Profiles in Business

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Working together we can build our local economies and help our communities thrive.

Working together we can build our local economies and help our communities thrive.


Where is your bank headquartered?


National Bank of Middlebury is one of the leading commercial loan institutions in its market, and all decisions are made right here in Vermont. We combine exceptional service with the latest technology, offering account options for large and small businesses with competitive rates, low fees and easy access.

Pomerleau Real Estate: Since 1951 Celebrating the Past & A Vision for the Future

Since 1951 Celebrating the Past & A Vision for the Future

We are grateful for our team, our partners, our community, and our family. Looking ahead to the next 70 years, we are steadfast in our resolve to help build Vermont’s future through investment in our economy and engagement in our community.

Together, we will see Vermont continue to thrive and flourish in the next 70 years!

Helping to Build the Northeast Kingdom & Beyond

Spates Construction Inc. is a family business that was started in 1974 by Frank and Jeannette Spates. In 2001, they turned the reigns over to their son Grant, who is the sole proprietor. For the past 46 years, Spates Construction has concentrated on commercial construction. They build schools, churches, office buildings, retail stores, manufacturing plants and recreational centers. While specializing in all of these various forms of construction, Spates prides itself on working closely with owners and architects with professionalism, constructive suggestions, integrity and candor.

VEDA: Making sure jobs are created and Vermont's public policy goals advance

As the state’s economic development finance leader, VEDA, the Vermont Economic Development Authority, has worked to make sure jobs are created and Vermont’s public policy goals advance.

So far, VEDA has provided over $2.5 billion in financing assistance to thousands of local entrepreneurs, manufacturers, small businesses and agricultural enterprises to help meet their goals and realize their dreams.

Through its diverse loan programs, small business owners, farmers and more can grow, prosper and play a role in creating a more vibrant economy for all Vermonters.

The power behind VEDA is its people — with a passionate team of dedicated professionals who truly care about their work and borrowers, finance gets a friendly face.

25 Years of Small Business Ownership – And it’s Still Fun to Go to Work!

Having had successful careers in large organizations, Steve and I thought we had tons to offer and little to learn – how hard could it be?  A small business with 3 ½ employees, including us, with $270,000 in annual sales, that sold straight forward, mostly upbeat, products.

It was when we realized that we had made NO plan for our 9 year-old daughter’s care while we worked that a bit of unease set in. Then where was the cleaning crew? And HR? Who was going to learn to actually make things and, oh yes, we had absolutely zero retail experience.

Do you own a small business in Vermont? We meet you where you are.

Since 1992, the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) has provided no-cost professional expertise and guidance to thousands of business owners. We combine one-on-one confidential advising with online resources and training programs to give our clients the tools and insight they need to reach their business goals.

VtSBDC’s statewide advisors can help you:

Improve daily operations

Navigate the funding landscape

Create fresh social media and marketing ideas

Bring your product to market

Ensure sustainability for your business