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Top Five Reasons to go to the Wonderland Auction

So you’ve heard about The Wonderland Auction: A Whimsical Evening to Benefit Vermont Youth and want to know what all the hype is about? Well, here’s five reasons you should stop what you’re doing and go register…like right now. 1. Support great causes Just by showing up to the event, you are making a contribution to better our community and support its various youth development initiatives. With half the ticket sales benefiting Spectrum Youth and Family Services and auction proceeds supporting the Paul Gallagher Entrepreneurial Continue Reading

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Member Spotlight: NEFCU

With more than 90,000 members and $1.2 billion in assets, New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) is the largest financial institution domiciled in the state of Vermont. NEFCU provides fast, easy and affordable financing for homes, autos, boats and recreational vehicles, as well as credit cards, personal loans, and convenient everyday banking, both through its branches and online. In addition to its lending and banking services, NEFCU provides commercial financing to local businesses throughout northwestern Vermont, with a focus on local decision-making and quality service. Continue Reading

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Staff Spotlight: Nicole Belanus

Staff Spotlight: Nicole Belanus, Operations Manager Nicole serves as the Operations Manager. She is responsible for A/R, improving the operational systems and best practices that ensure the Chamber’s efficiency, serves as the Board liaison and more! Nicole enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family. What three traits define you? Determined, thoughtful, and quiet What is your personal philosophy? You are never too old to accomplish your dreams What is one thing you could not live without? My children and my animals What is the one thing you Continue Reading

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Staff Spotlight: Matt Borden

Staff Spotlight: Matt Borden, Welcome Center Manager What three traits define you? Sense of humor, compassion and intelligence. What is your personal philosophy? I’m a follower of Dudeism. The overwhelming desire to have a rug that ties the room together. Basically, chill out. What is one thing you could not live without? Baseball. It’s the only thing I’ve ever fully understood. What is the one thing you cannot resist? A quality hot dog, especially at a baseball game. What is your greatest fear? That I Continue Reading

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Member Spotlight: Farrell Distributing

Farrell Distributing provides high-quality beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages for a diverse group of retailers throughout the state, operating out of facilities in South Burlington and Rutland. With their large workforce, they are equally equipped to cater to the needs of different types of retailers – from national corporations, to large and small independent stores, to fine dining establishments. Farrell is pleased to be able to bring variety, value and choice to our customers, regardless of their location. Jason and Jeff were able to chat Continue Reading

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Member Spotlight: Larkin Realty

Larkin Realty is committed to both what Vermont is and what Vermont can be. A family run business in the truest form, Larkin Realty is captained by the husband and wife team of John and Marilyn Larkin. Since 1980, Larkin Realty has been helping Vermonters meet all of their real estate needs. Larkin Realty is an owner and developer of real estate, committed to building superior construction. They develop and operate residential, commercial, retail and hotel projects. Their success as a multi-faceted organization is a Continue Reading

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Staff Spotlight: Susan Smith

Staff Spotlight: Susan Smith, Vice President of Visitor Services Susan is responsible for growing the local economy through the strategic development of driving new business to our hotels and attraction members. She is responsible for developing and executing an annual business development plan working with key members of the VCB Board of Directors and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee. Susan manages the overall team, assisting with closing, development of new markets, and collaborating with various departments of the Chamber. What three Continue Reading

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LCRCC Affiliate: Vermont Convention Bureau

The Vermont Convention Bureau offers complimentary statewide event planning services to anyone looking at Vermont for a meeting, wedding or special event. They will help you match your vision and expectations to the perfect venue, location and services anywhere in the state. The Vermont Convention Bureau markets Vermont as a premier meetings and events destination and drives tourism to member businesses. 2017 was defined by the meetings industry continuing to collaborate and working together to strengthen and unite our industry, resulting in another year of Continue Reading

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Member Spotlight: MajorWise

MajorWise is a matchmaker software that automates the job and intern search process for high school students and employers. MajorWise, the winner of the 2017 LaunchVT competition, was founded by Peter Silverman and Max Robbins, two college roommates who found themselves having trouble finding local jobs for the summer related to their major. After doing some research, they realized that many of the businesses in Vermont have less than 10 employees. These businesses don’t normally hire students for internships because internships require too much of Continue Reading

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Staff Spotlight: Ashten Stringer

Staff Spotlight: Ashten Stringer, Government Affairs Specialist Ashten serves as part of the Chamber’s Government Affairs team monitoring legislative developments in the Vermont State House in Montpelier.  In addition, Ashten supports workforce development programs like LaunchVT and HackVT. Prior to taking on this position, Ashten used his background in community development to serve as the Chamber’s AmeriCorps VISTA member where he coordinated and taught the TIPS program.  In his free time, he enjoys skiing, hiking, and playing soccer.  What three traits define you? Outgoing, adaptable, Continue Reading

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