ACEDC April Newsletter

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News, events, & resources for our business community
In This Issue
Create a Business
Grow a Business
Upcoming Events
ACEDC Member News
Spotlight on VMEC
Quick Links



A Conference Call in Real Life




How Effective Are Your Meetings?

We all go to lots of meetings, some of which are better than others . If it's your turn to run a meeting, consider these tips to help you improve meeting effectiveness and make people glad they came.



How to ask people for things via email


Check out this 8-step program to help you get what you need in a world with too many emails.

Some blogs & newsletters we recommend:
5. Your recommendation: which blogs/newsletters do you recommend to other business leaders? Let us know, & we'll share your suggestions.


Join us May 7

for a FREE workshop:



Check our web site for more Events to help you and your business.




Learn More & Keep Up-to-date
As always, be sure to check our web site for additional Member News, Property listings, Jobs, and for news and events from theAddison County business community.



Dear ACEDC Members and Friends,


At this writing, Spring is coming in fits and starts: warm, sunny weather one day and snow the next. But I am confident that Spring will arrive!


As with an improvement in the weather, Vermont's economy is also getting better. Recently, Lisa Gosselin, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic Development and Annie Noonan, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor, co-authored a piece, which was published by media and posted on our site, with permission:


As our nation recovers from one of the worst recessions in recent history, there is a tendency to keep thinking of our economy as a glass that is half empty. When we hear about job losses or see international companies consolidating operations elsewhere, it is easy to fall into that mindset.


But in Vermont, there's another story.....


Read the full story about Vermont's economy on our web site.



There are indications that the economy is recovering, though not as rapidly as we'd like, and not equally among all business sectors. As we progress forward through the 2nd Q of 2014, we look forward to helping our local businesses get the answers they need, the resources they deserve, and the assistance that will help them achieve their goals.


GREAT really does start here!



All the best,


Entrepreneurs - Creating a Business

4 Things No One Tells You About Entrepreneurship

Thinking about starting a business? Running your own business can be both exciting and satisfying. Everyone is talking about entrepreneurship these days, but not many bring up some of the most difficult parts of starting a business.


This article highlights four things to consider before taking the plunge.




Kauffman Sketchbook - "The Wizard of Fundz"

Slava Rubin, founder and chief executive of Indiegogo, offers advice for running a successful online crowdfunding campaign. Presented by the Kauffman Foundation. Watch the video here.






VT Small Business Development Center, Starting Your Own Business workshops -- and Exploring Business Ownership webinar

Starting your own business can be challenging - are you ready?

The Vermont Small Business Development Center offers in-person and online classes called "Staring Your Own Business".

Click here to find out more.

You can also use this Assessment Readiness Guide to understand how prepared you are to start your own business.




Addison County Resources

If you're thinking of starting or expanding a business you can download our free business guide:

Doing Business in Addison County: a guide to starting, expanding, or relocating your business, which will answer many of your questions and help you find many of the resources you need.


Growing Your Business
International Trade Show Grants Available


The Vermont Global Trade Partnership is offering direct financial assistance in the form of trade show grants to Vermont businesses seeking to grow their export markets.


These grants can help you offset the costs of attending a trade show in a new market as well as other opportunities for export market expansion.

The Senator Leahy International Trade Show grant offer ends June 30, 2014. It applies strictly to trade show booth and marketing related costs. It does not cover hotel accommodation, transportation, shipping or meals.


Learn more here.



The HOW of Growth

Questions to ask if you're looking to grow your business, from Ram Charan, world-renowned business advisor, author, and speaker.




Transitioning from Small to Large: the Significance of 2nd Stage Businesses

It can be a real challenge to make the leap from small business to large. Many things about the company, its processes, and even the founder have to change. According to the Edward Lowe Foundation, "Second-stage companies are those that have grown past the startup stage but have not yet grown to maturity. They have enough employees to exceed the comfortable control span of one owner/CEO and benefit from adding professional managers, but they may not have a full-scale professional management team.


A business typically begins to enter its second stage when it approaches $1 million in total receipts. The transition process may continue until it hits $100 million in receipts, although for most companies $50 million represents the upper limit of second stage. By $100 million, a firm will have to be professionally managed in order to continue to thrive and grow and be in its third stage of development. Employee numbers and revenue ranges vary by industry, but the population of firms with 10 to 100 employees and/or $750,000 to $50 million in receipts includes the vast majority of second-stage companies."


To learn more about second stage businesses, click here.


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Addison County Businesses Join New Safety group


Two ACEDC Board members, Brian Nolan of Vermont Hard Cider and Tom Corbin of Middlebury College, are leading the effort with a new ACEDC safety group.


With more than 15 active participants already, the group brings together representatives from Addison County businesses and organizations in regular round tables on topics decided by the group.


Some sample topics include: employee safety training, safety tips, emergency planning, OSHA 10, Hazardous Material handling and spills.


The group provides an opportunity for safety personnel to network with others in the county.


If you are interested in learning more or joining the group, please contact us: 802-388-7953 or




Three Organizations Partner to Earn Workforce Development Grant


Vermont Department of Labor grant will help Addison County businesses identify skills gaps and employer needs.


Through the Vermont Department of Labor's Regional Workforce Partnership Program, ACEDC, United Way of Addison County, and Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center will collaborate to initiate a labor skills gap analysis beginning this spring.....


Continue reading the press release on our site.




Business Ownership Succession Planning Workshop - video Now Available


ACEDC hosted a Succession Planning workshop, The Search for a Good Exit: Introduction to Ownership Succession Planning, on Jan. 23rd at the National Bank of Middlebury.


Don Jamison, Executive Director and one of the founders of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center (VEOC), presented and led discussion of employee stock ownership plans, ownership succession planning, and the work of VEOC.


Now you can watch the video from that presentation & workshop.





Resources to Help Your Business
Our Jobs section continues to be one of the top-3 most popular destinations, with a consistently high number of new visitors navigating to these pages. Member job postings are also featured in rotation on our home page.
If you're looking for talent, take advantage of this member benefit, and post your job opportunities to our site.

Customized Workshops for Your Business

ACEDC now offers workshops tailored to your specific business. We can work with you on long range planning (often in conjunction with the VT SBDC) or using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) for team building and communications, problem solving, and understanding how you work best, your hot buttons and blind spots.

There is a fee for this service; contact the office if you are interested in learning more 802-388-7953.



Growing Businesses Can Find Commercial Property

As you probably know, ACEDC members can post their commercial property listings on our website, complete with photos and extended property descriptions. Businesses looking to expand can find the space they need by filtering results by property type; for lease, for sale, industrial, retail, etc.


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Upcoming Events

VMEC workshops p>

(now through June 11 - check VMEC's web site to register)





Addison County Job Fair

Wednesday, April 30, 10am - 2pm

American Legion, 49 Wilson Road, Middlebury


Vermont Department of Labor is pleased to announce that the Middlebury Office is once again coordinating the Addison County Job Fair. The DOL is also pleased to announce that this event will once again be COST FREE to all Employers and Attendees.

The Job Fair is open to all Job Seekers but special emphasis will be placed on job opportunities for Military Services Veterans during the first hour, from 10:00am to 11:00am. Employers are encouraged to take advantage of this outstanding one day opportunity to meet face to face with people who are actively seeking employment.




FREE workshop: Social Media for Business

Wednesday, May 5, Ilsley Library


Social Media is here to stay, yet with so many sites to choose from, determining which is best for your business and managing your presence on the channel can be a daunting task.


Social Media is constantly changing and every channel offers varying features, benefits, and market reach.


This seminar offers insights into creating and sustaining a social media strategy, and will cover the most popular social media channels; Yelp, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, Facebook, and more.




Presented by: Nancy Shuttleworth, E-Commerce Business Advisor, VT Small Business Development Center.


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ACEDC Member News
Welcome new members!
The ACEDC member community continues to grow, and we are delighted to welcome the following New Members:


Members in the news


We try to keep up with news from our members and help them get the recognition they deserve. We share member stories via social media to help amplify your reach, and post updates on our web site and in our newsletter. If, by chance, we've missed your news, please let us know - and continue to forward your news and announcements!

As always, be sure to check our web site for additional Member News, Property listings, Jobs, and for news and events from the Addison County business community.
Spotlight on . . . .


Providing systems & solutions to help Vermont manufacturers innovate, plan, perform, and grow.


VMEC, the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, works with businesses
"To help improve and grow manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global competitiveness of the state's manufacturers."


Despite its name, VMEC also works with the healthcare, higher education, government, non-profit organizations and finance sectors.


VMEC offers public workshops that anyone can attend and they also provide customized training and assistance to help you with everything from plant layout to value stream mapping and organizing your office. The first step is free of charge and usually includes a company visit and confidential,preliminary needs assessment.


Additional services performed are done on a reasonable fee for service basis. The Vermont Training Program offers grant funding to offset some of these costs.


To learn more, call ACEDC at 802-388-7953 or visit the VMEC website:


To find out about upcoming VMEC workshops, visit:


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More News
Working Lands Enterprise Board announces $300,000 to 19 Working Lands Businesses
Three Addison County businesses are among this year's grant recipients. The WLEB "Enterprise Investment" area awarded just under $300,000 of $1.2 million available to 19 grantees in 11 counties of the state representing the agriculture, forestry and forest products sectors, (3 forestry projects and 16 agriculture projects), leveraging over $350,000 in matching funds.
Read the full story about Working Lands grants on our web site.
About Us
Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) is the resource for navigating challenges and opportunities of doing business in Addison County.


We work with businesses in all stages of growth, from pre-venture start-ups to established businesses and global corporations. Our primary objective is to create and retain a flourishing business community that supports vibrant fiscal activity and improves the quality of life of all residents.


ACEDC is your connector to the resources and solutions your business needs to thrive.


Thank you for your commitment to good jobs in Addison County.



The ACEDC Team
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