July 2021
Membership News & Updates
Don't skip this edition of the Member Newsletter, which includes news on a fun mixer, a critical webinar topic, member-to-member offers and much more. We're here to serve you and the community.

Read on to learn about the many opportunities in the community and please continue to support your fellow businesses as we move through the summer.

Rob, Maria & Amy
Chamber Events & News
July Webinar:
A Business Case for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The Addison County Chamber of Commerce and the Addison County Economic Development Corporation are pleased to bring you this great opportunity to learn why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are essential to the success of your business. 

Mark Hunter, a nationally-recognized speaker, will discuss “white normative” organizational culture and why it matters, and build a business and social case for diversity of thought and workforce that matches that of the world around us. 

July Networking Mixer
Thursday, July 15th
5:30 - 7:00pm

You’re invited to our July mixer at the Inn on the Green, located in the heart of Middlebury.  There will be plenty of opportunities for some great conversation and networking as well as time to view this beautiful property and their recent updates. There will be light refreshments and beverages available as well as door prizes, and the Pot of Gold drawing. Small group tours of the Inn will also be available.

Mixer sponsored by IPJ Real Estate. 

June Chamber Mixer a Success
We had beautiful weather for our June mixer at Strong House Inn in Vergennes. Over 35 people attended. Tours of the Inn were also enjoyed by attendees.

Gary Gillen, with Middlebury Community Players, won a SHI Mug and Buy Again Alley gift certificate, Dora Greven, also with Middlebury Community Players, won a SHI mug and Linda's Apparel gift certificate, and Walter Stugis, with Charter House Coalition won two season's passes to Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival. The Pot of Gold winner was New Moon Physical Therapy, but unfortunately they were not in attendance.
Welcome to Our Newest Members
We had one new member join the Chamber in the past month. Learn more about them below:

Go-Go Charters New York - Looking for group transportation in New York City? GOGO Charters is a bus company hat specializes in wedding shuttles, corporate shuttle services, corporate travel, school field trip transportation, sports team charters, and private charter bus rentals in New York and the surrounding areas.
Member Benefits and Resources
Member to Member Offers
Fire & Ice - 10% discount (food only)

Café Provence - 10% off at Café & Gourmet

Vermont Soap - 20% off non-sale items
Webinar Recordings
You can watch over 30 past webinars, seminars and legislative briefings in our Member Resource Center. Just login to your member account and click on Resources at the top of the page.

2021-2022 Addison County Guide
Our latest Addison County Visitor Guide is hot off the press and available for use at your restaurant, Inn or store. They are also great to hand out to friends visiting the area. We have an ample supply at our Visitor's Center at 93 Court St.
Member Spotlight
The Waybury Inn
This month’s Member Spotlight features The Waybury Inn, a member of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce since 1983. Read More
Job Openings
Congratulations to Our Members
UVM Porter Medical Center is welcoming two new staff members, Tiffany Love PhD, GNP, ANP-BC, FACHE as its new Associate Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer, and Scott Comeau as new Associate Vice President/Chief Financial Officer.

Lisa Mitchell, Executive Director of Town Hall Theater, was profiled in the most recent issue of the Vermont Arts Council's newsletter. Read the full profile.

Bristol Core, the Bristol downtown partnership organization, is welcoming Kate Bentley as their new Executive Director.

Otter Creek Engineering announced the promotion of Brent F. Rakowski, P.E. to Vice President and equity partner.

United Way of Addison County welcomes Amy Hoekstra as their new Volunteer & Donor Engagement Coordinator.

Whistlepig Rye launched it's Farmstock Rye and Farmstock Bourbon, which are harvested, distilled, aged and bottled at the WhistlePig farm and distillery.

Matt Corrente of The Arcadian was featured in a NECN piece on NBC 5 talking about the creative use of maple syrup. See the episode.
Community News and Opportunities
Red Cross Blood Drawings
Tuesday, July 6 - American Legion Middlebury 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Saturday, July 10 - Middlebury Parks & Recreation 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Tuesday, July 27 - Vermont Hard Cider
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM and Assembly of God Christian Church 12:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Friday, July 30 - New Haven Town Hall
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Addison County Among Healthiest Counties in the U.S.
Addison County ranked 47th among all counties in the U.S. and 14th among high-performing rural counties. Healthiest Communities is an interactive destination for consumers and policymakers, developed by U.S. News & World Report in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation, an independent charitable and philanthropic affiliate of CVS Health. Learn More about Healthiest Communities
Volunteers Needed
Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers are urgently needed in Addison County, especially in these towns: Bridport, Bristol, Middlebury, & Vergennes.

The time you donate will be repaid many times over by the relationships and memories created and the knowledge that you’ve made a difference. 

If you have a few hours to spare and you would like to help, please contact the Age Well Volunteer Services Team: 802-662-5249 or email: volunteer@agewellvt.org.
News at Ilsley Public Library
The long-awaited day has arrived: as of July 1st, Ilsley Public Library is fine free. 

Beginning July 6th, they’ll be open Monday through Thursday 8am - 6pm, Friday 8am - 4pm, and Saturday 9am - 4pm. 

Ilsley's library director, Dana Hart, will be returning from maternity leave. And at the end of the month, they welcome their new circulation librarian, Hayley Coble.
MNNF Announces
The Sunset Series
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival presents The Sunset Series at Swift House Inn / Summer of Scorsese, an exciting new social event in partnership with Swift House Inn and Town Hall Theater taking place every Thursday beginning July 8 and ending August 5. Purchase Tickets
Friday's In the Park
Every Friday, from 5:00-9:00 p.m., you will find the Bobcat's food truck and bar on the Bristol Green. Between 6:00-8:00 p.m., you can catch live music sponsored by a Bristol business. 

Here's the July lineup:
  • July 9 - Lowell Thompson & The Batch 31 - sponsored by Island Girl Jewelry & The Village Shala
  • July 16 - Nate Gusakov - sponsored by Emeraldrose Gifts
  • July 23 - Dave O. - sponsored by Recycled Reading of Vermont Books & Instruments & Bristol Cliffs Café
  • July 30 - The Big Pick - sponsored by Wallace Realty
Programs at Mountain
Health Center
Bristol's Mountain Health Center has created two new programs in an effort to increase food security in the 5 towns area. 

Grow A Row is a "people-helping-people" program for home gardeners to help the hungry in their own communities.

The Five-Town Fridge is a refrigerator open to all of our patients, so that everyone may have the opportunity to leave food for others or to help themselves to food they need.

For additional information please email outreach@mountainhealthcenter.com
LCMM Opens Indoor Exhibits
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is re-opening some of their favorite indoor exhibit buildings, including Key to Liberty: The American Revolution on Lake Champlain, Nebizun: Water is Life and the Hazelett Small Watercraft Center. Select indoor exhibits will be open starting this Friday for the rest of the season.
The Goshen Gallop
Since 1978 the Goshen Gallop has invited runners from across Vermont and around the world, seeking to take the road less traveled. Hosted by the iconic Blueberry Hill Inn, in the heart of the spectacular Green Mountain National Forest… participants can tackle either the famous 10.2K— or the equally awesome, but more merciful 5K run

By participating in the Goshen Gallop on July 17th you’re contributing to a great cause – the maintenance of the very trails and bridges you run on during the race! All proceeds go to the Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center, a newly registered 501(c)(3) non-profit.
Vote for TPCAC
Turning Point Center of Addison County has been chosen as one of five finalist in Vermont eligible to win the $10,000 Impact Award grant.

Organizations with the most votes will win the $10,000 grant from the Red Socks Foundation.

Show your support for TPCAC by voting. Voting closes July 9th so don't wait,
Hospitality Industry News
How will Act 70 Impact Your Business? When Act 70 goes into effect on July 1, 2021, it will affect many businesses and organizations who sell or serve alcohol. A summary of the alcohol-related changes in this act appear in the Infographic.

The Legislature passed S.79, is a bill that would establish a statewide short-term rental (STR) registry. The bill was messaged to the Governor’s office where it awaits further action.

The application portal for the Economic Recovery Bridge Program is still open. Businesses who may qualify for a grant should apply ASAP.
Business News & Resources
This year, CCV and the Vermont State Colleges are offering millions of dollars in scholarships, free tuition, and other financial aid opportunities. Generous funding from the State of Vermont is supporting the following programs for Vermont residents.

For the first time, Blue Cross proposed a -7.8% decrease in small employer premiums for 2022. This is because they were able to convince the Legislature to “unmerge” the marketplace, in other words split the individuals from the groups for the purposes of risk this year only. The public comment period is open now: Small Group VHC Filing until July 22, 2021.

Looking for more ways to promote your business or event? Businesses, restaurants and lodging properties can submit to the newly redesigned Stay and Play Directory, where you may be found by potential travelers through regional or town-specific search, as well as by keyword. Submit to the directory here. To be listed on the all new events calendar, please submit to the Vermont Vacation events calendar form. Please note: if you'd like your venue to show up within your event listing (in the "venue" or "owner" fields), you must submit your business to the directory first. 

ACCT's affordable housing survey - The Addison County Community Trust is gathering data on the need for affordable housing for the local workforce. This is a completely anonymous survey that will take 5-10 minutes to complete, and you can enter to win a $50 gift card at the end. Completing this survey will allow ACCT to serve the needs of your community in the future.

The FCC posted a new consumer FAQ on the Emergency Broadband Benefit. The FAQ provides answers to common questions on benefit eligibility, how the discount will be applied to broadband service costs, and program length. It also includes information on the enhanced Tribal benefit and the connected device benefit. 

The Hannaford Career Center is seeking board members in the area of Health Care and Building Trades. Learn More.
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