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.