The Chambers in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region are working together, in cooperation with the State of New Hampshire's GOFERR committee, to bring products and services to our communities that will help us all continue the journey of recovery and prosperity as we start to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

We welcome you to complete this application if you are in need of Personal Protective Equipment, Sanitation Supplies, Customer Service Dividers or other protects to keep your employees and customers safe.

We welcome you to complete this application if you are in need of any Business Support services including, but not limited to, assistance with e-commerce or social media management.

 *All applications will be reviewed and applicants notified of their application status no later than October 30, 2020*

Please contact Elyse with any questions you may have at 603-558-4539 or via email.

Main Street Relief Fund
The state has just allocated an additional $100 million for Main Street Relief Funds. The application window is very short, from Oct 19th to Oct 30th, so please review the program to see if you are eligible and submit an application asap!
Member News & Notices
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust to Host Virtual Customer Appreciation Week October 12-16
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust will host its annual Customer Appreciation Week during the week of October 12-16. To adhere to safety precautions in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of the Customer Appreciation Week activities will take place virtually on the Bank’s Facebook page.
The feature activity during Customer Appreciation Week will be a contest to give away money to several Northern New England nonprofit organizations. The public will have the opportunity to vote via a poll posted to the Bank’s Facebook page for a nonprofit organization in their region that has been impacted by COVID-19 and could benefit from a donation from the Bank. The nonprofit organization with the highest number of votes in each of the Bank’s six regions will receive $1,000 on behalf of the Bank’s customers.
“Customer Appreciation Week is a great opportunity for us to really show our gratitude for our customers in a way that is above and beyond our everyday actions,” said Joseph Schmitt, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “We felt that the best way to show that gratitude during these unique times is to let our customers be a part of our charitable giving and help us decide how we can help the communities where they live and work.”
In addition to the donation giveaway to nonprofit organizations, the Bank will host daily contests on Facebook that will allow individuals to highlight the businesses and service providers in their communities that they admire. Winners will be selected at random from a pool of participants, and each winner will receive a $25 gift card.
For more information and to participate in Customer Appreciation Week, visit during the week of October 12-16.
Arrowhead Upcoming Work Session and News
As of now we are planning on a winter season. There will probably be some changes in procedures and capacity restrictions. Have not finalized guidelines yet.
In the mean time we have tasks to do to prepare for the upcoming season, most are individual tasks. Work sessions will be;
Saturday October 10th starting at 9:30, put in whatever time you want.  Have some fence maintenance, brush sawing and other tasks.
Then over the next two weekends; Saturday October 17th and 24th, same time frame.  Would like to clean up and start inflating tubes, still more brush sawing, putting up fences, putting up signs, install lift handles, probably more fence work and putting out picnic tables.
Would like to get multiple people to do brush sawing and tube maintenance, this will take multiple weeks. If you have other days available we can arrange for you to help out most any day and time. Will have work session every Saturday going forward, except for Saturday October 31st.
As for winter operational help, we had some experienced help move out of the area so we disparately need help on the lifts, in the ski shop, ski and snowboard instructors, and in concessions. If you or if you know people who would like to volunteer at Arrowhead please get in touch with us
Arrowhead also needs organizational people both upfront and behind the scenes. For club officers, board of director positions, public relations, marketing, grant research / writing and other areas. If interested please contact us.

email: - best contact method
Phone: (603) 542-7016 - Leave a message
Mailing Address;
Arrowhead Recreation Club
18 Robert Easter Way
Claremont, NH 03743
Flu Shot Clinic
On Saturday, October 17, Valley Regional Hospital will be conducting a Drive-Through Flu Shot Clinic.
The clinic hours are 8am-2pm.

Registration starts at the Associates in Medicine parking lot at 241 Elm Street, and from there patients will be directed where to receive their flu shot.
This clinic is for adults 18 years and older only.
COH Octoberfest Concert - Canceled
The Claremont Opera House presents an Oktoberfest concert on October 16th, featuring the COH Orchestra with Director Gerry Grimo on the hillside of Arrowhead has been canceled. Please contact the COH Box Office at 603-542-4433 for more information.
Claremont Savings Bank announces Promotion of Shannon Hemingway as Vice President of Mortgage Credit Administration
Claremont Savings Bank is proud to announce the promotion of Shannon Hemingway to Vice President of Mortgage Credit Adminisration.

“Shannon’s hard work, attention to detail and the ability to think outside of the box has certainly paid off,” said Brandy Blackinton, SVP Retail Lending. “She is a true asset to Claremont Savings Bank’s Retail Lending department.”

“I am so humbled and excited to have this opportunity with Claremont Savings Bank,” Says Shannon Hemingway, VP Credit Administration. “My work is always new, exciting & challenging,” continued Hemingway. “Claremont Savings Bank is my extended family and I look forward to the continued support and fun times with the family.” 
Sullivan County Commissioners Meeting 10/19/20
The Sullivan County Commissioners will convene for their regular business meeting on Monday, October 19, 2020, at 3:00 PM in Newport, NH - Sullivan County Administration Building, 14 Main Street - 1st Floor Commissioners Conference Room.  

This meeting will also be held via Zoom. Limited seating is available and we encourage the general public to join the Zoom webinar at and choosing "JOIN A MEETING".  You may access the conference using:

Zoom Phone: 1 312 626 6799
Webinar ID: 910 7090 7758
Password: 458772

The Tel# & Access code are also on the notice at the above link.

Click on the link above to view any meeting agenda & corresponding documents available. 

Feel free to contact our office at 863-2560 or via email at for help accessing any documents or joining the virtual meeting.
Raelene Robinson-Garrow Joins Bar Harbor Bank & Trust as VP, Mortgage Underwriting & Processing Manager
Raelene Robinson-Garrow has joined Bar Harbor Bank & Trust as Vice President, Mortgage Underwriting & Processing Manager. In this role, she oversees the Bank’s Mortgage Underwriting and Processing teams, which are responsible for evaluating mortgage applications from prospective homebuyers and existing homeowners looking to refinance a home or apply for home equity and construction loans.
Raelene has more than 18 years of banking experience. She began her career in banking as a teller at Mascoma Bank and worked in various roles of increasing leadership responsibility and gained experience in numerous areas of the lending function. Most recently, she served as VP, Credit Administration Manager at Claremont Savings Bank.
Raelene attended Franklin Pierce College and earned an associate’s degree from Community College of Vermont. She has completed numerous courses focused on operations, mortgage, and consumer lending at Northern New England Center for Financial Training. Raelene is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Upper Valley. She is currently enrolled in Cornell University's Performance Leadership Certificate Program.
Raelene currently serves on the Upper Valley United Way Grant Review Board. She was the co-founder/director of the Annual Windsor Community Show, an annual event that ran from 2013-2017 to promote the arts within Windsor, Vermont, and surrounding communities. She also served as a volunteer educator for Junior Achievement.
Raelene, her husband Gary, and their six children live in Windsor, Vermont.
Sullivan County Receives Over $1.7 Million for Lead Paint Abatement
October 2, 2020, Newport, NH:  Sullivan County was recently notified it has been awarded $1,703,524 from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to eliminate lead-based paint hazards for low income families. The County was one of 15 first-time recipients of this funding. In all, there were 44 grants approved and a total of nearly $165 million. 
The funding is comprised of two sources: $1,303,524 is for lead hazards and $400,000 is from the “healthy homes” program which will provide flexibility to address other health & safety deficiencies that are unrelated to lead hazards. The County will have 42 months to do the work. 
According to Sullivan County Manager Derek Ferland, “This is outstanding news for Sullivan County and we look forward to making a positive impact in our communities by protecting families—especially those with young children. The City of Claremont has demonstrated tremendous leadership on this issue and we are pleased to partner with them to obtain these resources.” 
This grant caps off a multi-year effort of a partnership comprised of the Claremont Lead Action Team, the Greater Sullivan County Regional Public Health Network, and Sullivan County. This group has been working together to develop new approaches to combat childhood lead poisoning and improve the county’s housing stock. A planning grant that was awarded to Dartmouth-Hitchcock from the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program of NH Department of Health and Human Services helped the team evaluate existing lead abatement programs. As a result of that effort, the group determined a large HUD grant was the best way to make meaningful progress to eradicate lead hazards. 
Over 80 percent of homes in Sullivan County were built prior to 1978, which was the year lead-based paint was banned in the United States.  
Sullivan County’s staff will lead the next steps which include hiring a program manager and certified lead inspector to oversee the program. Once on board, they will process applications and coordinate with qualified contractors to do the work. In the meantime, interested homeowners, landlords, tenants, or contractors should contact Sullivan County. 
Press Release Contact:
Derek Ferland, County Manager   603-863-2560
Claremont Savings Bank Announces New England School for Financial Studies Graduate, VP, Tausha Shute
Claremont Savings Bank is proud to announce the graduation of Tausha Shute, VP of Retail Services from the New England School for Financial Studies.

“This program has allowed Tausha the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills necessary in banking leadership today,” said Carol Vivian, Claremont Savings Bank SVP, Retail Banking. “We are very fortunate to have Tausha leading the Retail team at CSB and we are very proud of her accomplishment!,” continued Vivan.

The Massachusetts Bankers Association (MBA) today announced that 71 students from banks and financial services firms completed the graduation requirements for the New England School for Financial Studies. This year’s senior class was the first in the history of the school to complete its senior year in a virtual environment.

MBA established the School for Financial Studies in 1960 to provide opportunities for professional growth to employees of member banks and others in the industry. Over the years, it has grown to meet the needs of banks throughout New England with a focus on financial management, technology, lending, marketing, and other strategic industry issues. The School is sponsored by the Maine Bankers Association, Massachusetts Bankers Association, New Hampshire Bankers Association, Rhode Island Bankers Association, and Vermont Bankers Association.

"This was a terrific group and they adapted to the virtual format extremely well," said Meghan McCarthy, director, Education at MBA. "I’m confident that this year’s graduates will go on to serve as the senior bank officers and financial leaders of tomorrow, helping to shape an industry that is one of New England's largest employers."

To complete the school program, students enroll in a one-year course of study, including a one-week residential session held at the Babson Executive Conference Center. This year, the second week, 145 Broad Street, Post Office Box 1600 l Claremont, New Hampshire 03743-1600 l 603-542-7711 which includes a bank management simulation, was held virtually due to the coronavirus restrictions. In addition to the residential and virtual sessions, students must complete five bankspecific research papers.

“Attending New England School for Financial Studies has vastly expanded my knowledge, and better prepared me for my role in bank management,” said Tausha Shute, VP Retail Banking. “The program covers a well-rounded curriculum, where you will learn aspects outside your day to day comfort zone,” continues Shute. “I am grateful to Claremont Savings Bank for the opportunity to learn and grow within the organization.”
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Sullivan County News
In a way to help show off our region, one of the projects I’m collecting pictures for is to highlight on county war memorials and to display these in a video on our Sullivan County New Hampshire Government Facebook page and through the video banner of pictures on the website  during Memorial Day weekend 2021.  
Yes, lots of advance planning 😊 as I hope to collect pictures capturing all our New England four seasons! If you have, or know anyone who has, pictures that would be great for this project, please feel free to send the pictures to with info about where the memorial is located and who took the picture. 
P.s. War memorials are not the only pictures we would enjoy receiving. If you have other scenic views of the region, don’t hesitate to share those, too. Thank you.
Business Resources & Community Information
PPP Loan Forgiveness Update
The U.S. Small Business Administration<>, in consultation with the Treasury Department, today released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)<> loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

“The PPP has provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to American small businesses, providing critical economic relief and supporting more than 51 million jobs,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “Today’s action streamlines the forgiveness process for PPP borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less and thousands of PPP lenders who worked around the clock to process loans quickly,” he continued. “We are committed to making the PPP forgiveness process as simple as possible while also protecting against fraud and misuse of funds. We continue to favor additional legislation to further simplify the forgiveness process.”

“Nothing will stop the Trump Administration from supporting great American businesses and our great American workers. The Paycheck Protection Program has been an overwhelming success and served as a historic lifeline to America’s hurting small businesses and tens of millions of workers. The new form introduced today demonstrates our relentless commitment to using every tool in our toolbelt to help small businesses and the banks that have participated in this program,” said Administrator Jovita Carranza. “We are continuing to ensure that small businesses are supported as they recover.”

SBA and Treasury have also eased the burden on PPP lenders, allowing lenders to process forgiveness applications more swiftly.

SBA began approving PPP forgiveness applications and remitting forgiveness payments to PPP lenders for PPP borrowers on October 2, 2020. SBA will continue to process all PPP forgiveness applications in an expeditious manner.
UNH Extension and NH Small Business Development Center are partnering to offer Resiliency Academy, bringing together small business and community leaders to work toward a resilient future. The academy will focus on developing resiliency plans which will aid in economic recovery and future planning.
We’re kicking off Resiliency Academy this fall with a webinar which will be offered twice. October 21, 2020 and October 27, 2020. This is a FREE event but registration is required.

The webinar will explore: 
•The intersection of small business and community resiliency
•Why it’s important to focus on resiliency planning now
•Factors for building resilience in small business and community
•Spring 2021 Resiliency Academy in your region: plans and agenda
Resiliency Academy is designed for community leaders and volunteers, municipal officials, small businesses, economic development professionals and those interested in economic recovery.
Full day training sessions will be offered in spring 2021 to assist with developing resiliency plans for business and communities. Stay tuned for more details.
The Greater Sullivan County Community Relief Fund Continues to Accept Requests
The Funding Steering Committee is still accepting requests for non-profits to access community relief funds. As the current state continues to evolve, the Committee wants to ensure that any non-profit organization in need assistance due to COVID-19 is able to apply for these funds.

We are asking partners to begin to anticipate their needs during the recovery phase of COVID-19. Click here to access the request form if your agencies has unmet needs of any kind, current or anticipated. Please reach out to with questions. 

More about the Community Relief Fund 

Click here for a list of agencies who have been funded.  

Our most recent press release can he found here.
A huge thank you to Sullivan County government, Region 1 IDN and our new partner Sullivan County United Way for their work on this project! 
NH SBA Information & News
What are we up to?
Find out at our Wednesday Webinar Update
Join us to get the latest updates on disaster relief and recovery and learn how to access technical and financial resources that can assist you in all phases of business ownership.  
Every Wednesday at 9am
To join the webinar:
1 202-765-1264 
Conference ID: 120 391 006#
Ways to Connect with SBA New Hampshire:

Twitter: @SBA_NH
Phone: 603-225-1400
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