Weekly Newsletter
Business After Hours
January 31, 2019; 5:30-7:00pm

Join the staff of The Center for Recovery Resources and TLC Family Resource for a joint Business After Hours at the Recovery Center's One Pleasant Street, Suite 104, location. In addition to a time of networking and learning about both programs, the organizations will honor Peter Wright, outgoing CEO and President of Valley Regional Healthcare, for the positive impact he has had on the greater Claremont community and for his work in Co-Chairing, with Mayor Charlene Lovett, the committee that worked to open The Center for Recovery Resources in Claremont.
The 62nd Annual President's Awards
were held on January 18, 2019
at the Claremont Opera House

The Presidential Honorees
Madeline Ferland
Model Youth of the Year

Matt Mooshian
Young Professional of the Year

Tom Liveston
Citizen of the Year

Claremont Maker Space
Nonprofit of the Year

New Hampshire Industries
Business of the Year

We would like to again thank those that joined us in celebrating
the Presidential Honorees.

Please click here to view photos

Thank You to
for providing the
“Comforts of Claremont” hors d’oeuvres
for the pre-ceremony reception. 

H&R Block Claremont celebrated their recent renovations with a Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, January 26th
Pictured (L to R) Tim McNulty, GCCC Board Member; Deb Sargent; Jennifer Hewes;
Phyllis Gagnon; Calista Magwire; John Batten, GCCC Board Member.
The Claremont Office is now open 7 days a week for all your tax preparation needs!
Visit them online, give them a call at 603-542-2600 or stop by their 126 Washington Street location today.
We still have a few months available for hosting a Business Before or After Hours event in 2019.
Be sure to reserve your month today!

Would you be interested in leading an
educational session on a topic of your expertise?

Contact the Chamber today for
more information & to save your spot!

Chamber Member News & Events
Have you ever thought about public service?
Serving the Claremont School District is a great way to engage in and build a stronger community
The filing period is open for the following elected positions: 
1. Claremont School Board Member (2 year term)
2. Claremont School Board Member (3 year term)
3. Claremont School Board Member (3 year term)
4. Claremont School District Treasurer (1 year term)
5. Claremont School District Moderator (1 year term)
6. Claremont School District Clerk (1 year term)

Complete the Declaration of Candidacy.pdf  form and return it to the SAU office (165 Broad Street, Claremont) with your filing fee of $1.00 by Friday, February 1 by 4:00 PM .
If you have any questions, please contact the SAU office at 603-543-4200.
Turning Points Network is conducting a survey to learn more about customer interest in an expanded resale/thrift store offering in Sullivan County. We want to better understand what you would like to see and shop for in a resale/thrift store.
SCORE Announces Small Business Workshop Series
SCORE has announced its Small Business Winter Workshop series sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust on Thursday mornings from 8:00 am – 11:00 a.m., beginning January 17 and running through February 14.
These business training workshops and seminars are designed for both start-up and in-business entrepreneurs. In addition to learning new content and practices, the workshops also offer an opportunity to interact with other local small business owners, or prospective business owners.
The Winter Workshop Series includes:
January 31, 2019 – Content Marketing Fundamentals – The Value of Content  (Part one of a two part series on  Internet Marketing ) presented by Gary Horsman focuses on attracting customers through the internet. This workshop will address the creation and sharing of online materials such as blog posts, videos, and social media posts. In addition, approaches for conducting research to help define content for your ideal audience will be presented. Finally, the optimization of the content for your audience and for the search engines will cap off this important workshop.
February 7, 2019 – Social Media Marketing – Increasing Your Exposure.   
(Part two of a two part series on  Internet Marketing ) presented by Gary Horsman is a follow up workshop on Contact Marketing Fundamentals. It will outline ways to gain exposure for your content using social media. The established platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, and Pinterest will be discussed within a framework as to how each one may, or may not, work for your business marketing efforts. It is vital that the content you create gain exposure with your ideal audience for it to benefit both you and them. (Although it is not necessary that you participated in the Content Marketing Fundamentals - Value of Content workshop, it is recommended.)
February 14, 2019 – Writing a Business Plan  will be presented by Richard Reece
Before you seek business financing from a bank, relatives, or other sources, you need to create a business plan. This workshop covers a step-by-step guide for putting together the seven basic sections required for a good and effective business plan. Specific time will be spent discussing what bank loan officers are looking for in a business plan. You will also learn how a business plan can create a “road map” for the direction and success of your venture. Every business needs a business plan!
“Our SCORE Chapter has mentored thousands of individuals and small businesses over the years,” said Rich Reece, president of SCORE’s Upper Valley Chapter. “Our workshop presenters bring years of experience to the job. As well as being knowledgeable in the workshop subject, they have a down-to-earth approach based on their experience in counseling small businesses.”
The fee for each workshop is $30. If you invite your spouse or business partner to attend as your guest, the two of you can attend for $45. Veterans are FREE.
For more information about the workshops or to reserve a spot , visit Upper Valley Score www.uppervalley.score.org  or call (603) 448-3491.
The Deliberative Session of the School District Meeting to consider the operating budget for the 2019-2020 school year will be held on 
Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at 6:30 PM, in the Stevens High School Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:00 PM. 

( Snow date is Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 6:30pm)

To preview the School District Warrant
please see our website for more information.
All wards must enter through the EVENT ENTRANCE.
The public is encouraged to attend!
Sullivan County Conservation District’s 2019 Spring Plant Sale
This year’s Plant Sale is now underway, featuring a variety of quality plants at good prices. The money raised from the sale supports conservation activities throughout the year, including workshops, programs and projects aimed at promoting and conserving the county’s natural resources. All of the plants offered are hardy, healthy, and adapted to our growing conditions. Most are native, and none are invasive. New items this year include an assortment of trees, shrubs, and wildflowers that benefit wildlife as well as bulbs, a hosta, and a few ornamentals. Cover Crop Seed will also be sold in small quantities for home gardeners to prevent erosion and increase soil health. 

Visit our  website   to view the catalog and download an order form! 

The order deadline is Sunday, March 3th, 2019. 

Plant pick-up will be on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from
9am-11am at the Ahern Building garage, Sullivan County Complex, County Farm Rd. Unity, NH 03743.  

If you would like a catalog and order form mailed to you,
please contact Dawn Dextraze at 603-542-9511 x269
National Touring Production of
George Washington Carver and Friends
to Perform at Claremont Opera House
Friday, February 1, 2019, 10 am, Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC, is visiting the Claremont Opera House with their production of  George Washington Carver and Friends.

George Washington Carver and Friends  gives students a fast-paced and accessible introduction to many influential black Americans who have shaped our nation over the last 150 years. The lives and accomplishments of Booker T. Washington, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, Madame C.J. Walker, and other famous leaders are brought to life in this empowering production.
George Washington Carver and Friends  is perfect for black history celebrations, and is best appreciated by audiences in grades Pre-K through 5.  Tickets are $5 with one free teacher for every fifteen students. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 603-542-4433.
Places we LOVE in
Sullivan County
Choose your favorite outdoor place, building, restaurant, business or historical site. Any place where others can visit is perfect to share. Use your smart phone to snap a photo, then visit bit.ly/LoveSullivan to upload and describe what makes it special to you!
ENJOY 10% OFF at
All Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce members and their employees are eligible for a 10% discount on their purchase ( excludes alcohol ). Simply show company ID or let your server know which Chamber member.  Not to be combined with any other offer.
Community News & Events
Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity
Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity is planning to start a new Chapter in Claremont, to continue the work we have been doing helping people repair their houses. We have been concentrating on the Pearl Street area, but now will be covering the entire City.

We are looking for volunteers to provide guidance and leadership for our efforts through serving on the new chapter’s steering committee.
We help individual families with their homes, and the city as a whole by upgrading the existing housing stock.

Please contact Don Derrick for more information via email or by calling (603) 277-9135