Weekly Newsletter
GCCC Scholarship Applications Due May 10, 2019
Do you know a high school senior planning to attend a college, university or post-secondary career in technical education program after graduation?

Encourage them to apply for our High School Senior Scholarship .

Are you continuing your education at a college, university of post-secondary career in technical education program?

Would a small scholarship help you achieve your education goals?

We encourage you to apply for our Member Continued Education Scholarship .

Upcoming Chamber Events - Save the Dates
Business Before Hours hosted by Sullivan County Healthcare
Thursday, April 25th 8:00am-10:00am

Business After Hours hosted by Jozach Jewelers
Thursday, May 2nd 5:30pm-7:00pm

GCCC Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 5th 11:00am-1:00pm

Would you be interested in leading an
educational session on a topic of your expertise?

Contact the Chamber today for
more information & to save your spot!

Also taking reservations for BBH & BAH events in 2020!
Chamber Member News & Events
Business Bookkeeping Workshop
Thursday, April 11th 5-8pm
at the SCORE Office, 20 W.Park Street Suite 316 Lebanon
The workshop, presented by Ann Hargraves & Susan Davidson, is an “Accounting 101” overview and will teach you a straightforward way to keep “score” with respect to the financial performance and condition of your business. You will learn the fundamentals of financial statements, how they are prepared, and how they help you plan for the future. The venue provides networking with presenters, participants and SCORE mentors and in addition to learning new content and practices, the workshops also offer an opportunity to interact with other local small business owners and prospective business owners.
Sponsored by Ledyard Bank, the fee for the workshop is $30. If you invite your spouse or business partner to attend as your guest, the two of you can attend for $45. Veterans are FREE.  For more information about the workshops or to reserve a spot , visit Upper Valley Score  www.uppervalley.score.org  or call (603) 448-3491.
Sullivan County Celebrates National County Government Month
Sullivan celebrates  National County Government Month  (NCGM) throughout APRIL with NACo’s 2019 theme  Connecting the Unconnected: Building Healthy, Safe & Vibrant Communities.   As a member of the NACo – the National Association of Counties - Sullivan is celebrating NACo’s theme through various events, services, programs and projects going on throughout the month … and beyond.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Teaches Children to Save
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is celebrating national Teach Children to Save Day on April 12, sponsored by the American Bankers Association (ABA) Foundation. Geared toward grades K-8, Teach Children to Save is a national program that organizes banker volunteers to help young people develop a lifelong savings habit, putting them on a path to becoming smart money-managing adults.  If you are interested in having a Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employee teach a savings lesson at your school, or to a local community group, please contact Zoe Zalta, Marketing Coordinator at 888-853-7100 x10519. Lessons can be taught any time of year.
“For over a decade Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has been partnering with the ABA to provide this financial literacy program to the communities we serve. Year after year, schools welcome our employees into their classrooms to engage with students and teach them the importance of saving money,” said Zoe Zalta, Marketing Coordinator at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “Teach Children to Save is a great opportunity for us to share our passion for financial education and improve our local community.”
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers the following tips for money-savvy parents raising money-smart kids:
·           Set the example  of a responsible money manager by paying bills on time, being a conscientious spender and an active saver. Children tend to emulate their parents' personal finance habits. Share this  Roadmap to Financial Responsibility  with your kids.
·           Talk openly about money with your kids.  Communicate your values and experiences with money. Encourage them to ask you questions, and be prepared to answer them – even the tough ones. See this  list of eight ways to talk openly with your kids  about saving money.
·           Explain the difference between needs and wants , the value of saving and budgeting and the consequences of not doing so.
·           Open a savings account  for your children and take them with you to make deposits so they can learn how to be hands-on in their money management.
·           Let friends and family know  about your child’s savings goal. They will be more likely to give cash for special occasions, which means more trips to the bank.
·           Put the literacy in financial literacy.  Encourage your children to read books that cover various money concepts. Not only will they become strong readers, but they will be smart money managers, too. Click  here  for a list of titles for all ages. 
·           Engage your community.  Many schools, banks and community organizations share your commitment to creating a money-savvy generation. Engage a coalition of support to provide youth with the education they need to succeed.
Established by the American Bankers Association Foundation in 1997, Teach Children to Save and the Foundation’s other financial education initiatives have helped reached 10.5 million young people through the commitment of more than 260,000 banker volunteers. The ABA Foundation provides financial education initiatives and resources that help bankers make their communities better. The association’s signature initiatives, Teach Children to Save, Get Smart About Credit, Lights, Camera, Save! and Safe Banking for Seniors bring bankers and students of all ages together to enhance financial education.
VRH Occupational Health Open House
Valley Regional Healthcare Awarded Peer Recovery Funds
Valley Regional Healthcare has received a grant that will fund two recovery coaches in their Emergency Department (through The Center for Recovery Resources) to assist individuals with addiction, substance misuse, and related behavioral health needs through peer support/coaching, resource navigation, and community connections, offering the patient a warm hand-off from the Emergency Department to a local service/services, which will help guide them on their recovery path. These include, but are not limited to TLC Family Resource Center, West Central Behavioral Health, NH Works (and other programs that support workforce development), Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and Better Life Partners, which The Center for Recovery Resources recently began working with to offer recovery-focused MAT services in The Center.

Claremont Senior Center
Employment Opportunity
Janitorial Work / Light Maintenance
10 hours per week (includes some weekends)
Applications available until April 12, 2019.
Claremont Senior Center
5 Acer Heights Rd. Claremont, NH
(603) 543-5998
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Supports New London Barn Playhouse
(Left to right) Winifred DeMille of New London Barn Playhouse (NLBP), Steve Ensign and Martha Bristol who are affiliated with both NLBP and Bar Harbor Bank & Trust (BHBT), Terri Raymond, Marie Pelletier, and Elliott Hale of BHBT, Keith Coughlin of NLBP, Mike Hannon of BHBT and Jody Cooper-Rubin of NLBP celebrate Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s donation to the New London Barn Playhouse! This gift from BHBT and its subsidiary, Charter Trust Company, supports the Barn’s Youth Theater Camp Tuition Forgiveness Fund, giving students from low and moderate income families the opportunity to pursue their interest in the performing arts.

The New London Barn Playhouse produces vibrant theater created by emerging artists in collaboration with accomplished professionals within, and in order to preserve, one of the most cherished and historic summer stock theaters in the country. The New London Barn Playhouse is the oldest, continuously operating Summer Stock theater in New Hampshire, a distinction which has gained it inclusion in the state’s Register of Historic Places. To learn more, visit www.nlbarn.org.
Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.5 billion in assets. As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company. For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit  www.BarHarbor.bank  or call 1-888-853-7100. Member FDIC.
Leadership Upper Valley Accepting Applications for 2020
What are the critical issues facing the Upper Valley region? What can we do about them? Explore those questions with an engaging and inspiring group of peers and experts! Join the  Leadership Upper Valley  Class of 2020! Leadership Upper Valley is a great way to network with others, learn about key issues, and grow as a leader.  Find out more and apply by April 30 .     Leadership Upper Valley inspires, educates, and engages leaders to better serve Upper Valley communities.
Taverne on the Square is now offering a 15% discount for lunch to all business members of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce. Lunch is served from 11:00am to 4:00pm

For your convenience you may consider calling an hour ahead of your desired pick up time. Then simply pick up your lunch order to go. If you prefer, we will be happy to have it ready to serve to you!

Simply mention promo code: Jasper56

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Offers Scholarship for High School Senior
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is pleased to announce the availability of a $1,500 scholarship for high school graduating seniors who are going on to college. The scholarship is for income eligible applicants who have attended a technical career program as part of their high school curriculum. There is the potential for 15 awards of $1,500 each. From qualified applicants, one student may be chosen per technical center in the geographic region outlined below. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2019. Applications are available at any branch of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and can also be found online at www.barharbor.bank
Students residing in the following counties are eligible:  Maine  – Hancock, Kennebec, Lincoln, Penobscot, Sagadahoc, Waldo, and Washington;  New Hampshire  – Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack and Sullivan;  Vermont  – Orange, Rutland, Washington and Windsor. 

“Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is pleased to offer these scholarships,” said Jack Frost, VP/Director of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “We recognize that education is one of the surest ways for each person to have a fulfilling and successful career. These awards can truly make a difference in helping students and families pay for the cost of a college education.”
Application requirements include a personal statement describing career aspirations and college choice, explanation of leadership and community service, high school transcript, and one-page scholarship application. This scholarship is offered by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. For questions, please contact the Director of Community Giving at 207-667-7100 extension 10986.
Places we LOVE in
Sullivan County
Choose your favorite outdoor place, building, restaurant, business or historical site. Any place where others can visit is perfect to share. Use your smart phone to snap a photo, then visit bit.ly/LoveSullivan to upload and describe what makes it special to you!
Community News & Events
CRDC Networking Luncheon and Presentation on our $1.0 million Sullivan County Loan Fund
Capital Regional Development Council (CRDC) is actively seeking to identify small business borrowers and impactful development projects throughout Sullivan County to deploy its substantial loan funds into. Join us on Wednesday, April 3rd from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Claremont MakerSpace.

Please register online or contact Stephen Heavener at 603-496-1875 or by email .
Registration is free but required & Lunch will be provided
Land and Community Heritage Investment Program Grant Workshops 
Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) announces the schedule for 2019 grant requests. 

Learn more at the  LCHIP website .

Workshop attendance is required for first time applicants and recommended for repeat applicants. Registration materials can be found  HERE

The schedule for application activities is detailed below. 

  • April 9 State Conservation Grants Workshop at NH Dept. of Environmental Services 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301
  • April 29Historic Resources Grant Workshop at NH Dept. of Environmental Services 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301April 30Historic Resources Grant Workshop at Littleton Community Center  120 Main Street, Littleton, NH 03561
  • May 1 Grant Round Opens
  • May 17 Intent to Apply forms due at LCHIP office

Required for EACH project
Find Natural Resource Intent to Apply form    HERE
Find Historic Resource Intent to Apply form  HERE

June 28 Grant applications due at LCHIP office by noon

 Contact the LCHIP office (603-224-4113) with any questions.
Economic & Infrastructure Development Investment Program
now accepting grant applications for 2019
 Applications and more information are available online here: http://www.nbrc.gov/ Applications will be due on Friday, May 10 th .
UNH Advanced Manufacturing Day
May 23, 2019
Explore the possibilities of partnering with UNH.
An interactive day, with direct access to UNH professors, researchers, industry experts, and government officials.
What to expect:
  • Learn about UNH research topics, including industrial internet of things, biomanufacturing, rapid prototyping,automation/robotics, machining, electronics manufacturing,composites, materials characterization, and more
  • Networking sandpit/speed dating opportunities to exchange ideas with researchers, faculty, scientists, engineers, and industry experts
  • Intensive, interactive, innovative environment
  • Tours of UNH’s John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center, Space Science Center, the University Instrumentation Center (UIC), and the UNH InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL)
  • Learn about facilities access to the John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center and UIC
  • Expo featuring UNH research centers and business resources 
  • Student poster presentations highlighting the range of advanced manufacturing research at UNH
  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and networking reception

Who should attend:
  • Manufacturing plant managers
  • Engineering directors
  • Decision makers 
  • Business development executives 
  • Heads of research or product lines 
  • Entrepreneurs 
  • Venture capitalists 
  • Recruiters 
  • UNH faculty and researchers

This event is free, but registration is required. Register early as space is limited.