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Construction benefits business, town


By Danny Monahan
Small Business Administration Vermont District Office public information officer


A small business in Randolph, Vt. is constructing a multimillion dollar state-of-the-art facility that will benefit the business and the town.


Freedom Foods, a food production and packaging business, is located in a 7,500 square-foot former textile mill on Pleasant Street and will be upgrading to a 24,910 square-foot building, which is under construction on Beanville Road.


“We work with artisan food producers to develop, produce, package and distribute their creations,” said Cathy Bacon, Freedom Foods owner. “Each recipe is hand-crafted in small batches by real people who are passionate about food. We don't do mega-production, we create fabulous food. We create products each year you don’t even know you are going to like a year from now. ”


Since its establishment in 2008, it has continuously grown

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Nelson is the place
By Danny Monahan Small Business Administration Vermont District Office public information officer     ACE Hardware’s new television commercial advertises that going to ACE is like going over to your neighbor’s house to borrow a tool.     A fitting commercial for Nelson Ace Hardware, where owner Bob Nelson knows many of his customers by name. In most stores, customers may know what section to go to for a particular item, but at Nelson’s customers know who to see, such as “Mr. B.,” Nelson's repairman.     Nelson Ace Hardware, located on Main Street in Barre, Vt., has been serving central Vermont’s hardware needs since 1983. It was started by Nelson’s father, Carroll, his mother, Sarah, and himself. Bob Nelson was a recent graduate of Montpelier High School who had plans to go away to college to study music when he decided to opt out of school and go into business with his family.     Thirty years later, Nelson ACE Hardware has been named the Small... Read More


By Danny Monahan
Small Business Administration public information officer

Daily deal websites offer discount vouchers on everything from yoga classes to ice cream cones from businesses throughout the country and the world.

Localvore Today located in Burlington has decided to take the daily deal website concept and apply it at the local level, and only the local level.

“We don’t offer vouchers for big national chains or franchises,” said Dan White, Localvore Today owner. “We only offer vouchers for local businesses throughout Vermont.”

Localvore Today is the brainchild of White. White, who is from Evanston Ill., came to Vermont because he felt the market was lacking competition, and wanted to create a daily deal website that is socially responsible and supports buying local.

“I specifically chose this market because Vermont culturally represents the buying local mentality,” he said. “There has been a big push these past few years... Read More

A guitar shop for the 21st Century

By Danny Monahan Small Business Administration Vermont District Office public information officer Maybe his guitar of choice is a 1965 Fender Stratocaster. Or perhaps it’s a 2013 PRS Custom 22. Whatever the preference, it can be placed into his hands without him ever having to leave the couch. It’s not that lifelike, but it’s what the owners of Music Store Live are trying to accomplish with their online guitar store, “Our goal is to bring the guitar shop into your living room and come as close as we can to putting the guitar into your hands without actually doing it,” said Ben Werlin, Music Store Live co-owner. Music Store Live highlights its new, used and vintage guitars through high resolution photos and videos. After a little more than two years, their website has made them one of the largest Fender Guitar retailers in the northeast. It started in the fall of 2010, when brothers Ben and Brandon Werlin were camping in Yosemite National... Read More