The Chamber Website
Reach individuals and groups planning to visit the area, or people who are already here! Our newly designed website (www.YourPlaceInVermont.com) provides 24/7 access for viewing your business information. Members are given a free business listing with the option of purchasing additional listings and ads.
The Okemo Valley website is THE place to find out about regional events. If you have an event, we will promote it! Businesses have the ability to enter their own events into our event calendar. Some of the annual events we promote are, The Chester Fall Craft Festival on the Green, Ludlow and Chester Winter Carnivals, Weston’s Craft & Antique shows, Belmont’s Cider Days and Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival, just to name a few.
Okemo Valley Regional Guidebook
Get your business listing in 50,000 regional guidebooks annually! Guidebooks are distributed throughout lodging properties, restaurants, realtors, resort information desks, state welcome centers, New York and Boston, and are mailed upon request. Your company description and display advertising space are also available to further highlight your business. Guidebooks are also available to view online on our Chamber website.
Monthly Chamber mixers are held the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7:30pm. Mixers are sponsored and hosted by members businesses. The sponsor is able to promote their business and provide excellent networking opportunities. Monthly locations are listed on our website and in our newsletter. Call and inquire about hosting a 2014 “mixer” to showcase your business.
Referrals & Rack Card Space
Staff is available to assist visitors with area shopping, dining, lodging, attractions, and various services. Your business and rack cards will be placed in our Ludlow and Chester Information Centers. The Chamber office is currently open 6 days a week; Monday through Thursday and Saturday 8:30-4:30; Friday 9:00-5:00.
Celebrate your business! You get a free ribbon cutting ceremony when you become a chamber member. The ribbon-cutting photo along with a description of your business is put on the Chamber website and submitted to local newspapers.
Quarterly Education Series
Each quarter the Chamber invites guest speakers to present important topics of interest to our member business owners. This service is free of charge. You may also have the opportunity to present information about your industry to our fellow member businesses.
Cost Saving Benefits
The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce is working to increase your savings in the areas of advertising, business to business member discounts, and co-op ads. From time to time you will be notified of co-op ad opportunities in Yankee Magazine, Vermont Life, and Vermont Vacation Guide. (The state of Vermont’s official publication!)
Brand Logo & Tag Lines
Your membership allows you to use our Okemo Valley- Your Place in Vermont brand! Use it on your website, business cards, letter head, and ad campaigns. A study conducted by the Shapiro group, revealed that when customers know a business is a member of the local Chamber of Commerce, they are 44% more likely to think favorably about the business and 63% more likely to buy from them!
Take advantage of this special member benefit with training! With Constant Contact, you can send a professional email, promote an event, and reach customers on social media. Most importantly you are able to track you e-mails!
The Chamber has partnered with the VACE health insurance program through Blue Cross/Blue shield to offer you and your business competitive health insurance plans. We have also partnered with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce to offer “Chamber Preferred.”
With the affiliation of Delta Dental, the Chamber is able to offer competitive dental plans. Our group rate for a single person is a 20% savings compared to the open-market of the Northeast. For family coverage it is over a 30% savings!
Free Prescription Discount Card for Members
The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber Drug Card is a free prescription discount program that offers free drug cards to all chamber members, members’ employees, contractors, clients, friends and families. The program provides discounts on both brand and generic medications up to 75%. The program has no restrictions to membership, no income requirements, no age limitations and there are no applications to fill out. All members are eligible to receive savings!
The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber Drug Card was launched to help uninsured and underinsured individuals afford their prescription medications. The program can also be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductible health plans. Additionally, people with prescription coverage can use the program to get a discount on prescription drugs that are not covered by insurance.
There are currently more than 56,000 pharmacy locations across the country participating in the program, including all major pharmacy chains. To request a card be sent to you please contact the Chamber office at 802-228-5830. You may also request cards for your friends, family, employees, etc. No personal information is required to obtain a card and all prescriptions processed through the program are completely confidential. To learn more about the program, click here.
Executive and Local Board Meetings
Elected board members meet monthly to discuss the current state of affairs and future programs. The executive board oversees the Okemo Regional Valley Chamber staff and together with that board of director, reviews the strategic plan and policy. There are always opportunities to serve on a board or a committee.
Upon request, members will be provided with one set of Chamber mailing labels per year for business use only.
Chamber staff is available to you, in person, by phone, or by e-mail to address your questions and concerns. We provide resources, access to information and introductions for members with regards to financing; SBDC, Workforce Development, Economic Development, and State Officials.
2012/2013 M2M Benefit Program
Allen Pools & Spa - 10% off on all cash and carry items Allen Pools
All Seasons - 15% off room rates All Seaons Motel
Andrie Rose Inn - 10% off room rates non-holiday periods. 2 night minimum stay required. www.Andrieroseinn.com
Best Western - Ludlow – 10% off room rates www.bestwesternludlow.com
Blue Sky Trading - 10% off total purchases available to members and employees. www.blueskyvt.com
Calm Moments Spa - $20 off any 50 minute service. Monday through Friday only: Non-holiday. Limited availability. Must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. “Member to Member” benefit must be mentioned at time of booking to receive this price.http://www.calmmomentsspa.com
Castle Hill Resort & Spa - 25% off lodging, non-holidays www.castlehillresort.com
Chasse Fine Art Gallery - 10% all art and merchandise in studio www.chasseart.com
Chester Hardware - 15% off retail price on Benjamin Moore paintswww.chesterhardware.doitbest.com
Chrisandra’s - 10% off Main Street store items and 25% off 72A Pond Street location on custom ordered upholstery www.chrisandras.com
Clear Lake Furniture - 20% off all new wood or upholstery orders to all chamber members and their employees. www.clearlakefurniture.com
Combes Family Inn - 10% off lodging and dinner www.combesfamilyinn.com
Computer Repair – 10% off all service. www.sydscompufix.com or call 802-665-7402.
Commons News – New Chamber Members can purchase 3 2×2 business card size ads (in color or black and white) at our weekly rate and get a 4th ad for free. This is an introductory one time offer. Friday is deadline for the following Wednesday. www.commonsnews.org 802-246-6397
Constant Contact - www.constantcontact.com/features/signup.jsp?pn=okemochamber
Cool Moose Cafe - Locals dining club discount 10% off. www.coolmoosecafevt.com
CTM Media Group - Offers 20% on new distribution programs and offers our members a “FREE” basic profile. http://www.ctmmediagroup.com
Gallery 103 - 10% off for members only. www.gallery103.com
Golden Stage Inn - 25% off room rates for members and employees www.goldenstageinn.com
Green Mountain Outlook - Offers New Members a buy one get one free advertisement. Buy one week at a discounted rate and get the next week free (color or black and white available, free ad must be used the week after the paid ad). http://www.gmoutlook.com
Green Mountain Railroad- offers a group rate discount system to individuals instead of the full ticket price $20.00 www.rails-vt.com
Happy Trails Motel - 15% off room rates www.happytrailsmotel.com
Hathaway Farm – $1 off admission from July 27-October 27 www.hathawayfarm.com
HB Fuels - Sign up for any of our budget or pre-buy plans and we will give you 10 cents off per gallon. Also, if members sign up for propane and fuel oil, we will give an additional 10 cents off per gallon on both fuels. This is our duel fuel discount. www.hbplumbingandheating.com or call 802-885-2300
Hugging Bear Inn & Shoppe - 10% off purchases in the Teddy Bear Shoppewww.huggingbear.com
Images by Donald Dill - 10% off photos www.imagesbydonalddill.com
Inn at Weathersfield - 10% off your dinner bill (excludes holidays and special events/limit 6 people per visit) www.weathersfieldinn.com
Inn Victoria and Ye Olde Shoppe- is offering you the exclusive opportunity of 20% off Ye Olde Shoppe for each person in your High Tea party of two or more. Simply enjoy High Tea for two or more, and shop in the Gift store at 20% off. Reservations at: 802-875-4288 www.innvictoria.com
LaValley Building Supply – 5% off in store purchases only. Also sign up in store for their e-member program for the latest updates on products and services and additional savings.
Live Authentically, LLC. – 10% off Live Authentically courses www.liveauthentically.org
Marble Valley Regional Transit District (MVRTD) “The Bus” - offers all businesses and employees that are members a steep discount on its winter bus season passes! Regular price is $150, OVRCC members pay only $75 (a 50% discount). The winter season bus passes are valid through April 30, 2013 and are good on all MVRTD routes. To qualify for this special discount, winter bus season passes should be purchased directly at MVRTD. Visit our website at www.thebus.com for schedules and more information or call (802) 773-3244 ext. 117.
Martha’s Folk Art - 10% off retail sales at gallery & on website www.marthasfolkart.com
Message for the Week - 2 free 1/8-page ads for new chamber member who has not been an advertiser in the Message in the last 6 months. Call 802-875-4790.
Misty Valley Books - 10% off purchases (excluding already discounted or sale items)www.mvbooks.com
Motel in the Meadow - 10% off room rates www.motelinthemeadow.com
NorthTech Systems - 10% discount on professional services. 802-259-3328
Okemo Sign Shop - 20% off print jobs www.okemo.com/signshop
Okemo Snowmobile Tours - 50% off 2-hour mid-week snowmobile tour. Non-holiday only. You need to show M2M card and make a reservation. www.snowmobilevermont.com
Riverside Pet Care at Ludlow - 25% off next purchase OR free first exam for new clients only www.riversidevetcare.com
River Valley Technical Center - 10% off classes and courses to all chamber memberswww.rvtc.org
Rockledge Farm - 20% discount on purchases or custom orders of furniture, woodwork, accessories and gifts from our showroom. www.rockledgefarm.com
Ronald J. Theissen, CPA, CFP - 20% discount on professional consulting services http://www.rjtcpa.com/
Six Loose Ladies - 10% off any non-consignment purchase. Classes included!http://www.sixlooseladies.com
Skygate Financial Group, LLC - 20% off personal and business financial planning services http://www.skygatefinancial.com/
SSmith Graphics - 15% off graphic design services to any new client email@example.com
Staples - Contact Ann Marie Conklin from Staples at Annmarie.firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 877-482-8026 x155, or fax 877-482-8027 to be involved in the Staples Advantage program. Staples Advantage is offering online ordering and control on StaplesLink.com, Customer Appreciation Discount Days, all the supplies you need, FREE next day delivery on most orders over $30, easy online return process, dedicated account management and quality customer service, and value added services with programs to support your organization’s needs.
Stone Hearth Inn & Tavern - 10% off room rates and 10% off meals for member’s www.stonehearthinnvermont.com
Tattersalls Clothing Emporium - 10% off all purchases with card.
The Book Nook - 10% discount available for members, employees, and families. www.thebooknookvt.com
The Boot Pro - 10% off non-sale merchandise and services
The Good Bus - 15% off all local transportation discount www.goodcommons.com
The Governor’s Inn - 20% off regular rates. http://www.thegovernorsinn.com/
The Killarney - 10% off food. Not to be combined with any other offer.www.killarneyludlow.com, 802-228-7797
The Pointe at Castle Hill - Vermont – 25% off lodging, non-holidays www.cavendishpointe.com
Vermont Journal - New Chamber members will receive 2 free business card ads. www.vermontjournal.com
Vermont Wedding Association - 10% off shows.
William Austin Antiques - 20% off normal retail price. Available to members and families. www.wmaustin.com
www.Vermont.com - 2013 Special: New Vermont.com advertisers may take $100 off of any of our standard rates of $660 or higher for their first year. Current Vermont.com advertisers are entitled to a one month run in our “TOP DEALS” section at no charge by mentioning that they are OVRCC members.