Presidents Message: Focusing on Our Existing Advantages

Much is made about our shrinking work force driven by the out-migration of young adults following graduation and the often-cited flight of wealth to warmer climates. Regardless of the reason, Vermont is ‘greying’ faster than most other states. This trend, left unchecked, will be our economic undoing. I am often asked what can be done…

A (Satur) Day In The Life of Eva McKend

Eva McKend, WCAX-TV Morning Anchor Bio: I moved to Vermont in the bitterly cold winter of 2015. Despite that tough season, I Love Vermont. I came to the state to work at WCAX as a morning anchor but have really grown to enjoy the community. Burlington is such a culturally rich and vibrant city and…

A (Satur) Day In The Life of Ricky the Meadmaker

Ricky Klein AKA Ricky The Meadmaker Bio: My name is Ricky the Meadmaker or, more accurately, I am called Ricky the Meadmaker. I have been living in Vermont for the better part of the last 15 years (though not continuously). I am the head meadmaker at Groennfell Meadery in Colchester, and the kindly overlord of…

Check Out Our Upcoming Events

Connect with the people running to represent you in Montpelier and other LCRCC members on October 27th at VEIC. Enjoy great conversation, delicious food, a complimentary drink and a very cool South End location, thanks to VEIC (Vermont Energy Investment Corp). Register here. About the Host: VEIC is a leader in the design and delivery of…

Fall Is Upon Us

Tips For Planning Your Vermont Fall Foliage Trip People from all over the world travel to Vermont to see the beautiful Vermont foliage. Here, we give you Road Trip tips, amazing selfie spots, Fall events, recipes, and more. 1.)  Plan ahead.  Check out this foliage forecaster to see when the leaves will “peak”.  Remember that different…

New Display at 60 Main Street

Have you ever seen the large wall mounted map display at the Chamber’s office?  I’ve seen it hundreds of times in the last twenty years and have always wanted to update it from its original design and very old photos. Now I have! My company, PP&D Brochure Distribution, publisher of the BLUE MAP, has partnered with…

Chamber Board Member, Don Baker, will be honored at the Dinner of Champions

Donald Baker of Key Bank, Chamber Board member, will be honored with the MS Hope Award by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on September 13th during the Society’s annual Dinner of Champions. The award is one of the highest honors bestowed by the Society. It recognizes President Baker for his exceptional leadership and his outstanding commitment…

Open Farm Week in VT

Do you love local food and farms? Want to get to know your farmer better — and to get a behind-the-scenes look into Vermont’s vibrant working agricultural landscape?  Mark your calendar for Vermont Open Farm Week: August 15-21, taking place at farms across Vermont! During Vermont Open Farm Week, you can meet the farmers, plants,…

What’s Brewing In BTV and Beyond

We are proud of the brewing culture that exists here in the Green Mountain State, and the numbers certainly prove that. Over forty breweries, twenty wineries and cideries, local Meads and a number of alternatively-brewed beverages are in full-fermentation across the state. Vermont’s proud brewing culture, consisting of 8.6 craft breweries per capita and producing…

Love Where You Live

It’s true, Vermont is not for everyone. It’s not known for its high-rises or all-night club scene.  A Vermonters’ definition of sprawl is the arms-wide-open stretch enjoyed while picnicking along the lake. And you may have heard, it snows here from time to time. However, these are attributes that locals love. If quality of life,…

President’s Message

Political Rhetoric, Demonization and Income Inequality: The Minimum Wage Debate The political landscape of the past year has been pock marked by diatribes and invectives against classes and races of people. While unfortunate on a national level it’s sad to witness its creeping tentacles making their way into our own backyard. Depending on your personal…