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March 29, 2017

SRDC Announces Staff Promotions

Filed under: SRDC — admin @ 1:16 pm

Springfield Regional Development Corporation (SRDC) Executive Director Bob Flint announced that two long-time SRDC employees have been promoted to new positions. Heather Hartford now serves as SRDC’s Assistant Director and Paul Kowalski has been named the Senior Project Manager.

Hartford is a native of Springfield and has been with SRDC since 2014. In her role as a Project Manager, she has overseen the construction of the new Blake Hill Preserves facility in Windsor, the recent renovations to the Robert S. Jones Industrial Center in Springfield and is coordinating the redevelopment of the former Bryant Grinder property.

Kowalski has been a Project Manager for SRDC since 2013. He administered the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Relief program that provided assistance to businesses that were impacted by Tropical Storm Irene. Currently, Paul is working with Windsor Improvement Corporation on a variety of projects in that community.

Flint indicated that these promotions illustrate the importance of Hartford and Kowalski to SRDC. “Heather and Paul are key members of the SRDC team. We are grateful for their talents and passion for the region”, Flint said.

March 9, 2017

Seminar on Business Ownership Succession on 5/2 in Springfield

Filed under: SRDC — admin @ 4:24 pm

An introduction to business ownership succession planning will be offered on Tuesday, May 2 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at The Hartness House Inn, 30 Orchard Street in Springfield, Vermont.  Attendees will receive a copy of “An Owner’s Guide to Business Succession Planning.” There is no cost for this event, but registration is required.

In this seminar, you will learn the basics of how to choose a path for ownership succession in your business. We will take a close look at four different ways of selling a business: to an outsider, to family members, to managers or to the larger group of employees. While we will get into some technical details, including an overview of the business valuation process, the focus will be on stories about each path, told via video by owners who have been involved in the sale of Vermont businesses. Our lead presenter will be accountant Jeffrey Graham of Graham & Graham, P.C. <http://www.grahamcpa.com/meet-our-firm.html>,with Don Jamison of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center <http://www.veoc.org/>.

Our special guest at this event will be Steve Birge, co-founder of Black River Produce, who recently completed the succession process.

Attendance is limited to business owners and key managers.

Sponsors of the event are the Regional Development Corporations of Vermont/Springfield Regional Development Corporation, the Vermont Small Business Development Center, Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center and the Vermont Employee Ownership Center, with funding provided by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

To register, please click here <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-search-for-a-good-exit-introduction-to-ownership-succession-planning-springfield-2017-registration-32471616479>.