Your Place in Vermont http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:32:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Vermont’s Top 10 Events of 2015! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/vermonts-top-10-events-2015/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/vermonts-top-10-events-2015/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:45:03 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=22033 Every year the Vermont Chamber of Commerce awards 10 top events for each season.  Sort of a MUST see/attend list from around the state.  We’re happy to report the following events in our Okemo Valley Region; TOP 10 2015 Summer Events #5 – President Calvin Coolidge Birthday Celebration Plymouth Notch, July 4th Commemorating the birthday […]

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Every year the Vermont Chamber of Commerce awards 10 top events for each season.  Sort of a MUST see/attend list from around the state.  We’re happy to report the following events in our Okemo Valley Region;

VCC Top 10 Summer 2015 TOP 10 2015 Summer Events

#5 – President Calvin Coolidge Birthday Celebration

Plymouth Notch, July 4th

Commemorating the birthday of the only US president born on Independence Day!  Enjoy this 4th of July with a parade from the village green to the cemetery, complete with a presidential wreath from the White House and speech.  Return to the village for a BBQ chicken meal, wagon rides, craft demonstrations and a reading from Coolidge’s autobiography.

#9 – Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival

Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, August 7-9

Sample over 50 craft beers and more than 20 wines in the courtyard of Okemo’s Jackson Gore Inn while listening to live music.  Local food and goods from neighborhood crafters will also be in attendance.  Don’t forget to bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs!

VCC Top 10 Fall 2015TOP 10 2015 Fall Events

#3 – Vermont Golden honey Festival

Golden Stage Inn, Proctorsville – September 12

Celebrating Vermont’s state insect, the Honey Bee!  You’ll find purveyors of all things honey bee at this festival from honey and mead to quilting and photography.  Making their now famous wood-fired Apple Honey Pizza is Goodman’s American Pie.  Enjoy the day amongst the trees on the grounds of Golden Stage Inn.

#8 – Cider Days

Belmont Village in Mount Holly, October 10-11

Fall foliage doesn’t get any better than seen from Star Lake and Cider Days is the quintessential Vermont festival with hand-pressed cider, fresh baked apple crisp, Crowley Cheese and more than 30 local vendors, artists and bakers to delight you.  Take part in the other activities as well like the calendar photo contest, book sale and “all you can eat” roast beef supper.

#9 – Harvest Weekend at Billings Farm & Museum

Woodstock, October 10-11

Experience the harvest and enjoy your time on the farm by lending a hand pressing cider, preserving apples, threshing grain and making butter or ice cream. Dig for potatoes and other root veggies.  Help build a fence or any of the interactive games.  Serving hot spiced cider and homemade doughnuts.

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The 2015 Educational Programs are here! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/2015-educational-programs/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/2015-educational-programs/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:47:58 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=22068 2015 Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Education Program Schedule We’re proud to provide many new educational seminars this year.  You can check them all out HERE! *Education Programs are at Newsbank Conference Center in Chester unless otherwise noted.

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2015 Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce
Education Program Schedule

We’re proud to provide many new educational seminars this year.  You can check them all out HERE!

*Education Programs are at Newsbank Conference Center in Chester unless otherwise noted.

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Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Participates in the new Clean Energy Information Hub http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/okemo-valley-regional-chamber-commerce-participates-new-clean-energy-information-hub/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/okemo-valley-regional-chamber-commerce-participates-new-clean-energy-information-hub/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:11:50 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=22061 Ludlow, Vermont – The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce is on the path to become a clean energy leader.  The chamber signed on to participate in the new clean energy network and information hub called Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE). CICE was founded by local chamber executives to help local chambers and […]

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Ludlow, Vermont – The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce is on the path to become a clean energy leader.  The chamber signed on to participate in the new clean energy network and information hub called Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE). CICE was founded by local chamber executives to help local chambers and member companies navigate the clean energy space, spur business innovation, and accelerate business competitiveness through clean energy.

 

“We believe that clean energy is an economic development tool” said Marji Graf, CEO, of the Chamber. “We share a commitment to creating jobs and removing roadblocks to economic recovery, all while promoting the unique resources that exist here in the Okemo Valley.”

 

Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy is working with a network of local chambers of commerce from across the nation, representing tens of thousands of businesses of every size, from every industry. CICE provides chambers with dozens of Clean Energy Best Practices they can replicate to help their members save money, attract investment, and increase competitiveness. Read more about local Chambers’ success stories in Chambers in Action. CICE also connects chambers with leading energy experts to answer questions on financing, policy developments, and new technologies.

 

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this clean energy network with other like-minded chambers of commerce.  We’d like to help our local companies save money and become more competitive” said Marji. “Together, we can help build the clean energy economy by helping our member businesses become more energy efficient, supporting incentives for local clean energy projects, and building a market for the clean technology products that could be developed, manufactured, utilized, or distributed right here in our region.”

 

Through Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber will provide valuable information, tools, and best practices for member businesses to save money and pursue local, state, and national clean energy incentives.

For more information about the OVRCC Chamber, go to YourPlaceInVermont.com

For more information about the Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, go to www.chambersforinnovation.com.

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February 2015 – Chamber Corner http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/february-2015-chamber-corner/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/february-2015-chamber-corner/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:36:40 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=22052 Chamber Corner Submitted By Marji Graf, CEO Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce February 2015  We’re off to a great start to 2015! The Chamber has renewed their commitment in the Clean Energy Information Hub.  Details can be found on our website.  YourPlaceInVermont.com We held a focus group for VTEL at the Center for Research […]

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Chamber Corner
Submitted By Marji Graf, CEO
Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce
February 2015 

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We’re off to a great start to 2015!

  • The Chamber has renewed their commitment in the Clean Energy Information Hub.  Details can be found on our website.  YourPlaceInVermont.com
  • We held a focus group for VTEL at the Center for Research and Public Policy
  • We held our new member orientation on January 13 at Inn Victoria
  • We held our January mixer at The Next Chapter in Ludlow and presented the January 2015 Member of the Month award to Mark Williams of Mr. Darcy’s.
  • We’re offering two trips this year through our Travel with the Chamber program, 9/22/15 to India leaving from Boston and 10/14/15 to Italy leaving from NY
  • We’re presently working on content for our next Annual Regional Guidebook
  • Our web stats reveal constant growth with over 14,000 hits/month
  • Our guest this month on our lpctv show is Randall Autry, CEO, Green Mountain at Fox Run
  • We’re getting ready to promote our region at the New York Times Travel Show from 1/23-25.

 

Upcoming programs:

  • February 11 is our next mixer at Good Commons with a solar workshop
  • February 14/15 Chester Winter Carnival
  • February 17 is our next education program by Ross Gibson from The Richards Group talking about Employee Engagement at Newsbank Conference Center
  • Be sure to check out our extensive calendar of events on our website.

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Congratulations Mr. Darcy’s for receiving the January 2015 Member of the Month! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/congratulations-mr-darcys-receiving-january-2015-member-month/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/congratulations-mr-darcys-receiving-january-2015-member-month/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:14:20 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=22048 Mark Williams, Owner of Mr. Darcy’s Bar & Grill receives his Member of the Month award from Manager of Member Services, Amy Balogh of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Member of the Month awards are chosen by chamber member peers and the following criteria is used: Business Growth year over year.  Contributes […]

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Mark Williams, Owner of Mr. Darcy’s Bar & Grill receives his Member of the Month award from Manager of Member Services, Amy Balogh of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Mark Williams of Mr. Darcy's

The Member of the Month awards are chosen by chamber member peers and the following criteria is used:

Business Growth year over year. 
Contributes to community. 
Attends education programs/mixers. 
Hosts mixers. 
Current on dues. 
Donations (door prizes for mixers). 
Participates in Shows. 
Packages with other businesses. 
Participates in “Just Between Us”. 
Advertises/promotes & participates in guidebook & co-ops. 
Is an Ambassador for the chamber and region. 

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A fantastic article written in the Boston Herald about Ludlow! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/fantastic-article-written-boston-herald-ludlow/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/fantastic-article-written-boston-herald-ludlow/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 21:31:29 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=21850 A “Mountain of Options:  Even non-skiers should check out Ludlow, VT”  

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A “Mountain of Options:  Even non-skiers should check out Ludlow, VT”

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January 2015 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/january-2015-chamber-corner/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/january-2015-chamber-corner/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:01:43 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=21801   The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, serving South-Central Vermont, wishes everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year! In December we congratulated Six Loose Ladies & Friends Yarn Shop from Proctorsville who became the December Member of the Month.  We also thanked the Stone Hearth Inn and Tavern in Chester and Tina’s Fun Stuff […]

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The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, serving South-Central Vermont, wishes everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

In December we congratulated Six Loose Ladies & Friends Yarn Shop from Proctorsville who became the December Member of the Month.  We also thanked the Stone Hearth Inn and Tavern in Chester and Tina’s Fun Stuff to Wear from Ludlow for co-hosting our December mixer.  They put on a fashion show and the atmosphere was great!

We held 3 ribbon cuttings in December:  Ludlow Laundry Company located in the Okemo Marketplace; Homestyle Hostel Inn and Café on 119 Main Street in Ludlow; and Engel & Volkers to their new location at 126 Main Street in Ludlow.

The Chamber has a great mixer and educational program line up for 2015.  And don’t forget to check out our Calendar of Events.  We are THE event calendar for the Region!


You’re invited to join the Vermont Chamber of Commerce at the annual Legislative Leadership Luncheon.  This interactive forum is an opportunity for you and your business to get exclusive access to Vermont’s top leaders. Sit down to lunch with invited guests: Governor Shumlin, Lt. Governor Phil Scott, Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell, and Speaker of the House Shap Smith.

Date:  Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Time:  12:00 pm – 2:00 pm*
Location:  Capitol Plaza, Montpelier
Price:  $30 Vermont Chamber member, $40 non-member  

*Complimentary Economic Seminar – 11am-12pm:

We are offering a complimentary seminar on the outlook of the Vermont economy and the Vermont State budget presented by Tom Pelham, former Commissioner of Finance and Management and co-founder of Campaign for Vermont. This seminar is exclusively for Vermont Chamber members and will be held from 11am-12pm in the Ethan Allen Room at the Capitol Plaza Hotel before the Legislative luncheon.  When you register for the luncheon simply check the registration box at check out indicating your interest in attending the seminar.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions, offer ideas, and most importantly – BE HEARD.


There’s something for everyone! Try Geocaching…

We’re an active Chamber here in the Okemo Valley!  We’ve got adventures, activities and events sure to please visitors and locals from all walks of life.  But there’s one activity that gets a unique bit of attention, it’s called Geocaching and it’s an international adventure!  “Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Geocaches can be found all over the world. It is common for geocachers to hide caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill of the cache owner. These locations can be quite diverse. They may be at your local park, at the end of a long hike, underwater or on the side of a city street.”

There are nearly 400 caches hidden in the Okemo Valley Region.  One of those caches is hidden at the Chamber itself.  The cache, “All Come Home” has had 114 visits within a year!  What a great way to get out, see the sights and even duck into the Chamber Office for information about our Region.

Sign up today and go play, it’s free and fun for all! https://www.geocaching.com/play


Okemo Valley Prescription Drug Discount Card:

Anyone who has recently started a new job and is waiting for their benefits to kick in can use the Okemo Valley Chamber Discount Card as a way to save on prescriptions. Visit http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/about-us/member-benefits/chamber-member-prescription-drug-card-discount-benefit/ to print your free card!

· Do you have high deductible? If so use the Okemo Valley Chamber DiscountCard until you meet your deductible to help with prescription costs. Visit http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/about-us/member-benefits/chamber-member-prescription-drug-card-discount-benefit/ to print your free card!

· If your company has recently switched to a HSA or high deductible program, check out the Okemo Valley Chamber Discount Card to help cut back on the cost of prescription drugs.

· If you own a company, you can provide your part time employees with prescription savings with the Okemo Valley Chamber Discount Card.

· The Okemo Valley Chamber Discount Card saves up to 75% on prescription drugs and can be used at over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide!

· If your pet is on a medication that you fill at your regular pharmacy you can usethe Okemo Valley Chamber Discount Card to help save on the cost!!

· If you are currently unemployed use the Okemo Valley Chamber Discount Card to help you save on prescription medications.

· If you have a medication requiring Prior Authorization, and you cannot wait to pick it up, use the Okemo Valley Chamber Discount Card to help you save on that medication today!!!

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Congratulations to Six Loose Ladies! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/congratulations-six-loose-ladies/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/congratulations-six-loose-ladies/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:08:35 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=21760 We proudly awarded Six Loose Ladies with the Chamber’s Member of the Month – December 2014   Pictured left to right:  Anne Gottier, Suzanne Lawler and Marji Graf.

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We proudly awarded Six Loose Ladies with the Chamber’s Member of the Month – December 2014

 

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Pictured left to right:  Anne Gottier, Suzanne Lawler and Marji Graf.

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Engel & Völkers opens in Ludlow http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/engel-volkers-opens-ludlow/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/engel-volkers-opens-ludlow/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:21:28 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=21728 Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Engel & Völkers Okemo-Woodstock to their new location at 126 Main Street in Ludlow. Pictured left to right:  Marji Graf, Pat McLaughlin, Pam McLaughlin, Rebecca Brettell, Gail Graves, Ken Saccardo, Terry Davis  “I opened our first Engel & Völkers shop in Woodstock in […]

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Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Engel & Völkers Okemo-Woodstock to their new location at 126 Main Street in Ludlow.

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Pictured left to right:  Marji Graf, Pat McLaughlin, Pam McLaughlin, Rebecca Brettell, Gail Graves, Ken Saccardo, Terry Davis

 I opened our first Engel & Völkers shop in Woodstock in January of 2010 with an optimistic, long-range goal of a timely expansion in the Okemo Valley, said Gail Graves, Owner and Broker. My plan was always to have two offices, one in Woodstock and one in Ludlow. When the real estate market started its recovery in late 2013, Graves decided the time was right and when the perfect location in Ludlow became available, she expanded to the Okemo Valley.  Graves anticipates four to six agents to be working out of the new office. Terry Davis will take on the role of Managing Broker in the Woodstock office.

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Homestyle Hostel – Inn – Hotel comes to Ludlow! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/homestyle-hostel-inn-hotel-comes-ludlow/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/homestyle-hostel-inn-hotel-comes-ludlow/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:42:48 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=21699 Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Homestyle Hostel to the chamber. Pictured left to right:  Marji Graf, Justin Hyjek and Eliza Greene. “Homestyle Hostel was a dream conceived during our travels through South America, and we are thrilled to now be open daily from 8am – 9pm (10pm Friday/Saturday).  […]

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Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Homestyle Hostel to the chamber.

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Pictured left to right:  Marji Graf, Justin Hyjek and Eliza Greene.

“Homestyle Hostel was a dream conceived during our travels through South America, and we are thrilled to now be open daily from 8am – 9pm (10pm Friday/Saturday).  In addition to guest rooms, we have a coffee shop and bar, and welcome community members to come in and visit us!  Currently, we serve organic coffee and espresso, beer, wine and specialty cocktails and soon we will offer lunch, which will include healthy soups, salads and sandwiches to-stay or to-go. We invite the public to join us in our cafe, coffee shop and bar during any open hours.  Our space is also available for special events with catering. Our concept of the hostel, which is embodied throughout our business practices, is a basic and intimate home away from home environment that offers affordable food and lodging for travelers and community members alike.  We both grew up in this community, and are excited to share this experience with friends in our hometown during our inaugural year as a new business. For more information, visit VThostel.com or stop in for a tour with us any time!”

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