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When reading through a Burlington-based business’ social media platforms, one can’t help but notice how many women are praising its work.

On Facebook the company regularly receives five stars, on Twitter there are countless posts of appreciation and Instagram is full of images capturing the company’s trademark suite.

The suite is a free-standing lactation pod for nursing mothers on the go. It is the brainchild of Christine Dodson and Sascha Mayer, owners and founders of Mamava.

“Every day we receive tweets, emails and Facebook messages from moms thanking us for what we do. There’s nothing more rewarding,” said Dodson and Mayer.

The idea for Mamava came to light in 2006 after Mayer read an article in the New York Times about the difficulties many nursing mothers face when they return to work. At the time she was a nursing mother who could relate to the challenges mothers face sometimes and Dodson, Mayer’s co-worker at JDK Design, had experienced the same... Read More

Durable buildings, better indoor air quality, comfort and a significant reduction in the operating costs of building and businesses.  

The construction industry refers to this as high performance building practices and it’s the commitment HELM Construction Solutions makes to all its clients.

HELM Construction Solutions has clients throughout the country that include contractors, designers, institutions, homeowners and business owners.

"When we initially started this business in 2012 we never fully anticipated the demand. We're now working with over 50 clients across the country on a wide range of innovative projects and helping construction-related business owners balance the priorities of People, Profit and Planet as they grow their businesses," said Mel Baiser, HELM co-owner. “Part of our mission at HELM is to revolutionize the building process one company and one project at a time. We particularly enjoy working with building owners to help them navigate... Read More

Salted Bourbon, Vanilla Bean and Cold Brew Coffee are just a few of the flavors of goat’s milk caramel that Fat Toad Farm in Brookfield, Vt. offers.

The family-owned company makes eight different caramel sauces and sells their product all over the country. The caramel sauce is based on the traditional recipe for cajeta, a slow-cooked Mexican treat made with goat's milk.

Steve Reid and his wife Judith Irving and their daughter Calley Hastings have owned and operated the company for 10 years. The “family business” also includes Christine Porcaro, a longtime employee who has been critical to the business’ success.

It all started in 2006 when Josey Hastings, their oldest daughter, came back to Vermont from living in Mexico where she had learned how to make cajeta. The family farm had a few goats so they decided to take over their kitchen to make a batch of cajeta. Irving says if it wasn’t for that trip to Mexico, they would never have landed on this unique Mexican... Read More

A small business owner in Winooski may be the perfect example of the success one can achieve when using all resources available.

Nicole Carey the founder and owner of Birdfolk Collective opened her storefront on East Allen Street in 2015 and has been growing it ever since with the assistance of a few organizations throughout Vermont.

That growth and success has earned Carey the 2018 Vermont Young Entrepreneur of the Year.  

Birdfolk Collective is a gift shop selling apparel, jewelry, art, cards and other accessories made by more than 250 different independent designers.

Years before opening Birdfolk Collective, Carey worked in various small businesses. During this time Carey made clothing and accessories and sold her items online and at various are markets. The success she was experiencing made her want to open her very own store, but she wasn’t sure where to start and knew it would be more difficult than simply selling online.

She heard about... Read More