early-November 2010

Art of Action
Within the week, you will be receiving your 2011 dues statement for continued membership in the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber continues to be a strong and vital part of the Brandon area with more than 200 members. Your Board of Directors makes many valuable decisions throughout the year to continue to keep Brandon a choice place to live, work, and do business. Every membership helps provide needed revenue so we can continue with our popular existing programs and activities and explore new areas. Please pay dues promptly to help us keep our efforts on our programs and activities.

WordPress is open source (that means it is free) content management software for websites. It allows website owners to update and change their websites without any special software on their computer or knowledge of coding. You log in via a web browser when you want to update your website. WordPress is an industry-standard for websites and blogs of all sizes and types. The Chamber's website was switched over to WordPress earlier this year and it has been easy to use while maintaining a clean, crisp look.

The workshop we have scheduled will be provided at no charge to Chamber members. The fee is $10 to non-Chamber members. The workshop is being provided gratis by Jackson Whelan of Pittsford. Jackson designs, builds and maintains websites for a variety of clients all over the country. Partnering with many small design shops and independents to help expand their offerings, and working directly with many individuals and organizations. He specializes in WordPressdevelopment, and has been working with the platform since 2005. Here is information on the workshop Jackson has put together for Brandon Chamber members:

WordPress: The Basics
What is it? What does it do? Why would you want it for your website? Learn about free WordPress.com sites -vs- custom WordPress.org sites. See first-hand how editing and uploading to a WordPress powered website works. Examples of more advanced WordPress implementations such as shopping carts, directories, membership sites and more. How to get started. A question and answer period will follow.

Tuesday, November 2.
Seatings at 5:30 and 6:30 pm at the Brandon Inn
$9 per person / children under 5 eat free!
Sneak preview of music from OV's musical performance:
Beauty and the Beast

PEGTV Opportunity

PEGTV, Rutland County's community access television station, has just started airing "Access," a new half-hour news magazine focusing entirely on Rutland County residents, events and activities. We would love it if you could help us get the word out by mentioning something about "Access" in your upcoming newsletters or on your web site.


A new episode of "Access" airs weekly on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 10 a.m., and Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. You can also watch past episodes of "Access" via our video on demand player located on our web site at www.pegtv.com.


Also, please let us know about any activities, events or special people from your area that we could feature on an upcoming show. Send your info to accessmagazine@aol.com.


The Chamber is hosting the next Mixer! Join us on December 9 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. Notice will be in the mail with dues statements!

Join the American Legion Post 55 on Veterans Day, November 11, for their annual ceremony. It starts at 11 am in downtown Brandon.


The Neshobe PTO invites crafters, vendors, and local businesses to participate in the Holiday Extravaganza!  The event is Saturday, November 13th from Noon to 4 pm at Neshobe School.  Holiday shoppers can enjoy delicious food, door prizes, massages, and a wide selection of local, unique gifts.  For more information or to reserve a table, please contact Hazel Wood at hazel.wood@hostplanet.us



A popular Chamber membership benefit  is access to group health  / dental insurance at group rates. Contact Holden Financial Services at 775-2503 or 388-4992 or your own insurance agent. You can read more about plan options for both health and dental insurance here.

Next Chamber Meeting
The Chamber's next meeting will be Monday, November 29 at 6:30 pm at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace meeting room.
Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 267
Brandon VT 05733


Donations are now being accepted for Memory Tree bulbs in the memory of loved ones. The cost of the bulbs is $1.00 each.
In Memory Of:




Your Name & Phone Number:

Name: _______________________________

Phone: _______________________________

Send checks and forms to:
Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC),
PO Box 267, Brandon VT 05733.

Please do not send cash in the mail.

Names with cash or check may also be dropped off at
Carr's Florist &
Gifts or The Inside Scoop.
Deadline is Friday, Nov. 26, 2010.
Tree lighting with singing and festivities will take place on Sun., Nov. 28 at 3:30 pm in Central Park