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March 11, 2013

“From Mills to Machine Tools” Presentation on April 13th at the Great Hall

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The development of Springfield along the Black River is an amazing story. Well known historian and author, Rosanne (Bunni) Putnam will bring to life the early history of Springfield in a visual presentation and talk entitled “From Mills to Machine Tools”. This will take place on Saturday afternoon April 13th from 3 – 4:30 pm at the Great Hall, which is part of the new One Hundred River Street project in Springfield.  Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Picture the Past is a history column written by Putnam in the Springfield Reporter. Putnam’s column led her to create a visual presentation that will introduce the 14 remarkable men who changed the direction of Springfield.

The columns and the visual presentation involved countless hours of research. Rosanne reviewed old photographs and postcards; Hubbard & Dartt’s, History of the Town of Springfield; Keith Richard Barney’s, The History of Springfield, Vermont.  Another source of historic information were old Springfield Reporters on file at the library.

Enjoy the program seated in one of the Great Hall’s 52 new chairs, which were purchased thanks to the generosity of community members.  A donor list of “Friends of the Great Hall” is on display in the History Corner.  You can browse the History Corner’s growing collection of historic photos, books, manuals and original gears.  Exchange stories or ask questions of former Fellows employees in the History Corner every Friday afternoon from Noon to 4 pm.

For more information on the “From Mills to Machine Tools” presentation, contact Bob Flint at SRDC, 802-885-3061 or bobf@springfielddevelopment.org

March 1, 2013

Start Your Own Business Workshop Next Thursday in Springfield

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The local Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) is offering a four-hour workshop on how to start your own business and write a business plan. The course will be offered next Thursday, March 7th, from 1 – 5 pm, at the Springfield Regional Development Corporation, at 14 Clinton Street, in the 1st floor conference room.

Starting Your Own Business is conducted by experienced business advisers and designed as a step-by-step guide for starting a business in Vermont for the first-time business owner:

  • Evaluate whether there is a viable business in your good idea
  • Identify your target customers and explore how to conduct market research
  • Learn how to register your company, apply for tax numbers and protect your brand
  • Prepare to write an effective business plan
  • Find out about financing options and learn what a credible loan package looks like
  • Receive access to the online workshops to increase your knowledge in money, marketing and management (at your convenience) valued at over $150.00

By the end of this workshop you will be well-informed about the resources available to you and the steps involved in launching a successful business.

Space is limited. To register for the workshop sign up online at www.vtsbdc.org (click on the training tab). For registration questions, please email Heather Gonyaw at hgonyaw@vtsbdc.org .  The registration fee is $99.00.  Your payment includes a start-up workbook in hardcopy and pdf format.

Vermont Small Business Development Center is a non-profit partnership of government, education and business, organized to help Vermont small businesses succeed. No-cost, confidential advice is provided to existing business owners and new entrepreneurs throughout the state. The local office is located at Springfield Regional Development Corporation on Clinton Street in Springfield.  For more information visit www.vtsbdc.org or contact Debra Boudrieau at (802) 885-2071 or dboudrieau@vtsbdc.org.

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.