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‘Hard-to-Fit’ Family Dog Inspires Burlington Entrepreneur

2 minute read By Amanda Kuhnert Debbie Safran of Burlington was having trouble finding accessories and apparel that would fit her greyhound’s long, lean shape. For nearly a decade she batted around the idea of opening her own store, where she and other pet lovers could find everything for their dogs and cats—even those with unique physiques—under one […]

Pattern Inspires Mother-Daughter Entrepreneurs

2 minute read By Amanda Kuhnert Mother-daughter business duo, Sophia Manzi and Gail Borden, are both artists. Sophia is a painter and Gail is a quilter. Their company, Vivace Vermont, is the intersection of these two disciplines. They produce clothing and home accessories using colorful, one-of-a-kind fabrics.  The plan was hatched on a 2019 trip to New York […]


Business Around the World

2 minute read VtSBDC joins Vermont businesses in celebration ofGlobal Entrepreneurship Week November 14-20, 2022 is Global Entrepreneurship Week. Why is that significant for Vermont’s business community? While small in square miles, our region has made big inroads on the international landscape. Vermont’s business environment has always encouraged forward thinking, new ideas, and ground breaking innovation. At the […]

Karianne Scott joins VtSBDC as Business Advisor, Northeast Kingdom

2 minute read RANDOLPH CENTER, Vt (Nov. 7, 2022) – Linda Rossi, State Director of the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC), has appointed Karianne Scott as the statewide organization’s Business Advisor for Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties in the Northeast Kingdom. Like her counterparts throughout Vermont, Scott provides one-to-one, confidential, no-fee guidance to small business owners at […]


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