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July 7th, 2015

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Pump & Pantry Doubles Size Much To Liking Of Williamstown Community

With a name like Sam Adams, you can only expect great things and that’s exactly what the long time owner of the Pump & Pantry in Williamstown has done. For over 15 years, Adams has operated the main store and hub of activity in vivacious Williamstown. Now he has more than doubled (from 5,000 square feet to 11,000 square feet) the size of Pump...

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Liberty Chocolates Owner Weaves Business with Passion for Women’s Spirituality

By Aaron Retherford When Katrina Coravos worked with a marketing specialist to help with rebranding her Liberty Chocolates company at the end of last year, Coravos was told to share her personal story through her company. Five minutes into speaking with Coravos and you realize she has a story to tell. Although not a native Vermonter, it didn’t take...

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Ormsby’s Computer Systems to Hold Open House May 27 at New Facility

Now centrally located on the Barre-Montpelier Road, Ormsby’s Computer Systems has officially moved from its huge complex in downtown Barre and opened last October at 1755 US Rte. 302 in Berlin. It had been an important business in downtown Barre since the 1980’s, but the opportunity came to move into newer, more updated offices, offering convenienc...

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Ovation To Celebration – Milne Family Wins Chamber Raffle

Last Wednesday night, the Milne family received a standing ovation from the largest gathering for the annual raffle of Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce in its 33-year history. An hour later, Cathy Milne Frey and her husband Scott left the event with the $4,000 grand prize. Agnes Eller, sister of the late raffle founder Marion Milne and a Nevada...

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Downtown Barre Adds New Primary Care Presence in Blanchard Block Building

By Aaron Retherford Last Thursday, longtime Barre doctor, Mark Yorra, MD, finally cut the ribbon on his new clinic, commemorating his partnership with UVM Health Network—Central Vermont Medical Center. Located on the fourth floor in the newly-renovated Blanchard Block Building, the Granite City Primary Care office features six examination rooms and...

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Two Central Vermont hotels showcased on new Travel Channel series

By Aaron Retherford In the premiere episode of “Hotel Showdown” last week, Fireside Inn in Barre and Stowe Meadows Inn in Elmore went head-to-head with two other New England hotels for a chance to win a $25,000 prize. It was Captain’s House Inn in Chatham, Massachusetts that came away with the prize, but the owners of both Vermont hotels valued the...

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Commercial ventilation systems 101: What every restaurant kitchen needs

Running a restaurant or food service business is complex. Business owners need the right restaurant equipment to cool, cook and properly store food – but a safe and successful kitchen requires more than that. One of the most important pieces to keep a kitchen functioning smoothly, and the most necessary to obtain proper permits is having the...

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From battlefield to boardroom … jobs report suggests more positive employment environment for military veterans

Employment opportunities seem to be on the upswing for military veterans, which is encouraging for the hundreds of thousands of service members returning from duty and veterans who are looking for new civilian career opportunities. The unemployment rate for veterans dropped to 6.6 percent in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While...

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Addressing a new era in security: how to protect your business from the inside out

During the first 43 days of 2014, the Identity Theft Resource Center said 91 data breaches were reported by companies across the country, and the full list doesn’t just show household names of big brand retailers – many of these companies were small businesses, family medical practices or local restaurants that never thought they’...

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Smart ways for small business owners to spend their cash this spring

Tax season is a headache for most people, and small business owners are no exception. In fact, nearly six out of 10 small business owners in America say taxes are one of the top factors affecting their success, according to the Bank of America Small Business Owner Report. Yet the potential of a tax refund can be the light at the end of the tunnel....

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