The Lightning Jar is a support and networking organization for business startups, existing small businesses, and professionals. Its mission is to encourage economic activity through creative ideas. Historically, the organization has offered professionals and small businesses a range of coaching and mentoring services, and has produced a series of events, including the popular Leadership Speaker Series which featured startup stories told by well-known entrepreneurs from around the Northeast.
Old Mill Road Media, based in East Arlington, Vermont, is the publisher of Vermont Magazine, Stratton Magazine, Manchester Life, Berkshire Magazine, and The Vermont News Guide, and offers marketing services, graphic design services, website design services, and social media management.
The new partnership with Old Mill Road Media leverages the deep entrepreneurial experience brought by both organizations, as well as the media assets of Old Mill Road Media. The partners are currently undergoing a pandemic-informed assessment of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem in order to identify areas where The Lightning Jar can best enhance its services to business startups and growth, and is exploring partnerships that support its mission.
“Small businesses have never needed support more than they do now”, states Dimitri Garder, Co-Founder and Board Chair of The Lightning Jar. “The Lightning Jar exists in order to help businesses thrive and grow, and we’re excited about how this partnership will accelerate achieving that mission.”
Joshua Sherman, M.D., Founder of Old Mill Road Media agrees. “Southern Vermont and the surrounding region is rich with creative energy – and, from my own experience, I can attest that it is the perfect environment to build new businesses and expand existing ones.”
The Lightning Jar was formed in 2015 as a collaboration between local businesspeople and economic development partners, and would not have been possible without the generous support from partners including VSECU, the Vermont Community Foundation, and numerous local businesses.
With the current focus on assessment and direct support for entrepreneurs and professionals, The Lightning Jar is no longer providing co-working office space. The space on North Street in Bennington, which closed in the early months of the COVID pandemic, will remain closed.