Acomplete list of the businesses to be recognized with a Centennial BusinessAward is attached.2005 Centennial Business Award Winners Montpelier. On Tuesday, March 23rd, Vermont’s 24 oldest businesses will be recognized at an awards ceremonyto be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Billings Student Center on the UVM campus. TheVermont Centennial Business Awards recognize businesses that have operated in Vermontfor at least 100 years. This is a joint project of the Office of theSecretary of State, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine. Special guestsinclude Governor Jim Douglas and UVM President Daniel Fogel. PRESS ADVISORY CountyYear FoundedOld Tavern at GraftonWindham1801Newfane MarketWindham1825National Life GroupWashington1848Rutland & Whitehall Railroad Co.Chittenden1848G.S. Blodgett CorporationChittenden1848Community National BankOrleans1851Hastings StoreCaledonia1853Denis, Ricker & Brown Washington1865Springfield Printing CorporationWindsor1870Greene Corporation Lamoille1872Harrington’s in VermontChittenden1873The Herald of RandolphOrange1874Union Mutual of Vermont CompaniesWashington1874A.C. Hathorne Co.Chittenden1875Randolph National Bank Orange1875Reynolds & Son, Inc.Washington1875The County Courier Franklin1878White River Paper CompanyWindsor1881Verizon New EnglandChittenden1883Factory Point National BankBennington1883Rutland Fire Clay Co.Rutland1883Lyndonville Savings BankOrleans1884Clarendon & Pittsford Railroad Co.Chittenden1885Granite City Tool of VermontWashington1885People’s Trust Company of St. Albans.Franklin1886 Business Contact Kathryn Mathieson: 802-828-2148For Immediate Release: March 22, 2005This press release is available digitally at http://www.sec.state.vt.us(link is external) Secretary of State ToAnnounce Vermont’s2nd Annual CentennialBusiness Award Winners Wednesday,March 234-7 p.m.Billings Student Center, UVM Campus #30
The application is available online at www.vermontbiz.com/dcd, or on the Vermont Chamber Business EXPO website (www.vtexpo.com(link is external)). The application deadline for the Deane C. Davis Award is March 13, 2009.Nominations may come from the business itself, another business, a government agency, or an interested individual. Named for former Governor Deane C. Davis (1900 1990), the Award annually honors a Vermont business that demonstrates an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of Vermont s unique qualities.The award criteria for this Award are as follows:· Growth in sales or employment· Commitment of company resources for participation in community projects· Encouragement of employees to be involved in community events· Recognition of the importance of the environment to the state as a natural and economic resource· Addressing employee concerns/needs to create a positive work environment for all employees· Major accomplishment(s) in the past year in any or all of the criteria· Nominated businesses must have been based in Vermont for at least 10 yearsA Selection Committee nominates the three finalists and then quietly selects the recipient. Even the finalists themselves do not know who the winner is until it is announced by Governor James Douglas at the EXPO opening ceremonies. Antonia Opitz, Vermont Chamber Events Director, noted, The process leading up to this award makes it even more prestigious, in light of the added suspense and excitement in anticipation of the announcement.Award winners from past years include Symquest Group, Inc., (2007); Cabot Creamery (1999); and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (1994).Please contact Antonia Opitz at the Vermont Chamber of Commerce with any questions (email@example.com(link sends e-mail) or (802) 223-0603). ###In business since 1912, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit business organization with 1,500 members, collectively employing 45,000 people, representing all sectors of the state s economy. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and preservation of the Vermont quality of life.Vermont Business Magazine, published since 1972, is the state’s first and only statewide business to business publication. It is also the publisher of the Vermont Manufacturers Directory & Guide to Major Businesses, the Book of Lists and the annual glossy magazine for all high school students, NextUp, Your Guide to Life after High School in VT. Nominations are now being accepted for the 19th Annual Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award, co-sponsored by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine. The winner will be unveiled during the May 20, 2009, opening ceremony of the region s largest business-to-business trade show, the annual Vermont Chamber of Commerce Business and Industry EXPO. Three award finalists will be profiled in the May issue of Vermont Business Magazine.
Dealer.com,Mark Bonfigli, CEO and Founder of Dealer.com, Burlington, has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration s (SBA) 2009 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year. Bonfigli was selected for outstanding leadership related to his company s staying power, employee growth, increase in sales, innovation and contributions to the community. Bonfigli s company, Dealer.com, is a leading provider of online marketing solutions to the automotive industry. Dealer.com offers award-winning website design incorporating dynamic video, user-friendly management tools, search engine advertising and metrics and web analytics. Dealer.com s suite of online marketing solutions creates a 360 degree view of auto dealers online and traditional marketing investments and results. Dealers can easily track spending and determine which activities lead to the highest return on investment, allowing them to streamline advertising and marketing efforts to increase sales. Firmly committed to helping improve the community by giving back, Dealer.com supports local charitable events and holds regular fund raisers to benefit local charities. In an innovative partnership with the state of Vermont and VT HITEC (Health Care and Information Technology Education Center), the company provided job training to local Vermonters and overcame the difficulty of finding highly skilled IT workers in the area. Bonfigli attributes the company s success to employee creativity and hard work, under his guidance, and Dealer.com provides over 200 full-time employees with high wage jobs, training and the potential for career growth. Dealer.com permits employees to work flexible schedules and provides numerous seminars and workshops related to career growth, personal financial planning, nutrition and other topics. The company recently opened the doors to its new 60,000 sq. ft. headquarters featuring a state-of-the-art health club, indoor basketball court, indoor tennis court, indoor track and an organic foods cafÃ©. The building is LEED certified, meaning it is environmentally responsible, and incorporates solar panels and natural light to help limit carbon emissions. Matt Cota, Executive DirectorVermont Fuel Dealers Association, MontpelierFinancial Services Champion The Burlington Small Business Award celebration will also honor the following winners of the 2009 Vermont Small Business Champion Awards: Dealer.com employees drive our success and are the heart of the business, commented Bonfigli. The company would not be so successful without the many talented and hard-working people dedicated to offering our clients the best service and technology. I am honored by the award and share it with everyone who is part of the Dealer.com team. Major Randall K. Gates, State Family Program DirectorVermont National GuardVeterans Small Business Champion As Vermont s Small Business Person of the Year, Mark Bonfigli will compete for the national title at National Small Business Week ceremonies in Washington, D.C., May 17-22. Mr. Bonfigli will be locally honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration on June 10th at a ceremony presented by Vermont Business Magazine, Waterfront Park, Burlington. Jim Sault, General ManagerPorter Music Box, RandolphSmall Business Exporter of the Year Gail Wheel, President & OwnerWheel House Designs, Inc., Hyde ParkMicroenterprise Success Tara Lynn Scheidet, OwnerTara Lynn Studio, SuttonSBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year Steven Paddock, Assistant Director, AgribusinessVermont Small Business Development Center, MiddleburyHome-Based Business Champion Bonfigli has more than 20 years of marketing and sales experience in the auto industry, including 10 years as the co-founder of EARTHCARS, Inc., a New England-based automotive retailer. Bonfigli was named as a Finalist in the 2007 and 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the New England Region and his company has received numerous recognitions including the Deloitte & Touche Tech Fast 50, the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, the Inc 5000 fastest-growing companies in the U.S., and several automotive industry awards for being the leading Internet marketing solution for auto dealers. John Vincent, OwnerVincent s Drug & Variety Store, WaterburyJeffrey Butland Family-Owned Small Business Bonfigli founded Dealer.com in 1998 to offer automotive dealers a best in class solution for their Internet marketing needs. At the time, the Internet auto market was dominated by two large companies, but Bonfigli persisted. Despite difficult times in the automotive industry, 2008 saw the highest annual revenue increase in the company s eleven-year history, for a five-year growth rate total of 1,225 %. According to Bonfigli, more of the top 150 largest dealer groups in North America use Dealer.com Internet marketing services than those of any other provider. Mary Peabody, Community Development SpecialistUniversity of Vermont Extension, BerlinWomen in Business Champion
Geoffrey R. Hesslink, Senior Lender and Senior Vice President of Merchants Bank, announced the appointment of Reginald E. Greene to Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Corporate Banking for Merchants Bank. Reggie’s primary responsibility will be to manage a lending team in the southern region in addition to corporate banking accounts throughout the state.“As Vermont’s last statewide independent bank, Merchants is well positioned in the marketplace,” stated Hesslink. “We are adding structure and capacity to corporate banking and credit to grow market share and to best serve our customers’ needs. Reggie is a highly experienced and skilled manager and commercial lender. His terrific presence and manner, extensive knowledge and Vermont-based experience will make a strong contribution to our Corporate Banking division.”Reggie comes to Merchants with over twenty-six years of banking experience, the last twenty-two with Chittenden Bank. Reggie worked for Chittenden in both northern and southern Vermont and in commercial banking, loan resolution, merchant services, internet banking and marketing. Most recently he served as Senior Vice President and Group Manager of the Commercial Banking team covering northern Vermont and Cash Management. There he managed ten loan and cash management officers. Reggie holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work as part of the Merchants’ Team,” stated Greene. “The Bank’s long history of commitment to Vermont is just one of the many reasons I decided to join Merchants. I am proud to be a part of such a well respected group of dedicated professionals.”Reggie and his wife Susan live in Burlington and have four children.Reginald E. Greene, New Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Corporate Banking, Merchants BankVermont Matters. Merchants Bank strives to fulfill its role as the state’s leading independent community bank through a wide range of initiatives. The bank supports organizations throughout Vermont in addressing essential needs, sustaining community programs, providing small business and job start capital, funding financial literacy education and delivering enrichment through local sports activities. Merchants Bank was established in 1849 in Burlington. Its continuing mission is to provide Vermonters with a statewide community bank that combines a strong technology platform with a genuine appreciation for local markets. Merchants Bank delivers this commitment through a branch-based system that includes: 34 community bank offices and 42 ATMs throughout Vermont; local branch presidents and personal bankers dedicated to high-quality customer service; free online banking, phone banking, and electronic bill payment services; high-value depositing programs that feature Free Checking for Life®, Cash Rewards Checking, Rewards Checking for Business, business cash management, money market accounts, health savings accounts, certificates of deposit, Flexible CD, IRAs, and overdraft assurance; feature-rich loan programs including mortgages, home equity credit, vehicle loans, personal and small business loans and lines of credit; and merchant card processing. Merchants Bank offers a strong set of commercial and government banking solutions, delivered by experienced banking officers in markets throughout the state; these teams provide customized financing for medium-to-large companies, non-profits, cities, towns and school districts. Merchants Trust Company, a division of Merchants Bank, provides investment management, financial planning and trustee services. Please visit www.mbvt.com(link is external) for access to Merchants Bank information, programs and services. Merchants’ stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market system under the symbol MBVT. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. Source: Merchants Bank. 3.25.2010