ACEDC Members Win VT Business of the Year Awards

Two members of the Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) were selected as 2017 VT Small Business of the Year Award winners.

The president & owner of Maple Landmark was named the 2017 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year. Michael Rainville is being recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Maple Landmark's employment growth, financial success, expansion and community involvement. Headquartered in Middlebury, Vermont Maple Landmark manufactures eco-friendly wooden games and toys, such as jigsaw puzzles and trains. Maple Landmark started in 1979 in Rainville's parents' basement. Today the company occupies a 28,000-square-foot facility. 

Each year Vermont small businesses compete for a variety of awards in addition to Small Business Person of the Year. The SBA recently awarded four businesses in other categories including the Woman-Owned Business of the Year. Fellow ACEDC member, Bee's Wrap located in Bristol is the 2017 winner of this award. Founded in 2012 by Sarah Kaeck, the company mixes cotton and bee's wax to make a reusable natural substitute to plastic wrap for food storage.

Rainville and Kaeck will be presented their awards during the 2017 Vermont Small Business Awards ceremony co-hosted by Vermont Business Magazine in June. This ceremony is open to the public and to register click here.

Maple Landmark and the other 2017 Small Business Person of the Year winners from each state have been invited to attend ceremonies in Washington, DC this spring during National Small Business WeekEach year since 1963, the celebration of National Small Business Week is set during the first week in May, and this year the dates are April 30 – May 6. At that time, winners will be honored with their individual award along with the naming of the 2017 National Small Business Person of the Year. Rainville is now a finalist for the 2017 National Small Business Person of the Year. Vermont's Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's Homemade were presented this national award in 1988. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.