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Tretap
pristine water from vermont’s maple trees

Do you know where your bottled water comes from? as in, exactly where? which state? what town? Probably not.

Well, now you can buy water and know exactly where it comes from – the organic maple trees on Branon’s West View Maples. Yes, you read correctly – water from maple trees. Here’s where is gets even cooler.

These maple trees are tapped for their sap to make maple syrup. In the process the sap, which is what is used to make maple syrup, gets separated from the tree water. Up until now, sugar makers have been discarding this water. What a brilliant idea? Save that tree water, sell it and give the maple syrup makers another source of revenue.

And don’t worry, the water has been through a couple filters and a reverse osmosis machine before getting bottled. RIght now there are three flavors:

  • Blueberry
  • Cranberry
  • Cucumber

At 10 calories and 5 grams of sugar a serving, this tree water is a great made in Vermont alternative to other bottled waters. Look for a new carbonated line called Vermont Tapped coming soon.

We think this is a win win win. A win for the maple sugar makers, a win for water drinkers and a win for Vermont.

Learn more about the Tretap story here  or, better get, buy a bottle at the stores listed here.

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Generator
art x technology = generator

Generator is a new “makerspace” located Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium Annex. Need clarification on a “makerspace”? It’s a place or “open community lab” where people who work in technology, science, art, the mechanical, electrical and digital worlds can work, collaborate and share resources to create or “make”.

Monthly memberships are reasonable and gives you access to a long list of tools:

  • laser cuter
  • 3D printer
  • milling machine
  • vinyl cutter
  • 6 soldering stations
  • hand & power tools
  • high end mac & pc workstations
  • computer lab with gigabit internet access

There’s also a long wish list of hand and power tools – so there will be more. Take a look at the list. Maybe you have one of these tools in your garage collecting dust. Consider donating it and let it be used to make someone’s dream into a reality.

Or maybe you’re an artist, needing your own studio space? A studio membership will give you:

  • studio space
  • electricity
  • high-speed wireless internet
  • heating
  • a dumpster
  • access to a loading dock

Always wanted to learn how to work with a  laser printer or 3D printer? Go ahead – why not take a class. Check their current listings of classes to see if there is one that interests you.

Burlington’s new Generator is an artist studio, a classroom as well as a business incubator. What more could an aspiring entrepreneur, or rather a vermontrepreneur, need to make that idea into a new business?

Check it out.

 

 

 

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flavor plate
websites for restaurants

What a great idea! Let restaurant owners and chefs do what they do best – prepare and serve delicious meals. And let Flavor Plate do all the work to give them a digital and mobile presence. What Dealer.com does for car dealerships, Flavor Plate does for restaurants.

Take a look at all the features they offer:

  • website manager
  • menu manager
  • photo gallery
  • mobile friendly
  • design tools
  • events calendar
  • online gift card sales
  • social media
  • online reservations
  • SEO control
  • email marketing
  • google maps

Restaurateurs! what more could you want? ok, maybe all this for free? Well, Flavor Plate does have just ONE very reasonable plan that for a small monthly fee covers all of it! You can’t afford to not have one of these websites.

Join these fine restaurants and consider becoming a client today:

Bonus perk! If you’re a farm-to-table restaurant, you’ll get a discount.

“Simple. Beautiful. Restaurant websites.”

And of course, all made in Burlington, Vermont!

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Birnam Wood Games
Independent Game Developers

Birnam Wood Games is a small gaming studio located in, you guessed it, Burlington, Vermont! We love that they call BTV their home.

Have an idea for a game? or an app? Let this team create it for you. BWGames will design it and develop it from scratch just like they have for Seven Days, Echo, JDK, Efficiency Vermont and Superconductor.

Or just try one of their own games:

8Bitfit – mobile game you win by running and walking – as in actually running (currently in beta)
Loc – 3D puzzle game. See how it works here.
– Pathogen – turn based strategy game to be released Fall 2013

Birnam Wood Games is one to watch!

p.s. keep an eye out for 8Bitfit & Pathogen – they’ll be released this fall!

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gredio
software applications for food companies

Remember Green Mountain Mustard? Well, founder/owner Michael Adams has started another company offering an app for food companies called Gredio. It’s a way for food producers to keep track of and control:

  • recipes
  • inventory
  • product costs
  • production schedules
  • production history
  • invoices
  • lot tracking of ingredients

It even has 8 calculators that help figure out:

  • ingredient costs
  • labor rates
  • transportation costs
  • retail price

Just to name a few. Take a look at their one minute video.

This app from Gredio is the perfect solution for:

  • value-added food producers
  • home bakers
  • co-packing kitchens

So for all those “made in vermont” food producers/home bakers and those beyond our state, why not try Gredio’s new app to help organize your business, become more efficient and make more sales?

It’s free.

p.s. Gredio recently won the LaunchVT competition for young entrepreneurs.

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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!

Vert Mont Perfumery - Artisanal Botanical Perfumes made in the Mad River Valley of Vermont

Vert Mont Perfumery
artisanal botanical perfumes

Based in the Mad River Valley, Vert Mont Perfumery makes fragrances that are designed, blended and bottled by hand. Their perfumes are made from pure organic plant essences from around the world. Each fragrance is blended to compliment a specific human experience:

  • SOMA (body) – surrender to lightness of being  (pink grapefruit, fresh ginger, petitgrain bigarade, amyris & high elevation lavender)
  • PSYCHE (mind) – heady intrigue & effortless travel (lemon peel, ginger lilly, clary sage, himalayan cedar & bergamot)
  • EROS (desire) – An elegant notion of a love potion (mandarin, coriander, orris root, patchouli, juniper & jasmine)
  • ANIMA (soul) – instinctually sensual. unleash your possibilities. (persian lime, spikenard, melissa, frankincense & ylang ylang)
  • COR (heart) – tune into core emotions (sweet orange, vetiver, rosewood, cypress & moroccan rose absolute)

How can you not love the names and each tag line? So clever. These perfumes have no synthetics and Vert Mont Perfumery is committed to being environmentally friendly as well. Each perfume comes in a Miron Violet Glass bottle with a Biostone label in a hand stamped canvas bag for sleek, minimal packaging that is all recyclable or reusable.

Visit VMP’s Facebook page and website for background stories and more day to day activity. Currently available at the Warren Store in Warren Vermont, Proud Flower in Waterbury and more to come.

Vert Mont Perfumery is one to watch – with Mother’s Day around the corner, how about a bottle?