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May 9, 2014

Start Your Own Business Workshop Coming Up Next Thursday in Springfield

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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 on Thursday, May 15th, from 9 am – 1 pm at the Springfield Regional Development Corporation office on 14 Clinton Street, in Springfield VT.

Starting Your Own Business is conducted by experienced business advisors 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 SBDC office is located at Springfield Regional Development Corporation. For more information visit www.vtsbdc.org or contact Debra Boudrieau at (802) 885-2071, dboudrieau@vtsbdc.org.

May 7, 2014

Job Descriptions: A Job Worth Doing Right Workshop

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Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) and the Springfield Regional Development Center (SRDC) are offering a three-hour workshop on utilizing  a correctly written job description as the foundation of nearly every HR function. The course will be offered on Thursday, May 22nd from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Howard Dean Education Center at 307 South Street in Springfield, Vermont.

In the seminar participants will learn:

  • Why many experts feel that the job description is the cornerstone of the HR process.
  • Why job descriptions are more than a list of qualifications and duties.
  • How to use up-to-date job descriptions for recruiting, performance, management, and compensation.
  • As a bonus…participants will be guided through an overview of the legal issues of interviewing, hiring, and key employment laws to consider in the employment process.

Space is limited. To register sign up online at www.vtsbdc.org (click on the training tab). The fee is $49.00 per person.  For registration questions, please call Heather Gonyaw at hgonyaw@vtsbdc.org.

May 6, 2014

The Hale Street Gang: Portraits in Writing Opens at The Great Hall on May 20th – “Meet the Artists” on May 24th from 2- 4 pm

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Memory and longevity are illuminated in The Hale Street Gang: Portraits in Writing, a multimedia exhibit opening at The Great Hall in Springfield, Vermont on May 20th . The exhibit highlights the work of a dozen 80 and 90 year-olds who have been meeting regularly since 2008 to write down their life stories. Photographer Jack Rowell’s 12 larger-than-life black-and-white portraits are the focal point of the exhibit.

Rowell’s portraits capture the vitality of these amateur storytellers, whose reminiscences span the twentieth century. The photographer became interested in the memoir-writing project when he attended a reading in Randolph in the fall of 2009. “These folks were telling stories about people and places I remembered from my own childhood,” says Rowell, who lives in neighboring Braintree, “places like the Randolph playground and Tunbridge, Vermont, where my grandmother lived.”

“This project began with the writers’ stories,” says project leader Sara Tucker, who  researches stories and writes for Condé Nast Traveler, facilitates the weekly writers circle  in Randolph, Vermont. “They wanted to preserve a few cherished memories for children and grandchildren.” The exchange of stories within the group proved stimulating, bringing long-buried memories to the fore. “The role of memory in aging is seldom discussed except in terms of loss. In writing about our lives, we focus on those memories that are sharp and clear and vivid. Our project presents age as the creative and cultural ally of memory—the older the memory, the more valuable it is.”

Also on display:  Cartoon Imagery and Interactive Sculpture as social and political commentary by Phil Godenschwager

Phillip Godenschwager grew up in a military family, moving often and traveling around the world for the first quarter of his life. Art, particularly drawing, was the one constant in his life. He graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Graphic Design and later received an MFA as a member of the inaugural class at Vermont College of Fine Arts. After settling in Vermont in the mid 70’s Phil has spent the last 35 years working in illustration, packaging architectural drawing, sculpting and stained glass fabrication. While his eclectic and broad creative base informs his current art-making, his work has always been centered on social and political commentary. He lives in Randolph, Vermont.

The Hale Street Gang: Portraits in Writing will be at The Great Hall from May 20th through October 10th. There will be an artist talk on Saturday, May 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. The Great Hall is at One Hundred River Street, Springfield Vermont. For the May 24th event, access will be only available through the Pearl Street entrance.