Blake Hill Preserves Owners Named VT Small Business Persons of the Year

Vermont District Office  - April 11,  2022

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Blake Hill Preserves Owners Named VT Small Business Persons of the Year

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The owners of Blake Hill Preserves in Windsor, Vt. are the 2022 Vermont Small Business Persons of the Year. Vicky Allard and Joe Hanglin are being recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration for Blake Hill Preserves’ employment growth, success in the marketplace, company expansion and community involvement. 

"We feel so honored for Blake Hill Preserves to be recognized by the SBA with this special award.  We started our business in our home kitchen in 2009 with the simple desire to make the most delicious jams from the season's finest produce and have been so appreciative of our customers love for our unique creations and our team's amazing commitment to help ensure we continue to exemplify the very best artisan products and service in an environment of continuous rapid growth,” said Allard.

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