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October 18, 2012

Start Your Own Business Workshop Coming Up in Windsor on 11/15

Filed under: SRDC — admin @ 3:48 pm

Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) is offering a three-hour workshop on how to start your own business and write a business plan. The course will be offered on Thursday, November 15th from 9:00 – noon in the conference room of the Windsor Welcome Center at 3 Railroad Avenue in Windsor. This is being sponsored by VTSBDC and Springfield Regional Development Corporation.

The seminar is designed for individuals who are thinking about going into business but need assistance with the procedures involved and government regulations regarding starting up a business in Vermont.

Space is limited. To register for the workshop sign up online at www.vtsbdc.org (click on the training tab). For questions, please email Heather Gonyaw at hgonyaw@vtsbdc.org. The registration fee is $40.00 / $45 for two.

NEW! Online option of the “Start Your Own Business” workshop: Based on the popular 3-hour workshop, this online course is now available for those individuals who are thinking about going into business and want a convenient way to access to same information. Instead of handouts, you will have exercises to do on your own and submit to an Area Business Advisor for feedback. This is the first step in working with VtSBDC as you determine whether there is a business in your good idea. You can register by going to the VtSBDC website www.vtsbdc.org.

Vermont Small Business Development Center is a non-profit partnership of government, education and business, organized to help Vermont small businesses succeed. Free advice is provided to existing business owners and new entrepreneurs throughout the state. The local office is located at Springfield Regional Development Corporation on 14 Clinton Street in Springfield. You can call them at 802-885-2071.

Vermont Small Business Development Center is a partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through its funding does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of any of the co-sponsors’ or participants’ opinions, products or services.

October 5, 2012

VTel receives additional wireless funds as they continue to expand Vermont’s connectivity!

Filed under: SRDC — admin @ 10:34 am

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced a $2 million federal grant to expand wireless phone service Thursday. Despite the grant, complete state coverage may never be a reality.

We’ve heard the governor promise time and again “every corner of this state will have complete broadband coverage by the end of 2013.” Thursday, he specifically stated he’ll never make that promise for cellphone coverage.

The grant money will help build VTel towers to serve VTel customers in Caledonia and Orange counties. VTel representatives say 88 percent of homes and businesses have cell service in Vermont, but many rural and undeveloped areas still don’t. Gov. Shumlin says the network will be greatly improved by 2013, but to promise every rural area will have service someday is unrealistic.

“We want to do everything we can to build out the network. It’s a huge challenge. Vermont is one of the more challenging areas in the world to get cell service to because we’re hills and valleys and those hills block cell coverage,” said Shumlin, D-Vermont.

Nearly $60 million have been obtained to further cellphone service expansion projects so far.