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Thank you for visiting, staying, working and being a part of the solution to growing prosperity and commerce in Central Vermont.
This issue of BusinessWise is gladly sponsored by:
For only $50 a month, see your business featured here four times a month in this weekly newsletter sent to over 1600 subscribers by emailing info@centralvt.com. Use your company logo, or an image of a product or promotional offering, along with a live link to your website!
Welcome New Members!!!
Dusablon Drywall
Josh Dusablon
64 Pleasant St.
Barre, VT 05641
802-279-4250
Providing superior drywall services in Central Vermont.
Chiuchiolo's Painting & Drywall, LLC
John Chiuchiolo
48 Bailey St.
Barre, VT 05641
802-272-3852
Providing Painting and Drywall services in Central Vermont.
Chris Russell
4423 US Route 2
East Montpelier, VT 05651
802-223-3393
Providing High-Quality Auto Detailing Services to Central Vermont. Getting where you're going while looking great!
Win $5,000!
At the Chamber's 38th Annual
Calcutta
5-9pm • Saturday, September 18th
Farr's Field, Waterbury
In addition to a $5,000 grand prize, there are also 8 other cash prizes totaling almost $2,000, live entertainment provided by Nottingham Drive Band, Fireworks display provided by Northstar Fireworks and a Silent Auction.
Only 150 tickets are sold in advance.
Each ticket cost $125 and includes dinner for two catered by Le Petit Gourmet, liquor services provided by Gusto's Bar outstanding entertainment, in person networking, and the chance to win some cold hard cash!
Only a few tickets left!
Contact the Chamber at 802-229-5711 or email tonya@centralvt.com to reserve your Calcutta Ticket(s) today!
Thank you Sponsors!!
The Vermont ATHENA Leadership Award® judges now have all 19 nominations submitted for the two awards; 13 nominations for the ATHENA Leadership Award® and six for the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®. They will make a decision on the top three finalist for each award by the end of September.
A virtual press release will be held on October 1st to announce the six finalists.
Keep an eye out for the invitation to join the press release.


Find out who this year's award recipients are by attending...
Register now to secure your seat!
ATHENA Leadership Award®
Nominees
Dr. Elizabeth Gurian, Associate Professor & Associate Director of School of Justice Studies & Sociology

Roslyn Haldane, Vice President at the Tender Loving Respite House

Dianne Hood, Owner of The Meltdown

Jennifer Kern, Scholarship Chair for the American Association for University Women-Bennington, VT Branch

Lisa Keysar, President & CEO of Union Mutual

Tara Kulkarni, Associate Professor, CE Department Chair at Norwich University

Lauren Mabie, Staff Attorney at Vermont Legal Aid

Renita Marshall, President at Renita Marshall Helping Hands Foundation

Monique Priestley, COVID Business Recovery Project Manager at the Center for Women and Enterprise, Founder & Executive Director of the Space On Main

Bernadette "Bern" Rose, Volunteer for the City of Barre

Judith Stallings-Ward, Professor & Spanish Program Director at Norwich University

Alona Tate, Data & Reporting Coordinator for the State of Vermont Children & Family Services

Cathy Webster, Physical Therapist at the Rehab Gym
ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®
Nominees
Alexis Dexter, Owner of Forget Me Not Flowers & Gifts and Kitty Korner Cafe

Erika George, AVP, Illustrations/Filing, Product Implementation at National Life Group

Sarah Lang, Southern Vermont Economy Project Manager at Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation

Faye Longo, Associate Manager 3SVT/SNAP Community Engagement at the Vermont Foodbank

Monique Priestley, COVID Business Recovery Project Manager at the Center for Women and Enterprise, Founder & Executive Director of the Space On Main

Page Spiess, Lecturer in Chemistry & Biochemistry, and University Academic Integrity Officer for campus programs at Norwich University
THANK YOU SPONSORS!!!
Would you like to see your company among these that support the recognition of women leaders in Vermont?!?

Sponsorship Opportunities include...
Nike Goddess Sponsor: $3,500
  • Prominent mention in all promotional announcements, advertising, notices, brochures, applications and all collateral materials related to the ATHENA Award®
  • Banner displayed at ATHENA Award® Gala on November 6, 2021
  • Recognition from the podium at the ATHENA Award® Gala
  • Opportunity to address the audience at the ATHENA Award® Gala
  • Prominent placement in the ATHENA Award® Gala program
  • Table of eight at the ATHENA Award® Gala
Bia Goddess Sponsor: $1,750
  • Prominent mention in all promotional announcements, advertising, notices, brochures, applications and all collateral materials related to the ATHENA Award®
  • Recognition from the podium at the ATHENA Award® Gala
  • Prominent placement in the ATHENA Award® Gala program
  • One half-table (4) at the ATHENA awards® Gala
Tyche Goddess Sponsor: $1,000
  • Prominent mention in all promotional announcements, advertising, notices, brochures, applications and all collateral materials related to the ATHENA Award®
  • Recognition from the podium at the ATHENA Award® Gala
  • Prominent placement in the ATHENA Award® Gala program
  • Two tickets at the ATHENA Awards® Gala

Secure your sponsorship today by calling 229-5711 or
The Central VT Region Has a New Website!!!
If you are a Chamber member, your business listing is on the new site and you have full access to your listing as well as members only content. Check it out at centralvt.com. Use your email address this email was sent to as your username in order to login using the 'forgot password' link to reset your password. Feel free to poke around, keeping in mind that some content still needs to be added as it is a continual work-in-progress.
Online Advertisement Opportunities Available!
A cost-effective, easy way to advertise your business on the front page of the Central VT regional website that averages 400 views per day!! Only $250 for 12 months of online advertising with a link to your website! Send the Chamber the logo or advertisement you would like to use to tonya@centralvt.com.
Halloween Flipbook
Chamber Members can advertise for FREE in the Chamber's Halloween Flipbook. Promote your Halloween deals and specials at no cost by sending the Chamber your advertisement in jpeg format to Kelly@centralvt.com. The specs for the ad are as follows:
Full Page- 8 1/2" Wide x 11" High
Half Page- 4 1/2" Wide x 5 1/2 High
Quarter Page- 2" Wide x 3' High
Ad copies are due in by October 19th in order to be included in the Halloween Flipbook.
Here is an example of the last flipbook created for Labor Day- https://www.flipsnack.com/CentralVermontChamber/labordayflipbook.html
Charity Pet Costume Contest
October 30th
Berlin Mall
Proceeds to Benefit the
Central VT Humane Society
The Central VT Chamber, the Town of Berlin and the Berlin Mall are pleased to present the 1st Charity Pet Costume Contest.
Sponsorship opportunities available to show your support for the furry friends of Central Vermont. Sponsorship is only $100 and gets your business recognition as a supporter on social media, the regional website, newsletters, and materials and promotions for the event.
Contact the Chamber today at 229-5711 or email Kelly@centralvt.com to sponsor to support this great fundraiser.
Thank You Presenting Sponsor PET WANTS Central Vermont!!!
Thank You Supporting Sponsor!!
See Your Logo Here with Link to Your Website for only $100!
Contact the Chamber to be included in all promotional materials for this event.
Member 2 Member Discounts
Utilize your fellow Chamber members to give and receive discounts for products or services to your business.
Contact the Chamber at 229-5711 or email tonya@centralvt.com to offer a discount or deal exclusive to fellow Chamber members.
Deals will be accessible to Chamber members on the regional website.
Login to centralvt.com to check out the deal being offered exclusively to Chamber members by Staples- centralvt.com/stapleschamberdiscounts
Send us your offerings to be included along with Staples.
Chamber Member Leads Group
Are you interested in using a leads group as one of your prospecting strategies to grow your business? A leads group can be a very powerful way of generating referrals. The Chamber's leads groups will allow members of noncompetitive business categories to network, build relationships, and generate referrals. Leads Groups are open to Central VT Chamber members & each group is limited to one member per business category. Members are required to meet attendance.
Meetings will take place on the second Tuesday of every month at 9:30am on zoom.
Expectations of Leads Group Members:
  • Actively participate in weekly meetings
  • Whenever possible encourage a guest to participate in the meeting should the member not be available to attend
  • Help fellow members grow their business through positive referrals and word of mouth marketing
  • Maintain active membership in the Central VT Chamber of Commerce
What Should Leads Group Members Expect:
  • A team of up to ten local professionals that will help you grow your business
  • Monthly opportunities to share about your business with the group along with an extended opportunity to provide a detailed presentation about your business annually
  • Networking in a fun and productive environment without needless rules and fees
Sound interesting? Click here to sign up!
If you don’t see your business category, either someone else already taken it or we missed listing that industry. Please contact the Chamber to verify. Only one member per business category. First come, first served.
This issue of BusinessWise is gladly sponsored by:
To see your business featured here, email info@centralvt.com.
MEMBER NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Got job openings?
Members, please send us the link to employment opportunities at your business and we will post it to our growing online list!
Presents
2021 Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge &
State Agency Race
In-Person September 16- Montpelier
Virtually September 1-October 31
Union Mutual is pleased to announce the Company is the presenting sponsor of the 2021 Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race. The event, to be held in-person in Montpelier on September 16 and virtually September 1 through October 31, will be known as the Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race, Presented by Union Mutual.
“We are excited to support the Corporate Cup in this manner and thereby support the Council’s important work to keep all Vermonters active and well,” said Lisa Keysar, President & CEO of Union Mutual. “The Corporate Cup is one of the most popular events on our employees’ calendars, and we look forward to once again seeing the runners and walkers on State Street, and virtually.”
The Corporate Cup, a program of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports, is a popular 5k run/walk race in which teams of three enjoy the benefits of a wellness activity with their co-workers and compete for awards in four employer classes: State/Federal Government, Corporation/Business, Nonprofit/Local Government, and an Open Class. Proceeds benefit the many programs and events of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports, including the Vermont Senior Games, community wellness grants, parks pass prescriptions, Vermont Worksite Wellness Awards and subsidies for youth ski and snowboard lessons.
“Union Mutual employees turn out in droves each year to run and walk in the Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge, and the company’s leadership always supports employees’ participation. So it’s fitting that the company is the event’s first presenting sponsor,” said Janet Franz, Council chairperson. “We are grateful for Union Mutual’s financial backing for this signature Vermont event, and thrilled that we can offer both in-person and virtual options to raise funds for Vermonters’ physical fitness initiatives.”
The 2021 event will be the 38th annual race – the 2020 race was held virtually and drew participants from all regions of the state. Traditionally, more than 4,000 runners and walkers stream through the Capital City’s main streets and gather on the State House lawn for pre-and post-race festivities.
The State Street start and finish line of the race is steps from the home office of Union Mutual, which has called Montpelier home for nearly 150 years. The race has been a cornerstone of the company’s wellness program. The property-casualty insurance carrier has a rich history of sponsoring employee involvement, and in 2019, set a company record with 19 three-person teams participating.
For more information and to register, visit www.vcccsar.org.
Union Mutual of Vermont Companies, founded in 1874, is a property casualty insurance group consisting of Union Mutual Fire Insurance and New England Guaranty Insurance Company Inc., both based in Montpelier, Vermont; and Community Mutual Insurance Company, based in Latham, New York. The three companies write a total of $186 million in direct premium annually through independent agents throughout New England and New York and are all rated A (Excellent) with a Stable Outlook by AM Best.
 
The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports promotes health and wellness through physical activity for people of all fitness and ability levels.
Contact: Janet Franz, Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports chairperson, (802) 238-8182; janet.l.franz@uvm.edu
Lost Nation Theater
Presents
"As You Like It"
Shakespeare on the State House Steps Staged Reading
2pm, Saturday, September 18th
The Vermont Statehouse Steps
Shakespeare’s ultimate rom-com– As You Like It takes the stage – or rather the steps of the State House in an active staged-reading, using the First Folio “cue scripts” (as they did in Shakespeare’s time), directed by Ann Harvey – cofounder of Lost Nation Theater’s Fall Foliage Shakespeare program. The Bard’s romp thru the Forest of Arden is a delicate dance of comedy and romance. 
The play will be cut to be performed within 90-minutes, no intermission.
Audience are asked to bring their own cushions or chairs – seating will also be on the steps; to adhere to social distancing guidelines, and to wear a mask.
No cost to attend, but donations are always gratefully accepted!
Visit lostnationtheater.org/as-you-like-it-lnt/ for more information.
Beaulieu Place Conference Rooms
Open for Meetings & Events
The conference rooms at the Central VT Chamber offices, also known as Beaulieu Place, are available for meetings and events again!
Two conference rooms separated by a fold away wall can host meetings and events from just a few people to over 40. Centrally located in a prime space just off exit 7 from I-89, with free parking, coffee/tea, LCD projector, speakerphone and more, what more could you ask for in a conference room space?!
For more information on these meeting rooms and rates, click here.
We are leaving it up to the discretion of users to monitor attendance and social distancing while meeting at Beaulieu Place.
Don't hesitate as dates are filling up quickly and reserved on a first come, first served basis.
Reserve your next meeting or event by calling 229-5711 or email tonya@centralvt.com. We look forward to hosting you in our great space!
Help Us Work For You!
Are you looking for more ways to promote your products, services, sales and deals? Let your Chamber membership work for you!
Send the Chamber images and information on your goods and services so we can share on our social media campaign and among our networks.
Send to Tonya@centralvt.com so we can help you make the most of your Chamber membership!

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Get Your News Out There!

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Show Your Chamber Pride!

When you advertise your business in the local media, be sure to include that you are a proud member of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce!
Thank you,
Central Vermont Chamber
802-229-5711