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Today there is alternative to just about every traditional product and service. There are alternatives to taxi cabs, phones, cable television and even bread.

A company in Bristol, Vt. is making a name for itself producing an alternative to plastic wrap. Bee’s Wrap does this by infusing cotton with beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin. The end product is a washable and reusable alternative to plastic wrap.

“This all started because I wanted to remove plastic from my kitchen in favor of a healthier, more sustainable way to store my family’s food. But almost immediately friends and family were telling me I should start selling my wraps,” said Sarah Kaeck, the owner and founder of Bee’s Wrap.

In 2012 Bee’s Wrap was born when she converted her husband’s workshop to her own, hired some mothers with kids in schools to work a few hours a day and began selling to local retailers.

Her company has been growing ever since. Today it is housed in a 2,500 square-foot... Read More

As much as teenagers are told they can be whatever they want when they grow up, so few go on to live fulfill their dreams.

For one Brattleboro woman, she is exactly what she wanted to be when she was a teenager, the owner of a successful Vermont catering company.

"In high school we all had to write down where we wanted to be in 10 years. I wrote, I hope to own my own catering company by the time I was 28. And I ended up doing just that," said Gretchen Hardy, co-owner of Hardy Foard Catering in Brattleboro, Vt.

Hardy is named the 2017 Vermont Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Small Business Administration. The annual award is presented to business owners under 35 who have had success in sales, profits, increasing jobs, having innovative business methods and demonstrating entrepreneurial potential necessary for economic growth.

Always interested in cooking, Hardy decided to attend the Culinary Institute of America in New York to turn her interest into... Read More

Tucked away on the back side of a building on Depot St. in Lyndonville, VT, the founder of a small business sits in his office trying to figure out how his company is going to cover more than 3,000 sporting events this coming school year.

On average that equals out to be eight games a day. On Sept. 29, Northeast Sports Network is slated to cover and stream 29 different games. It is quite the leap for an online sports network that started out in a basement in 2006.

“Scheduling all the different games at different locations and who is going to cover what may be the most difficult part of this job,” said Eric Berry, founder of Northeast Sports Network. 

Today Northeast Sports Network bills itself as the premier sports website in New England featuring state of the art live video streaming, on-demand video, game articles, featured columns, photos, message boards, blogs, and more. 

Filming and streaming games is the network’s primary focus. NSN covers games... Read More

Brewing Boom Continues With Hyde Park Tasting Room

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.

Owned and operated by Michael Scarlata and Jason Powell, the 590 East Main Street brewhouse and tasting room recently started serving its craft brewed creations from its 3bbl system, but not before seeking assistance from Vermont Small Business Development Center Area Advisor and craft brewing specialist Charley Ininger.

In addition to being one of VtSBDC’s area advisors, Ininger is also part of the specialty services VtSBDC has to offer. With many years in the food and beverage business and a keen understanding of what it takes to make a brewery a success from concept to creation, Ininger has worked with many Vermont beer makers as the brewing boom continues to expand.

In addition to individual advice and advising, Charley offers a class in the business of brewing... Read More

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