The Greater Merrimack-Souhegan Valley
Chamber of Commerce
Weekly E-Newsletter
Monday, November 7, 2022
Chamber Retail & Restaurant Tree
for The Festival of Trees
A wonderful opportunity for giving this season!
Dear Members,

This year the Chamber is again participating in The Festival of Trees through SHARE via Gatherings at the Colonel Shepard House. We will be creating a Retail & Restaurant Tree to be raffled off during the Festival of Trees event November 25, 26, & 27 at Gatherings at the Colonel Shepard House

Last year many of our members participated and our Retail & Restaurant donations helped raise over $2,000 for SHARE Outreach.
We invite you to participate by donating either a Gift Card or an Item from your business to be part of the Chamber's tree. If your business is not either a Retail shop or a Restaurant, you are still welcome to participate by donating a Gift Card or an Item from a local shop to add to the tree. We encourage you to support one of your fellow chamber member businesses. NOTE: Gift Cards and small items will be hung on the tree, If you are donating a larger item, this will be placed under the tree.
See a full list of chamber members here:  Business Directory Search - GMSVCC, NH

Chamber staff will decorate our tree at Gatherings and all names and logos of all participating member businesses will be shared throughout the entire event as well as promoted through our social media and email campaigns.

If you wish to participate, please let us know by emailing Liz at Liz.Calabria@gmsvcc.org. Items/Gift Cards are due at the Chamber offices no later than Thursday, November 17 by 4 PM. 
Our offices are open Mon-Thurs 9 AM-4PM, Fridays by appointment.
If you have any questions, please call us at 603-673-4360.

Upcoming Events and Meetings:
All Events below are open to
GMSVCC Chamber Member Businesses
and their employees!

Visit our Chamber Calendar for details on each event and meeting.
Business After Hours
Wednesday, November 16
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
at Pinnacle Mortgage Corp.


Chamber 101
Learn tips & tricks to make the most of your membership with GMSVCC
Thurday, November 17
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Chamber Offices or Via Zoom
In The News
Exercise your right to vote in the 2022 Mid-Term Elections
Tuesday, November 8
Find your NH polling location here:

BEA ANNOUNCES $50 MILLION FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Almost 1,500 new units to reach market
Concord, NH — On Nov. 2, the Executive Council unanimously approved $49.5 million in grants to 30 affordable housing projects across New Hampshire. Under Governor Sununu’s $100 million InvestNH Initiative, these projects, as part of the $60 million Capital Grant Program, will result in 963 new affordable units and 1470 total units.
 
“New Hampshire is moving fast to address our housing challenges,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “This initial $50 million investment will create 1,500 new rental units across the state, helping increase supply, drive down costs, and ensure New Hampshire is the best state to live, work, and raise a family.”
 
“The lack of available and affordable housing in New Hampshire has reached crisis proportions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Department of Business and Economic Affairs Commissioner Taylor Caswell. “We know that to maintain the vibrancy of our economy, we must address this crisis head on. These grants represent one program of several under InvestNH, dedicated toward exactly this purpose.”
 
The Capital Grant Program is making investments in shovel-ready projects building units that are affordable to individuals or families making 80% or less of the area median income. Located in all 10 counties, these projects range in size from three units to 220 units, and all must be completed within 18 months.

Read the full press release here: Invest BEA
Chamber Resources & Information:
Become a GMSVCC Scholarship Program Donor!

Click here to learn how:
GOT AD?
The Greater Merrimack-Souhegan Valley
Chamber of Commerce
2023-2024 Community Guide & membership Directory
“AD SPACE RESERVATIONS ARE NOW OPEN”

Don’t miss the opportunity to promote your business to residents, visitors, new-comers and area business owners!
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RESERVE YOUR AD PLACEMENT TODAY!
CONTACT: Martha Kouletsis
(603) 673-4360
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Join the Chamber Referrals Group
Did you know....?
That your chamber offers a Referrals Group for members. This is a direct referral networking group whose meetings are a way to help members form relationships and extend their network,
exchange direct referrals with viable leads, build your networking skills and share ideas that help grow your business. 
For information on how you can become part of this group, visit the Chamber Referral Group page on our website or contact Annabell Hilton at:
SAVE THE DATE!

Want to Sponsor an Event?
We have many opportunities available!
Give us a call: (603) 673-4360
Chamber Members, do you have NEW TO SHARE? Provide us with a link to share your news with your fellow chamber members and we will do our very best to help you get the word out! Email your news and link with the subject line -
NEWS TO SHARE to: Liz.Calabria@gmsvcc.org
Make the most of your GMSVCC Membership
Contact us for details on how to make the most of your membership today!
(603) 673-4360
Visit our event calendar today and sign up for an event:


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Chamber Benefits:
New Benefit for GMSVCC Members
We are pleased to announce that our chamber is now coordinating the D-Perks program, the employee discount program for Dartmouth Health and their affiliates' employees. This program is managed by our chamber in partnership with several other chambers in New Hampshire.  

There is an email in your inbox with attachments outlining the details on this new member benefit.

Please contact me with any questions:

Member 2 Member Discounts:
Chamber of Commerce Members  Exclusive discounts at Staples® stores
Click here to learn more and log in

If you have any questions regarding your chamber benefits,
please give us a call, we are here for you!

The Greater Merrimack-Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce

(603) 673-4360
www.GMSVCC.org
WELCOME
NEW MEMBERS!
Chamber Partners:
Merrimack Valley SCORE Webinars






Take a Workshop:

Do You Think You Need a Business Plan? Let Us Help You Take the Anxiety Out of Creating One
Tuesday, November 8, 10:00 AM
A business plan is your road map to success. It establishes the destination and the route you must follow to get there. Whether you wish to sell a product or a service online or in person, your purpose should be to clarify how you can provide value to your customers. This workshop will teach you how to use a simple instrument to focus.


Wednesday, November 9, 5:00 AM
If you’re curious about bringing your existing business online, or you’re just starting a business and want to know where to begin, it all starts with a domain: your online address and home on the web.
In this session we’ll cover:
  • the benefits of owning a domain
  • helpful web terms to know
  • how to get the most out of your domain


Wednesday, November 9, 6:00 PM
The danger is not IF your business will be hacked but WHEN! Be prepared! Learn from a cyber security expert: how and why hackers target small-to-medium sized businesses, the devastating consequences of cyber breaches, the specific steps you can take to protect your company against cyber crime. Register now!


Need help getting your new business started or solving problems with your existing business?
Over 100 business owners and executives are available for FREE, confidential, face-to-face, video and email counseling. Request a mentor today!
NH SBDC
GMSVCC is proud to partner with THE NH SBDC to connect our members to the resources to enhance the success of your business.


Webinars:

Are you an Outdoor Recreation business?
Join us for Stick Season Spruce Up and take some time to focus on your business.
November 8, 15, 22
12-1:30 PM
During the 3-part online workshop series SBDC advisors will present on Customer Experience, Financial Fitness, and Marketing,  and outdoor rec panelists will talk about their experiences in these areas.

NEW!
The SBDC has just launched several new programs that serve SBDC clients.
Click the link here for information:


NH SBDC is the leading resource for business advising and education for small businesses in the Granite State.

Some of the many benefits offered by the SBDC are listed here:


Capitol Connect Program
As a member of the Greater Merrimack-Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce, your business your business with 10 or fewer employees is eligible to be part of the Capitol Connect Program. The Capitol Connect Program is a program with our partner the Business & Industry Association of NH.
Click HERE to learn more.
The Business and Industry Association is New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce and leading business advocate. Through advocacy with state legislators and regulators, we shape business-friendly public policy and provide counterbalance to legislation and regulations that threaten the growth and prosperity of New Hampshire businesses.



Thank you to our 2022 Sustaining Partners!
Find out how your business can become a Sustaining Partner!
Email Liz at: Liz.Calabria@gmsvcc.org
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