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LCRCC Presents: LaunchVT

The Chamber’s entrepreneurship programs support the new business development and growth required for a thriving private sector economy. By providing education, mentorship, and funding, the Chamber supports entrepreneurs and strategic partners throughout the startup ecosystem. LaunchVT is one of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce’s flagship programs to support workforce development and foster entrepreneurship. It is a mentoring program and pitch competition that provides strategic mentorship to seven local startups, $130,000 in cash and services to 5 local startups, and informational seminars for over Continue Reading

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Member Spotlight: DAVIDsTEA

DAVIDsTEA is passionate about great tasting teas, and they pride themselves on offering something to satisfy every palate and every craving. In 2008, DAVIDsTEA opened their first store on vibrant Queen Street in Toronto, Canada, and before long, first time customers became regulars, neighbors became friends, and their flagship store became a community fixture. Today, DAVIDsTEA has over 200 stores in neighborhoods and communities across Canada and the United States, and they’re not slowing down any time soon. Glitter, gold and GLAM! Shop our NYE Continue Reading

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Staff Spotlight: Gail Stevenson

Staff Spotlight: Gail Stevenson, Director, VQEI Gail is in charge of VQEI relations. Gail currently consults for the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative, was Director of International Programs at Champlain College, was the Director of the American Collegiate Consortium for East-West Exchange at Middlebury College for many years and has numerous significant academic achievements to her name. Gail holds a Ph.D in Economics from American University. She is fluent in Norwegian, has a command of the Russian language, communicates both in writing and speaking in French Continue Reading

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LCRCC Presents: Vermont-Québec Enterprise Initiative

The Vermont-Québec Enterprise Initiative (VQEI) was born of the belief that the historic relationships shared by Québec and Vermont provide an excellent foundation upon which to build even greater economic ties. For centuries, the state and province have seen families and businesses migrate back and forth across the border bringing with each migration a deeper understanding of family, culture, history and shared experiences. There are many successful companies that got their start in Québec that now house part of their operations in Vermont. Likewise, Vermont Continue Reading

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Staff Spotlight: Billy Connelly

Staff Spotlight: Billy Connelly, Member Engagement Manager As our Member Engagement Manager, Billy is responsible for developing plans and managing activities that build and strengthen relationships with our community. He helps new members understand how to get the most from Chamber membership, and he works with members and partners to ensure the Chamber supports their work, understand their challenges, and helps them move forward. He is responsible for CRM, recruiting new members, and for advertising sales. Billy enjoys spending time with his busy family and their dog, Continue Reading

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LCRCC Presents: Business After Hours Networking Events

The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce believes a strong business network is paramount to success in our local business community. Our mission is to connect over 1,500 businesses and 50,000 employees through our series of networking events. Whether partnering with us to sponsor or host an event, or simply joining as a member, we want you to feel part of a dynamic, opportunistic business community. We wish to provide exposure and the resources you need to succeed. Support your fellow business professionals, promote your Continue Reading

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Member Spotlight: JUMP

JUMP’s mission is to promote the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of people by providing spiritual care, direct assistance to meet basic needs, and advocacy. Joint Urban Ministry Project was founded in 1988 and is an interfaith organization supported by 27 area congregations. Service decisions at JUMP are made without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic or civil union status, national orientation, sexual orientation, place of birth, citizenship, mental or physical ability. JUMP is a 501(c)(3) Continue Reading

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Member Spotlight: United Way of Northwest Vermont

The United Way of Northwest Vermont is a local nonprofit on a mission to build a stronger community by working together. We unite our whole community to solve complex problems and harness the power of people to create a stronger Northwest Vermont. United Way isn’t just our name, it’s how we work. We unite people from all sectors to solve problems in our community. We believe that when we work together, we make all communities in our region stronger. The problems challenging us are complex; Continue Reading

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Staff Spotlight: Patricia Preston

Staff Spotlight: Patricia Preston, Executive Director, Vermont Council on World Affairs A Vermont native, Patricia is a graduate of UVM with a degree in Secondary Education and holds a Master’s degree in International Education from NYU. She studied abroad in England and has traveled extensively around the world, including work as a teacher and curriculum developer in Tanzania. Patricia worked for both the United Nations on women’s issues and the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Food Security. She is also President and Founder of Continue Reading

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LCRCC Affiliate: Vermont Council on World Affairs

This has been a landmark year for the VCWA. Since the beginning of 2017, we have welcomed nearly 130 delegates from more than 60 countries, and there are still more to come! These 19 delegations have focused on topics as diverse as sustainable agriculture, entrepreneurship, rural development, education, and refugee resettlement and have left Vermont with a better understanding of America and the people who live here. While we facilitate a number of professional exchange programs, the two that we engage with the most are Continue Reading

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