St. Johnsbury Businesses Receive Support through the Vermont Community Foundation
The St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce just received a $2,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Small and Inspiring grant program. This grant will support the Chamber’s role as a resource for entrepreneurs and advocate for local businesses.
The grant sources include the Brooks Family Fund and the Sustainable Futures Fund.
With this support, the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce will initiate a “sector series” designed to bring together leaders in various fields to define and develop areas of potential growth. These meetings are designed to help people working in sectors such as food production, telecommunications, technology, arts, fitness/heath, finance and many others. The sector series will facilitate networking and collaborations and access to educational support, training and technical assistance.
The Chamber will work with individual business owners and operators to coordinate strategic planning for St. Johnsbury’s small and micro businesses and identify market needs and investments, such as the potential for St. Johnsbury to host conferences and events.
“There is terrific potential in our small businesses and start-ups,” says Ann Hare, president of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. “With this support, we’ll start planning for a St. Johnsbury Small and Micro-Enterprise Summit that will build on the depth and variety of resources already in place.”
Tara Holt, the Chamber’s director, says “This series brings together the innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and property owners to focus on the specific needs of our local economy. The aims of these gatherings are to spark fresh, grassroots approaches to economic development, to focus on community assets and resources, to connect St. Johnsbury with nearby communities, and to encourage investment.”
Through its Small and Inspiring grant program, the Community Foundation hopes to help foster the spark and hope that keeps Vermonters healthy and happy by finding and supporting projects where a small grant can make a big difference.
“The St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce is also St. Johnsbury’s downtown organization with a mission to enhance the commercial, cultural and civic life of our community,” says Seleem Choudhury, vice president at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, who heads the Chamber’s Economic Restructuring Committee. Serving both purposes, the Chamber works efficiently and effectively to support the businesses and residents of St. Johnsbury.
The Vermont Community Foundation is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations established by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. It provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make giving easy and effective. The Foundation also provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists to multiply their impact, and by keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector vital with grants and other investments in the community. Visit http://www.vermontcf.org or call 802-388-3355 for more information.