RUTLAND – After working with fitness clients throughout the U.S., Bomoseen native Sean Manovill has returned to Rutland County to open Club Fitness, a health and wellness center set to open in October.
Manovill, 35, said his new business, to be located at 275 North Main St. in Rutland, will be focused on helping people live better lives by improving their fitness.
“We want to focus on real results,” he said. “We’re not a gimmick gym.”
Manovill said his two top-priorities for his gym are cleanliness and customer service. The grand opening for the 4,000-square-foot gym is schedule approximately for Oct. 15, and a pre-sale is underway for memberships. Regular memberships are for ages 14 and up, and there’s also a junior membership for ages 5 to 13. Club Fitness will offer kids’ obstacle courses twice a month, among other activities for children.
ESSEX JUNCTION — A perfect summer evening set the tone for celebration and networking when The Barns at Lang Farm hosted a Summer Garden Party on Aug. 18 in Essex Junction. The event served as a networking event offered by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (LCRCC).
MONTPELIER — You don’t need a college degree to know that the rising costs of higher education are a huge challenge right now. Research from the Institute for College Access & Success found that 65 percent of Vermonters hold student debt, with an average debt of $29,060. The realities made big headlines this summer, when Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Jeb Spaulding announced a proposal to merge Lyndon State College and Johnson State College under one administration — a cost-saving measure that could have an impact on other areas of the VSC system.
A new Green Mountain Power program aims to cut back on electricity usage during the peak summer hours while saving customers money. The “Empower Rate” program is a pilot program that incentivizes customers to reduce their energy use for up to 10 “critical peak energy days” between May 1 and Sept. 30.
BURLINGTON — About 70 people braved the on-and-off rain and threatening skies to be a part of the 7th annual Kicks for a Cure Kickball Tournament, sponsored by Burlington Young Professionals (BYP), on Aug. 12 at Oakledge Park in Burlington. The event raised more than $800 for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a year-round camp for children with cancer located in South Hero. The event also included a networking barbeque for players and spectators, who donated to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta to watch the matches and enjoy the food. Eight teams registered for the tournament, with the squad from Burlington Bytes claiming the Golden Cleat award, symbolic of the championship.
WATERBURY — Low-income homeowners and renters can take advantage of free weatherization programs supported by increased state and federal funding. Funding increased by about 16 percent on July 1. At that time, the state’s funding mechanism for its low-income weatherization program was changed. A tax on heating oil, propane and kerosene went from a tax based on price (0.5 percent of sales) to one based on consumption (2 cents per gallon). The funding change will allow the Vermont Weatherization Assistance Program to improve an estimated additional 132 homes statewide this year, bringing the total to 906 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017.
DORSET — The owner of the popular swimming site at the Dorset quarry off Route 30 is planning to keep the site open and free to use but has instituted a fee of $10 per carload for parking. Richard McDonough and his wife have owned the quarry since 1997. McDonough has invested a great deal of time and effort into making the quarry a valuable public resource where people can swim for free. However, in the last few years, McDonough has found that the popularity of the quarry — which has been featured in a number of national articles about the best places to swim in Vermont — has made it difficult to manage, especially as he receives no income from it. “I’ve put in over $15,000 into parking.
At some point in the life of your business, especially if your vision of success includes hiring employees, creating wealth, and offering innovative products or services, you will need to consider stepping into the world of “other people’s money.”
If yours is a woman-owned business, accessing capital comes with challenges. According to a 2014 report commissioned by the Small Business Administration, on average, women start their businesses with half as much capital as their male counterparts. And as their businesses grow, the gap widens. While the vast majority of business owners rely on personal assets to fund their business start-up, undercapitalizing your business can significantly impact its ability to survive and grow. At a recent Women Business Owners Network conference, we sat down with five women business owners to hear their experiences and recommendations about finding money for their businesses.
Pick, pick, pick. That’s how you get to success these days. A little win here, a victory there, a couple losses, four steps ahead and two back. So many times, you’ve felt this close to the prize, only to have to start over again. Now read the new book “212: The Extra Degree” by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson, and pick another way to fight.
MONTPELIER — The Savoy’s projectionist will take over ownership at the art-house cinema later this month. Worcester resident James O’Hanlon has worked as a projectionist for the theater for two years and he said he is very excited to take on the business. “I just love the theater,” he said. “I moved to Vermont in 2001. I grew up in New York City, and I lived in San Francisco, and I just always loved going to see independent films and films that are off the radar.
By April, all branches of Heritage Family Credit Union will have teller cash recyclers — devices that count cash and secure it in a vault, where it’s available for the next transaction at the teller station. The first branch to receive a teller cash recycler will be the Allen Street branch in Rutland, at the end of August. Half of the branches will have them installed between August and November. The rest will receive cash recyclers between January and April. These CM18 cash recyclers are from ARCA, a company in North Carolina.
BURLINGTON — Growler Garage has re-opened, with a new location on Main Street at the corner of Battery Street in Burlington. Just a block from the waterfront, the space was most recently occupied by Noonie’s Deli. Growler Garage offers both a bar for onsite consumption and a “filling station” for growlers of beer-to-go. The bar side launched with a soft opening on July 1, while awaiting formal receipt of its second-class license, to enable it to sell growlers and other take-home offerings of beers on tap. Liam O’Farrell is the owner, and Taylor deLisle the general manager.
Being an environmental consultant, a job which often involves helping clients with permits for projects, certainly involves more time in the outdoors than a number of jobs and provides the chance to apply scientific knowledge out in the field. However, the work also involves giving the client some tough news when a costly project will have to get more costly, or at least more cumbersome, in order to comply with Vermont’s wetland regulations. Many times, these consultants take on a problem-solving role, in making sure permit requirements are met while also trying to meet a client’s goals — if the latter is possible. Jeff Parsons, one of four principals with Arrowwood Environmental, has worked as an environmental consultant for 30 years. The company, which started in 2000, is based in Huntington and has two home offices — Parsons works from his home in Lowell.
Aug. 1 marked Jeff and Vicki Eatons’ 10-year anniversary as the owners of Eaton’s Fine Jewelry, located on St. Albans City’s Main Street. “It seems like the 10 years flew right by,” Jeff said on Aug. 2, while seated beside Vicki at their store. Vicki said, “It sure doesn’t seem like 10 years, but we’ve seen many happy people in that time.”