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Business Notes: Feb. 2, 2014

Woodstock — Chippers and Woodstock Home & Hardware were both named Woodstock Area Businesses of the year in recognition of their outstanding spirit and contributions to the community by the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce during its annual meeting in January.

Both businesses are responsible for the annual holiday lights in the Woodstock Village. Woodstock Home & Hardware has donated the 130 stands of commercial-grade lighting, while Chippers has provided the labor to install and remove the lights each year. Each business also supports a wide variety of other charitable organizations.

In addition, Woodstock Home & Hardware employees 15 people while Chippers employees between 40-60 people, some seasonally, in its three locations in the Upper Valley.

Both selected Woodstock as a primary location and have built vigorous businesses in the community.

Following the presentation of awards, Nigel Hollis, chief global analyst at Millward Brown, a market research firm, presented a summary of his latest work on branding. Hollis is the author of The Meaningful Brand and The Global Brand .

He also publishes his thoughts on brands, marketing and market research on his blog and in various journals including The Harvard Business Review , The Atlantic and The Financial Times .

In other business, the chamber introduced Scott Franzen, as president, Amelia Rappaport, vice president, Lisa Gramling, treasurer Kevin Lynch, secretary and Kathy Terwelp, clerk. Other board members introduced included Carol Cunningham, Jenna Ware, Susan Morgan, Sue Bryan, Macy Lawrence, Kitty O’Hara, Josh Jarvis and Jeffery Zayas.

Company News

The Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce elected four new board members during its annual meeting last month.

The new members are Tricia Kent, from the Community College of Vermont, Nicolaas Bekker, from Peoples United Bank, Steven Burnett, from The Richards Group and Aaron Brown, from Vital Communities.

Board officers and additional members are: David Landry, Merchants Bank (chairman); Tad Nunez, Town of Hartford (vice chairman); Cheryl Linberg, Mascoma Savings Bank (treasurer); Sheryl Trainor, Quechee Mobil (secretary); Liz Verney, Upper Valley Haven; Rick Trahan, The Quechee Inn and Dave Clark, Yellow House Media.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy’s owner Anthony Sheridan has signed a long-term lease with Lebanon Equity Group and will be relocating the school to 24 Hanover St. in downtown Lebanon.

Sheridan has been a certified instructor of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and self-defense under Julio Fernandez since June of 2002. The new facility will be 3,000 square feet, and will allow the academy, in addition to jiu-jitsu training, offer self-defense, martial arts and physical training.

Bruce M. Waters, senior broker for Lang McLaughry Commercial, represented the landlord and assisted the tenant with the transaction.

Upcoming Events

Managing your small farm is the topic of a SCORE workshop being held Thursday, from 6-9 p.m., at the organization’s office at 20 Park St., Suite 316, in Lebanon.

In the interactive workshop, participants will learn how to build farm and garden operations into profitable businesses. The workshop is being lead by Caroline Cannon, who has owned and run small businesses and who has a masters degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

The fee for the workshop is $30. To register, call 603-448-3491.

A free introduction to business ownership succession planning will be offered on Feb. 12, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Howard Dean Education Center, 307 South St. in Springfield, Vt. Attendance is limited to business owners and key managers. Attendees will receive a lunch and copy of An Owner’s Guide to Business Succession Planning .

The seminar will look at four ways of selling a business: to an outsider, to family members, to managers and to the larger group of employees. The focus will be on stories about each choice, told by owners who have been involved in the sale of businesses. John P. Murphy, president of Atlantic Management Co., will give an overview of the mechanics of the most common ownership transition models. Owners and former owners of Vermont businesses will tell their stories of ownership succession, live and via video.

Sponsors are the Springfield Regional Development Corp., the Vermont Small Business Development Center and the Vermont Employee Ownership Center, with funding provided by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. To register, call 802-885-3061.

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