Local Business Honored for Family Roots

Vermont District Office  - May 6, 2019

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DJ's Tree Service

Local Business Honored for Family Roots

COLCHESTER, Vt. - A local family-owned business is being recognized by the federal government for its 40 years of growth.

DJ's Tree Service, owned and operated by Jim and Lisa Myers, has been named the 2019 Vermont Family-Owned Business of the Year by the Small Business Administration. The company is one of the largest professional tree care, removal and restoration services in northern Vermont and the Burlington area.

Jim Myers and his then business partner Dean Bumstead started the business in the 1970s with only a truck, a chain saw and a few basic hand held tools. The two were groundskeepers at the University of Vermont who often performed tree service as side work, but then decided to strike out on their own.

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Trials and Tribulations of Small Business Growth May 8

SCORE is hosting a workshop about the trials & tribulations, successes & failures of small business at 5:30 p.m. May 8 at New England Federal Credit Union, 141 Harvest Lane, in Williston.

In conjunction with the SBA as part of Small Business Week, join SCORE in a  roundtable discussion with past graduates from the SBA's Emerging Leaders program, along with other area entrepreneurs and SCORE Vermont mentors. Confirmed Panelists: Kelly Clements from Gordon’s Window Decor Katy Lesser from Healthy Living Market and Cafe Johnny Mendez from Hen House Media Bring your story. 

Tell your tale. Learn from local entrepreneurs. Come ready to take notes, ask questions, and share your experiences.

Workshop is free, but registration is required. Register:

Contracting Workshops May 9

The Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center is hosting two workshops May 9 at the Maltex Building, 431 Pine Street, in Burlington, Vt.

The first workshop is a federal contracting workshop from 9 a.m. to noon. It’s about the benefits of being a schedule contract holder and will provide guidance to Vermont businesses on marketing to federal government agencies.

Topics include:

  • How to find the right Schedule for your business
  • Successfully apply for a Schedule
  • Learn marketing strategies and techniques that have proven to be successful in getting business from the government

The second workshop is from 1 to 3 p.m. It is about state and federal construction contracting opportunities in Vermont presented by General Services Administration and The Vermont Agency of Transportation representatives.

Workshops are free, but registration is required. Register: https://vtptac.ecenterdirect.com/events/signup/634