Tamarack Family Medicine

Sometimes the risk is worth the reward. This is the gamble Dr. Phil Kiely and his partners at Tamarack Family Medicine were willing to take when they decided to leave a large hospital system to open a physician-owned practice in Morrisville, Vt. Like many physicians who choose to strike out on their own, the group wanted more autonomy and control over their day-to-day workflow. But they needed help turning an idea into a fully functional medical practice. So they reached out to VtSBDC advisor Charlie Ininger.

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Kestrel Coffee Roasters

Two cafés in two years. Not even Charlotte and Johnny Steverson, owners of Kestrel Coffee Roasters, would have believed you if you had told them in July 2018, when they opened their first café and coffee roastery on Community Drive in Burlington, that they’d launch their second location just over a year later. But this fall, the couple announced the opening of a second café in downtown Burlington. Read more

Theberge Meats

Last spring Cayden Theberge was contemplating his next business venture when he enrolled in Greg Hughes’ business planning seminar at Vermont Technical College. Theberge, age 21, owns a 68-acre farm in Sheldon, Vermont, where he manages 75 head of beef cattle and a growing herd of dairy cows. His company, Theberge Meats, sells locally grown beef to retailers and distributors throughout the country. Read more

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Tavernier Chocolates

It’s not easy to find success in the specialty foods market. The owners of Tavernier Chocolates, based in Brattleboro, Vermont, have worked hard to turn their delicious product into a profitable business. They’ve rolled up their sleeves and put in the long hours. But just as importantly, they’ve known when and who to ask for help.

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Don’s Auto

“They are honest, capable, efficient, and it’s good to know that there’s a local auto shop with friendly people that I can trust to do a good job with my car.” This is just one of nearly 700 five-star customer reviews that say, in one way or another, the same thing. Don’s Auto Service is known for its friendly service, honest work, and fair rates.

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Groennfell Meadery

Last winter Kelly and Ricky Klein of Groennfell Meadery announced they would be closing their popular tasting room and restaurant in Colchester. It was a tough decision. But less than a year later, their new facility in St. Albans is going strong. They’ve tripled their brewing facility and are distributing their product throughout New England. Here’s their story..

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TimberHomes Vermont

TimberHomes Vermont, a design-build timber frame company, had been in business over a decade when the owners decided it was time to build on their success. First, they decided to transition from an LLC to an employee-owned cooperative, giving more decision-making power to their team of dedicated employees. Then they began planning for their next stage of business growth.

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Epic Wellness

“My work with Steve Densham from the VtSBDC has completely shifted my mindset regarding executing business decisions,” said Dr. Mehaffey, owner of Epic Wellness in South Burlington. Densham helped Dr. Mehaffey develop systems and strategies to take her company to the next level.

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Lawson’s Finest Liquids

“I will always be thankful to have worked with VtSBDC advisors who were not just helpful, but great people who were enjoyable to work with,” said Sean Lawson, co-owner of Lawson’s Finest Liquids in Waitsfield. In less than a decade the company has expanded from a one-barrel nanobrewery to a 30-barrel production facility that distributes its award-winning beer throughout New England.

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American Brewers Guild

“You can make the best beer in world, but if you can’t make money you won’t be around long enough for folks to enjoy your beer.” This is the first piece of advice Charley Ininger, a business advisor with the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC), shares with aspiring brewers at the American Brewers Guild’s bi-annual workshop in Middlebury, where he teaches the business side of brewing.

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The Islander, North Hero

In 2016 Poutry bought The Islander, a free weekly newspaper serving Northwest Vermont and Northern New York, from George Fowler, who retired after 35 years at the helm. She was a natural fit for the role. After 15 years as an employee for the company, she had hands-on experience in every aspect of the publishing process and was passionate about the paper’s mission. She said that her decision to purchase the company was driven by the desire “to continue the long-standing commitment the newspaper has to the communities we serve.”

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Roam, Montpelier

Roam will celebrate its one-year anniversary this spring. The retail shop, located in downtown Montpelier, sells outdoor-lifestyle footwear and apparel. “The VtSBDC proved to be an invaluable resource when planning to open my business,” said owner Bobbie Roehm. “Without it, I’m not sure if I would actually be open today.”

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ABC LOL Child Care, St. Johnsbury

Heather Hudson had been running a successful child-care business in St. Johnsbury for five years when she saw an opportunity to expand. A competing child-care center became available for purchase, and she wanted to buy it.

But was it a good idea? Hudson needed to determine whether the purchase was a sound financial move. Read More

Wheelhouse Clay Center, Brattleboro

Two Vermont potters turn their passion into a multi-faceted business that supports the clay arts in their community. This month Wheelhouse Clay Center opened its doors in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont. “Our studio will enable the joy, healing, growth, and wisdom that often emerges from engaging in the clay arts,” co-owner Teta Hilsdon said. Read More

Clear Water Filtration, Warren

It’s tempting to rest on your laurels, especially when you’ve been in business for over 35 years. But complacency isn’t what enabled Jim Parker, founder of Warren-based Clear Water Filtration, to grow a successful business. Today, Jim’s children, Jen Fleckenstein and Steve Parker, continue his legacy of innovation and problem-solving.

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She Fly Apparel, Middlebury

The best business ideas solve problems. She Fly Apparel, founded by two recent graduates of Middlebury College and supported by a team of Middlebury students, addresses a dilemma every adventurous woman faces in the great outdoors: how to pee with privacy and comfort. Using innovative zipper and flap technology, the company’s line of layerable outdoor pants puts a feminine spin on the traditional fly, enabling women to “go on the go” without having to disrobe.

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Keene Perspectives, White River Junction

Cortney and Chris Keene are realizing their dream. In February 2018 they opened Keene Perspectives, PLLC. in White River Junction, a behavioral health center that offers individualized services to children with autism and other developmental disorders. When they first envisioned their new business several years ago, they weren’t sure how to turn their idea into a reality. That’s when they reached out to the Vermont Small Business Development Center for help developing, growing, and maintaining their business.

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True North Granola, Brattleboro

Ingrid and Franklin Chrisco, owners of Vermont-based True North Granola, have come a long way since they first started selling granola from a booth at the Brattleboro Farmers’ Market in 2006. The growth of their business can be largely attributed to their hard work and willingness to ask for help. But they’ll tell you that their VtSBDC advisor, Steve, had a significant hand in their success.

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DaVallia, Chester

Two amazingly talented artists (Jessie makes exquisite jewelry and Michael makes eclectic furniture). A passion for their fellow Vermont artists’ works. Plus an incredible shared eye for all things beautiful. For Jessie and Michael Alon that means not just one gallery but two. One simply can’t contain their creativity and dedication. The downtown art boutique –DaVallia–features Jessie’s work combined with arts and crafts from fifty artists and on the way out of town –39 North Gallery– focuses on fine art, furniture and accessories for your home.

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Northern Lights Stable, Danville

Megan Haygood and her family already had the land, hay and equipment needed to start a horse boarding, breeding, training and riding facility in Danville. But they knew they needed more in order to start a successful business. Enter Michelle Lemieux, an established equine trainer and manager and you have the makings of a quality small business partnership.

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Putney Mountain Winery, Putney

What happens when you “mix” a renowned music professor and a dedicated lawyer with creativity and a love of Vermont? You get what’s been described as love at first taste.

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El Gato Cantina, Essex Junction

El Gato Cantina has quickly grown into a well-known authentic Mexican experience for northern Vermont diners. Their flagship Burlington location has long provided a wide variety of dishes and appetizers crafted from traditional Mexican family recipes. And that’s not including the fully stocked bar complete with seasonally-inspired house-infused tequila recipes like “jalapeno tequila,” “orange tequila” and “tricky kitty.”

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Lead and Tackle Co, Lyndonville

Hunting and fishing have long been Vermont traditions that many local sportsmen prepare for all year long. And one young Northeast Kingdom entrepreneur has turned his passion for these outdoors activities into a full-time venture.

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Ten Bends Beer, Hyde Park

Vermont is quickly becoming known as a destination for high quality brewing as breweries of various sizes continue to spring up across the landscape. One of the latest is Ten Bends Beer in Hyde Park.

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Vermont Evaporator Company, Montpelier

When March rolls around in Vermont’s Green Mountains many large scale sugar makers are already hard at work tapping trees and boiling sap into the sweet syrup the state’s famous sugar maples provide. But there’s also a cadre of small scale home producers who focus on providing a gallon or two for their family and friends.

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Vermont Tree Goods LLC, Bristol

Vermonters have a long history of ingenuity and thrift when it comes to creating homespun works of art made from materials that many would have simply discarded. Vermont Tree Goods LLC in Bristol is a proud to carry on this uniquely Vermont tradition.

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Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington

When Nathan Hartswick and Natalie Miller were growing up in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, they grew to love comedy and the personalities and creativity a good comedy scene can produce. They wanted to be a part of it, and they wanted to bring it to Vermont.

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