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BDCC Hires new Internship Coordinator

Brattleboro, Vermont (January 13, 2017) – The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) is pleased to announce Kristin Mehalick will be filling our open Internship Coordinator position. Kristin has worked for over a year as the Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) Project Manager at the BDCC.

The Six Colleges Collaborative Internship Program works with (1) local businesses, (2) post-secondary student(s) and (3) colleges both in and outside of Vermont. The program works to partner college students and recent graduates with local companies and contribute to Vermont’s economic development, while introducing students to the opportunities that exist here in Vermont. It attracts students from across Windham County, the State, and the Country to start their careers in Southern Vermont, providing work-based learning experiences to students and qualified labor to Windham County’s growing businesses and nonprofits. read more

As Ringling Bros. announces it will close, New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro is keeping the art of circus performing alive. The group’s co-founder Elsie Smith (left) works with Cherie Jacque and Miranda Kent on the trapeze.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Despite Ringling Bros. Shutdown, The Circus Arts Remain Alive And Well In Vermont

It’s big news when a group like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announces that it will close after 146 years. But at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro, aspiring circus performers continue to train. And in many ways, the staff there say the future of circus arts has never been brighter.

It’s Monday morning at the New England Center for Circus Arts, or NECCA, and graduates of the program are taking advantage of the open studio. Read the entire story from VPR

Photo from last weeks Southern Vermont Young Professionals 2nd Annual Grafton Pond after dark event

Featured News and Blogs

Scott realigns economic department to bring business and labor together read more here

Public Hearing on Executive Order 05-17 read more here

Board picks commission member, reviews budget read more here

Defense contractor shuts Brattleboro plant read more here

Federal review of Vermont Yankee sale to begin read more here

Stratton Foundation reaches $1 million to support families in poverty read more here

New Partners for Vermont’s Green Business Program read more here

Vermont Futures Project Releases Vision Report read more here

What’s Next For the Ecovation Hub?

The Ecovation Hub has completed Phase 1. Originally envisioned to help recover from the closure of Vermont Yankee, the Hub has successfully expanded its vision. In the coming years the Hub will continue to assist the Green Economy of Southern Vermont with an expanded leadership team and a sustainable business model designed to have the greatest possible positive impact on the community.  To get involved and be connected to this work going forward, please contact  [email protected]

See All Ecovation Hub Updates

Executive training program available to VT entrepreneurs

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont Technical College, as the educational partner of the SBA’s Emerging Leaders program, is seeking 20 entrepreneurs throughout the state to participate in a free business course starting in April.

Emerging Leaders is a free executive-level training program for established business owners poised for growth. Over the course of seven months at Vermont Tech’s Williston campus, each participating entrepreneur will learn immediate ways to improve their business and will create a three-year strategic growth plan to build a sustainable business of size and scale.

The Small Business Administration established the Emerging Leaders program in 2008 to assist entrepreneurs in urban communities, but in 2016 the agency determined the program could benefit rural states such as New Hampshire and Vermont.

This is the initiative’s second year in the Green Mountain State. According to 2014 impact data from the national program, 68 percent of businesses who completed the program increased revenues and 95 percent of alumni would recommend the program to a fellow small business owner. Participants are also successful in accessing new capital and new contracts with government and anchor institutions.

“Last year we agreed to host the inaugural class because we felt it aligned perfectly with Vermont Tech’s entrepreneurship education and alignment to workforce training in Vermont.  After seeing the results and the eagerness for a class like this firsthand, we knew we wanted to continue our partnership with the SBA hosting Emerging Leaders,” said Patricia Moulton, Interim President of Vermont Tech.

Emerging Leaders is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. To be considered, firms must be for-profit enterprises, been in business for at least three years, have at least one full time employee other than self, and have annual revenues between $400,000 and $10 million.

The majority of Vermont businesses in the 2016 Emerging Leaders class had annual revenues in excess of $1 million. There are no restrictions on the types of businesses that can participate. Some examples of participating businesses include manufacturers, retail stores, wholesalers, contractors, professional services and food service.

“The caliber of the instructor, this program, and the curriculum is incredible. I have been grateful for all the resources offered to me and my small business. The flow of the class itself has been highly optimal for maximum success. Working on the business, not just in the business, is built into my workflow consistently going forward,” said Stephanie T. Hainley of White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors, and graduate of the Vermont Emerging Leaders class of 2016.

Business owners interested in the program need to fill out the online application at www.interise.org/SBAemergingleaders by March 1. Interise, a non-profit organization specializing in entrepreneurial education, oversees the Emerging Leaders nationwide. The SBA reviews the applications and selects the class participants. For more information, visit www.sba.gov/emergingleaders, email [email protected] or call 802-828-4422 ext. 203.

BDCC Staff Profile Series

The work of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation is possible because of the team members who bring their unique blend of talents and commitment to helping our region thrive. We will be featuring a profile of one of our staff members in each Newsletter and on our BDCC blog through 2016 and the beginning of 2017. You can find all of them on our BDCC Blog.

BDCC Staff Member Name: Adam Grinold

Position Title: Executive Director

Program(s): All of them

Where were you born? Brattleboro, VT

Where do you currently live? Wilmington, VT

What did you do before you came to the BDCC? After I graduated from Castleton State, I managed our family business. Because of that experience, I joined the Chamber of Commerce and then joined the board of the Chamber. I was on the board for ten years and learned about the various challenges that individual business owners experienced. I also became involved with the Tri-Town group and the Mullin Report and Rural Vermont’s first community visit, which was in Wilmington. These experiences highlighted the business challenges and how our rural region is uniquely challenged in providing resources to meet these needs.  I had been off the board for a few years when The Flood (Irene) hit. The Chamber then needed an Executive Director. I was already involved with the recovery efforts through FEMA and the ad hoc efforts. I took the position as the interim director. Because of the intensity of the business needs due to the flood, the focus of the chamber became very need driven. Coming out of the FEMA flood recovery process, I was one of the original board members of Wilmington Works, Wilmington’s Downtown Organization. I was on the SeVEDS board for two years before coming on to the BDCC.

What inspires you about your current work? The never ending possibilities and the passionate, dedicated people I get to work with. I know that we can make a difference with our work. We can do that by ensuring we have the tools to stay focused on the mission. Vermont is really unique. We are challenged by our rural geography and the low density population.   Read More

Thank you for supporting southern Vermont.

Adam Grinold
Adam Grinold
Executive Director 
Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation 
Connect on LinkedIn — call me: 802 257-7731 ext 224  —  email me

Regional Events & Resources

Southern Vermont Young Professionals Monthly Event Series

Join the Young Professionals
Meet Other People Working in Vermont and never miss a YP event
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Southern Vermont Economy Project

Are you listed as a Partner and Community Asset with the Southern Vermont Economy Project?

Looking to make a local impact? Grow jobs? Attract more revenue to the area? Sustainable Marketing?
Sunny Leporati, Project Manager, is ready to learn about your economic and workforce projects. Some examples are: a new business incubator, an umbrella organization that coordinates services to businesses/nonprofits, a recreation project, student group, arts collective, training program. If you haven’t connected with the SoVermont Economy Project yet, email Sunny at [email protected], or call 802-257-7731 ext. 222.

INSTIG8 Events:

The 2017 Calendar is evolving and available on the BDCC website. Upcoming events include:

If you’d like to be added to the INSTIG8 newsletter, please send R.T. Brown, [email protected], a message.

Windham County Economic Development Program (WCEDP)

Are you expanding? Need new equipment? Working capital?

The Windham County Economic Development Program (WCEDP) is off and running. This program leverages the funds provided by Entergy to promote economic development in Windham County. Its aim is to provide funds to stimulate job creation through business startup, expansion, or relocation, and WCEDP is now accepting applications from Windham County businesses.
Learn More about Applying

Grants, Loans and Trainings

U.S. Small Business Administration
HUBZone Program
The HUBZone Program assists small businesses in gaining preferential access to federal contracts due to limited development in rural communities. Chester; Addison, Bennington, Orange, Rutland, Windsor, & Windham Counties have been designated as HUBZone. The VT PTAC of SBA will be holding workshops on Understanding the HUBZone, and how to apply.

U.S Small Business Administration
Loans for drought impacted Windham County organizations
– May 22, 2017
Click here for eligibility information or apply now ›

Windham Regional Career Center
Offering continuing ed courses, both online and on-campus
Register now for Spring 2016 classes. apply now ›

Vermont Community Foundation
New Funding Opportunities for Brattleboro-based Projects,
– April 14, 2017
learn more ›

Working Lands Enterprise Initiative
Grants for agriculture and working lands initiatives
– February 9th, 2017
Must have submitted a letter of intent for consideration
For eligibility information and to apply. apply now ›


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Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation
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802 257-7731 ext 224  •  [email protected]Laura Sibilia, Director of Economic Development
Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation
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