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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
United States

(802) 417-1528

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) promotes local food knowledge, production and market opportunities for farmers and community members throughout our region.

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Calling All Entrepreneurs!


Have an idea for a business but need help with the details?  Searching for the right-sized space to get things started?  Looking for ways to develop your entrepreneurial skills?  A soon-to-be held public meeting is about to shed light on these and countless other concerns for high energy individuals seeking to put their imaginations to work.

On June 5th from 6:00 to 8:00PM at “Building J” in Park Village, an exciting new opportunity for those in Rutland and Addison Counties will be presented.  It’s the Brandon Venture Center Incubator, to be headquartered in this building.  A panel of experts will show how to take advantage of this golden opportunity to fulfill your entrepreneurial dreams.

The panelists include Jamie Stewart, Rutland Economic Development Corporation, Steve Beck, Economic Development Director for Brandon, Kevin Birchmore, President of the McKernon Group, Ed Bratton, owner of the Vermont Fiber Mill, Kevin McNaught, Trevin Farms and Kim Crosby of Vermont Roots.  Topics explored will be establishing a commercial kitchen, how to use innovative new distribution methods; how to do up-to-date marketing, do you have a business plan and how to incorporate the growing Vermont Brand in your product or service.  While a good bit of the focus will be on food products, the discussion will cover all sorts of small-scale manufacturing.  Participants in farmers’ markets, start-up businesses, established producers looking to grow – all will find the evening not only interesting, but potentially highly profitable.

Chances like this don’t come around often, so be sure to attend and become part of the Brandon region’s exciting business future.

Directions to Building J:   North from Brandon on Route 7, left on Arnold District Road, left on Mulcahy Drive into Park Village, follow signs to “Building J.”