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Nov
23

Getting to Know Your Entrepreneurial Self

3 minute read The Entrepreneurial Skills Matrix is an excellent tool for self-reflection. After completing this exercise, carefully analyze the results and set goals for yourself and your business. Think about the types of businesses or industries that would benefit from your current skills. Is your business included? Would your business struggle because of the skills you lack? […]

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Nov
16

Bennington brewer answers call for hyper-local beer

3 minute read By Amanda Kuhnert In the spring of 2021, Seth Barrows plans to retire from the military after 27 years of service. More than likely, he’ll celebrate his retirement with a pint of his own beer and then get back to work. Barrows’s second career as a brewmaster and entrepreneur has already begun. His new business, […]

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Nov
09

Creativity & Innovation course sparks entrepreneurial spirit at Vermont Technical College

2 minute read RANDOLPH CENTER, Vt. (Nov. 5, 2020) – Research shows that organizations need leaders who are creative thinkers eager to thrive in a climate that fosters innovation. To meet those needs, Vermont Technical College (VTC), Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) and the Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative (VtVLC) will introduce the course “Creativity & Innovation” for […]

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Nov
09

Balancing business ownership with military service

3 minute read For more than a decade, VtSBDC has actively supported veterans and service-connected Vermonters. VtSBDC works with service members as well as their families and business partners to prepare the business to be as healthy as possible going into a deployment, mitigating the threats of closure or severe stress. VtSBDC advisors also assist the person who […]

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Nov
02

Importance of Rest and Reflection

3 minute read In the last seven months, I’ve attended over 230 Zoom meetings with local partners, board members, and national stakeholders, and facilitated an additional 80 meetings with the entire VtSBDC team. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:30AM, we all refilled our coffee mugs and gathered to discuss how much had happened in just the last […]

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Oct
28

Vermont Small Business Development Center announces State Star 2020

2 minute read RANDOLPH CENTER, VT (Oct. 21, 2020) — State Director, Linda Rossi, announced that Debra Boudrieau has been selected as the 2020 State Star of the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC). The award, bestowed annually, celebrates a member of the organization’s team for exceptional commitment to small business success. “Due to COVID-19 we have to […]

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Oct
26

Acting on Impulse: How Marina McCoy Adapted in the COVID Era

2 minute read “My friends call me ‘the chameleon,’” said Marina McCoy, Vermont’s 2020 Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Since the beginning of the year, her company, Waste Free Earth, has responded to significant changes in client needs due to COVID-19. Where before, McCoy’s services focused on big event waste elimination, now they focus on remote flat-rate, team-based […]

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Oct
26

Disaster COVID-19 Business Lending 1501

31 minute read October 26, 2020 Business owners have some options for financial assistance available to apply to now, and others that will be available shortly. There can be no duplication of use of funds among all of these federal and state programs. Keeping very detailed records of your actions (as noted below) is paramount. As these programs […]

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