Business Notes: Lebanon Chamber Offers Its Members Energy Savings

Lebanon — The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce is offering its members an opportunity to save on energy costs through its buying group.

The discounts will be offered through the Chamber’s connection with the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association and the Portsmouth, N.H., energy management firm Usource, a news release says.

The buying group puts the Chamber’s 322 members into large purchasing groups, giving participating businesses access to low energy prices — up to 15 percent — that were previously only available to much bigger energy users.

“Energy costs are always in the top three business expenses for our members,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Boucher in the release. “This aggregated buying group is an additional benefit to our membership that will help them reign in this cost. The initial interest in the program has been very good.”

Founded in 1999, Usource works with customers in 18 states to provide custom energy management and procurement services. By leveraging proprietary technology combined with deep market expertise, Usource is able to secure the best pricing for a wide range of industrial and institutional customers.

Currently, seven New Hampshire Chambers are enrolled in the BIA Energy Buying Group with Usource: Greater Concord, Hampton Area, Lakes Region, Lebanon Area, Lincoln-Woodstock, Mount Washington Valley, and Plymouth Regional.

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit association of business and professional firms and individuals in the Lebanon area. Founded and incorporated in 1916, the Chamber currently has nearly 400 members.

Company News

Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce’s new members of the board of directors and officers are: Chair Sandy Clavelle, Girl Scouts of the Green and White mountains; Vice Chair David Landry, Merchants Bank; Secretary Tim Fariel, real estate management; Treasurer Cheryl Lindberg, Mascoma Savings Bank; Kenneth Alton, retired from TransCanada; David Clark, Yellow House Media; Tad Nunez, town of Hartford, Parks and Recreation Department; Rick Trahan, The Quechee Inn, Sheryl Trainor, Quechee Mobil/Briar Rose Deli and Elizabeth Verney, Upper Valley Haven.

Upcoming Events

A series of presentations are being held to explain upcoming changes in the health care laws and the new Vermont Health Connect, a new health insurance marketplace, launching in October. 2013.

The presentation will focus on what Vermont Health Connect means for small businesses, including topics such as who can get coverage through Vermont Health Connect, the choices that small business owners will have related to employees’ coverage, tax credits available now and more.

The first session will be held Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Junction Room at the Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction.

Another seminar will be held May 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Hotel Coolidge to provide updates on the Vermont and New Hampshire exchanges as well as any plan designs and proposed rates available. For more information call 802-649-2501.

The Upper Valley Score Chapter is holding a series of business workshops this spring designed for small and medium sized businesses to more effectively use the internet to market products and services.

The first workshop is Thursday and following sessions will be held each Thursday through April 25. The topics include: internet marketing fundamentals, search engine optimization and marketing through social media. All classes are held at the Score offices on the Green in Lebanon at 20 West Park Street evenings from 6 to 9. The fee is $40 per class. For more information and to register go to uppervalley.score.org

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