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MWV Chamber Business Forum and Expo

MWV Chamber Business Forum and Expo

Connecting outdoor recreation industry to the business community
Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Hosted by Attitash Mountain Resort

The MWV Chamber’s Business Forum and Expo is a major opportunity to collaborate, network, and market your business.

Register today to be an exhibitor! Space is limited and we have only a few spots left.

To reserve your exhibitor space online CLICK HERE >> or email Michelle Cruz. Limited space available.

Schedule of Event

10:30 AM 
NH Small Business Development Center

Presenter: Kyla Brustin
The NH Small Business Development Center exists to help you and your business. Thousands of businesses have started, grown and become more successful by working one-on-one with an advisor from the Small Business Development Center. Kyla will be on hand to provide more information about business advising, how it works, and how it could help make your life as a business owner easier and more successful.
Kyla serves as SBDC's business advisor for clients in Carroll and Coos Counties. As a long-time North Conway resident, she is proud to play a role in helping the economy of the White Mountains by strengthening the local business community.

11:30 AM
Workforce Initiative in the MWV

Presenters: Executive Director of Carroll County Adult Education Crystal Sawyer, Tri-County Cap Mobility Manager Scott Boisvert, and Executive Director of the Gibson Center Marianne Jackson
Business Leaders in the Mt. Washington Valley have been working together to support the workforce in our area. Crystal will share information about programs available through Carroll County Adult Education at NO cost for hospitality staff training. Scott will provide an update on Subsidized Low-Income Vehicle Repair program designed to support workforce, and Marianne will take a look at a population re-entering the workforce and what that's done for the business community.

1:00 PM
EV Infrastructure - What does this mean for the MWV?

Presenters: James Penfold, Director of eMobility Solutions with ReVision Energy
Gary LeMay, Director of Facilities/Renewable Energy Engineer with NH Electric Co-op
Steve Conte, EV Project Manager-Electric Mobility at Eversource
Jessyca Keeler, Executive Director of SkiNH

2:30 PM
Impact of Outdoor Recreation in mwv

Join Granite Outdoor Alliance Rockhound Chief Tyler Ray as he kicks off this panel discussion and talks about how outdoor recreation is tied to local economies, especially here in MWV, which offers critical solutions to some of our greatest challenges.
Tyler T. Ray is principal and owner of Backyard Concept, LLC (BYC), an outdoor business and advocacy firm specializing in legal, management, event and consulting services to the outdoor recreation industry in New Hampshire and beyond. Located in the Mt. Washington Valley, BYC manages Granite Outdoor Alliance, a statewide industry association supporting outdoor recreation businesses and organizations in the private sector.

Impact of Outdoor Recreation in mwv Panel speakers include: 

Janel Lawton, Director, Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry Development
Janel joined BEA in 2021 as its rural economic development administrator, working with public and private stakeholders in six rural counties. She was also the state’s program manager for the Northern Borders Regional Commission and is an avid bicyclist, snowboarder and Nordic skier. Her professional background includes marketing, sales, and business development in the private sector, including Garnet Hill, Performance Inc. of Chapel Hill, SC., Loon Mountain Recreation Corp., and Heavenly Ski Resort, Lake Tahoe, California. In September 2022, Janel Lawton was named the state’s outdoor recreation industry director and is excited to combine her economic development experience and passion for the outdoor recreation to support and grow the outdoor recreation industry and communities in New Hampshire.

Mardi Fuller
Mardi advocates for racial equity through writing, speaking and community building.  A lifelong backcountry adventurer, in January 2021 she became the first known Black person to hike all 48 of New Hampshire’s high peaks in winter.  She lives in Boston where she works as a nonprofit communications director and volunteers with the local Outdoor Afro network.  She writes for Outside magazine, SKI magazine, Melanin Basecamp and more.  Mardi is committed to personal and corporate Black liberation and thereby, liberation for all humanity.  She believes deeply in nature's healing power.

Alex Belenz, SE Group
Alex helps communities think differently about modern planning challenges. An interdisciplinary planner, he offers a blend of creative and analytical abilities to each planning project. Through the SE Group Alex is part of the team to take a deeper look into outdoor recreation in the state of New Hampshire. He'll be able to share a project update and provide information about the plan moving forward, and what this will look like for the MWV.

4pm - 7pm
Exhibitors Open

Networking continues as the After Hours begins with refreshments and a cash bar. (Only cards are accepted for transactions. Cash accepted for tips.)

To reserve your exhibitor space online CLICK HERE >> or email Michelle Cruz. Limited space available.

To print the registration form CLICK HERE >>

For sponsorship information CLICK HERE >>




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