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August Greetings from Mary

Hello Chamber Members!

There are so many exciting things going on, I don’t know where to start!

We are still reeling from Winter in August Celebration and are pleased that approximately 800 people attended this year! A huge shout out to our Sponsors Davis & Hodgdon, CPA’s with support from KTV-14, Foley Linen Service, Casella Waste Systems, Celebration Rentals all those who came out and enjoyed the festivities with us! Congratulations to all the winners – the food this year was extraordinary!

I am excited to congratulations to THE MINT, Rutland’s Makerspace on their grand opening being held on August 12th. For those who haven’t been, The MINT is a shared workshop and classroom for anyone interested in making things. It is a great space for entrepreneurs with great ideas but limited resources. The tools and resources available are very impressive and I recommend checking it out as soon as you can. It is yet another example of great collaboration for increased economic development in our region!

Are you thinking about starting a business or need fresh ideas about your business’ direction? Gwen Pokalo and the Center for Women and Enterprise are offering a FREE 10-week course on Business Planning for Rutland County Residents. This is a fantastic opportunity so take advantage if you can! There is more information down below!

The Chamber is working with the Rutland Young Professionals and other partners to offer The Rutland Leadership Project – which will be held this fall. This is a 10 session seminar that exists to build individual and collective leadership and problem solving talent throughout the region for the benefit of the region and the organizations within it. The core curriculum is organized around six Core Leadership Mastery Modules, exploring six leadership types as a comprehensive, integrated set of skills and perspectives. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more!

The Joint Policy Committee of the Rutland Economic Development Corporation and the Chamber are working on how to best inform the State’s Commission on Act 250 on what the economic impact of Act 250 has historically been in our region and recommendations of specific changes that would best suit our needs. The Commission will be working over the next 18 months to investigate, collect data and ultimately recommend changes and the REDC/Chamber Policy Committee is poised to contribute to this important discussion.

Please save THURSDAY OCTOBER 19th for our Chamber Annual Meeting! We are getting excited to share what has been accomplished over the last year and look at what’s to come in the next year! Don’t forget to give us your vote for the “Business Person of the Year”!

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Mary

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