4/19  2014



News and Notes

The Waterline Project is well underway!!
  The long awaited waterline construction, replacing the damaged line from Irene, is proceeding nicely. The Chamber wants to help make this as painless as possible and use it as a model for dealing with issues during the larger Segment 6 construction approaching in the next few years. We've had good communication so far and with all our help and participation we can make this go as smoothly as possible.
The project manager from JA McDonald has been meeting with us every Friday during construction and continues to update us on the past week's progress and provide a schedule of the upcoming week's work. If you have any questions and concerns contact me at or call 247-6401 and I'll be sure to get your issue to the right folks.


    Saturday, April 19th

  The traffic realignment seems to be working fairly well. Again I urge you to be alert and cautious as we all acclimate to the new traffic flow. Also ,if we're all a little more polite and considerate to each other on the road this will go much more smoothly, so smile and wave as you cruise through town. :)

  Reminder that all the Park Street businesses are open and parking is available from Lake Sunapee Bank all the way to Li's Chinese restaurant. Or park on Park Street and wander down to the Inn and Inside Scoop on these sunny days.

  The schedule is attached for work from 4/21to 4/25. One thing that may be occurring is Route 7 in front of the Town Hall being one lane for a period of time on Wednesday. Be prepared for this and plan on accessing Heritage Family Credit Union from above on West Seminary, coming down from the playground.

    Click on any of the links below to view the schedules
and notes from our March 19th meeting.
We want to gather as much contact information as possible from all of you who will be affected by the possible water shut offs and construction issues. We are therefore collecting email addresses and cell phone numbers to facilitate the quick dispersal of notices and emergency issues arising during the project. We'll send text blasts, emails and newsletters to keep everyone as up to the minute as possible. Thanks for your cooperation.
       Please email the following information to:
--Business name
--Business landline phone number
--Contact name
--Cell phone number(s)
--email address



The planning commission wants input from you regarding the last issues surrounding the signage ordinance. They've worked hard and sought out and listened to many of our concerns. Please try to make their meeting for public input on:
April 21st, 7:00pm at the Town Hall Basement Meeting Room: come talk over the issues and share your ideas.

 Plan-It Sheri Catering and Sheri's Diner

Winter may be hanging on by its icy fingers, but it's the best time to plan ahead for your catering needs for the spring and summer.
 Plan-It Sheri Catering has been serving central Vermont since 2002. No job is too small or too big. We can cater an in-office business lunch or help you create memories to last a lifetime.
*Wedding Showers
*Business Meetings
*Bar Mitzvahs
*Family Reunions
*Boating Trips
*Memorial Services


Contact me by email
or call 802-247-8837.


 Welcome New Members!!


         1201 Magazine Street-Kate Briggs
         1961 Lake Dunmore Road
          Leicester, VT
                 Thanks for your support







Don't forget to get your 2014 BIZ Cards!!

Stop at the flower shop or contact the chamber.





Chamber advertising in the Middlebury College Magazine!! Spring issue comes out April 30th.


Thanks to all those businesses advertising in our first foray into this media option. Thanks to Doug Sawyer at the Lilac Inn for his help and huge thanks to Courtney Satz from Woods Market Gardens for an effort above and beyond the call of duty! We literally couldn't have done it without her expertise and quick work!


   Let the Chamber know if people mention seeing the ad throughout the summer.


   Click on our link below to check it out.


    Middlebury Magazine Full Page Ad 

Business Basics

 Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12:00 PM to 4:00pm

TD Bank

89 Merchant's Row
Rutland, VT

Starting Your Own Business can be challenging...are you ready? This four-hour workshop is conducted by experienced business advisors and designed as a step-by-step guide for the first-time business owner. Your payment to attend the workshop includes a start-up workbook, handouts and access to 20 online courses in money, marketing and management. When you leave, you will be well-informed about the resources available and the steps involved in launching a successful business. Highlights of the workshop: - Evaluate whether there is a viable business in your good idea - Identify your target customers and explore how to conduct market research - Learn how to register your company, apply for tax numbers and protect your brand - Prepare to write an effective business plan - Find out about financing options and learn what a credible loan package looks like - Understand your "Next Steps" By the end of this workshop you will be well-informed about the resources available to you and the steps involved in launching a successful business. Space is limited so sign up early.

Speaker(s): Brian DeClue


Fee: $ 99.00

Payments can be mailed to: VtSBDC, PO Box 188, Randolph Center, 05061 or you can call the main office at: (802) 728-9101 with a credit card number.

                        Register and pay for this event online




Spring Cleaning ??

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is thinking FALL! 
While you're sorting through your clothes this spring, we have
some needs for next October's Harvest Days- Leaf People.


We need-
Hats- ladies fancy ones and childrens.
Shoes- all types- ladies fancy & childrens
Gloves and Mittens
Socks, tights and knee socks
Youth clothing- no babies or toddlers
Skirts and long sleeve dresses
Scarves, handbags and jewelry


You can drop them off at Carr's Florist & Gifts.


Thanks for your support!!


Union Street Co-Offices
Affordable, Professional and Private!
New! Co-office space in Brandon with three individual offices. 

Located on 25 Union Street at corner of Union St. and Railroad Ave.
Walking distance to the center of town and all village amenities.

Furnished Offices
Free WiFi/Internet until 2015
Security System
Conference Room - shared
Comfortable Waiting Area
Kitchen with Refrigerator, Stove and Dishwasher
Bathroom with Shower
Handicapped Entrance
Off-street Parking
Rent: $350 - 375/month includes all utilities

"This is the first phase in our co-office plan - three private offices with a shared conference room, waiting area and kitchen.  Phase two is an open floor plan with 6 - 8 desks, and shared amenities. We are really excited about this  new plan and it is a great opportunity for small businesses and start-ups.  This  is the new trend in office space in urban areas all over the country and it also  makes lots of sense for Brandon.  
I am happy to talk to anyone about the spaces that are available."


Stephanie Zak Jerome
247-3214 (office)




Brandon Lumber/Bethel Mills is seeking a Yard Person. 


General Lumber yard duties:  Receiving and putting away lumber, fulfilling customer orders, assisting customers in yard, driving deliveries and unloading.

 Skills:  Forklift operation, Pickup and Flatbed truck operation 

 Job can start immediately.  Pay is negotiable with experience.  Busy seasons are upon us and good hours with overtime should be available.


Contact Mike Carr, Store Manager at Brandon Lumber.  Stop in to pick up an application or go to for more information and application.




Click on the link for Bethel Mills/ Brandon Lumber- April Bargain Flyer

                        April Bargain Flyer



Mark your calendar-

Combined Brandon Area and Addison County Chamber of Commerce mixer to be held on May 15th!!

                                            Details to follow!!     





Animate and Inanimate
Photography by Lowell Snowdon Klock
Watercolor by Jean Cannon
Bending and gradually changing directions is the path of a curve and an artist.
Photographer, Lowell Snowdon Klock, of Wallingford, and watercolorist, Jean Cannon, of Burlington, have combined energy in the presentation of this show. From exotic archways to human form, each artist's work flows with grace and feeling.

The show opening is Friday, May 2nd, 5 to 7pm and runs through June 30th.  

Brandon Artists Guild,  7 Center St.  802-247-4956

The gallery is open every day from 10am - 5pm 





Front Porch Forum Now Active in Brandon


Brandon's Front Porch Forum is now active with over 100 people signed on as local members. Neighbors have already posted about a missing dog on Florence Road, a grill for sale on Sunset Drive, and town recreation department news. This modern-day cross between community bulletin boards and virtual town greens is making it easy for neighbors to connect. It's free. It's local. And it's friendly.


Visit to join in.


Because the service is moderated and real names accompany postings, the discussions remain civil, engaging, and relevant. In times of need, such as during and following natural disasters, a Front Porch Forum becomes even more powerful.


More than 60,000 households across Vermont already use their neighborhood FPFs to find roofers, give away strollers, rally volunteers for pie suppers, trade equipment, and describe wildlife sightings. Common topics also include school budgets, town office candidates, local events or starting a food shelf.


FPF and the Vermont Council on Rural Development's Vermont Digital Economy Project are teaming up to bring this service to all Vermonters for free. Vermont's Congressional delegation played a crucial role in getting this project funded and off the ground in our state.


 Great Brandon Auction Great Brandon Auction Great Brandon Auction

                      Great Brandon Auction  Great Brandon Auction


Please think of us as you clean out, perk up and sort out. We'll pick up good quality items and store them till the BIG day- July 22nd!! You'll feel great and we'll continue to promote our great little village and help all our friends and neighbors!!



Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project

  •  Open House #1 -- Wed., April 30th, Rutland High School, 5-8p.m.
    Open House #2 -- Thurs., May 8th, Otter Valley UHS, 5-8p.m.
    Open House #3 -- Thurs., May 15th, West Rutland Town Hall, 5-8p.m.
  • At each open house, Rutland County residents will have an opportunity to learn more about natural gas and about the project by speaking one-on-one with Vermont Gas employees and experts in conversion, construction and energy efficiency.   
    In addition to print, online and radio advertisements promoting these open houses, invitations have been sent to the more than 28,000 households of all potential Phase 3 communities (Leicester, Salisbury, Brandon, Pittsford, Proctor, West Rutland, Rutland Town and the City of Rutland).


    please note time change!!

    The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm in the Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. Chamber membership and the general public are invited to attend.



    scroll down to the bottom of this email and check them out!






     The list is growing as is the number of cards in members' (including employees) hands. Here's the list to date.  

    It is super easy to add your offering to the list. Just give a call (802-247-6401) or send an email (  


    Not a Chamber member but want to get in on the Biz Card action? We have many Individual Members -- what a great way to support a local non-profit and get your Biz Card! Just click here for an application ($50 annual membership)  


    Do you enjoy receiving the e-newsletters from the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce? Its easy to sign up your co-workers, friends, and family members who are not currently receiving it.
    Just click here 



    Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce
    PO Box 267, Brandon, VT 05733
    802-247-6401 ~   ~