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College Student Grows a Unique Business in Vermont

2 minute read By Amanda Kuhnert Peter Miller started his first business when he was eight years old. He made duct tape wallets and sold them at school and craft fairs. In high school, he ran a clothing company that sold shirts, hoodies, and stickers. And in college, after discovering a passion for woodworking, Miller and a friend […]

“Beloved childhood toy inspires retiree to launch business”

2 minute read By Amanda Kuhnert When Steve Singiser was a child on Long Island, his grandmother gave him a teddy bear that she made on her antique Singer sewing machine. The bear was soft, flat, and very huggable. He named him Flatty. Over the years, Flatty traveled with Singiser wherever he went, eventually making his way to […]

‘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 […]

Rutland entrepreneur opens early learning center

2 minute read By Amanda Kuhnert This fall the Rutland area has a new child-care center, thanks to the vision and determination of business owner Lacy Hall. Previously, Hall operated a registered daycare program out of her home. She loves her work and is passionate about the importance of early childhood education. But as an at-home provider, she […]

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