Vermont Small Business Development Center E-Commerce Office Hours

Sign up for your free 45 minute consultation today! sbdc

February 4th from 9-2, and February 5th from 1-5

Rutland Regional Planning Commission Conference Room, Rutland Opera House, 67 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT

Nancy Shuttleworth, E-Commerce Business Advisor from the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VTSBDC) will be available on Tuesday, February 4th and Wednesday, February 5th to meet with small business owners in the Rutland Region including retailers and farmers.

Shuttleworth is well-equipped to help business owners with their specific digital needs including:

• Assisting businesses in establishing and improving their online presence;

• Providing one-on-one business advising;

• Advisements and training to improve marketing of products and services online;

• Assisting businesses in the use of online social media;

• Incorporating the use of the internet in start-up businesses;

• Accessing free Google Business Tools for marketing and operations;

• Providing mobile media and cloud computing advice to growing businesses;

• Reviewing business website for marketability, ideas for low cost or DIY website options.
Advanced sign up is required,
please sign up no later than 10 am on February 3rd
If you cannot attend on either of these days please contact Nancy directly at

Office Hours will be held in the Rutland Regional Planning Commission’s conference room on the third floor of the Rutland  Opera House at 67 Merchants Row, Rutland

Please contact Steve ( with questions.



Change in Staffing of RAFFL’s New Farmer Initiative

Dear Farmers,

I hope you all had a happy new year and some time to relax over the holidays.

The start 2014 is bringing with it some big changes for me. Today is my last day at RAFFL. I am moving to Blacksburg, Virginia this weekend to begin graduate school at Virginia Tech.

I had not anticipated leaving RAFFL so soon but was offered a graduate research assistantship in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education with the contingency that I begin in January. This was an opportunity I could not easily pass up.

I have learned a great deal since coming to Vermont in the summer of 2010, and I attribute my time here working with you all to my success in securing an assistantship for graduate school. Thank you for all you have taught me!

RAFFL will be filling the position soon. If you have any questions or are in need of assistance please contact Tara (

I hope to return to Vermont someday soon, but until then, keep up the good work and keep in touch!


The Adirondack Grazers Cooperative is Hiring!

Cambridge, NY- The Adirondack Grazers Cooperative seeks an Operations Manager & Coordinator

Operations Manager and Coordinator needed. This is a unique opportunity to manage a not for profit Cooperative Agricultural Business in the local farm and food industry. The Operations Manager / Coordinator collaborates with key business partners including local farms, NYC chefs, butchers and groceries as well as processing facilities, the Board of Directors and a sales manager.

The successful candidate will manage and improve the Cooperative’s operations and accounting systems, customer service and farm relations. The candidate needs to be a proven self-starter with demonstrated conceptual thinking, creative problem solving and innovation. Strong analytic and organizational skills, especially in assessing financial details and managing schedules are required. The candidate will have the ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects simultaneously and to pay strong attention to detail and manage day-to-day operations.

Check out the listing on Good Food Jobs for more information.



Dates Announced for Listening Sessions with Chuck Ross, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture

Do you have an idea that could improve the bottom line of farms in Vermont?  Is there something you think the state should or should not be doing to help farmers?   Here is an opportunity to discuss your ideas and concerns with Chuck Ross, the Vermont Secretary of Agriculture.  Over the past year, Secretary Ross has held listening sessions throughout the state to hear and discuss what’s on the mind of farmers.  Two sessions remain in this first series  of listening sessions– a new series will be announced in the spring and will include new locations across the state. Each session will include brief presentations on steps we can each take to be better prepared for an emergency or disaster and   initiatives within VT’s farmland conservation program.   After the presentations, the floor will be opened up for a question and answer session about how the state and specifically the Agency of Agriculture can address the issues facing farms and agriculture in general today.

The sessions will be held in the afternoon at the following locations:

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 from 2-4, at the downtown state office building in Bennington

Friday, January 10, 2014 from 1-3, at the library in St. Albans

If you would like more information or directions to a specific site please contact Ken Hafner, Agricultural Recovery Specialist, at 802-272-0822 or via email .

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Another webinar from UVM.

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What are Lenders looking for?  A UVM Extension New Farmer Project webinar.  
Join Benneth Phelps, Loan and Outreach Coordinator for the Carrot Project for a webinar on the “tools” that every farm business should have to help them obtain financing, even if they don’t need it now. Improve your understanding of available financing and gain perspective on how financing can help your business succeed!

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10th Annual Grain Growers Conference

A message from Susan Brouillette of UVM-Extension:

Join us at The Essex Resort on Thursday, March 13, 2014 for the 10th Annual Grain Growers Conference.  This year’s theme is “Grow it Here”.  Vermont grain grower extraordinaire Jack Lazor will be our keynote speaker.

Please review our conference flyer to see our conference highlights and details.  A full brochure with the conference schedule and session descriptions will be made available in January.

Here are a few details:
TIME:  9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (registration at 9:30 a.m., conference starts promptly at 10:00 a.m.)
COST:  Registration fee is $45 per person and includes lunch
NGGA Members (with active membership) pay $40

The Essex Resort is holding a block of rooms at $139/night that you can call ahead for (contact information is on the flyer).  Please mention the conference name.

Visit our registration website at to register.

You can also view our Sponsor and Exhibitor Information from this website.

If you have any questions contact Susan Brouillette by calling (802) 524-6501 or by emailing