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Online bookkeeping for entrepreneurs.

It’s a very simple sentence needing no explanation. Those four words are the first a visitor reads when visiting the home page for Reconciled, an online bookkeeping company headquartered in Burlington, Vt.

“People visit the website because they have a problem. I wanted the website to tell them immediately ‘Reconciled can help you with that problem,’” said Michael Ly, owner and founder of Reconciled.

The website,, doesn’t just get to the bottom line up front, it is a very appealing sleek website that is easy to navigate.

“Having a modern great looking website was essential when I first envisioned Reconciled. So much of accounting is based on trust. When you are asking someone for their financial statements, you are asking for very personal information. Your website has to be trustworthy, so clients know Reconciled will provide consistent, accurate remote accounting services,” said Ly.

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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 U.S.

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.

Lindsay Martin, owner of Small Batch Organics located in Manchester Center, shipped her first pallet of granola to China in the fall of 2015 after being in production for five months. In 2018, Small Batch Organics began working with a Taiwanese organic market chain. After getting the artwork for their first Small Batch Organics labels in Chinese, approval of the artwork became a challenge. Fortunately, she knew of a local professor who could help them proof the bags. That is just one of the many exporting challenges Martin has faced as she has broadened her international reach. In 2019, the Small... Read More

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.

“When I started, the first six months were very difficult. I was generating no income, I was trying to figure out how to run a business and I had a newborn son. I was always thinking ‘did I make the right decision moving to Vermont,’” said Sherpa.

Nurbu Sherpa is the owner and founder of Sherpa Foods, a small business that specializes in making momos, a Nepalese dumpling, and momo sauce, a Himalayan style hot sauce.  Sherpa says all of his company’s food is made locally and with fresh and natural ingredients.

Nurbu Sherpa started the business in 2015 with the help of his family shortly after he and his wife Phura moved to Vermont from New York City where he worked for a national... Read More

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.

Forty years later DJ’s Tree Service is a multimillion-dollar enterprise with a fleet of trucks and state-of-the-art equipment. The business, located on Depot Road in Colchester, is owned and operated by Myers and his wife Lisa.

Back in the late 1970s Jim Myers and Dean Bumstead were groundskeepers at the University of Vermont who often performed tree service as side work. They decided to strike out on their own, but it wasn’t easy. The 1980s were a trying time for the company and the Myers. While raising a family, Jim was working constantly, Lisa was working fulltime at the U.S. Forest... Read More