Inspiring Entrepreneurs


From Chocolate to Chili Peppers

5 minute read Butterfly Bakery of Vermont Finds Inspiration in the Working Landscape What do goat’s milk caramel, ginger cashew granola, maple hot sauce, and raspberry almond cookies all have in common? Aside from the fact that they’re all made at Butterfly Bakery of Vermont, there is a common thread. “Everything we make is inspired by Vermont’s working […]


Letting his voice be heard: From commercials to videos, Kris Brown creates the sounds for many small businesses

3 minute read Against a backdrop of a 10,000-sticker collage in his studio, voiceover artist Kris Brown’s radio-perfect voice resonates deeply across the airwaves. He explains that his journey to this career didn’t come early – in fact, it took years of hearing compliments about his voice before he decided to make a career of it and start […]


Knitting a Business Together

7 minute read Junction Fiber Mill founders blend quality and tradition with the “punk rock side of knitting” at their custom processing mill in Vermont.  By Emily Bradbury Peggy Allen likes to knit. Amanda Kievet likes to knit. The two met over a skein of yarn Peggy was selling at the Norwich Farmers Market in 2018 and struck […]


Creating a Regional Food System, One Warehouse at a Time

6 minute read Food Connects in Brattleboro, Vt. is among a group of New England food hubs that are building a sustainable, regional supply chain. Richard Berkfield, executive director of Food Connects, has a vision that someday soon, Vermont farmers and food producers will be able to supply more food to more people in the region. In doing […]


Scaling Back to Find Success

3 minute read For Bobolink Yarns founder Katie Sullivan, letting go of her big idea was the best business decision she made. By Kelly Nottermann, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund “I think we’re done,” Katie Sullivan, owner of Bobolink Yarns in Irasburg Vermont, told her business coach in January 2023. Carolyn Cooke agreed. “She did the work, followed every […]


Driving it forward: Energy, inspiration, and persistence fuel Burlington Trolley Tours

4 minute read Excitement is building around the upcoming opening of Burlington Trolley Tours, an 18-month journey defined by partners Hannington Kasagga, Barbara Asiimwe, and Catherine Turyamureeba as a pivotal “learning experience.”  After migrating to the U.S. and moving to Vermont where they became friends at their workplace, the three colleagues wanted to do something on their own. […]


Access to Justice… Vermont Law and Graduate School’s Entrepreneurial Legal Lab (VLSell) supports small businesses and startups statewide

3 minute read For many, lawyers and the law can be scary and unfamiliar. The legal landscape may seem inaccessible, and unrepresentative of the people it serves. Finding a lawyer may be challenging, and the process can be expensive. These challenges are even more pronounced for business owners from BIPOC, women-owned, veterans, and rural communities. Vermont Law and […]


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