A self- described “serial entrepreneur,” Caleb Magoon, knows a lot about doing business in Vermont. “I am always looking for my next business opportunity,” he said. And when he saw downtown Waterbury businesses rebuilding in the years after the massive flooding of 2011, another opportunity showed itself.
Steven Davis of Vermont High Performance Manufactured Housing in Wilder is no stranger to the construction business. He has been building homes for more than 30 years, most recently providing affordable net-zero green home construction services to Vermont homeowners and beyond. But when he recently decided to purchase a permanent home for his own business, he knew it was time to seek some assistance.
Logging and forestry work is a quintessential Vermont industry, but today’s loggers face challenges that those of yesteryear probably never imagined. The days of low cost tools like hatchets and hand saws that required manpower instead of costly equipment are largely behind us. Today’s loggers need heavy equipment to be relevant in a highly competitive lumber market.
Business partners Greg Alexander and Sammy Barnes started their journey to small business ownership by first looking at purchasing an existing business. When that did not transpire they changed directions and began looking at beginning from scratch.
Walk into the day care area and a long line of hooks holds leashes of all sizes under bright labels with names like Max and Patches and SuzieQ. Deborah has created a safe and playful environment which is amazingly calm despite the raucous!
When Nathan Hartswick and Natalie Miller were growing up in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, they grew to love comedy and the personalities and creativity a good comedy scene can produce. They wanted to be a part of it, and they wanted to bring it to Vermont.
When it comes to curing what ails you, more and more Vermonters are opting for paths to wellness that do not rely on the pharmaceutical industry, instead exploring more natural holistic remedies. Burlington Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist Montana Burns was well aware of this growing trend as she watched her practice grow out of its coopted space in early 2015.
After dedicating more than five years to creating quality locally sourced ready-to-eat foods, Joe’s Kitchen in Montpelier has expanded into a new processing facility with plans of ramping up production of its popular soups, sauces and other value added food products.
As a recent college graduate Sarah DeFelice was committed to a career that fulfilled both her passion for fashion and her love for life in the Green Mountain State. But as she researched the local job market few opportunities matcher her criteria for happiness.
Stephanie started her business for the reasons a lot of women do…she wanted to stay home with a young child and contribute to her family’s income. In Stephanie’s case she was a lifelong knitter with a wild imagination and a love of color. The result: Frabjous Fibers & Wonderland Yarns.
Ray Shatney and Janet Steward of Greenfield Highland Beef in Plainfield and Greensboro Bend have learned that they must adapt their feeding and breeding practices to stay competitive in the market, and turn a healthy profit through the long Green Mountain winter.
When Maria Lara Dailey decided to open a graphic art and web design business boutique in Wilder, Vt. she saw the venture as a “one woman show,” but it didn’t take long for her to embrace other artists and turn her sights on a team approach to success. Once that happened, Aquilino Arts was born.
Loretta and Matt took a road trip to Vermont from California in the 90’s and fell in love. With Vermont, its people, and its life style. They are fond of saying that they didn’t pick Vermont…Vermont picked them. In 1999 they moved to Brattleboro (after looking all over Vermont) and opened Boomerang to sell used and vintage clothing.
Traditional Polish Comfort Food Comes To Vermont Green Mountain Commitment to Quality Inspires Food Business
When Viktor Witkowski’s family fled from Poland to West Germany in the early 1980s he craved his family’s traditional, locally sourced culinary treasures – particularly his grandmother’s pierogi, which he describes as “my first culinary memory.”
Prospective entrepreneurs often rely on their passions when they decide to start a business. Matthew Wells and John Shanks, owners of Fitness Unbound on Memorial Drive in St. Johnsbury, had plenty of passion for helping Vermonters stay healthy when they decided to open the area’s only 24-hour private gym. That was three years ago, but it wasn’t until recently that they were able to turn that passion into a reality.
Confidence is often a small business owner’s biggest asset. But the range of skills necessary to make any pursuit successful is wide and often times a daunting hill to climb. The good news is you don’t have to accept the challenge alone.
Studio 7 opened in January 2013 and offers spa services at affordable prices including: hair design, nails, skin care, massage, waxing & mystic tan “Relax at Studio 7 with our professional, friendly staff. Personalized facials, hair design, waxing, massage and nail services. We recharge you body, mind and spirit.”
In the Spring of 2012 Heather Albrecht decided to see if her soap making hobby had what it would take to become a profitable business. She started with launching a Facebook page for the business, which she named Honestly Simple Soaps. She found out about local farmers markets and got the word out to friends that she was starting the business. Some sales trickled in as well as some great recommendations from friends but more solid help was needed if the business was going to become something truly well organized and viable.
Combining Ben Werlin’s business savvy and his brother Brandon Werlin’s experience selling drum equipment, Rickenbacker guitars and the occasional Beanie Baby on eBay, in 2010 they created MusicStoreLive.com (MSL), an online retailer that ships high-end guitars from its South Burlington warehouse to customers around the globe.
Suzanne’s Sweet Savories is owned & operated by Suzanne Calhoun, a Middlebury College Student. The company makes unusual sauces in a variety of flavors such as apple, blueberry, tomato & rhubard, but adding their own signature spice blend for a unique flavor. Dips are coming soon!
The Sign Depot is a graphic design and sign production business located in Lyndonville, Vermont. Amanda Simpson purchased the business in December 2011.
"VtSBDC is a great resource for anyone thinking of starting / buying a small business. I took the “Start Your Own Small Business” class and from there took advantage of the one-on-one consultations to start my business plan, set a budget, and prepare to request a loan." ~Amanda Simpson
Awesome Graphics was founded in 1994. We specialize in helping businesses with all of their printing needs. We offer traditional printing services, and specialize in large format graphics for vehicle wraps, banners & signs. We have designers & installers on staff as well, so we can help businesses from start to finish. We also carry a wide variety of trade show displays & provide the printing in house for very cost effective pricing & fast turnaround.
The Lyndon Freighthouse in Lyndonville, VT was founded in 2000. Its primary business is a restaurant that serves only farm fresh and local organic food on its menu- much of which is grown on their own family farm. The business also features a successful and well known ice cream shop and a retail shop that offers locally made gift products and arts and crafts created by local artisans.
When the recession hit in 2008, Jennifer Partch Whitehurst of Poultney, Vt. was among the tens of thousands of Americans who found themselves in the unfamiliar position of needing to find a new job. With a background in accounting and many years of experience under her belt, Jennifer decided she would focus on establishing her own business, and JPW Accounting Services was born.
When Vermont Small Business Center’s Broadband Business Advisor Patrick Ripley got on the ground in the first of the e-Vermont community visits, Troy and Jessica Steel of Waiora Valley Farm and Gallup Brook Fencing in Cambridge, Vt. were among the first business owners he encountered. “Troy and Jessica are classic Vermont business owners, running multiple ventures simultaneously, while also holding outside jobs at different times of the year,” Ripley said. “They work hard, and aren’t afraid of a challenge.”
Founded in 2007, Garden Mats offer a line of long-lasting, earth-friendly, UV-protected polypropylene fabric used for gardening. Garden Mats are one of the best innovations in gardening products in the US. Garden Mats were invented and are now manufactured less than 20 minutes away from the Statehouse.
Garden Arts Company, owned and operated by Steve Burzon has grown from its original 2001 custom landscaping company to include fencing and masonry services to a new facet in the business of offering fresh farm to table foods in its Garden Arts Fresh Market & Country Store.
When Gabriel (Mike) O’Malley co-owner (with his wife Kristine) of Robbins Mountain Enterprise (RME) in Bolton, VT talks about expanding his agricultural business of maple sugaring and to also provide a unique agritoursim component with treehouse rentals in its mountainside sugarbush along with guided backcountry experiences for adventurous Vermonters and tourists, his face lights up with enthusiasm; he exudes passion, excitement, love for what he is doing and a real spirit of Vermont entrepreneurism.