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Rural Communities’ Untapped Potential for Growth

Rural Communities’ Untapped Potential for Growth

12/7/2017

This week's post is written by Don Macke, Co-Founder and Director of Entrepreneurial Communities at the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Just in Time for Thanksgiving - Wonky Veg Reprise

Just in Time for Thanksgiving - Wonky Veg Reprise

11/22/2017

The Inglorious Wonky Veg Revolution My mother-in-law found my enthusiasm for this box of “Wonky Veg” to be most unseemly.

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Future Jobs and Economic Divides

Future Jobs and Economic Divides

11/9/2017

The New York Times recently posted an article by Ben Casselman titled A Peek at Future Jobs Shows Growing Economic Divides.

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Strategic Thinking vs Strategic Planning - What's the Difference?

Strategic Thinking vs Strategic Planning - What's the Difference?

10/26/2017

In 1994, Henry Mintzberg wrote an article for the Harvard Business Review called The Fall and Rise of Strategic Planning.

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Entrepreneurs and American Wealth

Entrepreneurs and American Wealth

10/12/2017

This week's post is written by Don Macke, Co-Founder of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and its Director of Entrepreneurial Communities solution area.

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The Fastest Growing Sectors for Manufacturing

The Fastest Growing Sectors for Manufacturing

9/28/2017

Where the Jobs Are: The Fastest Growing Sectors for Manufacturing   Just in time for Manufacturing Day (October 6) and Month (October) comes this article from Industry Week.

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Growing Prosperous Rural Communities

Growing Prosperous Rural Communities

9/14/2017

  This week’s post is written by Don Macke, Co-Founder and Director of Entrepreneurial Communities at the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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5 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life

5 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life

8/31/2017

Summer is coming to a close and it's back to school for many. The transition to a new season is a great time to get organized before life gets too hectic again.

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The Results Are In! Economic Outlook Survey Released

The Results Are In! Economic Outlook Survey Released

8/17/2017

Davis and Hodgdon, along with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, has just released the results of their semi-annual small business economic outlook survey.

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Tips and Tools for Creating an Infographic

Tips and Tools for Creating an Infographic

8/3/2017

Many companies are using infographics to convey important information more easily to their target audiences.

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Davis & Hodgdon Associates Semi-Annual Business and Economic Survey

Davis & Hodgdon Associates Semi-Annual Business and Economic Survey

7/20/2017

ACEDC member Davis & Hodgdon Associates are once again asking for your input about Vermont's economy in their semi-annual business and economic survey.

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Medieval QuickBooks

Medieval QuickBooks

7/6/2017

  Medieval QuickBooks So apparently, I’m an economics history nerd even on vacation. The family was wandering around Bodiam Castle on the south coast of England.

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Why you need to go on vacation

Why you need to go on vacation

6/22/2017

Now that it's officially summer,  thoughts often turn to taking some time off. But you'd be surprised at how many people in the USA don't take all the vacation they are allowed.

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Employee or Independent Contractor? Know the Rules

Employee or Independent Contractor? Know the Rules

6/8/2017

This week's post comes to us from Davis & Hodgdon, CPAs. The question of whether someone is an independent contractor or an employee is a complicated one.

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Is your business growing quickly? Here's some advice.

Is your business growing quickly? Here's some advice.

5/25/2017

Advice for a Rapidly Growing Business This week's post come from Cindy Preager, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Rhythm Systems.

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Why Some States Are Making Short-Term Training Free

Why Some States Are Making Short-Term Training Free

5/11/2017

Following up on our most recent blog post, this week's piece comes from Sophie Quinton, who writes for the PEW Charitable Trusts.

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Why We Need Vocational Training

Why We Need Vocational Training

4/27/2017

This week's post comes from Forbes via The Agurban, from which we've shared posts previously.   Last week we shared the story of Toyota donating a former laboratory to a local school system to be converted to a high school focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math).

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Zero Barriers to Startup - The Kauffman Foundation

Zero Barriers to Startup - The Kauffman Foundation

4/13/2017

This week's post comes via the Kauffman Foundation, whose mission is to help individuals attain economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success.

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Why You Need a Daily Prioritization Meeting

Why You Need a Daily Prioritization Meeting

3/30/2017

  This week's post comes to us from Scott McDowell, a writer and blogger on a variety of topics.

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The Results Are In! Semi-Annual Economic Survey

The Results Are In! Semi-Annual Economic Survey

3/16/2017

DAVIS & HODGDON SEMI-ANNUAL ECONOMIC SURVEY Davis and Hodgdon recently released their semi-annual economic survey.

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Getting to know your state legislature

Getting to know your state legislature

3/2/2017

ACEDC board and staff members at the statehouse Getting to know your state legislature The ACEDC board recently met at the Vermont Statehouse for its monthly meeting.

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Top Small Town and Rural Small Business Trends for 2017

Top Small Town and Rural Small Business Trends for 2017

2/16/2017

This week's blog post comes to us via the weekly ezine, The Agurban.  Our good friend Becky McCray, along with Deb Brown, recently posted their Top Small Town and Rural Small Business Trends for 2017.

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Revolving Loan Funds - Helping Rural Economies for Centuries

Revolving Loan Funds - Helping Rural Economies for Centuries

2/2/2017

Ancient China’s Revolving Loan Funds   Do you keep a framed print of Adam Smith’s invisible hand on your bedside table? Or maybe you think Bernie Sanders didn’t ask for enough? It sounds like you have an opinion about how governments should manage economies.

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Moving business forward: The energy efficiency opportunity

Moving business forward: The energy efficiency opportunity

1/19/2017

 Efficiency Vermont Energy Consultant, Ethan Bellevance and Champlain Orchards owner, Bill Suhr   Energy keeps Vermont businesses running, helping them create good jobs for Vermonters and grow the state’s economy.

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Is Your Organization Healthy?

Is Your Organization Healthy?

1/5/2017

The new year is a good time to take stock of your business. According to Cathy McCullough, a Business Growth Consultant and Culture Expert with Rhythm Systems, organizations are like the human body.

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What's Next for America and Vermont? ACEDC's Annual Meeting

What's Next for America and Vermont? ACEDC's Annual Meeting

12/8/2016

On December 2, attendees at ACEDC's 22nd Annual Meeting were treated to a wonderful conversation with two Middlebury College Professors: Matt Dickinson, Professor of Political Science, and Peter Matthews, Professor of Economics.

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Tax Strategizing for Your 2016 Returns: Year-end Planning is a Must

Tax Strategizing for Your 2016 Returns: Year-end Planning is a Must

11/10/2016

As year-end approaches it is critical to begin considering your 2016 tax returns and determine a strategy including possible action items for keeping more of what you earn this year! Determining "what's new" in regards to tax laws is a good first step in the year-end planning process.

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Have a project you can't get done? Consider an Intern

Have a project you can't get done? Consider an Intern

10/27/2016

Have a project you can’t seem to get done? Consider an intern! There are lots of good reasons to hire an intern.

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Do You Need a State Permit? How Do You Find Out?

Do You Need a State Permit? How Do You Find Out?

10/13/2016

  If you’re starting a business or expanding your business, do you know what permits you need? You should always check with your own planning and zoning office for local permit requirements.

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Economic Development Wisdom

Economic Development Wisdom

9/29/2016

    These words of wisdom come from Maury Forman who, after nearly 26 years with the Washington State Department of Commerce, is retiring this month.

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 Vermont Small Business Economic Outlook Survey

Vermont Small Business Economic Outlook Survey

9/15/2016

VERMONT SMALL BUSINESSES ECONOMIC OUTLOOK SURVEY RELEASED Attitudes about the U.S. and Vermont economies have become more neutral   Nearly 200 Vermont businesses completed the latest semi-annual economic survey in July regarding the outlook of Vermont’s small- to medium-sized businesses.

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How Do You Know if Your Meetings Are Effective?

How Do You Know if Your Meetings Are Effective?

9/1/2016

Evaluating Your Meetings This information comes from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. You can find the original post here.

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Business Planning Thoughts and Tools, Part 2

Business Planning Thoughts and Tools, Part 2

8/18/2016

PART 2 BUSINESS PLANNING Some Thoughts and Tools to Help You Plan for Your Business     WHY PLAN? Here are five key reasons that businesses typically engage in planning efforts: Map the future Support growth and secure funding Develop and communicate a course of action Help manage cash flow Support a strategic exit … or as many business owners eloquently express it: So I can sleep at night.

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Business Planning Thoughts and Tools, Part 1

Business Planning Thoughts and Tools, Part 1

8/4/2016

BUSINESS PLANNING Some Thoughts and Tools to Help You Plan for Your Business     In Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice comes to a fork in the road and asks: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

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How to Value Your Business in Six Steps

How to Value Your Business in Six Steps

7/21/2016

Why should you perform a business valuation? A valuation provides the business owner with a realistic view of their business as it currently stands.

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 What you Should Know About Vermont's Earned Sick Leave Law

What you Should Know About Vermont's Earned Sick Leave Law

7/7/2016

VERMONT’S EARNED SICK LEAVE LAW:  IN-DEPTH VIEW By:  Alexandra H. Clauss, Esq.  From Vermont Business Magazine: (originally published on June 14, 2016) Vermont recently became the fifth state to pass a law requiring paid sick leave for employees.

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 Managers and Leaders Are Different?

Managers and Leaders Are Different?

6/23/2016

The tired claim that managers and leaders are different has serious consequences for the way we treat people and run organizations.

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For Sustainability, Develop People

For Sustainability, Develop People

6/9/2016

                                                                  “Stark underinvestment in leadership development undermines nonprofit leaders” and weakens their organizations, a new report by Third Sector New England warns.

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These 3 Vermont Businesses Invested in Energy Efficiency and It Paid Off

These 3 Vermont Businesses Invested in Energy Efficiency and It Paid Off

5/26/2016

These 3 Vermont Businesses Invested in Energy Efficiency and it Paid Off One of the costs of doing business is paying for the energy to run equipment, lighting, and other essentials.

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The High Cost of Doing Nothing

The High Cost of Doing Nothing

5/12/2016

I often speak with small- to mid-size business owners who are so strapped for money and time, that much-needed energy-efficiency upgrades just never happen, even though they know the potential for savings.

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Perfect Pitch Follow Up - One Business Owner's Story

Perfect Pitch Follow Up - One Business Owner's Story

4/28/2016

PERFECT PITCH FOLLOW UP – ONE BUSINESS OWNER’S STORY I was planning to move on to a different topic for the blog this week, until I received an email from one of the presenters at the Pitch Vermont Life event we held last month.

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Perfect Pitch

Perfect Pitch

4/14/2016

PERFECT PITCH Sooner or later, you will need to explain your business to someone else. It may seem easy – at least in your head.

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