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Addison County Report: Rail upgrade takes center stage

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:03am -- tim

by Bruce Edwards, Vermont Business Magazine It’s considered the largest downtown construction project undertaken by the Vermont Agency of Transportation: an estimated $80 million rail and bridge replacement in the heart of Middlebury’s downtown. For the last two years VTrans and Middlebury have laid the groundwork for the heavy lifting that will take place next summer which will try the fortitude of residents, visitors and most significantly downtown merchants who will bear the brunt of the disruption.

Middlebury College thrives in an era of uncertainty

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:02am -- tim

by Bruce Edwards, Vermont Business Magazine With declining enrollments coupled with ever increasing overhead, surviving as a small college these days is more of a challenge. This year alone, three small, private Vermont colleges have closed their doors: Southern Vermont College, Green Mountain College and the College of St Joseph, and Marlboro College has merged with the University of Bridgewater in Connecticut.

It’s all cheddar in Middlebury

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:00am -- tim

by Bruce Edwards, Vermont Business Magazine Agri-Mark’s Cabot cheese plant is one of Addison County’s largest employers, with 115 workers producing more than 70 million pounds of Vermont cheddar a year. Agri-Mark spokesman Doug DiMento said the plant is running at full capacity to meet demand for its cheese products. 

Origin expands its North American presence, opens US office in Vermont

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 3:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Origin, an award-winning outdoor sport and tourism-focused creative, content and strategic marketing agency founded in Whistler, Canada, has opened a United States presence as of April 2019. The subsidiary, located in Shelburne, Vermont, marks Origin’s growth and continued commitment to its clients.

'Capitol for a Day' returns to Grand Isle Tuesday

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 3:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and members of his cabinet will be in Grand Isle County on Tuesday, August 20 as part of their second round of his 14-county initiative, Capitol for a Day. Governor Scott launched the tour in June 2017, and he and his cabinet visited all 14 counties over the following 10 months. The group has relaunched the initiative and will revisit each county over the next several months. Grand Isle County is the second stop on this second, statewide tour.

Zulkoski: Be the mosquito

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 3:48am -- tim

by Robert Zulkoski, Social Entrepreneur Comparing Vermont to a mosquito may hit a little too close to home now that summer is in full swing, but the metaphor is too apt to pass by. Just as a mosquito can disrupt a night’s sleep, our small state can disrupt industry. As I have said in this column before and countless others have espoused, Vermont is small, but we can sometimes punch above our weight.

38th Annual Vergennes Day to celebrate Vermont’s little city

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 5:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vergennes Day kicks off its 38th year on Friday, August 23rd with a street dance in City Park featuring the music of “The Hitmen” from 7 to 10 p.m. The weekend’s activities, hosted and sponsored by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, City of Vergennes and area businesses, is a celebration of city and community to be enjoyed by all ages. Full details of the event and a schedule of activities are available at

New Breed ranked by Inc. magazine

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 4:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Inc. magazine has revealed that New Breed is number 2487 on its 2019 Inc. 5000 list. The list includes the most successful privately-held, independent American companies. New Breed is a Burlington, Vermont-based company that helps B2B companies worldwide acquire customers by aligning people, processes and platforms. They were founded in 2002 and saw a three-year revenue growth of 158 percent.

Windsor County & Upper Valley Report: Building a Renaissance

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:17pm -- tim

by Olga Peters, Vermont Business Magazine The fact is this: Windsor County struggles with many of the same issues as other counties in Vermont. The population is aging. According to the US Census Bureau, the county’s median age is 47.4. Employers have trouble finding workers. The County experienced an overall decline of 1.05 percent in the number of workers between 2016 and 2017, said the US Census Bureau.