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.

Request for Proposals

Background: The City of Lebanon, NH, in conjunction with the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce, is seeking sealed proposals for the creation of a series videos to promote Lebanon, NH and the Upper Valley region as a thriving economy that is a desirable place to live, work, shop and play. These videos will mainly be seen online via desktop and laptop computers as well as via handheld devices, such as cell phones and tablets. They may be used in presentations or written to media for efficient dissemination.

Project Requirements: A total of six video productions will be created, comprised of five 3-5 minute videos that will showcase each of the following subjects:

  1. The technology and manufacturing economy of Lebanon and the Upper Valley
  2. The recreational opportunities of Lebanon and the surrounding area
  3. Retail options big and small, see them all
  4. What we love about the area (man on the street) #foundinleb, #foundintheuv
  5. The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce; “Your business is our business” and also will include one 8-10 minute video overview that incorporates portions of the above segment videos into a cohesive presentation of Lebanon as a great place to live, shop, work, play and start a business.

These videos are to be hosted by the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director, who will also generate the scripts for the videos and assist with various aspects of production. The selected vendor will be responsible for video shoots and audio recording as well as pre and post production work for this project. These include but are not limited to; lighting, various video and sound production (including B roll), video editing and video upload/output to the LACC and/or Lebanon City YouTube sites.

Proposals should include; Name, address, phone number, and email for a point of contact for the vendor, previous work samples (or links to online content), a description of the equipment such as the hardware and software to be used. Proposals should also include: a fixed pricing quote for the project as outlined above, plus an hourly rate for any additional work to be added to the scope of work and a delivery date not to exceed 2 months from the date of a contract award.

Proposals should be delivered in a sealed envelope marked “VIDEO RFP” to the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director Rob Taylor at PO Box 97, Lebanon, NH 03766 no later than 9/3/2018 at 10:00 am (RFP opening).
Questions and requests for clarification should be directed to the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director Rob Taylor at PO Box 97, Lebanon, NH 03766. He can be reached via telephone at 603-448-1203 or by email at

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to reject any and all proposals. The Chamber looks forward to reviewing your proposal.

PUBLIC ACCESS TO RESPONSES TO RFP Procurement information, including responses to RFPs, shall be a public record to the extent provided in NH RSA 91-A (Right-to-Know Law) and shall be available to the public as provided in such statute. Should a bidder or offeror contend that their proposal or a portion thereof contains confidential information, they should clearly identify which portion of their proposal should be treated as confidential and state the reason why it is confidential citing to the applicable provision(s) of the State of NH RSA 91-A and decisions interpreting the statute. Bidders or offerors shall not make blanket assertions that the entirety of their submission is confidential. The City reserves the right, within the parameters of the statute, to determine that an item does not meet the appropriate criteria to be considered a confidential item and will so inform the bidder or offeror in writing of its determination.

Three Generations Grow Greens for Three Tomatoes

Robert Meyers, owner of Three Tomatoes Trattoria on the Green in Lebanon, loves food, loves gardening, and loves his family. He and his wife of 36 years, Phyllis, have combined all three of those passions in a mini-farm or large garden at their home in North Bridgewater, VT.

In recent years Robert got most of the produce for his restaurant from Blue Ox Farm in Enfield. He and Steve Fulton worked out a plan so that the farm would have adequate supplies of lettuce, greens, root crops, peppers and cherry tomatoes in season. But then Steve moved off to Finland, and Robert needed a new source of produce.

Enter Phyllis. For decades Phyllis has had a large family garden and also grown some salad greens and specialty vegetables to supplement produce at Three Tomatoes. She and her two daughters, Nika and Phebe, were movers and shakers with the Change the World Kids, an independent, teen-run, Vermont nonprofit. That program has a food justice initiative that grows food for soup kitchens and food pantries, as well as efforts that provide tens of thousands of hours of help to local individuals and have an international environment component in Costa Rica. But Phyllis had never supplied a sustained produce harvest to Three Tomatoes until last year.

This summer 3 generations of the family are working to produce food for Three Tomatoes Trattoria: Phyllis and Robert, along with their son Lani, daughter Nika, and grandson Luscian, age four and a half, all work in the garden. Lani also works in the kitchen at Three Tomatoes, and Nika in the front of the house, when she is not long-distance hiking. Luscian has a small garden of his own, specializing in edible Johnny Jump-Up flowers.

As Lani explained, growing the food you cook with adds another dimension: “I know everything about the food before I cook with it. I have total control over that dish.” Lani likes to use things like beebalm and daylily blossoms in some dishes, too.
For Robert, growing the food is relaxing. “Meditation is part of gardening from soil to harvest – including weeding. I’ve become a Master Weeder. If you keep on it, you don’t have to work too hard.”

The garden produces mainly greens for the restaurant. According to Phyllis, they grow at least 60 kinds of greens, including European dandelions, 18 different kinds of Romaine lettuce, 7 types of Batavian, along with another 20 kinds of both bibb and leaf lettuce. She packs up an average of 9 crates of greens each week for Three Tomatoes. “I love this garden because I love how it looks, I love the tapestry of colors, and I love that it has given my family the skills it has, and the sense of food justice,” Phyllis said. It is important to her that all people, everywhere, have access to healthy, nutritious food – hence her 20-plus years of involvement with Change the World Kids.

Three Tomatoes Trattoria tries to get as much food as possible, from local farmers. This garden takes it one step further. The salad you have there at dinner may have flowers or greens in it raised by a little boy who is following in the steps of his dad and grandparents, and for whom gardening is a way of life.

Taxes and Tariffs

The recent Supreme Court ruling on Internet sales tax and trade conflict with Canada and China will affect many Chamber businesses. We’re here to help you with concerns and to let leaders at the local and state level know what you’re thinking. Don’t hesitate to call or email!

Get Outdoors this Summer!

In addition to all the concerts, farmer’s markets, theatrical productions, and other summer fun the Lebanon Area has to offer, there are so many opportunities to get outside and have fun!

The Mascoma River Greenway, the next stop on the Northern Rail Trail, is having a grand opening celebration!
Saturday, July 21
9:15am – 12:00pm
APD Homestead Lawn, 127 Mascoma Street, Lebanon NH

Festivities will begin on the lawn of the Homestead at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital and by 9:45 we expect that attendees will move on to the trail to enjoy all that it has to offer. Mayor Prentiss and other speakers will introduce the new Greenway to the community. There will be activities for hikers, bikers, nature-lovers and history buffs, and the artists who were selected to create public art for the MRG will be available to discuss their installations. Omer and Bob’s Sportshop will offer free bike-safety checks starting at 9:00am. Enjoy ice cream with the Lebanon PD.

The Upper Valley Nighthawks’ regular season goes through August 1. In addition to our July 31 Business and Baseball event at the Maxfield Sports Complex in White River Junction, their fun, family-friendly games are an affordable way to see tomorrow’s stars play.

Lebanon Recreation and Parks keeps a busy schedule all summer long, from playgroups and summer activities with the CCBA to cooling off at the Lebanon Memorial Pool.

And of course there’s golf at Eastman Golf Links and Carter Country Club!

What’s your favorite way to get some fresh air and sunlight in the summer?

26th Annual Jim Weschler Memorial Golf Classic

The Chamber is once again hosting the Jim Weschler Golf Classic, an early summer tournament to benefit scholarships for adult learners living or working in the Lebanon area. This year’s tournament, the 26th annual, will take place on June 6, 2018 at Eastman Golf Links in Grantham, with tee-off at 1 pm. Registration is limited: to register, contact Bridgett at the Chamber at (603) 448-1203 or email today.

Download the brochure for full details.

The Jim Weschler Memorial Golf Classic honors a sportsman, coach and business leader who had tremendous impact on the Lebanon Area. All proceeds from the tournament benefit scholarships for adult education in the community.

The LACC has given out more than $85,000 in scholarships since the inception of the tournament in 1992. Beneficiaries have used these funds to become educators, increase their work skills, and earn new professional degrees and certifications. Recipients must live or work in Lebanon, Enfield, Canaan, or Plainfield.

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