from 9 AM - 1 PM including Friday, November 17th at the Fairlee location, Friday, November 24th at the Bradford location and Friday, December 1st at the Wells River and Newbury locations. WYKR/Puffer Broadcasting helpd them celebrate with live remote broadcasts from their East Thetford branch on November 9 and from their Fairlee location on November 17.
  • Alarmco of Bradford, Vermont has opened a new office in the former Perry's Oil building in Bradford Village. We are so happy to see a thriving business join downtown Bradford. Girard Keating III has also rented the space next door formerly known as the Bradford Bottle Shoppe for his high-end cabinetry and carpentry business. JAM Fuels of Windsor has rented the garage at the back of the property and plans to use the space to park its fuel trucks.
  • Aldrich General Store in North Haverhill, NH is giving away a Thanksgiving dinner including a 10-12 lb turkey, stuffing, 2 sides and pie. In addition to the dinner giveaway, they are also giving away a 10-12 lb turkey and an Aldrich General Store gift card! To enter Like and Share their Facebook post or stop by the store to enter the giveaway in person before Sunday, November 19th.
  • The Happy Hour Restaurant in Wells River is now under the ownership of Tim and Mandy Dailey after purchasing the establishment from Steve and Prudy Kaiser. The transition looks to have been seamless and the restaurant continues to thrive and serve the delicious food we have become accustomed to! Welcome Tim and Mandy!
  • The Cohase Rotary Club is looking for high school teachers in the Cohase region to assist in the Rotary's Speech Contest. They need teachers to hold the initial contest round in the classroom and select the top 5 students per school. The selected student will deliver their speeches on January 16, 2018 at the Cohase Rotary Club meeting. The winner will receive a $100 cash prize and will have the opportunity to continue on to compete for other cash prizes in the Regional, District and District Finalist competitions. For more information, visit the organization's WEB site at www.cohaserotary.org.
2018 Workshop Survey
The Economic Development Committee is currently soliciting input from our members as to what workshop topics they would like to see offered in 2018 as well as other information to help us make our workshops more effective. If you have not already responded, please take a moment to complete our short survey to let us know your opinions. Please respond by Monday, November 27.

To access the survey, simply click the button below. Thanks for your input!