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Friendship Turns Into Business Partnership

2 minute read By Amanda Kuhnert Longtime friends Deb Emerson and Emily Rinkema both had family members living with different forms of dementia and struggled to find meaningful ways to connect with them. After their loved ones passed away, Emily reached out to Deb with an idea to start a business that would help other people in the […]

Vermont Couple Finds Niche in High-End Leather Crafting

2 minute read By Amanda Kuhnert “We are growing very rapidly,” said Amanda Farrell, who co-owns Bergamot Amor, a Williamstown-based leather goods company, with her partner Peter Shangraw. “We’ve shocked almost everyone, including ourselves.” The company produces made-in-Vermont bags and gear using U.S.-sourced boot leather. Amanda, who grew up in East Montpelier, was laid off from her marketing […]


Welcoming Vermont’s Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners: “North by Northeast” event aims to connect, celebrate and inspire on Sept. 30th

< 1 minute read Registration is now open for North by Northeast: Navigating Your Small Business, a unique conference taking place at Vermont State University’s Randolph Center campus on September 30, 2023 that focuses specifically on Vermont’s small businesses and solo-preneurs.  To learn more and to register for the free event, visit: Attendees will experience a day of […]

A Warm Welcome to VtSBDC’s Summer 2023 Interns

2 minute read VtSBDC is proud to introduce our outstanding summer 2023 interns: Daniel Hibbs, Joshua Moore, and Lili McKinstry. They each have brought a fresh perspective to our work and the team enjoys two-way, intergenerational learning that navigates challenges, enhances resources, and creates dynamic futures. Daniel is a senior at the University of Vermont and is majoring […]


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