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Jan
04

Vermont educators give high ratings for “Entrepreneurship Across the Curriculum” facilitated by VtSBDC and Castleton

2 minute read RANDOLPH CENTER, Vt. (Dec. 28, 2020) – Fourteen educators from around the state recently completed a virtual graduate course “Entrepreneurship Across the Curriculum,”  a collaboration between Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) and Castleton University that took place from October through December. The three-credit course was designed to provide teachers with an entrepreneurship curriculum they can […]

By Jacob Dubois | News
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Jan
04

Advising the Hospitality Industry Into 2021

5 minute read In 2020 the pandemic, and other world events, impacted businesses with unprecedented challenges, hitting the hospitality industry with particular force. But instead of retreating, VtSBDC advisor and hospitality expert, Steve Densham, says now is the time to move forward and take action by planning, getting financials in order, creating poignant messaging, and ensuring sustainability of […]

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Dec
21

Finding Balance with the Weekly Schedule

2 minute read The Weekly Schedule is a crucial resource for any business owner. Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting a side hustle, time is the most valuable resource you have. No matter what stage of business you are at, it’s important to consider how your personal life fits with your business responsibilities. We recommend using […]

By Jacob Dubois | Tips and Tools
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Dec
14

Covid-19 Opens Up Opportunities for Independent Bottler

3 minute read By Amanda Kuhnert “Despite Covid-19, we were struck by the support we’ve received,” said Adam Polonski, co-owner of Lost Lantern Spirits, a Vermont-based independent bottler of American whiskey. “From our bank to VtSBDC, it’s evident how supportive Vermont is towards young entrepreneurs.” Polonski and his partner Nora Ganley-Roper recently relocated to Weybridge, Vermont from New […]

By Jacob Dubois | Client Features
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Dec
07

Looking Ahead: 10 Tips for Small Business Survival

4 minute read Rising COVID-19 case counts. Travel restrictions. Quarantine. Reports on repeat that keep Vermont’s small business owners awake at night. And with the long winter months ahead, the increasing uncertainty about the future may seem daunting. But let’s pause here…and take a breath. The fact is that there are many things that are within our control, […]

By Jacob Dubois | Tips and Tools
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Nov
30

How Entrepreneurship Unlocks Economic Opportunities

3 minute read Entrepreneurship education plays a key role in empowering the next generation of business leaders. The Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) has worked to develop business skills in students through a variety of educational programs and initiatives over the past twelve years. During these events, students participate in hands-on activities that foster creativity and problem-solving. […]

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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, […]

By Jacob Dubois | Client Features
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