Lebanon, NH—As part of a new series of educational events for Upper Valley Professionals, the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a breakfast seminar on life and work in the Upper Valley on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 8-10 am at River Valley Community College’s downtown Lebanon campus. The event is $20 for chamber members and $30 for not-yet-members; breakfast is included.
“Everyone knows that the Lebanon area is unique,” said Chamber Executive Director Rob Taylor, when describing the event. “We’ve heard from HR professionals and newcomers that coming to the area can be a real adjustment. The real estate market is unfamiliar, the climate can take some adjustment, and there’s also the day-to-day questions of ‘where can I get a good cup of coffee?’ or ‘how do I get to know people?’ We’re excited to be able to offer something that really dives into how the Upper Valley came to be and how to make the most of the time that visitors and residents spend here.”
The event will offer a panel of expert speakers covering topics such as recreation, real estate, history, arts and culture, followed by a round table discussion. To register, call the Chamber at (603) 448-1203 or visit the EventBrite page.
Thanks to everyone who attended our 2018 Holiday Social! Here are some highlights from the evening.
After forty years of promoting the best of the Upper Valley, the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce Board has made the difficult decision to retire the HomeLife Expo. The Chamber will continue to support the Lebanon Area through advocacy, education, promotion of our region and business community, and community events. Thank you for being part of Lebanon’s history, and stay tuned for what’s coming next!
It is becoming harder and harder to find employees for open jobs in the Upper Valley. Businesses are placing ads for job openings and getting very little interest. Or worse yet, they are getting applicants that are just not qualified, competent or interested in actually working. It is a time of historically low unemployment, combined with a housing shortage and an aging workforce. This means that companies face an intense shortage of qualified help. Listed below are some ideas we have collected to share with our members for addressing this issue. If you have an idea to include in this list, please contact us at the Chamber.
Join us for our Annual Meeting the morning of Thursday, October 4, to discuss and brainstorm additional solutions!
Featuring a special look at employee recruitment and retention in the Lebanon Area
Thursday, October 4
7:30 am – 11:00 am
Fireside Inn and Suites, West Lebanon
Keynote speaker: Chris Forman, Founder and CEO of StartWire and Appcast, on keeping the best employees in place.
Breakfast and coffee included. $20 members; $25 non-members. Register online today!
Chris Forman founded and launched a number of businesses headquartered in the Upper Valley. Previously he was CEO of AIRS, a Wilder company, specializing in employee-search software that was acquired in 2008 by Ohio-based The RightThing. Chris remained with the company as Chief Development Officer until the company was sold to ADP in 2011. Currently he is the Founder and CEO of two businesses headquartered in Lebanon, StartWire and Appcast, launched in 2011 and 2014 respectively. StartWire developed and provides technology to deliver job seekers automatic status updates about the applications they submit via the internet. It is America’s #1 job search organizer with over 5.8+ million members. Chris and his wife, Angela Toms, MD, have been residents of the Upper Valley for over 25 years and have four children ranging in age from 10 to 21 years of age.