by Bruce Edwards, Vermont Business Magazine Education and higher education in particular isn’t just about education. It’s an industry in its own right and an economic driver. For Rutland County, economic development officials and business leaders are faced with a double-barreled loss: Green Mountain College and the College of Saint Joseph. Not unlike many small colleges around the country both GMC and CSJ fell victim to declining enrollments putting the schools in financial jeopardy and losing their accreditation.
by C.B. Hall, Vermont Business Magazine As it nears its 30th anniversary, the Howe Center, in the heart of Rutland, continues to serve as a guidebook to the dos and don'ts of reviving the industrial properties of a bygone era. The Howe Center boasts an abundance of history as the home of the Howe Scale Company, which opened for business on the site in 1878. Over the ensuing hundred years, the company built scales known worldwide for their ability to weigh everything from a human hair to a box car and even an airliner.
by C.B. Hall, Vermont Business Magazine Situated alongside Route 30 in Castleton Corners, Hubbardton Forge produces modern lighting fixtures and a variety of other forged items for a high-end market. Since its launch in 1974, the enterprise has evolved from “two guys, an old barn and some borrowed tools,” in the words of the company's website, to a 120,000-square-foot plant with a payroll of about 230.
Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille has announced that Reeva Murphy will be stepping down as Deputy Commissioner within the Department for Children and Families (DCF). Reeva Murphy has served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Child Development Division (CDD) within DCF for the last ten years.
Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) crews restored power to about 35 customers in the Harvest Lane/Taft Corners area of Williston on the Fourth of July. A problem with an underground cable knocked out power around 10:45 in the morning, before the town's parade had concluded just up Route 2. Crews responded quickly and were able to safely restore power to all customers around 1 pm.
The Williston Police Department noted that some stop lights in the area were also knocked out during the outage. They did not report any accidents as a result.
Vermont Business Magazine Birdseye, the architecture and building firm located in Richmond, Vermont, has been named a top 5 finalist for the prestigious international 7th Annual Architizer A+ Awards. Their design project, WOODSHED, is a finalist for the Private House 3,000 – 5,000 SF category. Designed as a guest house, the Vermont project is conceptually inspired by the vernacular woodshed, a familiar and iconic element in the rural landscape, and is clad throughout in reclaimed corral board.
Vermont Business Magazine The 2019 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year is awarded to Steven Gagner, 14th Star Brewing Company, co-founder and owner. Gagner is recognized for growing his company, increasing sales, employee growth and contributing to the local community.
Vermont Business Magazine In 2005 a professional gardener was having trouble coming up with a name for the small business she was starting. Nothing seemed to excite her or capture her imagination. But one day while in a movie theater, her then eight-year-old daughter Louissa noticed the film’s production company was Red Wagon Entertainment. She asked her mother, “Why don’t we name it that?”
Vermont Business Magazine One truck, a chainsaw and a few hand tools is all Jim Myers and his former business partner had when they started their tree service business. “Our first customer said he wouldn’t hire us unless we were insured. We told him ‘of course, we’re insured, but we need a deposit before we get started.’ We took the deposit and bought insurance,” said Myers smiling as he retold the story.
Vermont Business Magazine Running a small granola manufacturing business in Vermont can be hard work. On a daily basis, granola needs to be produced, packed and shipped to clients across the US. However, when a small business is producing, packing and shipping to clients who speak a different language and are located on the other side of the world, it can bring a completely new set of challenges.
Vermont Business Magazine In the 1987 comedy Baby Boom, Diane Keaton’s character is a corporate executive in New York who winds up moving to Vermont, starting a small baby food company and taking it nationally all while raising a baby. Nurbu Sherpa’s story is a similar tale but without the comedy.
Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont will launch the 2019 season of its popular historic tours on Saturday, July 6. The free, weekly tours take place Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon through Oct. 12. There will be no tour on Sept. 28. The tour begins at the statue of Ira Allen, just to the south of the fountain on the UVM green.