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Log on to Learn
anytime ~ anywhere

Think you really know how to use Word? Not sure of all the useful tools in Excel? You probably don’t even realize that you could be much more productive if you knew how to use your software better. Log on to Learn can help you.

Log on to Learn offers computer instruction – the how to’s – for everything in Microsoft Office, Crystal Reports and the Adobe Creative suite… all online. You can rent tutorial videos for 30 days or pay for a monthly subscription for full access to their virtual learning library. You’ll have access to:

  • video tips
  • comprehensive video series
  • downloadable/printable step-by-step tutorials
  • printable reference guides
  • regularly scheduled live training events
  • community forums
  • quizzing and certification

Take a tour.

Not only will you learn how to use your software to its fullest potential you’ll increase your proficiency and office productivity.  It’s easy and right at your fingertips.

This Vermont start-up not only helps individuals but also businesses. Companies can have their own branded group page that can act as their training portal allowing employees to have access to their own internal training docs and videos as well as all Log on to Learn tutorial videos. With no set up fees, this is a win win for companies, paying only a monthly fee to give their employees access to so much learning to make them more productive.

Do you know how to create PivotCharts in Excel? Well, it’s time you Log on to Learn!

Blu-Bin - 3D print shop in Poultney, Vermont - You're ideas made real!

Blu-Bin
your ideas made real

Yes, America’s first retail 3D print shop is in VERMONT! Poultney, Vermont to be exact. Let’s be more specific, it’s the first store where anyone, regardless of skill level, can come in and get their ideas made into reality using 3D printers.

You can draw a picture of something, have it made into a CAD file and then have it printed into a 3D object. Hard to believe right? Well then check out this video.

This is game changing and seriously cool. Think of all the possibilities…

Anyone want to go to Poultney for the day, grab lunch and have your dream “thing” made into a reality?

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Loveopolis.com
Online Dating just got a Whole Lot Better!

Looking for that “someone special”? Want to help a friend find “the one”?

Loveopolis, a startup based in Burlington, Vermont can help! Loveopolis is a new online dating platform that not only incorporates your closest friends (single or married) in your quest to find love, but also allows you to browse “Matches” that have the same interests as you. Soon you’ll be able to create an account and your “Inner Circle”, a group of your closest friends you trust and can share anything with. Your Inner Circle can give you feedback and even recommend matches they think will be the best fit for you. Bounce thoughts off them – what do they think of this match?

Loveopolis also have “Vouches” – you can vouch for a friend or check to see the vouches of your match. That way you’ll know if your match is really as awesome as they say they are. It’s not just an online dating platform, it’s a community of people helping people to find their match.

Request an Invite to their Beta launching later this year at Loveopolis.com and be sure to follow their “Road to Launch” at Blog.Loveopolis.com.

If you’re looking for love or know a friend who’s looking, check out Loveopolis…it’s free!

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mad river food hub
supporting local food producers

The Mad River Food Hub in Waitsfield is a fully licensed, 40,000 sf storage, processing and distribution facility. Within Vermont, it was the first:

  • for profit food hub
  • shared use state-inspected meat processing facility

This is just the kind of partnering that Vermont needs to support our producers so they can continue to make and sell their made in Vermont foods for us all to enjoy. It allows small scale producers to share costs and grow their businesses. Producers can:

  • rent a room by the day or weekly
  • rent dry, refrigerated or frozen storage space
  • become part of the weekly distribution to retail markets in vermont

Currently, the following producers are taking advantage of what the hub has to offer, you probably know of a few these and notice many are outside of the Mad River Valley:

This food hub is a win win for producers, consumers and the Vermont economy.

Thank you Mad River Food Hub for doing your part in supporting local business and bringing these made in Vermont products to a store near us!

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live-timing
bringing your races to the world

can’t get to a ski race but want to know who’s winning? At the race, on the hill, not near the scoreboard? live-timing will let you know everything about that racer coming down the course – in real time! Watch the clock, second by second, on your phone, in your office or at home.

Live-timing will let you know:

  • upcoming races & entries
  • who’s currently on course
  • racer’s bib number, team, class
  • who’s finished, dnf’d or dq’d
  • race results (unofficial) in real time
  • race status messages

Isn’t technology great? You can watch races all over the world as long the club or resort is using split-second software in real-time. Once you get used to the convenience and information live-timing gives you, you’ll wish every race hill in the world was hooked up!

And yes, Live-timing is based in Vermont.

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the vermont sail freight project
farm to plate, powered by sail

Created by Erik Andrus, a farmer in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, The Vermont Sail Freight Project is a carbon neutral transport initiative connecting the farms and forests of Vermont with the lower Hudson Valley. Bringing our amazing made in Vermont products all the way to the big Apple on a boat? YES! How Vermont is that?

This boat  will bring that made in Vermont, natural freshness right down the river to the lucky consumers in New York City and all carbon neutral. What a great idea. Not new, just great to be going back to our roots.

And this sailing barge won’t be coming back to Vermont empty. It’ll be filled with goods. Yes, we do make a lot of what we need in Vermont except for maybe a handful of staples such as olive oil, chocolate, sugar and coffee, to name a few. Carbon neutral up the river they’ll come.

This is a win-win and one to watch.

And by the way, Erik’s a rice farmer and a lot more. Check out Vermont Rice, Boundbrook FarmGood Companion Bakery. No need to be putting any rice or bread on that sailing barge as it heads north again.

Three Revolutions
put your money where your mouth is

So by now everyone has heard of kickstarter, right? well, Three Revolutions is similar to kickstarter but it’s focus is food. And for those of us who love Vermont, want to buy Vermont, Three Revolutions is based in Vermont! They “fund food through community” and it is the first crowdfunding platform focused on farm and food related projects.

Not sure how it works? Take a look here where they outline the process:

  • planters sow ideas
  • pollinators spread the word
  • cultivators fund planters so they can grow their ideas to fruition

We all have to eat. So why not go and take a look at the current projects and consider funding a food innovator that will bring something good to your table or town?

Will you be a planter, a pollinator or a cultivator?