In This Issue

Learn about the Vermont Chamber's new Board Members, Vermont's resettlement of Afghan refugees, and more in our October Commerce Connection. We also spotlight our member Fothergill Segale & Valley, CPAs.

October 2021
Feel Fall in Vermont

Our Vice President of Tourism Amy Spear shares a few favorite ways to feel fall in Vermont in a new op-ed featured in Vermont Business Magazine, Bennington Banner, and The Times Argus.

Chamber Welcomes Afghan Refugees

About the recent news that Vermont will resettle refugees from Afghanistan, our President Betsy Bishop said: “We are proud that Vermont was approved to welcome up to 100 Afghan refugees to our state. For years, the Vermont Chamber has supported additional funding for refugee resettlement in Vermont."

Board Members Teresa Kajenski, Kathy Austin, Mané Alves, Roger Nishi, and Keith Jones (Not pictured: Chiuho Sampson)
Welcoming New Board Members 

The Vermont Chamber recently welcomed new Board Members and shared about progress and continuing work to best represent all of Vermont’s businesses.

Building Bridges Fund Contributors 

The Vermont Chamber extends sincere thanks to all who have contributed our Building Bridges Fund. Since we launched the fund, 40 impacted small businesses were helped, 34 Vermont Chamber members contributed, and together, we raised more than $20,000.
Vermont Futures Project Recognized 

Our partner organization The Vermont Futures Project and its Executive Director Lori Smith were featured in Vermont Business Magazine about economic development roundtables and recommendations for economic growth and resilience.

Manufacturing Summit Highlights 

The Vermont Chamber's 2021 Virtual Manufacturing Summit welcomed 250 B2B participants, 25 OEMs, Primes, and Government Agencies, featured 400 B2B meetings (representing 100 hours of quality meeting time for buyers, suppliers, and partners), workforce development with UVM and Vermont Technical College students for jobs and internships, expansion of the Aerospace Trade Corridor to Ontario, international trade delegations from Québec, Ontario, and Canada, and more.

2022 Best Places to Work 

Vermont Business Magazine is seeking the 2022 Best Places to Work in Vermont! Register to take the survey today. An employee assessment will determine the Best Places to Work in Vermont. Winning companies will recognized in Spring 2022.

New Worker Program Testimonials

The State of Vermont is studying the efficacy of worker incentive programs, including the relocation grant program. Share your experience here.

Lawson's Benefiting Outright Vermont

Our member Lawson’s Finest Liquids announced a special effort to support Outright Vermont. Outright Vermont provides education, support, and space for LGBTQ+ youth and their families.

Member Spotlight

This month's Member Spotlight features Fothergill Segale & Valley, CPAs. FSV began in the early 1970s and moved to its current location of 143 Barre Street, Montpelier Vermont in 1985. FSV offers tax preparation and planning, accounting services, and auditing services. Today the firm employs 17 staff which work with a variety of clients ranging from municipalities, individuals, small businesses, and nonprofits.

FSV provides a challenging team atmosphere for our professional and support staff that encourages productivity, personal advancement, use of technology, critical thinking, learning, and having fun at our jobs. The longevity of the firm is due to its commitment to building client relationships and high standards of quality. An interesting piece of firm history is that the tree outside of our Victorian building is one of the largest Gingko trees in Vermont.
New Vermont Chamber Members
Learn about our new members Johnson Lambert LLP and Village Garage Distillery. Interested in being a Vermont Chamber member? Learn more and join here.
Save The Date

This section features upcoming Chamber and member events.

Email [email protected] with your event. 
This Edition is Sponsored By
Vermont’s fastest-growing health plan just got even better. New for 2022…MVP Health Care has exciting new benefits including the convenience of virtual physical therapy and savings with a $500 acupuncture allowance. Plus get paid for participating in healthy activities with up to $600 WellBeing Rewards and access to 24/7 virtual care services with Gia. See why so many people are switching to MVP.
Want great exposure for your business? Sponsoring the statewide Vermont Chamber newsletter is an affordable and effective way to reach your target customers. Email [email protected] for pricing and information.