BRATTLEBORO -- Two Brattleboro-area businesses earned recognition for their efforts to promote alternative transportation such as bicycling, walking, taking the bus, and carpooling.
Landmark College, in Putney, and New Chapter, Inc., in Brattleboro, joined several other Vermont businesses in receiving awards for their participation in the Way To Go! Commuter Challenge, held May 14 through 18. Both businesses signed up more than 20 percent of their employees to take the Challenge, each earning recognition in the medium business category (100-299 employees).
"We were thrilled with the response from our staff. People were inspired and motivated to commit to alternative transportation for the week and I’ve no doubt there has been a lasting effect." said Barbi Schulick, Co-founder of New Chapter.
The Way to Go! Commuter Challenge is an annual statewide event promoting more economical, environmentally friendlier, and safer alternatives to driving solo. Individuals, schools, businesses and communities throughout the state participated in the week-long program.
Results from 2012 also can be viewed at www.waytogovt.org .
More than 250 towns in Vermont and neighboring states and more than 400 organizations and businesses competed for both recognition awards and the Way To Go! Carbon Cup.
More than 3,500 folks pledged to use cheaper, healthier, and more earth-friendly transportation
Start your own business workshop
BRATTLEBORO -- The Vermont Small Business Development Center is offering a three-hour workshop on how to start your own business and write a business plan. The course will be offered on Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon in the conference room of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation at 76 Cotton Mill Hill.
The seminar is designed for individuals who are thinking about going into business but need assistance with the procedures involved and government regulations regarding starting up a business in Vermont.
Space is limited.
To register for the workshop, sign up online at www.vtsbdc.org (click on the training tab). For questions, please e-mail Heather Gonyaw at email@example.com. The registration fee is $40 for one and $45 for two.
The Vermont Small Business Development Center is also offering an online version of its Start Your Own Business workshop. Instead of handouts, participants will have exercises to do on their own to submit to an Area Business Advisor for feedback. This is the first step in working with VtSBDC. Register by going to the VtSBDC website www.vtsbdc.org.