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All’s Chill in Montpelier

By Danny Monahan
Small Business Administration Vermont District Office Public Information Officer

Three children walk into a gelato shop and begin trying the different flavors of the day. Once they decide on a flavor, they leave laughing while licking their cones.

“That’s the best part,” said Theo Kennedy. “Seeing the smiles on people’s faces while enjoying our gelato.”

A little more than a year ago, Theo and his wife Nora decided to open Chill, a family business, on State Street in Montpelier.

“Opening a family business was at the core of Chill,” said Theo Kennedy. “When we started this business we wanted to be together more, not less.”

The entire family works there. The children, Patrick, Aine and Sasha each spend time after school and on weekends behind the counter scooping, making gelato or hanging out.

“We love having our family here with us, it doesn’t even feel like we are working at times,” said Theo Kennedy.

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Baker meets construction consultant: a serendipitous relationship

By Danny Monahan
Small Business Administration Vermont District Office Public Information Officer

Chance, destiny, karma, whatever one may call it, a chance meeting is working out for two women who decided to move to Brattleboro to start small businesses.

Danielle Bochneak practiced commercial and intellectual property litigation in Chicago for five years before implementing the next step of her life plan, opening a bakery with a focus on organic and locally sourced ingredients. Bochneak chose Brattleboro due to its central location, access to environmentally responsible and high quality food suppliers, and a widely-accepted locavore culture.  Mel Baiser, a seventh generation Vermonter, was living primarily in San Francisco as well as Latin America over the past 15 years before she decided to return to her home state and start a construction management business.

Both had the dream and the ambition to start a business, but neither had extensive... Read More

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

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