Businesses flock to chamber’s annual holiday party

BURLINGTON — As it has for decades, KeyBank played host to the annual Holiday Party in downtown Burlington in December. The event served as a networking event of Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (LCRCC), with Farrell Distributing, Lake Champlain Chocolates, and Cheese & Wine Traders joining as sponsors. Several local businesses celebrated both the season and strong economic years, and that included the hosts. Don Baker, Vermont market president at KeyBank, said, “We’re coming off maybe our strongest year ever. The economy is gradually getting better, and there’s lots of optimism, post-election, for growth.

Networking is appetizer for Chamber’s Annual Dinner

BURLINGTON — The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (LCRCC) held its 106th Annual Dinner on Nov. 10 at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington. The dinner was preceded by a Networking After Hours cocktail reception. Event sponsors included Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, FairPoint Communications, KeyBank, New England Federal Credit Union, People’s United Bank, REM Development, and David Seaver Photography. During its Annual Dinner, LCRCC welcomed Tom Clavelle as the incoming chair of its board of directors.

VEIC hosts legislative networking event

BURLINGTON — Vermont Energy Investment Corp. welcomed the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Legislative Networking event to its headquarters in Burlington’s South End in late October. Chamber members and guests got the opportunity to talk with candidates for Vermont’s legislature and other statewide offices (about 30 candidates attended), and the chance for some business-to-business networking. In addition to Vermont Energy Investment Corp., or VEIC, sponsors included AT&T, FairPoint Communications, Farrell Distributing, Green Mountain Power, Pomerleau Real Estate and Top Hat Entertainment. Sugarsnap of South Burlington catered the event.

Stark introduces ‘The Art of Small Talk’

You had a little talk with one of your employees last week. Her client list has almost no action and few new prospects on it lately, and that’s no good. She blames the economy, says it’s rough out there, and while you know that’s true, you suspect there’s more to the issue: She’s stagnated. With the new book “When Strangers Meet” by Kio Stark, she’ll get back her gift of gab.

Hilton marks 40th, in 70’s style

BURLINGTON — The Hilton Burlington and Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce teamed up for a Sept. 21 ’70s Throwback Party, on the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Hilton Burlington. disco balls, mood rings, disco dancing, foods from Pringles and Bugles to Jell-o molds, and a ’70s attire contest added to the retro feel of the evening. “It’s 40 years today for the hotel,” said Jeff Webb, general manager at Hilton Burlington. “It started out as a Radisson, and had a relatively short stint as a Windham Hotel.

Nathaniel Group hosts VBSR Get-Together in Vergennes

VERGENNES — Nathaniel Group, Inc. (NGI) hosted the September networking “Get-Together” for members and guests of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, at its headquarters in Vergennes. Event sponsors included Go! Vermont, Johnson Law Group, Let’s Grow Kids, Merritt & Merritt, SunCommon, Vermont Community Loan Fund, Vermont Trophy and Engraving, and Vermont Web Marking Summit/Curve Trends Marketing. Joel Melnick, president at NGI, called the date of the event a happy coincidence. “As it turns out, today marks our 29th anniversary,” he said.

St. John’s Club hosts BBA Summer Social

BURLINGTON — Brilliant summer sun and warm temperatures welcomed guests to the annual Burlington Business Association (BBA) Summer Social in late August. The St. John’s Club in the Lakeside neighborhood in Burlington’s South End hosted this year’s edition. Guests enjoyed original surf music performed by the band, The High Breaks.

Party highlights new Garden Barn

ESSEX JUNCTION — A perfect summer evening set the tone for celebration and networking when The Barns at Lang Farm hosted a Summer Garden Party on Aug. 18 in Essex Junction. The event served as a networking event offered by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (LCRCC). Event sponsors included Comcast Business, Farrell Distributing and Top Hat Entertainment. LCRCC members and guests were treated with appetizers from Catering By Dale and craft beers from Zero Gravity.

Rain can’t dampen spirits at Kicks for a Cure

BURLINGTON — About 70 people braved the on-and-off rain and threatening skies to be a part of the 7th annual Kicks for a Cure Kickball Tournament, sponsored by Burlington Young Professionals (BYP), on Aug. 12 at Oakledge Park in Burlington. The event raised more than $800 for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a year-round camp for children with cancer located in South Hero. The event also included a networking barbeque for players and spectators, who donated to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta to watch the matches and enjoy the food. Eight teams registered for the tournament, with the squad from Burlington Bytes claiming the Golden Cleat award, symbolic of the championship.