October/November Chamber Corner


LUDLOW, Vt. – We’ve had quite a busy October and what a spectacular Fall!  Thank you to Otter Creek Fun Center for hosting our October mixer.  What a great and fun place to host a party!

Congratulations to HB Energy Solutions for being chosen October Member of the Month and Inn at Weathersfield for being chosen November Member of the Month.

Thanks to Kim Dixon for hosting another education program for us to help our retailers get ready for the holidays.

We’ve already met with our Hawthorn Creative team for next year’s Okemo Valley Regional Guidebook.  We’re always looking for pictures and text from each Town. We will be launching another new website in November.  We’ve taken what’s great and making it even better by adding our SharedMall and Virtual Area Guide!!

The Chamber hosted a strategic planning session to gather input into the creation of a regional strategic plan for the chamber and our region.  We asked all business owners’ opinions related to challenges, opportunities and priorities of the region.

October 27 the Vermont Chamber lobbying team will be at Table 19 in Proctorsville from 12-2 p.m.  This is open to everyone.  In some ways, we are coming off a successful biennium – in a tough budget climate we succeeded in level funding the tourism marketing budget, secured $200,000 to create a state economic development marketing plan, clarified cloud services are not taxable, simplified the Estate Tax and more. But there were new laws passed and are detrimental to business growth and more than $95 million of new taxes and fees imposed.  If you are interested in learning more, please come.  There is a lunch fee per person payable at the door.

November 2 is our Lunch and Learn program at The Pot Belly Pub in Ludlow from 12 – 2 p.m.  Guest speaker:  Efficiency Vermont.  If you would like to come, just let the OVRCC chamber know by calling 802-228-5830.

This Chamber is bringing the Vermont Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives to our region on November 2-4 for their mini institute and the New England Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives to our region November 19 – 21 for their Fall Conference.   I’m honored and privileged to host these events in our Region.

We’ll have a welcome banner up in Ludlow the last week in November welcoming the 2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup guests.  The event is held in Killington November 26-27.  21 countries will be represented, televised in 15 countries, expected viewership 2.1 million.  Okemo Valley also has 2 full pages in the official Program and Spectator Guide.

Please join me on November 4 from 3-5 p.m. for a ribbon cutting and open house for PrimeLending, Victoria Blodgett, 126 Main Street, Suite 1C in Ludlow.

November 26 is AMEX Shop Small Day!  Please remember to always shop locally!!!

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