The Chamber’s Annual Meeting

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce held its 101st Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 31 in Lebanon. We elected new officers and re-elected four directors to new terms. Attendees also heard a presentation from Mary Bihrle, CFO of Hypertherm.

“We are really thrilled about what the future looks like,” said Curt Jacques, outgoing Board Chair and owner of West Lebanon Feed and Supply in West Lebanon, “with a healthy membership and a strong vision for the future.”

Rich Wallace, Advertising Director at the Valley News, was elected Board Chair, with Jay Simms of Tyler, Simms and St. Sauveur, CPAs, P.C. as Treasurer and Charlene Ashey of River Valley Community College as Secretary. Simms, Wallace, Chris Gilman of Service Credit Union and Kevin Purcell of Purcell Properties were re-elected to the Board.

Bihrle delivered a short presentation on the topic of employee ownership, describing the challenges and advantages of the model Hypertherm uses and answering questions about its management and implementation.

Thank you to everyone who came and helped us launch another successful year at the Chamber!

Chamber Holiday Social

Join us for a night to remember!

Annual Holiday Social
5-8 pm
Fireside Inn and Suites, West Lebanon

We’ll honor the Business and Lebanon Citizen of the Year and celebrate the season in style.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

  • Premier—$1500: Includes banner display in foyer and behind
    podium in the ballroom, logo on event program cover, mention at top of ceremony as premier sponsor, one table (8 seats) at event
  • Partner—$1000: Includes name on sponsor list in foyer, logo inside event program, mention at top of ceremony as partner level sponsor, one table (8 seats) at event
  • Supporter—$750: Includes name on sponsor list in foyer, logo inside event program, mention at top of ceremony as supporting level sponsor, 4 entry tickets for event
  • Reserve your table—$200: One table at event (8 seats)

For more information or to book your sponsorship, contact Bridgett at the Chamber or call (603) 448-1203.

Purchase your tickets here or call the Chamber.

Holiday Social Tickets



Join the Chamber for Our Annual Meeting

The Chamber’s Annual Meeting will be Tuesday, October 31 from 7:30-9:30 am at the Fireside Inn and Suites, West Lebanon.

Join us for breakfast, networking and the election of new Officers and Directors! Our keynote speaker will be Mary Bihrle, CFO of Hypertherm.

Tickets are $15; to purchase, use the PayPal button below or contact the Chamber at (603) 448-1203.




Granite Air Center at KLEB Now an Authorized Beechcraft Service Center

Granite Air Center in Lebanon has recently signed an agreement with Textron Aviation designating their maintenance facility as an Authorized Beechcraft Service Center for Baron and Bonanza piston aircraft.

Owners Jason Archambeault and Greg Soho are very excited about this new authorization. “Our maintenance department has always been an important aspect of our business,” says Soho. “This new authorization is a continuation of our growth, and allows us to broaden our product offerings.”

“As a part 145 Repair Station, we have already been working on many different makes and models, including Beechcraft products,” says Jason Archambeault, who also acts as the company’s Director of Maintenance. “Now we will also be able to offer warranty service and support to Baron and Bonanza owners, giving new aircraft owners more flexibility in where they have their aircraft serviced.”

Becoming an Authorized Beechcraft Service Center requires a strong commitment from the maintenance facility, as well as a heavy investment in tooling, equipment, and training. For Archambeault, committing to these requirements was never in question. “We love being able to provide our customers with top notch experiences that make aircraft ownership more enjoyable. If we have to spend some money in order to ensure our customers are happy, then so be it. After all, if people are not happy in aviation, then why bother?”

Granite Air Center has long been a Cessna Propeller Service Station. As such, its technicians have all received extensive training, to include Cessna factory training on Cessna specific products, and Garmin factory training on the G1000 line of integrated avionics. Their technicians also have extensive Beechcraft training and experience, with one of them having worked for a large Beechcraft Service Center in the past, and another having owned their own Bonanza for a long time. Even so, Granite is committed to keeping its technicians’ knowledge and skills up to date. “We have always believed in the importance of quality training for our technicians,” says Soho. “Going forward we will expand our training program to include more Beechcraft specific topics.”

Granite Air Center is a fixed based operator (FBO) located in the heart of New England, at the Lebanon Municipal Airport (KLEB) in West Lebanon, NH. Granite Air provides fueling services, short and long-term hangar storage, concierge services, and maintenance services 365 days a year, and is a founding member of World Fuel Services’ Air Elite Network, a network of uniquely exceptional FBOs. For more information contact: Jason A. Archambeault Granite Air Center LLC 58 Airport Road West Lebanon, NH 03784 Phone: 603-298-6555 Email: jarchambeault@graniteair.com

Thanks for a Wonderful Wings and Wheels Event!

More than 1,200 people attended the 4th annual Wings & Wheels event at the Lebanon Airport! Thanks to everyone who came out, showed off their awesome cars and planes, and brought their businesses and organizations!

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Best in Show at Wings and Wheels!

The “Built for Speed” award!

The “Classiest Classic!”

And our raffle winner!

Local Businesses Invited to Learn More About Energy Upgrades, Savings

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce, Vital Communities, and NHSaves have teamed up to offer a free networking breakfast on energy efficiency from 7:30-9:30 am on Wednesday, October 11, at AVA Gallery & Art Center, 11 Bank Street in Lebanon.

Energy consulting and auditing firm Resilient Buildings Group will facilitate this discussion to help businesses over the hurdles toward reducing energy costs and improving their buildings. Energy upgrades can substantially reduce operating costs and improve comfort.  Resilient Buildings Group will also discuss incentives and financing opportunities available for businesses who want to upgrade their facililities. Following the event, attendees will be able to speak with the hosts to get additional information and take a tour of the LEED Gold certified AVA Gallery. Registration is required for this event: visit  NHSavesEvents.eventbrite.com for more details and to register.

Common small business upgrades include:

  1. Lighting  – Update to LED and add controls
  2. HVAC – Update with high efficiency systems, add economizers, air seal/insulate ductwork, upgrade controls.
  3. Building Envelope – Air seal and add insulation in attics, basements, and walls.
  4. Boilers – Upgrade to high efficiency systems; Add a mini-split heat pump for heating and cooling.
  5. Refrigeration – Add controls, replace evaporator motors, upgrade condensing units and update lighting to LED.
  6. Range Vent Hoods – Add controls.
  7. Hot water – Replace electric tank with Heat Pump Water Heater; add low-flow devices.
  8. Motors/Pumps – Add Variable Frequency Drives (VFD’s) or upgrade to high efficiency motors/pumps

NHSaves is a collaboration of New Hampshire’s electric and natural gas utilities working with the NH Public Utilities Commission and other interested parties to provide NH customers with information, incentives, and support designed to save energy, reduce costs, and protect our environment statewide. Learn more at NHSaves.com.

Vital Communities is a nonprofit organization based in White River Junction, Vermont, that brings together citizens, organizations, and municipalities in the Upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire to take on issues where an independent voice and regional approach are essential. Visit their website at VitalCommunities.org or call (802) 291-9100 to learn more.

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce serves businesses, visitors and residents in the Lebanon area, including Enfield, Canaan and Plainfield. Its mission is to advance economic vitality by providing advocacy, information and services to its members and the Upper Valley. To learn more about the benefits of Chamber membership, visit LebanonChamber.com or call (603) 448-1203.

 

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