Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed with Advisory Board Video Series

Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed with Advisory Board Video Series

December 11, 2020By Kelly NottermannPress Releases

The Farm to Plate Network, managed by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF), just released a new video series to help raise awareness and use of advisory boards among Vermont entrepreneurs. “Advisory boards help entrepreneurs optimize resilience and innovation for themselves and their businesses,” said Jake Claro, Farm to Plate director at the Vermont Sustainable … Read More

Wood Curl Packaging Reduces Waste, Supports Healthy Forests and Local Economy

Wood Curl Packaging Reduces Waste, Supports Healthy Forests and Local Economy

December 4, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Resourceful Vermonters have long looked to the forest for wood heat, building materials, and furniture, but Jim Lovinsky, owner of Sylvacurl in East Hardwick, may be among the first to see an alternative to plastic packing peanuts. The company produces wood curls that … Read More

The Optimistic Caterer: Sugarsnap Keeps On Cooking

The Optimistic Caterer: Sugarsnap Keeps On Cooking

November 19, 2020By Kelly NottermannStaff Articles

Her business vanished virtually overnight, but with creativity and coaching, Sugarsnap Catering is back stronger than ever and optimistic about 2021. By Kelly Nottermann, Communications Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Over a seven-day period that she refers to as “Twilight Zone Week,” Abbey Duke, owner of Sugarsnap Catering in Burlington went from a full schedule … Read More

“New England Feeding New England: Cultivating A Reliable Food Supply” Project Launches

“New England Feeding New England: Cultivating A Reliable Food Supply” Project Launches

October 21, 2020By Kelly NottermannPress Releases

New England State Food System Planners Partnership New Regional Partnership Aims to Prepare New England for Future Food Supply Disruptions The New England State Food System Planners Partnership, a network of food system leaders from all six New England states, has launched the “New England Feeding New England: Cultivating A Reliable Food Supply” project. The … Read More

Vermont’s Lafoe Logging Named Northeast Region “Outstanding Logger”

Vermont’s Lafoe Logging Named Northeast Region “Outstanding Logger”

September 1, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund In every industry, there are individuals who set the bar. In Vermont’s forest products industry, two of those individuals are Brian Lafoe and his son-in-law, Stan Parker, owners of Lafoe Logging. Last year, Lafoe Logging was named “Northeast Region Outstanding Logger” by The … Read More

Can Vermont’s Forests Help Save the Planet?

Can Vermont’s Forests Help Save the Planet?

August 5, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

The Cold Hollow Carbon project in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom is the first co-op model in the country to successfully enter a voluntary carbon market. By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Long valued for timber, recreation, wildlife habitat, and solace, Vermont’s forests are being recognized for providing another, more global, … Read More

DeltaClimeVT Energy 2020 Climate Economy Business Accelerator Winners Announced

DeltaClimeVT Energy 2020 Climate Economy Business Accelerator Winners Announced

July 30, 2020By Kelly NottermannPress Releases

DeltaClimeVT Energy 2020 climate economy business accelerator connects nationwide start-ups with Vermont electric utilities and energy companies MONTPELIER, VT – Entrepreneurs from nine start-ups focused on reducing fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions in buildings graduated from the DeltaClimeVT Energy 2020 climate economy business accelerator during a virtual awards ceremony July 16. During the event, three companies received … Read More

COVID-19, Community, and Curbside Pick-Up

COVID-19, Community, and Curbside Pick-Up

June 10, 2020By Kelly NottermannStaff Articles

Upper Valley Produce Responds to New Needs of Vermont’s Food System By Geoff Robertson, Business Assistance Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund It’s no secret that the food industry has been among the hardest hit by COVID-19. The pandemic forced producers, farmers, and restaurants to adapt their business models—or close their doors—virtually overnight. In the middle … Read More