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March 2020

VBSR Webinar: How to support your Employees with Child Care Needs during COVID-19

March 24, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
child with bunny

In the wake of the developing COVID-19 pandemic, many childcare facilities and schools are closing, causing added strain on employees and businesses during this already challenging time. Join Let’s Grow Kids and VBSR as we share resources and guidance to support the child care needs of your “essential” and “non-essential” employees. We’ll also review the current status of state and local policy around child care, and hear an update from the child care field, including which child care facilities have…

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VBSR Webinar: Discussion on the Federal Response to COVID-19 with Congressman Peter Welch

March 25, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
coronavirus

As our businesses, communities, and families endure the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress continues to move swiftly to develop several legislative stimulus packages to address the impacts of the coronavirus on America’s public health system and the broader economy. Eager to know how this will impact your business? Join Vermont Congressman Peter Welch on Wednesday, March 25 at 10:30 AM for a discussion on what action the federal government has taken to address this crisis, including the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental…

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Social Venture Circle Webinar: Business Survival Tactics During COVID-19

March 25, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
man holding a newspaper

Social Venture Circle hosts this interactive webinar led by Josh Knauer on business survival tactics during coronavirus. Josh Knauer, JumpScale Co-Founder and Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, will provide expertise on business crisis management, having successfully led two companies to successful exits through several economic recessions, 9/11 and the H1N1 pandemic. In partnership with the American Sustainable Business Council, Intentional Media, JumpScale, and Opportunity Collaboration.

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VBSR Webinar: Coronavirus Response Toolkit for Workplaces and Families

March 27, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges to workplaces, managers, and employees. In this webinar, join Invest EAP and VBSR as we review valuable resources for Vermont employers, covering such topics as: Supporting employees and their mental health Best practices for business continuity while social distancing/remote work Emergency funding and disaster relief options for businesses and families Real-life examples of supporting employees as they homeschool their children …and more! Check out the online resource at www.investeapcovid19.org, and attend the webinar…

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VBSR Webinar: Transitioning your Business to a Remote Workplace

March 30, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
women sitting with a laptop

In response to COVID-19, many businesses and organizations across Vermont are rapidly encouraging their employees to begin working remotely. From technology questions to maintaining team collaboration, to effectively managing staff, there are many elements to consider when transitioning to a remote workplace. On this webinar, you’ll learn from NPI Technology Management who is deep in the midst of providing technical support to companies going remote, and hear best practices and tips for supporting and managing a remote team from Vermont…

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Webinar: Congressional Update: Federal Stimulus

March 30, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom,

The offices of Senators Leahy and Sanders and Congressman Welch will provide an update on the federal stimulus package and answer questions. You will receive information on joining the webinar after you register. Please do not share the webinar link with anyone once you receive it as our webinar provider limits the number of participants. We will be recording the webinar and making it available on our website.  

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April 2020

VBSR Webinar: Mastering Virtual Meetings, Webinars, and Remote Workshops

April 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In the wake of the developing COVID-19 pandemic, many companies and organizations are rapidly transitioning their workplaces and services to operate completely remotely. Thus the need to move meetings, trainings, and conferences online has become more pressing than ever. How can you meet and train more effectively in the virtual world? Join Andy Robinson and VBSR, as we discuss: Tools and techniques for facilitating remote meetings via Zoom and other platforms Why webinars fail — and how to fix them…

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Webinar – Important Information for Businesses about New Laws in the Age of COVID-19

April 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Zoom,

Paul, Frank + Collins will join us to discuss recent laws relating to employment matters, federal assistance to businesses, and business tax matters and provide some observations regarding creditor relations. Employment Issues in the COVID-19 Environment – Presented by Kerin Stackpole and Kristina Brines Federal Assistance Programs for Businesses, Tax Updates, and Relations with Creditors – Presented by Shane McCormack, Christopher Leff, and Robert DiPalma. You will receive information on joining the webinar after you register. Please do not share…

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Webinar – NFP: COVID-19: HR Considerations for Your Workplace

April 2, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until April 23, 2020

As all Vermonters struggle in this challenging time, NFP Vermont is committed to helping employers navigate the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses and employees. Starting Thursday, April 2nd at 2pm, NFP Vermont will host a series of weekly Zoom-based webinars on four consecutive Thursdays. This series is open to all Vermont businesses, free of charge. Each session is designed to update businesses on the latest state and federal developments, and provide answers to specific Human Resource related questions businesses…

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Webinar – Idea to Action! Your 3-Week Roadmap to Self-Employment

April 2, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on April 9, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on April 16, 2020 at 5:30 pm

$150

Got a business idea but not sure if you're cut out to be an entrepreneur? This 3-week course is for you! About this Event Are you considering making the leap to self-employment? Got a business idea but not sure if the entrepreneurial life is for you? Join Mercy Connections for Idea to Action, a three-week course on preparing for life as an entrepreneur, and find out! DATES: Thursdays, April 2nd, 9th and 16th (must attend all three) 5:30-8:30 pm In…

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Webinar – VBSR & Common Good VT: COVID-19 Federal Policy Resources for Nonprofits

April 7, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join VBSR and Common Good VT for a webinar reviewing the latest federal policy changes impacting Vermont’s nonprofit sector including emergency loan assistance, expanded unemployment benefits, and other significant measures that will help your nonprofit organization navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Meet the presenters: Jordan Giaconia is the Public Policy Manager for Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. An accomplished advocate and campaigner, Jordan joined VBSR in December 2019. He brings several years of experience shaping policy at the local, state, and national levels,…

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Webinar – Common Good VT: Development During Pandemic – A Conversation with VT Nonprofits

April 9, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

How are Vermont’s nonprofits moving forward with development and fundraising during the current crisis? Join us for a panel discussion with three of Vermont’s nonprofit leaders to learn about their strategies for providing services, communications, and donor relations during the pandemic. Facilitator: Jenn Hayslett, Jenn Hayslett Coaching and Consulting - Jenn Hayslett is the lead trainer and creator of the Fundraising and Development Certificate Program, available through Common Good Vermont in 2021. She also serves on Common Good Vermont’s Advisory…

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Webinar – NFP: COVID-19: HR Considerations for Your Workplace

April 9, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until April 23, 2020

As all Vermonters struggle in this challenging time, NFP Vermont is committed to helping employers navigate the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses and employees. Starting Thursday, April 2nd at 2pm, NFP Vermont will host a series of weekly Zoom-based webinars on four consecutive Thursdays. This series is open to all Vermont businesses, free of charge. Each session is designed to update businesses on the latest state and federal developments, and provide answers to specific Human Resource related questions businesses…

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Webinar – Idea to Action! Your 3-Week Roadmap to Self-Employment

April 9, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on April 9, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on April 16, 2020 at 5:30 pm

$150

Got a business idea but not sure if you're cut out to be an entrepreneur? This 3-week course is for you! About this Event Are you considering making the leap to self-employment? Got a business idea but not sure if the entrepreneurial life is for you? Join Mercy Connections for Idea to Action, a three-week course on preparing for life as an entrepreneur, and find out! DATES: Thursdays, April 2nd, 9th and 16th (must attend all three) 5:30-8:30 pm In…

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Webinar – VBSR: COVID-19 Legal Issues and Updates for Employers

April 10, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Employers trying to protect their business while doing right by employees are contending with a host of difficult employment law challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, even while legislative efforts to mitigate the impact of the virus continue to shift the legal landscape. Join VBSR and employment attorneys Jon Rose and Liz Kleinberg, as we discuss some common employment law questions and update small businesses and HR professionals on the latest state and federal legislative responses, including: Best…

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Webinar – Reconciled: COVID Crisis Cashflow Planning

April 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
dollar bills

COVID 19 has impacted us all, and small businesses count on economic norms to survive and thrive in their communities. Join serial CFO/Reconciled’s CEO Michael Ly as he shares some tips that can help your business last through one of this generations most complicated small business challenges. Agenda: To make the best use of time, we have prepared a quick and content focused agenda - 12:00-12:05p EST Introductions 12:05-12:30p EST How to prepare your business, and manage the impact to…

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Webinar – VBSR: Dealing with COVID-19 Anxiety and Hope: Options for Business Resiliency

April 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust all of us into unknown territory. Uncertainty about the health of our loved ones and community, apprehension about our personal and business finances, and an unclear timeline for whatever the “new normal” will create a wide range of emotions. It is understandable that taking care of logistics, operations, and financial matters is important for anyone in the business. At the same time, we are all on our own rollercoaster of emotions. This webinar will look…

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Webinar – Common Good VT: Vermont’s Philanthropic Response to COVID-19

April 14, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

Common Good VT invites Vermont nonprofits to join a panel of philanthropic leaders to discuss how Vermont’s philanthropic community is responding to the COVID-19 crisis. In this webinar, we will hear from 3 funders as they discuss their strategies for response, grantmaking, and support for Vermont's vulnerable populations.

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Webinar – NFP: COVID-19: HR Considerations for Your Workplace

April 16, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until April 23, 2020

As all Vermonters struggle in this challenging time, NFP Vermont is committed to helping employers navigate the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses and employees. Starting Thursday, April 2nd at 2pm, NFP Vermont will host a series of weekly Zoom-based webinars on four consecutive Thursdays. This series is open to all Vermont businesses, free of charge. Each session is designed to update businesses on the latest state and federal developments, and provide answers to specific Human Resource related questions businesses…

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Webinar – Idea to Action! Your 3-Week Roadmap to Self-Employment

April 16, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on April 9, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on April 16, 2020 at 5:30 pm

$150

Got a business idea but not sure if you're cut out to be an entrepreneur? This 3-week course is for you! About this Event Are you considering making the leap to self-employment? Got a business idea but not sure if the entrepreneurial life is for you? Join Mercy Connections for Idea to Action, a three-week course on preparing for life as an entrepreneur, and find out! DATES: Thursdays, April 2nd, 9th and 16th (must attend all three) 5:30-8:30 pm In…

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Webinar – VBSR: SBA Loans – Soup to Nuts

April 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

From the new Paycheck Protection Program to Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has been providing vital economic support to help Vermont’s businesses endure and overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. Join VBSR and Vermont SBA for a soup-to-nuts info session on the suite of disaster loans and grants available to the small business community and learn which financing options are right for you. Our speaker will be Susan Mazza, Deputy District Director of the Vermont District Office…

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Webinar – VBSR: Communications in the Era of COVID-19

April 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Communicating effectively and responsibly is of the utmost importance during times of pandemic and crisis. From re-tooling your marketing strategy and pivoting your social media content, to communicating effectively with your customers and employees, there is a lot to consider! During this webinar, VBSR and three communications experts will discuss tips, best practices, and examples of socially responsible communication during crises like COVID-19. Nicci Micco of Mamava will share her experience adapting Mamava’s marketing and engagement strategies. Katie Wight of…

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Webinar – NFP: COVID-19: HR Considerations for Your Workplace

April 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until April 23, 2020

As all Vermonters struggle in this challenging time, NFP Vermont is committed to helping employers navigate the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses and employees. Starting Thursday, April 2nd at 2pm, NFP Vermont will host a series of weekly Zoom-based webinars on four consecutive Thursdays. This series is open to all Vermont businesses, free of charge. Each session is designed to update businesses on the latest state and federal developments, and provide answers to specific Human Resource related questions businesses…

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Webinar – VBSR: Rebounding with Resiliency for Small Businesses & Solopreneurs

April 24, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join VBSR, Sam Markewich, and Markey Read for an interactive online workshop that will give you strategic tools, perspectives, and support to sustain and grow your business during the COVID-19 crisis and come out strong to thrive as soon as the crisis passes. We will avoid getting stuck in the whirlwind of fear and uncertainty and instead help you create a focused, doable action plan based squarely on what you have proactive control over that will give your business an…

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Webinar – VBSR: Financial Planning for the Unexpected

April 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Preparing for unexpected events is key to your financial wellness. Join VBSR and Rhonda Lathrop of Merrill Lynch for a webinar that will help prepare you and your finances for all of the curveballs life throws at us. Whether it be 911, the credit crisis, or COVID-19 – there will be another curveball throughout your lifetime, and the unexpected is not knowing what or when it will be. We’ll talk about the importance of setting up an emergency fund, review…

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Webinar: A4TD – Orientation Session

April 30, 2020 @ 1:30 pm

A4TD is hosting a free online Orientation Session for people interested in learning more about the Senior Community Service Employment Program. A4TD provides services to participants and partner agencies of the statewide program they administer called the Senior Community Service Employment Program and they are still actively enrolling for this program, and current participants are actually receiving paid leave during the pandemic. This program is limited in the population it can serve, but if you are 55+, unemployed, and looking…

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May 2020

Webinar – VBSR: COVID-19 & Healthcare Benefits

May 13, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

COVID-19 & Healthcare Benefits: Short Term Impacts & Planning for the Future The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a world of uncertainty to many aspects of life. In this webinar, we will explore the cost impact that COVID-19 is likely to have on your employee health benefits program. Join VBSR and Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence as we delve into cost impacts, withheld costs, and Federal and State mandates associated with changing costs specific to the State of Vermont. Further, this…

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Webinar: The Art of Referrals – Techniques for Giving and Receiving

May 14, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$30.00

As professionals who network to build our businesses through referrals, we've realized over the years that both GIVING and RECEIVING referrals is an art. Each situation is unique, each professional is unique, and our ability to give and receive evolves over time. This workshop is intended to significantly boost your ability to both give and generate referrals for the professionals in your flie (which will increase your credibility), increase the ability to train your referral partners to sell for you…

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Webinar – VBSR: Wellness at Home for the Mind, Body & Soul

May 15, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
women walking

Join VBSR for a dynamic workshop focused on at-home wellness strategies to strengthen, heal, and center your mind, body, and soul. Gear up for a well-weekend with this 1.5-hour webinar, featuring four 20-minute presentations, each of which will teach, demonstrate, and guide a different approach to at-home wellness. Each presentation will leave you with a variety of tangible exercises, tools, and resources that you can choose from and try out at home to improve and develop your personal wellness. Topics…

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July 2020

Profiting with Power Teams

July 14, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$30.00

As a professional using networking to grow and connect your business, there are many ways to find success. One of the most powerful ways to succeed in networking is by building and maintaining a Power Team! However, few professionals know what these are or have fully utilized them in their careers, and we want to change that! Spend 2 hours with Contact Sphere and Power Team Experts, Executive Director of BNI Vermont, Vickie Wacek and Director Consultant, Mickey Wiles, to…

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November 2020

Lake Champlain Chamber Annual Meeting

November 18, 2020 @ 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

Registration for our Annual Meeting has been closed. If you are interested in joining the meeting, please email Nicole Belanus at [email protected]  Our annual meeting is an opportunity for members to learn more about our work over the next year. This is a members-only event. We appreciate your understanding. Agenda: Welcome - Lisa Kingsbury, Chair of the Lake Champlain Chamber Board of Directors Economic Opportunity Agenda - Cathy Davis, President of the Lake Champlain Chamber 2021 Goals and Priorities -…

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January 2021

Quickbooks Online (QBO)

January 20 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
$15

This 2-hour class will teach you how to get started using Quickbooks Online for your business. The QuickBooks Online for Beginners class is designed for the business owner who understands the value of business finances but really isn't sure where to start. During our 2-hour session you will gain knowledge and confidence and enjoy the camaraderie and commiseration of fellow business owners in the same situation.

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Start Up: Comprehensive Business Planning

January 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Every Tuesday Until May 13

The Women’s Small Business Program (WSBP), Start Up class has provided top-quality business education to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs since 1989. This semester-long class helps women gain knowledge and build skills in the areas of business operations, marketing, and business financials. Using the framework of writing a business plan, students learn the language of business and graduate armed with the knowledge they need to launch or expand their businesses. How to get started: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.…

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February 2021

Idea to Action! Your 3-Week Roadmap to Self-Employment

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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February 11, 18 & 25
Free

Are you considering making the leap to self-employment? Got a business idea but not sure if the entrepreneurial life is for you? Join us for Idea to Action, a three-week course on preparing for life as an entrepreneur, and find out! DATES: Thursdays, February 11, 18, 25 (must attend all three) TIME: 10:00 am -12:00 pm

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WHAT DO YOU DO? – Hone your Elevator Pitches and Presentations for Profit

February 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$30.00

As professionals, our ability to communicate effectively with others is directly related to our business success. When you are asked "What do you do?", or when you are scheduled to give a presentation, your ease with public speaking is critical. â–º Have you given yourself the time necessary to learn and improve on your public speaking skills? â–º Does your Elevator Pitch lead to new clients? This workshop will change the way you answer that all important question "What do…

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June 2021

Leadership Champlain Media Club

June 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom,

Calling all Leadership Champlain Alumni! We know how impactful going through the Leadership Champlain program was to each of us.  We created connections, challenged our thinking and expanded our perceptions.  Those monthly seminars really gave us an opportunity to explore thought-provoking concepts in generative and formative ways. We are striving to keep those conversations going with a “Media Club” concept where we meet monthly to discuss relevant Leadership themed topics but instead of being a ‘book club’ we are accessing…

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