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November 19, 2019

NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO BROWNFIELDS REUSE AND ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITY LIMITATION PROGRAM

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Please take notice that Springfield Regional Development Corporation whose address is 14 Clinton Street, Suite 7, Springfield, VT 05156 is applying to the Vermont Brownfields Reuse and Environmental Liability Limitation Program (10 V.S.A. §6641 et seq.) in connection with the redevelopment of property known as Park Street School, 60 Park Street, in the Town of Springfield. A copy of the application, which contains a preliminary environmental assessment and a description of the proposed redevelopment project is available for public review at the Springfield Town Clerk’s Office and at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation offices in Montpelier. Comments concerning the above referenced documents, and the application generally, may be submitted to the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Waste Management Division, 1 National Life Drive – Davis, Montpelier, VT 05620; attention: Kimberly Caldwell. Telephone inquiries may be directed to Vermont DEC at 802-828-1138.

October 29, 2019

Regional Workforce Summit in Springfield on November 20th

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The Regional Development Corporations (RDC’s) of Vermont, in partnership with the Vermont Department of Labor, are hosting 12 Regional Workforce Summits this fall and early winter around the state. These summits are intended to build upon existing collaborations and will provide actionable solutions for employers as well as better awareness and partnerships among regional and statewide service providers.

Springfield Regional Development Corporation (SRDC) is sponsoring the Windsor Region/Southern Windsor County Workforce Summit on Wednesday, November 20th at the River Valley Technical Center in Springfield. This event will bring the county’s regional workforce system closer to strong solutions and smoother operation. Employers, the beneficiaries of a good workforce system, and the wide range of providers and trainers who locate, motivate and prepare workers to be successful, will participate.

The State of Vermont recognizes that a robust, well-trained, workforce large enough to supply the increasing needs of employers in our strong economy is critical to the state’s ability to meet its obligations and provide a desirable quality of life for all Vermonters.

Output from this event will be used in the region to make the existing systems strong as well as by the State Workforce Development Board as it prepares its 2020 Workforce Strategy.

For more information, please contact SRDC at 802-885-3061 or vermontworkforce.com

October 9, 2019

Filed under: SRDC — admin @ 12:51 pm

The Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) would like to announce an upcoming workshop for those thinking about starting their own business. This workshop, titled ‘Starting Your Own Business,’ is aimed at helping future entrepreneurs turn their passions into a full-fledged business venture. The workshop will be held Friday, October 25th at the Springfield Regional Development Corporation office on Clinton Street in Springfield from 9am to 1 pm.
Starting a business can be challenging. The workshop, conducted by an experienced business advisor, is designed as a guide for the first-time business owner. Participants receive a comprehensive start-up workbook, handouts and resources in marketing, financing, management and operations. By the end the workshop they will be well-informed about the tools and resources available to them and the ‘next steps involved in launching a successful business. The price of the workshop is $129 to attend and you can register online at www.vtsbdc.org under the training tab.
A few workshop highlights include how to:
• Use the “Business Model Canvas” to evaluate whether there is a viable business in their good idea
• Identify target customers and “unique selling proposition(s)”
• Register their business and apply for tax numbers
• Consider start-up costs, sales, expenses and financing options
• Pitch their idea and develop a business plan
• Plus much more!
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 VTSBDC office is located at Springfield Regional Development Corporation. 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.

July 22, 2019

Next Start Your Own Business Workshop on 8/9 in Springfield

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The Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) would like to announce an upcoming workshop for those thinking about starting their own business. This workshop, titled ‘Starting Your Own Business,’ is aimed at helping future entrepreneurs turn their passions into a full-fledged business venture. The workshop will be held Friday, August 9th at the Springfield Regional Development Corporation office on Clinton Street in Springfield from 9am to 1 pm.

Starting a business can be challenging. The workshop, conducted by an experienced business advisor, is designed as a guide for the first-time business owner. Participants receive a comprehensive start-up workbook, handouts and resources in marketing, financing, management and operations. By the end the workshop they will be well-informed about the tools and resources available to them and the ‘next steps involved in launching a successful business. The price of the workshop is $129 to attend and you can register online at www.vtsbdc.org under the training tab.

A few workshop highlights include how to:
• Use the “Business Model Canvas” to evaluate whether there is a viable business in their good idea
• Identify target customers and “unique selling proposition(s)”
• Register their business and apply for tax numbers
• Consider start-up costs, sales, expenses and financing options
• Pitch their idea and develop a business plan
• Plus much more!

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 VTSBDC office is located at Springfield Regional Development Corporation. 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.

April 4, 2019

SRDC Sponsoring Business Ownership Succession Workshop on 5/16

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An introduction to business ownership succession planning will be offered on Thursday, May 16 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Howard Dean Education Center, 307 South Street in Springfield, Vermont. Led by Jeffrey Graham of Graham & Graham, P.C. and Don Jamison of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center, this free seminar will cover the four most common ownership exit paths: sale to an outside buyer, to family, to managers, and to the broader group of employees. The seminar is open to business owners and key managers and, while it is free, registration is required. For more information and to register, please follow this link.

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

March 4, 2019

Next Start Your Own Business Workshop on 3/29/19 in Springfield

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The Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) would like to announce an upcoming workshop for those thinking about starting their own business. This workshop, titled ‘Starting Your Own Business,’ is aimed at helping future entrepreneurs turn their passions into a full-fledged business venture. The workshop will be held Friday, March 29th at Springfield Regional Development Corporation office on Clinton Street in Springfield from 9am to 1 pm.

Starting a business can be challenging. The workshop, conducted by an experienced business advisor, is designed as a guide for the first-time business owner. Participants receive a comprehensive start-up workbook, handouts and resources in marketing, financing, management and operations. By the end the workshop they will be well-informed about the tools and resources available to them and the ‘next steps involved in launching a successful business. The price of the workshop is $129 to attend and you can register online at www.vtsbdc.org under the training tab.

A few workshop highlights include how to:
• Use the “Business Model Canvas” to evaluate whether there is a viable business in their good idea
• Identify target customers and “unique selling proposition(s)”
• Register their business and apply for tax numbers
• Consider start-up costs, sales, expenses and financing options
• Pitch their idea and develop a business plan
• Plus much more!
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 VTSBDC office is located at Springfield Regional Development Corporation. 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.

September 18, 2018

$1 Million For New Digital Economy Initative in Springfield VT

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Governor Phil Scott and Congressman Peter Welch joined Springfield Regional Development Corporation (SRDC) and the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) to announce $1M raised for a new economy initiative in Springfield. The Black River Innovation Campus (BRIC) will bring together digital job training, computer science education and an entrepreneurship center to create innovation jobs.

“Springfield was once the center of technology in the region,” said Bob Flint, Executive Director of SRDC. “Today marks the start of our journey to bring that innovative spirit back to this valley and create the new companies and jobs for generations to come.”

Built on exceptionally fast gigabit broadband infrastructure in this historic downtown, BRIC will use proven strategies for encouraging entrepreneurship, but with a new long term residency approach that will provide selected teams free live/work space for a year along with direct investment capital. The startups will receive training, connections to other innovation resources from around the country, including those at Dartmouth College, and mentorship and support from LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman of Greylock Partners.

“Today we celebrate a robust collaboration of businesses, individuals, non-profits, and government groups working together to revitalize the Springfield region,” said Congressman Welch. “I applaud participants for their leadership and am excited about the enormous potential of this vital project.”

The initiative is not waiting for the startups to take off in order to have an impact. PurposeLab, a California-based software product development studio, is partnering with CORI to train and hire up to 24 software developers over the next year. The entry level programmers will participate in an intensive online training program and, once selected, will work out of a live/work space based in Springfield. The application process for the program will begin by the end of this year.

“This initiative is about providing high paying jobs for the next generation of Vermonters, which is so important for our work to expand our workforce and bring more families and businesses to Vermont,” said Governor Scott. “We’re pleased to support this initiative through the Vermont Training Program, which provides for digital skills training that will lead to new job opportunities today and a trained workforce as these startups start to grow in Springfield.”

The unique approach of this initiative and the focus on rural communities caught the attention of national foundations and regional organizations. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Siegel Family Endowment joined forces with the Vermont Community Foundation and other members of the VT innovation community to fund this effort. BRIC has also applied for a grant from the federal Economic Development Administration.

“Digital economy jobs are a critical piece of any healthy economy and yet we have not seen this sector effectively engage rural communities,” said Katy Knight of the Siegel Family Endowment, which funded the creation of the computer science education platform Scratch and committed the first $250,000 to the BRIC initiative. “We are excited about this inclusive approach that addresses both entrepreneurship and building the future workforce.”

BRIC announced the launch of a search for an Executive Director that will be led by the newly formed board of directors. This first hire will craft the strategy for the residential entrepreneurship center, solidify partnerships and onboard the first entrepreneurs.

“The Center on Rural Innovation is committed to bringing digital economy jobs to rural communities across the country,” said Matt Dunne, Executive Director of the Vermont-based Center on Rural Innovation, which led the fundraising and partnership building efforts. “There was no better place to start than right here in Springfield, VT. We believe this can become a model for hundreds of small towns.”

While BRIC will initially locate activities in buildings along the Park Street corridor, the organization is actively working with partners on the potential redevelopment of the former Park Street School building into a state-of-the-art live/work/community facility that would eventually serve as BRIC’s permanent home. The organization and project leaders are currently seeking additional pre-development funding with hopes of moving forward with the redevelopment project in early 2019.

August 28, 2018

River Valley Employment Fair Coming Up on 9/12 in Springfield

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The River Valley Workforce Investment Board is hosting the 2018 River Valley Employment Fair on Wednesday, September 12th, from 2 – 5 pm at Riverside Middle School in Springfield Vermont. This event is free and open to the public! Representatives from area employers, employment agencies, and educational organizations will have tables set up and will be available to talk to prospective employees about the career opportunities and programs they offer. Windsor county and surrounding area residents of all ages and various employment levels will be able to look for full or part-time jobs and look ahead to explore careers pathways and the training needed to pursue them.

This year’s Employment Fair has a dual-focus, offering opportunities for jobseekers who are unemployed and also those who are under-employed who would like to explore training, professional development opportunities, or simply find a better job.

The WIB is currently in the process of registering businesses, organizing sponsorships, and inviting county high schools, colleges, and the general public. By raising awareness of the job opportunities available to graduating high school and college students, companies will have access to well-qualified candidates ready to enter the workforce.

Employer table registration, jobseeker resources, and detailed information can be found by calling Derek Williams at 802-885-8302 or by visiting rivervalleyemploymentfair.org

The 2018 River Valley Employment Fair is brought to you by the River Valley Workforce Investment Board in partnership with River Valley Technical College, Creative Workforce Solutions, Vermont Department of Labor, Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Springfield Regional Development Corp., and is sponsored by Springfield Medical Care Systems. Please join us at the 2018 River Valley Employment Fair on Wednesday, September 12th, from 2 – 5 pm at Riverside Middle School in Springfield Vermont!

July 16, 2018

Next Start Your Own Business Workshop on 7/26 in Springfield

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The Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) would like to announce an upcoming workshop for those thinking about starting their own business. This workshop, titled ‘Starting Your Own Business,’ is aimed at helping future entrepreneurs turn their passions into a full-fledged business venture. The workshop will be held on Thursday, July 26th at Springfield Regional Development Corporation office on Clinton Street in Springfield from 9 am to 1 pm.
Starting a business can be challenging. The workshop, conducted by an experienced business advisor, is designed as a guide for the first-time business owner. Participants receive a comprehensive start-up workbook, handouts and resources in marketing, financing, management and operations. By the end the workshop they will be well-informed about the tools and resources available to them and the ‘next steps involved in launching a successful business. The price of the workshop is $129 to attend and you can register online at www.vtsbdc.org under the training tab.
A few workshop highlights include how to:
• Use the “Business Model Canvas” to evaluate whether there is a viable business in their good idea
• Identify target customers and “unique selling proposition(s)”
• Register their business and apply for tax numbers
• Consider start-up costs, sales, expenses and financing options
• Pitch their idea and develop a business plan
• Plus much more!
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 VTSBDC office is located at Springfield Regional Development Corporation. For more information visit www.vtsbdc.org or contact Debra Boudrieau at (802) 885-2071 or dboudrieau@vtsbdc.org

May 1, 2018

Next Start Your Own Business Workshop on 7/26 in Springfield.

Filed under: SRDC — admin @ 1:44 pm

The Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) would like to announce an upcoming workshop for those thinking about starting their own business. This workshop, titled ‘Starting Your Own Business,’ is aimed at helping future entrepreneurs turn their passions into a full-fledged business venture. The workshop will be held on Thursday, July 26th at Springfield Regional Development Corporation office on Clinton Street in Springfield from 9 am to 1 pm.
Starting a business can be challenging. The workshop, conducted by an experienced business advisor, is designed as a guide for the first-time business owner. Participants receive a comprehensive start-up workbook, handouts and resources in marketing, financing, management and operations. By the end the workshop they will be well-informed about the tools and resources available to them and the ‘next steps involved in launching a successful business. The price of the workshop is $129 to attend and you can register online at www.vtsbdc.org under the training tab.
A few workshop highlights include how to:
• Use the “Business Model Canvas” to evaluate whether there is a viable business in their good idea
• Identify target customers and “unique selling proposition(s)”
• Register their business and apply for tax numbers
• Consider start-up costs, sales, expenses and financing options
• Pitch their idea and develop a business plan
• Plus much more!
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 VTSBDC office is located at Springfield Regional Development Corporation. For more information visit www.vtsbdc.org or contact Debra Boudrieau at (802) 885-2071 or dboudrieau@vtsbdc.org

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