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Business Notes: Mass.-Based Restaurant Chain 110 Grill to Open Location in West Lebanon


Sunday, January 21, 2018

West Lebanon — The fast growing Massachusetts-based restaurant chain 110 Grill plansto open a new location in the Upper Valley Plaza in West Lebanon, a company executive confirmed last week.

110 Grill, which describes itself as “modern American cuisine, in a trendy casual atmosphere,” will open a restaurant in the space recently vacated by a Verizon dealer, according to Alicia Puputti, director of marketing for the restaurant chain. Puputti said in an email the target opening date is “approximately fall 2018.”

The location is on the east side of the former Shaw’s supermarket building that is now undergoing major renovation for expected new tenants PetSmart and HomeGoods. A sign on window of the former Verizon dealer says the store has “temporarily merged” with the Verizon store at North Country Plaza.

100 Grill, founded in 2014 by commercial real estate developer Robert Walker and restaurateur Ryan Dion, now has 12 locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and has announced plans to open eight more locations, according to the company’s website.

Enfield’s Petro Mart Sold, Now Enfield Gas & Go

The Petro Mart gas station and convenience store in Enfield has a new name and a new owner.

Previous owners Jeff and Katie Pierson have sold the Route 4 business to OM Shiv Corp. of Salisbury, Ma., which has renamed the business Enfield Gas & Go., said Cathy Bean, the local manager.

“All the staff is staying the same, including me as manager,” Bean said.

Bean said the ownership change was effective Jan. 5.

Neither Jeff Pierson or OM Shiv Corp. responded to requests for comment.

VLS Partners to Create Online ‘Legal Toolkit’ For Farmers Markets

Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems has partnered up with the Farmers Market Coalition and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont to launch a free online “legal toolkit” designed to help managers of farmers markets through the legal thicket in operating farmers markets.

Topics covered in the toolkit, which was created with support from the federal government’s USDA, include how to manage legal risks, options for business organization structures and best practice recommendations.

“Markets constantly contact us for the type of legal assistance that this toolkit covers,” Darlene Wolnik, a senior researcher with the Farmers Market Coalition, said in a news release. “Since a primary mission of markets is to offer community spaces open to one and all, it is vital that they are as inviting as possible but also imperative that they are designed to protect the organization, vendors, and shoppers by reducing any risks. We think this site will offer markets that type of help.”

For more information and to register for a webiner on the toolkit, visit farmersmarketlegaltoolkit.org or email cafs@vermontlaw.edu.

Workshop for Businesses On Selling to Vermont National Guard

So, you have a product or service you want to sell to the Vermont National Guard — how do you go about doing that?

Well, you’re in luck: The Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center, a team within the state’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development which advises small businesses on how to obtain government contracts, is organizing a two-hour, free “introductory workshop” jointly with the Vermont National Guard on Feb. 1 at Liquid Measurement Systems in Milton, Vt., that will detail how Vermont businesses can become a “qualified vendor” to the VNG.

Other small businesses who have already been through the drill will be on hand to share their knowledge and experience.

For more information, visit the Center’s website or contact Joanne Spaulding at 802-522-9135.

Score to Demistify the InternetFor Small Businesses

Score, the Upper Valley nonprofit that helps small businesses grow and educates aspiring entrepreneurs, is offering a series of workshops beginning later this month that will take participants through the A-B-C’s of internet marketing.

The first workshop, on Jan. 25, titled options for Website Content Marketing, will review three main website platforms and discuss the importance of blogging as well as how to get search engine friendly content.

The second workshop, on Feb. 1, titled Introduction to Social Media Marketing, will provide an overview of blogging and social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, You Tube, and LinkedIn, with examples and best practice advice.

And the third workshop, on Feb. 8 and titled The Power of Twitter Marketing, will explain how to harness Twitter for success in business.

All the workshops, which run from 9 a.m. and will be hosted by Woodstock Internet marketing consultant Gary Horsman, will be held at the Citizens Bank Building on West Park Street in Lebanon. The workshop fee is $40 per individual and $60 with a spouse or business partner.

For more information visit Score’s website or call 603-448-3491.

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