Success Stories

A few years ago the co-founder of one of the most profitable companies in the world said the story that their business was started in a garage is a bit of a myth. Regardless of Steve Wozniak’s statement about Apple, the garage of Steve Jobs' childhood home is now designated a historic site.  

Two Vermont Veterans are long way from having the success of Apple’s co-founders, but the story of them starting out in a garage is very much true (and their product is much more enjoyable than an apple).

“One of the reasons we started a brewery is because we were making so much beer in the garage we had no place to put it. We said ‘what are we going to do with all this beer?’” said Shawn Trout.  

Today 1st Republic Brewing Company, owned and founded by Trout and Kevin Jarvis, is no longer headquartered out of a garage. The brewery is in a 3,000 square-foot facility on River Road producing about 800 barrels of beer a year.  

Trout is an Army veteran who served in... Read More

A specialty food producer in Williston, Vt. is being recognized by the Small Business Administration.

Pastabilities, owned and founded by Dan & Nicole Roscioli, is named the 2018 Vermont Microenterprise of the Year.

“We are super excited to win VT Microenterprise of the Year. It’s a fantastic way to recognize all the hard-work and dedication our small team of employees has made over the years,” said Roscioli. “Winning this award is only possible because of our amazing customers and employees. A decade ago, we considered leaving Vermont to start Pastabilities in a more populated state, but now we can't imagine Pastabilities without the incredible support for local business that Vermont prides itself in.”

Pastabilities earned the award for employment growth, financial success and expansion. To be eligible for Microenterprise of the Year, the business must have five or fewer employees, including the owner. 

When he began this enterprise 10 years ago in... Read More

Megan Haygood and her family already had the land, hay and equipment needed to start a horse boarding, breeding, training and riding facility in Danville.

But they knew they needed more in order to start a successful business. Enter Michelle Lemieux, an established equine trainer and manager and you have the makings of a quality small business partnership.

The two opened Northern Lights Stable last year after combining Haygood’s resources and Lemieux’s expertise and customer base.

“Our business is special as it provides exceptional equine care and twenty-four hour monitoring, highly skilled training and riding instruction, and a regulation-size indoor competition arena,” Haygood said.

But even with the combination of resources and skills that Haygood and Lemieux bring to the table, they knew they could use additional help before launching the business. That’s why they contacted Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) Area Advisor Ross Hart.... Read More

It looks like it belongs in the engine room of a submarine with its pipes, gauges and levers. However it is not tucked away on a ship, but prominently featured in a Main Street coffee shop in St. Albans, Vt.

Eddie Woods, the owner of The Grind Café, is quite animated as he explains how his hot air drum roaster works. It roasts the beans by adjusting the heat source, and air flow to get just the right flavors and aroma to come out of the coffee. Because his roaster is commercial grade, it can process the batches of coffee quickly.

It is The Grind’s crown jewel. It’s strategically located in front of the café, so pedestrians walking by can watch Woods at work through the storefront’s window. Next to it rest sacks and crates of coffee beans that will soon be roasted and consumed by patrons. 

Most of his adult life Woods has worked in coffee shops. Before opening the Grind, for years he worked as a manager at a national coffee franchise in Florida and when he moved... Read More

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