Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce Offers “Upper Valley Orientation” for Professionals

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.

The 2018 Holiday Social

Thanks to everyone who attended our 2018 Holiday Social! Here are some highlights from the evening.

Chamber Discontinues HomeLife Expo

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!

2018 Holiday Social

Join us for a night to remember!

Annual Holiday Social
Wednesday, December 12
5-8 pm
Fireside Inn and Suites, West Lebanon

We’ll honor the Business of the Year, Omer & Bob’s, and Lebanon Citizen of the Year, Frank Gould, and celebrate the season in style with live music and great food. Purchase your tickets here or contact the Chamber at (603) 448-1203.

Holiday Social Tickets



Finding Employees in Challenging Times

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.

  • Hire retirees and elderly people back into the workforce
  • Bus employees to and from work from other areas
  • Advertise further out (i.e., other regions) to attract employees from elsewhere
  • Partner with schools (i.e., RVCC, HACTC, LHS, etc.) to promote job entry after graduation
  • Create internships and job shadow programs for students to connect with you
  • Provide housing (or housing support) as an employee benefit
  • Hire relatives of existing employees
  • Offer flexibility in work schedule
  • Offer “tele-commute” options
  • Offer a signing bonus, offer elevated wages and/or creative fringe benefits
  • Improve employee retention programs to trim the loss of existing employees (cheaper to retain vs. recruit, a conservation model)
  • Offer referral bonus to existing employees for new hires
  • Host job fairs and actively recruit new talent through myriad methods
  • Use social media to cast a wide net for recruiting awareness
  • Offer free job training to potential new hires
  • Hire foreign workers through special visa/green card programs
  • Market your company as a great place to work. Be creative when telling your story.
  • Speed up your hiring process, don’t miss out on talent due to delays in the on-boarding process
  • Outsource key roles to professional firms and/or staffing agencies
  • Hire people with traditional barriers to employment (i.e., disability, criminal record, homelessness, recovered addicts, etc.)
  • Survey existing employees to find out why they took your job and why they stay. Collect data about your company/organization to be well informed
  • Be part of the solution. Work with other employers and the local Chamber of Commerce to advocate for collective remedies

Join us for our Annual Meeting the morning of Thursday, October 4, to discuss and brainstorm additional solutions!

Annual Meeting and Workforce Strength Seminar

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.

Panel discussions: 

  • Share your needs and concerns for tomorrow’s workforce with area educators. Panelists include Doug Heavisides of Hartford Area Career and Technology Center and Daniel Osborn, Coordinator of Workforce Development of River Valley Community College.
  • How employee health and community wellness can effect productivity and retention. Featuring Donlan Wade, co-founder of Headrest and current LADC in private practice.

Breakfast and coffee included. $20 members; $25 non-members. Register online today!

Chris Forman

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.

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