Kick Start Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY — Art supplies, refurbished furniture, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor experience, home-and-lifestyle products, arts education and physical fitness are among the goods and services that will be offered by a half-dozen new enterprises setting up shop in Middlebury. All plan to open before the end of this year, thanks to an economic development incentive program spearheaded by the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP). The six new businesses will each be awarded a grant of $15,000-$20,000 — along with a wide range of support services — to occupy some of the Middlebury storefront...
The high interest in Middlebury’s Kick Start campaign, run by the Better Middlebury Partnership, is encouraging news to a town that has seen its downtown eviscerated by the better part of four years of road and bridge construction. A half dozen entrepreneurs were awarded grants of $15,000-$20,000 to jumpstart their business ideas into reality. By the stated rules, those businesses must open shop within six months. That’s pre-Christmas and one might assume a Herculean effort will be made to get things up and running months before that to capture fall foliage and holiday sales. Dozens of other...

Winners of the downtown Middlebury Kick Start grants include, from left to right, Calvi's restaurant, Middlebury Studio School, Sparrow Art Supply and Addison West, among others.
MIDDLEBURY — Six businesses are being awarded between $15,000 and $20,000 to bring new or expanding businesses to Middlebury after construction and the pandemic left several open storefronts. The Kick Start Middlebury program, created through a partnership of municipal, economic development, educational and business entities, has announced the recipients of its business recruitment incentive program. The winning businesses range from retailers of goods for the home, to supplies and services for artists, to a restaurant and start-up that will offer rock climbing. The Kick Start Middlebury...
MIDDLEBURY — A competition for a handful of business start-up incentive packages has been whittled down from an initial 40 to 12 semifinalists, five of which will get a tremendous boost filling some of downtown Middlebury’s vacant storefronts. Kick Start Middlebury is a collaboration of the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP), Addison County Economic Development Corp., Addison County Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Small Business Development Center and Middlebury College. Patterned after a similar program in Wilmington, Kick Start will award incentive packages to up to five stores committed to...
MIDDLEBURY — A new incentive program aimed at filling Middlebury’s downtown storefront vacancies has thus far wooed five aspiring entrepreneurs, and organizers were thrilled to report on Monday that Kick Start Middlebury now has $110,000 with which to assist new business ventures. Thanks to two recent gifts, that’s more than twice the initial $50,000 in seed money provided by the town. “After a $10,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Middlebury last week and now Table 21’s match to the town’s initial $50,000 investment, we are absolutely thrilled to offer interested businesses a sizeable...
MIDDLEBURY — The Kick Start Middlebury program, created by a partnership of property owners and government, economic development, educational and business entities, is now accepting Letters of Interest from those looking to establish, relocate or expand a business in Middlebury. At least two applicants will receive an incentive package that includes free or discounted services and products donated by area businesses, a $10,000 grant made available by the Town of Middlebury’s business development fund, and various benefits offered by property owners. More than a cash prize and valuable start-...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday unanimously agreed to allocate up to $50,000 in unspent economic development funds to help the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) fill vacant downtown storefronts with new businesses. “Kick Start Middlebury” is a collaboration of the BMP, Addison County Economic Development Corp., Addison County Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Small Business Development Center and Middlebury College. Patterned after a similar program in the southern  Vermont town of Wilmington, Kick Start will award incentive packages to three or four stores committed to making...
Middlebury’s $50,000 appropriation to boost the downtown is a needed step in the right direction. The money will seed “Kick Start Middlebury,” an effort to fill downtown storefronts with viable businesses by way of offering $10,000 incentive packages for interested entrepreneurs. It’s a bit of a gimmick, and the timing’s not perfect being as we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, but the hope is that the $10,000 will jumpstart conversations about what types of potential businesses would not only succeed in the downtown, but contribute to its vitality. The hurdles are high. Retailers, as well...
MIDDLEBURY — Concerned about the many storefront vacancies in downtown Middlebury right now, the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) is seeking $50,000 in local economic development money to bankroll a recruitment program for business start-ups in the core village area. It’s called “Kick Start Middlebury,” a collaboration of the BMP, Addison County Economic Development Corp., Addison County Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Small Business Development Center and Middlebury College. Plans call for “Kick Start” to be steered by a committee formed with representatives of the aforementioned...

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