By Danny Monahan
Small Business Administration
During the summer when most recent high school graduates are looking forward to going away to college, joining the military or taking some time off, a Middlesex teenager decided to start his own business in Montpelier.
Brandon Darmstadt, 19, opened up Arnie's Ice Cream in August after graduating from U-32 High School in East Montpelier in the spring of 2015.
Since grade school, Darmstadt said he’s had a bevy of business ideas and logos running through in his head, everything from a luxury resort to an armored vehicle company.
In 10th grade he got the idea of starting an ice cream business since Montpelier had not had a hard ice cream shop in several years. To make his idea a reality, he enrolled in U-32’s independent study program where he created a plan to start an ice cream shop.
“While in school, Brandon worked tirelessly from the fall of 2011 to the spring of 2015 to launch his... Read More