Grant exceeds expectations for Rutland small business

Vermont District Office  - August 16, 2019

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Awesome Graphics

Workforce development grant exceeds expectations for Rutland small business

In February 2018, six companies in the Rutland area received nearly $700,000 in grants for workforce development from the Vermont Training Program.

Almost 18 months later the owner of Awesome Graphics said the grant exceeded expectations.

“Through the grant we were able to hire and train employees, who now work here full time. Now that we have a more robust staff we have been able to service and gain more clients,” said Tami Napolitano, Awesome Graphics owner. 

Awesome Graphics, which began in 1994, offers a variety of printing and marketing materials including banners, signs, vehicle wraps and trade show booth displays.

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HUBZone workshop Aug. 22

The Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center is offering a free workshop about the Historically Under-utilized Business Zones Program at 1 p.m. August 22 at The Lightning Jar, 194 North Street, in Bennington.

The primary goal of the HUBZone program is to create incentives for the U.S. government to offer federal contracts to businesses operating and creating jobs in areas with statistically proven economic needs. A guest speaker from the U.S. Small Business Administration will be on-site to answer questions.

Workshop is free, but registration is required.

To register, visit

Seed fund worth $3B coming to VT

The Small Business Innovation Research Road Tour is coming to the University of Vermont from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Dudley H. Davis Center. 

The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies with Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, the country’s largest source of early stage funding.  Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the SBIR and STTR programs provide more than $3 billion annually to small businesses in a variety of technology areas.  

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear directly from federal agency program managers that administer more than 5,000 new awards annually and to meet one-on-one with program decision makers.

Price to attend is $25. To register, visit

For more information, email