Renewable Energy Funding for Small Bussinesses

Get the information you need to move forward with a renewable energy or energy efficiency project in Vermont or New Hampshire. Join Ken Yearman, Rural Development Energy Coordinator for Vermont and New Hampshire; a farmer who recently completed a REAP project; the solar company that completed that project; and Ana Mejia, Vital Communities Climate Projects Coordinator. Our workshop will be held in the Hanover Co-op Food Stores’ Co-op Learning Center which is inside the Co-op’s LEBANON location at 12 Centerra Parkway. Lunch included! Get all your questions answered and take action on your renewable energy or efficiency projects!

Join Vital Communities, Hanover Co-op Food Stores, and USDA Rural Development for a webinar and workshop series to learn about opportunities to fund renewable energy systems and energy efficiency projects with the REAP (Renewable Energy for America Program).

Attend both events or just one and learn how to use government grants and loans to reduce your energy cost and your carbon footprint.

  • Webinar: February 19, 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Get an overview of REAP grant and loan programs with Fred Petok and Ken Yearman from USDA Rural Development.
    Webinar registration.
  • Workshop: February 24,  11:30 am-1:30 pm. Get the information you need to move forward with a renewable energy or energy efficiency project in Vermont or New Hampshire. Join Ken Yearman, Rural Development Energy Coordinator for Vermont and New Hampshire; a farmer who recently completed a REAP project; the solar company that completed that project; and Ana Mejia, Vital Communities Climate Projects Coordinator. Our workshop will be held in the Hanover Co-op Food Stores’ Co-op Learning Center which is inside the Co-op’s LEBANON location at 12 Centerra Parkway. Lunch included! Get all your questions answered and take action on your renewable energy or efficiency projects!  Workshop registration.

           

Improve Your Small Business Digital Marketing Presence!

Calling all Upper Valley farms and small businesses!

Could your business benefit from professional consulting services to improve your marketing? With Rural Development funding, Local First is hosting free marketing workshops AND providing an opportunity for several businesses to take advantage of cost-share one-on-one consultation with Kim Dixon and Insights Marketing Solutions.

Workshop

The same workshop will be held in three locations around the Upper Valley:

Thursday, January 23, 5-7pm, Space on Main, Bradford. Register here.

Monday, January 1/27, 3-5pm, Arnold Block, Bethel. Register here.

Tuesday, 1/28, 10am-noon, Kilton Library, West Lebanon. Register here.

FREE for Local First members, $15 non-members. Join Local First before January 31 and save 50%! 

Learn how to transform your ideas into effective marketing that drives action and sales with the workshop “10-Step Marketing Plan”. A marketing plan does not need to be complicated, but it can make your promotion more effective AND save you time. In this workshop, Kim Dixon of Insights Marketing will guide us through the ten-steps to identify the most effective approach to developing a marketing plan. Includes hand-outs, time for participant questions and interaction, and refreshments & networking time. You’re encouraged to bring your computer!

Key components to the workshop:

  • Marketing Objectives
  • Product & Branding
  • Target Markets
  • Competition
  • Positioning
  • Pricing
  • Sales
  • Marketing Venues
  • Budget
  • Implementation

Kim Dixon, Owner of Insights Marketing is a full-service marketing agency dedicated to empowering businesses and non-profits, especially in the ever-changing world of marketing.  We educate our clients so they are in full control of their marketing decisions, and collaborate with them to move those decisions to action.

      

 

Technical Assistance Opportunity

Local First members that attend a workshop can apply for a cost-sharing opportunity to have 9 hours of professional consultation with Kim Dixon that will improve your digital presence, increase customer engagement, and impact sales. Insights Solutions Marketing can help with website development, email marketing, campaign design, and more.

Join or renew Local First today to be eligible for the marketing technical assistance. Join or renew by January 31 and save 50% for an annual business membership!

TLC Upper Valley Success!

Local Investing Success with TLC Upper Valley!

The Local Crowd (TLC) Upper Valley is a locally based crowdfunding platform that empowers individuals to invest in the businesses, organizations and initiatives that support vital communities in our region. We recently wrapped up the pilot phase of this project that supported five projects in Canaan, Enfield, Topsham, and White River Junction that collectively raised almost $50,000 from more than 300 contributors!

Thank you, Upper Valley, for supporting:

Whaleback Mountain: Base Lodge Energy Efficiency Updates, $21,180
Mascoma Friends Feeding Friends: Friends Feeding Foodie, $13,970
 Willow Tree Community Compost: Closing the Food Waste Loop, $4,080
 Sunrise Farm: Close the Loop with Compost, $4,555
The Growing Peace Project: Food for Thought, $5,725

Sixty percent of the TLC Upper Valley campaigns met or surpassed their crowdfunding goals (Kickstarter has a 31% success rate).

If you have an idea that could use a lift, Round 2 for TLC Upper Valley is underway! Learn more about the campaign guidelines and application process or contact Nancy at 802-291-9100 x106.