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How This Vermont Sock Company Became a $40 Million Business in a Town of 3,000

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Why a generation of outdoors enthusiasts wouldn't dream of covering their feet with anything other than Vermont's Darn Tough socks

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Vermont & 8 states allow hemp growth; fed law conflicts


AP) — Some Vermont farmers want to plant hemp now that the state has a law setting up rules to grow the plant, a cousin of marijuana that''s more suitable for making sandals than getting high. John Vitko would like to grow hemp on his Vermont farm to use as feed for his chickens now that Vermont has passed a law setting up rules to grow it. Read the full article here Industrial Hemp, Vermont, Trade, American Trade, Hemp, 2013, Reform From [link] WAITSFIELD, Vt. (AP)

University of Vermont axes North Carolina game over LGBT law

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Vermont top court weighs if KKK fliers are protected speech

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AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court is considering whether distributing Ku Klux Klan fliers is protected under the First Amendment SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. (AP)

Vermont's Sanders, Welch want FairPoint layoffs reversed

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AP) — Two members of Vermont's congressional delegation want the CEOs of FairPoint Communications and the Illinois company that plans to buy it to reverse the planned layoffs of at least 110 workers across Maine, New Hampshire and BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP)

Vermont governor bans state travel to North Carolina

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AP) — Vermont Gov. MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Peter Shumlin is banning all non-essential state travel to North Carolina in protest of a new state law preventing local governments from expanding protections for

Kale Lover Wins Trademark Battle vs. Chick-fil-A

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A Vermont man was awarded a trademark for the phrase "Eat more kale," which Chick-fil-A had said too closely resembled its own motto

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Sun Peeking Through in Vermont

This is going to be BIG.

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Sanders lays out populist vision to an overflow crowd in Raleigh

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The Vermont senator drew so many fans that he spoke to supporters outside the building before taking the main stage just before 12:30 p.m.

Why Bernie Sanders Is the Surprise Choice of Business Owners

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s Facebook followers, the Vermont senator blew past all other presidential candidates In an informal poll of Inc.'s

Duke escapes with 91-90 win over Vermont

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DURHAM His roster is loaded with talent, yet Coach Mike Krzyzewski knows his sixth-ranked Duke Blue Devils aren''t good enough to win by simply showing up.Vermont proved it to them Sunday night

Eating Dinner Alone

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Seth was just landing from Vermont where he had been at Ello for the past few days, Jason was in NY at dinner, and Ryan was already at home having dinner with his family. I arrived home from Boston last night at 5:30pm and realized I had no plans for dinner.

Hawaii Rep. Gabbard says she met with Syria's Ass


Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent. WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she met with Syrian President Bashar Assad during a recent trip to the war-torn country. Appearing on CNN, the Hawaii Democrat says there is no possibility for a viable peace agreement in Syria unless Assad is part of the conversation. Gabbard says, "Whatever you think about President Assad, the fact is that he is the president of Syria."

University of Vermont PR on Patents and Innovation

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I am posting University of Vermont’s press release on the new patent law to highlight the traditional response of research universities to calls for innovation and entrepreneurship. From UVM ‘s release : “The signing of the patent reform bill ensures that the land-grant mission of the University of Vermont continues to fulfill the changing needs of our modern economy,” said UVM interim president John Bramley. via University Communications : University of Vermont.

Is This Strategy More Effective Than a Killer Startup Story?

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Tata Harper, a 45-employee skincare company based in Vermont, chose the latter You can fashion a great story about your company's origin and mission, or you can invite customers to see for themselves.

Where To Find The Most Angels To Fund Your Startup

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This is an online platform connecting entrepreneurs based in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, with Angel investors worldwide.

Welcome to The Frontier – An Ode To Startups

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That summer, this bumpkin/badass former governor from Vermont running for president (Howard Dean) had found this guy Joe Trippi to run his presidential campaign. Following is a guest post by Zack Rosen , co-founder and CEO of Pantheon. Pantheon is building “A big badass platform that will run 30% of the Internet.” ” They are making it easy for professionals to build, launch, and run websites.

Start Here if You are Looking for Angel Investors

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This is an online platform connecting entrepreneurs based in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, with Angel investors worldwide.

Splurges Worthy of Entrepreneurs

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A plot of land in New York or Vermont. We''d never counsel financial irresponsibility. But every now and then. "A A custom adventure with Visionary Air. You charter a plane and log hours of flight training on the way to your dream destination.

Play4Skill Raises $400K for Dominoes Gambling

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Players located in any of the 12 states in the United States of America: Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, lowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, Ohio, Tennessee and Vermont, are neither eligible to open an account with Dominoes Stars.

What is an L3C?

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Vermont became the first state to establish the L3C as a legal structure. In 2008, Vermont became the first state to adopt this legal structure, and the first L3C was founded by attorney Robert Lang, one of the leading advocates of the L3C.

Is This the End of Silicon Valley?

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Some of the best conversations I've had have come from places like Nebraska and Iowa and Vermont and Rhode Island," says Harris. "A If Startup America is to succeed, it needs start-ups to eschew the Bay Area. But there's no shortage of skeptics in the idea a "Silicon Prairie" will emerge.

The 20 Minute Morning Routine Guaranteed to Make Your Day Better

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Researchers at the University of Vermont found that aerobic training of "moderate intensity," with an average heart rate of around 112 beats a minute--elevated, sure, but it''s not like they were hammering away--improved participants'' mood for up to twelve hours after exercise.

What Will Obamacare Do To Your Insurance Premiums?

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Recent news from Vermont suggests the new law might not be as bad as you think For months now, business owners have been fretting about what the implementation of the Affordable Care Act will do to the cost of their health insurance premiums.

Sick Leave for Your Employees: Why it Matters

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The trend has continued, in cities such as Seattle, Portland and the District of Columbia states have also enacted laws requiring paid sick days, with Vermont being the latest to consider new rules.

USDA secretary announces energy efficiency loan program

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Vermont officials have announced a $46 million dollar loan program that will be used to help Vermonters and small businesses improve eBURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) AP) — U.S.

How Technology Helps You Stay Relevant

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Pete Johnson, Vermont stand-out small business owner and president of Pete''s Greens, facilitates a certified organic four-season vegetable farm which utilizes moveable greenhouses. Small business owners across the U.S.

2013 Trend: Ads Will Be Articles & Vice Versa

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Or you can outsource it to customers--something that Jay Peak, a ski resort in northern Vermont, does to foster brand loyalty. Forget banners and pop-ups. Instead, connect with consumers via blogs, videos, white papers, and more. This article is part of Inc.'s

Small Coffee Company Takes on Goliath

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This small company might be the first of a few companies eying the single-serve coffee market—which so far has been dominated by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, a large Vermont-based company that owns patents for the popular Keurig coffee-pods (called K-cups).

How Not to Comfort a Colleague

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Grover of the University of Vermont, who notes these cliches do more harm than good, minimizing a loss rather than rationalizing, commiserating, or empathizing with it. Saying something "was for the best" might be the worst thing you could say, a new study shows.

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Are You an Authentic CEO?

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From their first homemade scoop shop run out of an old gas station in Vermont, they grew. Otherwise, you may well end up as a well-marketed brand extension, in a massive global conglomerate, far away from the show factory and the milk co-ops of Vermont

What is a Social Enterprise?

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L3Cs were first formed in 2008, and are currently only legal in Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming, as well as the federal jurisdictions of the Crow Indian Nation of Montana, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Survey: Best States for Small Business

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Rhode Island, Vermont, Hawaii and California had some of the lowest rankings. A new survey of more than 6,000 small businesses determines which areas are most inviting for entrepreneurs. How business-friendly is your state? A new study offers some answers.

Bernie Sanders to hold weekend rally in North Carolina

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AP) — Vermont U.S. GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Bernie Sanders is planning a rally in North Carolina this weekend for his presidential campaign

FairPoint to credit customers as part of proposed settlement

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AP) — The Vermont Department of Public Service and FairPoint Communications have reached a proposed settlement over complaints about service MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP)

4 Underrated Tech Hubs to Watch

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But underdogs like Burlington, Vermont; Rochester, Minnesota; and Corvallis, Oregon produce more patents per million residents than the traditional tech hubs. More evidence that start-up culture isn't just a coastal phenomenon: Research shows these cities are hopping with tech expertise.

7 Important Tips to Creating a High-Converting Facebook Fan Page

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Ben & Jerry’s did an awesome job transporting their fans back in time when they opened their first shop in Burlington, Vermont, by posting a nostalgic photograph. We all want them! We all need them! Some will take desperate measures to get them. What am I talking about?

7 Benefits For Startups Joining The B-Corp Movement

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Last year, Etsy in New York announced that it had joined the ranks of the now more than 865 companies nationwide as a Certified B Corporation, keeping good company with Patagonia in California and Seventh Generation in Vermont.

How to Lead Your Company Through Change

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They opened the first of many franchise companies in Vermont, the first of many Ben & Jerry's stores out-of-state, the first of many out of the country. Your employees will react differently to change. However they feel about a new situation, you can help all of them adjust.

To B or Not to B Corp


Maryland was the first state to pass benefit corporation legislation in April 2010, followed by Hawaii, Virginia, California, Vermont, New Jersey and New York. Most entrepreneurs know that it’s a good idea to incorporate a startup as soon as possible.