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Persistence Pays Off for Rutland Discount Retailer

2 minute read It’s been a busy two years for Dennis Piper. He lost his job due to the pandemic, decided to open his own business, and attempted to lease three different locations in the Rutland area before he finally found a landlord who would follow through on a lease. He then set to work renovating the space […]

Culinary Duo Opens New Bakery in St. Johnsbury

2 minute read When the restaurant where Darrell (DJ) McLaughlin worked shut down at the start of the pandemic, he and his wife Katey began thinking more seriously about starting their own business. The couple had recently relocated to St. Johnsbury from Washington State to be closer to DJ’s family. They looked forward to the creative freedom and […]


Want to learn about the #1 digital tool for ROI? 10 Essential Tips to Engaging Email Marketing

4 minute read Every small business owner in Vermont has come to expect that when they click open their inbox, they will likely see a collection of email newsletters, promotions, and sales pitches from near and far. The question arises: should I be adding to the cascade of messages? It turns out if done properly, the answer is […]

Vermont Small Business Development Center names Kearns State Star 2022

2 minute read RANDOLPH CENTER, VT (July 22, 2022) — State Director Linda Rossi announced today that Sarah Kearns has been selected as the 2022 State Star of the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC). The award, bestowed annually and recognized nationally, celebrates a member of the organization’s team for exceptional commitment to small business success.  Kearns is […]