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Editorial: The real gamble for Middlebury is not to try a business development director

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



At Middlebury’s Town Meeting, the one surprise came in the spur-of-the-moment discussion over the economic viability of the town’s newly hired business development director. In what started out as an introduction of the new director, Jamie Goucher, the conversation quickly turned to how the director’s performance would be measured and how committed the stakeholders were to funding the position over the first five years and thereafter. The concern was that taxpayers would be funding the position after the year 2017.

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Tinkerer takes hobby to a new level with electronics fix-it shop

Posted on March 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — As a child, Joshua Chamberlain loved to take mechanical things apart and put them back together again. He wanted to see what made them tick and make sure they kept ticking when he had reassembled them.

Now 41, Chamberlain is still taking stuff apart — only he is now getting paid for it. He has just opened The Laptop Shop on Middlebury’s Merchants Row, where he works out bugs in computers and a variety of other electronics for customers who might otherwise have to make the trek to Rutland or Chittenden counties.

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Video contest helps train car salesman

Posted on March 11, 2013 |
By John S. McCright



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MIDDLEBURY — Chris Hanfield, a Vergennes resident who is a salesman at Foster Motors in Middlebury, knows a thing or two about getting people into the right automobile for them. He’s been moving cars and trucks off the lot for four years.

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Middlebury hires its new jobs ‘czar’

Posted on February 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday overwhelmingly endorsed Jamie O. Gaucher, deputy chief of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, as the town’s first-ever business development director. In this job he will be responsible for bringing new jobs to Addison County’s shire town.

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Whiskey distiller's proposal watched for its impact on farms and Act 250

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — WhistlePig owner and founder Raj Bhatka had hoped this year to begin harvesting rye grown on his 500-acre farm off Shoreham’s Quiet Valley Road, a crop he wants to distill and store in oak barrels to age for up to 10 years to mature into high-end whiskey.

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Telecommuters welcome spread of broadband access in Vermont

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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ADDISON COUNTY — While nearly all Vermonters rely on the Internet to stay on top of business, schooling or their social lives, no group is more dependent on fast, reliable Internet service than telecommuters.

“I spend most of the day connected remotely to a system that I do 99 percent of my work on,” said Addison resident Brad Clark. He’s the IT director for RetailVision, a magazine sales promotion company that last fall closed its office in Middlebury and moved out of state.

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Online language education company aims to prepare kids, grow jobs

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Twenty-two people operating out of an 11,000-square-foot space in Middlebury’s industrial park are poised to deliver international language instruction to classrooms throughout Vermont — an effort they hope will help build the skills of the state’s workforce.

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Middlebury zeros in on economic development post

Posted on January 3, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A committee charged with recruiting Middlebury’s first-ever business development director will soon interview a fifth and final candidate before narrowing down the field and introducing a new hire as soon as Town Meeting Day.

“I think we are on a good path,” said John Tenny, a member of the Middlebury Business Development Fund Advisory Board.

“I think we have some very good candidates.”

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Online sales help keep local artists afloat

Posted on December 20, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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ADDISON COUNTY — If you ask Reed Prescott, surviving the recession has been simple — you just have to be an artist.

“We’re the only ones that could handle it, because we were used to not having money,” Prescott said.

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College entrepreneur grows new business with unique product

Posted on December 13, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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MIDDLEBURY — They’re not jams because they’re savory, and they’re not quite chutneys because there is not much spice. So what exactly are the sauces that Suzanne Calhoun has been cooking up for the last eight months?

Calhoun, the Middlebury College student and Vermont native who last summer introduced the delicious, all-natural products as Suzanne’s Sweet Savories, is an avid gardener who began exploring sauce-making to preserve tomatoes from her family’s Jericho garden.

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