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Chamber Member News & Events
Seminars & Trainings Presented by Clark-Mortenson Agency
State and federal regulations are part of doing business; but fines and penalties for non-compliance don't have to be. Clark-Mortenson compliance workshops cover a range of topics, from labor laws to federal mandates. Our presenters focus on specific, practical information that you can use to improve your  compliance  practices right now. Designed for company owners, managers and HR directors, our workshops are open to all local businesses and most events are free of charge.

September 12, 2019 & September 13, 2019 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

September 25, 2019 at 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

October 16, 2019 at 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sullivan County Delegation Notice
The Sullivan County Delegation will convene on  Tuesday, September 10, 6:00 PM   at the Sullivan County Administration Building, 14 Main Street, - 3rd Floor Probate Courtroom, Newport NH 03773 for a public hearing/listening session regarding education funding. 
Click HERE to view meeting agenda and corresponding documents available.
Climate Change Leadership Academy
Vital Communities and the Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup invite community members to apply for the first ever  Upper Valley Climate Change Leadership Academy . The six Academy meetings between October 2019 and April 2020 will include expert presentations, group discussions, and collaborative work sessions on the topic of climate change. Academy participants will also develop and launch climate-change service projects in their communities.
Interested community members can apply online before September 15 at vitalcommunities.org/adaptation . Applicants do not need prior knowledge about climate change to participate. There is no fee to apply. Once selected, participants will pay a $30 enrollment fee to cover the entire six-month session; scholarships are available.
“A lot of people want to do something about climate change, but it can be hard to figure out what,” says Erich Osterberg, associate professor of earth sciences at Dartmouth College and a member of the Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup. The new academy will offer participants practical ways to turn that desire into action, he says.
The Upper Valley Climate Change Leadership Academy will meet the second Wednesdayevening of each month (except December) in Lebanon. Participants are expected to attend all six meetings and must attend at least five to graduate. The Academy wraps up in April with a public presentation of participants’ projects, which may include art, public education, community workdays, and any other activity that generates positive community impact related to climate change.
“The Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup has hosted semiannual forums for years, recently with support from Vital Communities,” says Sarah Brock, energy program manager at Vital Communities. “We’re excited to try this new approach that will help people take their concern for climate resilience and turn it into strong climate leadership for their communities and the Upper Valley.”
Details and a brief application are available at  vitalcommunities.org/adaptation .
SCORE Announces Fall 2019 Small Business Workship Series
SCORE has announced its Fall 2019 workshop series where area residents and those seeking empowerment in business can enroll.
The workshops sponsored by Mascoma Bank are held at the SCORE office, 20 West Park Street, Suite 316, Lebanon, NH are offered on Thursdays (and one Wednesday) from 5-8 p.m. The workshop presenters at bring years of experience to the job. As well as being knowledgeable in the workshop subject, they have a down-to-earth approach based on their experience in counseling small businesses.
The fee for each workshop is $30. If you invite your spouse or business partner to attend as your guest, the fee for the two of you would be $40. Veterans are FREE.

Business Bookkeeping Thursday, September 26, 2019, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
This Accounting 101 overview gets you started with understanding the basic accounting concepts. The workshop will teach you a straightforward way to keep score with respect to the financial performance and condition of your business.

Start Your Own Business ,   Thursday, October 3, 2019, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
This workshop covers the basic elements one must consider in having your own business. A primer on developing and managing any small business, this workshop provides critical materials and a step-by-step process for developing a workable approach to assessing and planning a new business.

Franchising: Employee to Entrepreneur Thursday, October 10, 2019, 5:00-8:00 PM
All aspects of franchising, positive & negative, will be discussed in this workshop. Some of the topics that will be covered are: setting goals & objectives; ownership options; how to safely research and select the right franchise; ownership options; how to finance your business; and available resources and consultant services.

Funding Your Small Business , Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM
This workshop concentrates on loan programs available through the Small Business Administration and local financial institutions. A representative from the SBA, Grafton Regional Development Corp., and Mascoma Bank will take you through the process of accessing capital for your business.

Writing a Business Plan Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM 
Before seeking business financing from a bank, relatives, or other sources, creating a business plan is a must. This workshop covers a step-by-step guide for putting together the seven basic sections required for a good and effective business plan. Specific time will be spent discussing what bank loan officers are looking for in a business plan.

Optimizing Internet Marketing , Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM  
Choosing the right Internet Marketing options can be a daunting task for a small business. This workshop will start with website fundamentals and then delve into blogging, email marketing, Pay per Click, and newsletters - all intended to help you focus on producing cost-benefit marketing results.
Social Media Marketing , Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 5:00-8:00 PM
This workshop will provide an overview of the major social media marketing channels – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and LinkedIn. Various tools will be examined to help you not only chose the correct channel for your marketing efforts, but also reduce and streamline your workload. Social media marketing content will also be presented.
For more information about the workshops or to reserve a spot, visit Upper Valley Score www.uppervalley.score.org  or call (603) 448-3491.
ABOUT SCORE:  a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years.  Upper Valley SCORE  was founded in 1967 as Chapter 184 and currently has more than 30 volunteer mentors who are all experienced business owners and managers. SCORE offers experience and knowledge to help small business owners and potential small business owners achieve success. Services include confidential, free face to face counseling, email counseling, business workshops
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!
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
Community News & Events
St. Mary's Gigantic Indoor Yard Sale
Located inside the St. Mary's Gymnasium on Main Street in Claremont, NH.
Over 100 tables with thousands of items for sale.
Lay Away Service and Carry Out Service will both be available.
Food and Beverages will also be for sale.
Food Service Update
ServSafe ®  is a nationally recognized food safety certification program of the National Restaurant Association. Participants passing the exam given at the end of the class, with a score of 75% or higher, will receive ServSafe ®  Food Protection Manager Certification. Certification is valid for five years.
The cost of the training is $140 which includes the ServSafe ®  Manager Book, 7th Edition & Exam. For persons with disabilities, dietary, language or financial difficulties requiring special accommodations, please contact us prior to the event. Given ample time, we will make any reasonable effort to arrange accommodations. Books and exams are available in several languages, please check with our office for availability before registering.

Upcoming ServSafe ®  classes:  All classes are from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Cheshire Medical Center - 580 Court St. - Keene, NH
Must register by 9/15/19.  Register Here
Sullivan County Health Care - 5 Nursing Home Dr. - Unity, NH
(95 County Farm Rd. on GPS) 
Must register by 9/22/19.  Register Here
Mt. Eustis Commons - 260 Cottage St. - Littleton, NH
Must register by 10/23/19.  Register Here

S.A.F.E. - Safety Awareness in the Food Environment
S.A.F.E. (Safety Awareness in the Food Environment) is a free 2-hour training that covers personal hygiene; cross-contamination; controlling time and temperature; and safe food handling. It’s a comprehensive introduction for new or seasonal employees and a valuable refresher for longtime staff! Trainings can be done right at your facility.
Upcoming S.A.F.E. Classes:    Classes are offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day.

Keene Public Library - 60 Winter St. - Keene, NH
Must register HERE  by noon on 9/19/19
Claremont Savings Bank - 145 Broad St. - Claremont, NH
Must register  HERE  by noon on 10/10/19
UNH Cooperative Extension Grafton County Office
3855 Dartmouth College Hwy. - North Haverhill, NH
Must register HERE  by noon on 11/7/19
Upper Valley Land Trust - Corporate Volunteer Program
The Upper Valley Land Trust has an exciting opportunity to offer Upper Valley businesses and employees! Now in its second year of operation, the Corporate Volunteer Program puts your employees to work in the community, volunteering with our local environmental nonprofit to make a difference socially and ecologically. This offering is designed to provide an opportunity for your Upper Valley business to spend time volunteering in the outdoors and strengthen bonds between your team members. This program will benefit your business in many ways:
·         Engaging employees in team building activities in a beautiful environment outside of the typical workplace
·         Involving your group with our local social and natural communities
·         Providing a philanthropy opportunity for a business and its employees
·         Reenergizing and resetting a team dynamic before diving back into work projects
We are ready to create a volunteer experience tailored to the needs of your company! Contact Paul Blazevich ( (603) 643-6626 x 201) for program offerings, more information on CVP, or to begin customizing your own volunteer experience. UVLT’s current project offerings for CVP are attached below, which also includes program logistics and a recommended packing list for participants.
The Upper Valley Land Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, committed to preserving natural areas, working farmlands, and priority habitat so residents and visitors alike can enjoy the scenic landscapes that make the Upper Valley so special.
An Opportunity from our friends at the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce