LUDLOW, Vt. – The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce had quite a year in 2017.
We welcomed 28 new members: Vacasa, Re.find: a collective boutique, Brook Farm Vineyards, Okemo Valley Women’s Club, Ludlow’s Best Taxi, Country Girl Diner, Murdocks on the Green, Magic Mountain Ski Area, High Wind Aviation, Windsor Mansion Inn, Willow Draws, Red House Press, Trout River Brewing, The Landgrove Inn, Okemo Mountain School, The Pettigrew Inn, Scarlet Touch Massage & Reiki, The Buckmaster Inn, Neal’s Restaurant & Bar, Mamas Handmade Italian, Flour & Petal, Rutland GE Employee Group, J & M Construction & Son North, Mrs. Unlimited Visions, Northeast Kingdom Online, Bennington Furniture, Smokeshire Design, and Aroma Catering VT.
To recap our members of the month were:
- January – CTM Media
- February – DaVallia Arts & Accents
- March – Smith Maple Crest Farm
- April – Springfield Medical Care Systems
- May – Inn at Weston
- June – Big Eyes Bakery
- July – Motel in the Meadow
- August – Vermont T’s
- September – Weston Playhouse
- October – Echo Lake Inn
- November – Homestyle Hostel
- December – The Vermont Country Store
We were featured travel writer stories for HuffingtonPost, Trip Advisor, and New York Lifestyles Magazine (November 2017, page 28). We attended several trade shows including New York Times Travel Show, CT Daytrip & Destinations, and the Big E. We put up display cases in welcome centers in Guilford and Hartford South. We hosted TV interviews with many of our members.
We hosted an array of exciting events including Restaurant Week, Buy Local Festival, Shop Small Business Saturday, Okemo Valley Antique & Classic Car Show, Okemo Valey Golf Tournament, and Casino Night.
We’ve had a great year in 2017, and are hoping to have an even better one in 2018. Here are some things to look forward to. We will have educational programs. All are welcome to attend, free for chamber members and a small fee for non-members. All the educational programs will be held at the Newsbank Conference Center in Chester. On Jan. 10, 2018 from noon to 1 p.m. is Cyber Security with Attorney General Ryan Krieger. On Jan. 16, from 11 a.m. to noon is Small Business Success with Kim Dixon with an additional bonus session from noon to 1 p.m. March 13 from 11 a.m. to noon is Growing Your Business Using Google and May 15 is Finding Your Niche on Social Media from 11 a.m. to noon. Networking events include Business Speed Dating at Sotheby’s Ludlow on March 14 fro 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The annual meeting will take place on May 10 at the new Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm from 5 to 7 p.m. It will include tours of the new building, a short annual meeting with a five minute walkthrough of the Chamber’s new website, Taste of Okemo Valley and a cash bar, and a presentation by the Weston Playhouse on their upcoming season. There will also be free raffles for two season tickets to Weston’s 2018 Summer Season and live entertainment.
There will be new members to welcome, networking events, and thrilling trips to take. We’re so excited to see what else 2018 has in store for us!