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
continue reading » 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Mick Mulvaney is the properly appointed interim director of the CFPB, CUNA argued in a brief filed Tuesday in a suit challenging the director’s appointment.“CUNA and its members have a strong interest in ensuring that the CFPB at all times operates under proper direction of the official who is statutorily and constitutionally entitled to act as its Director,” the trade group said in its brief.When CFPB Director Richard Cordray resigned, he designated Leandra English, his chief-of-staff, as deputy director. Agency supporters argued that under Dodd-Frank, she would be interim director until a permanent replacement was named and confirmed by the Senate.However, President Trump asserted he has the power to appoint an interim director and designated Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Courtesy of Twisters AD Patrick Kolks. The Batesville Middle School 7th Grade Volleyball team got off to a good start but couldn’t sustain a high level of play in a 2 set loss to Greendale falling by the scores 25-18; 25-19. Missed serves hurt throughout the match and ended a late comeback attempt in the second set. The team hopes to bounce back next week. Jade Martin had 5 service points including 2 aces. Grace Walter earned 3 kills in the front line, while Addison Luers, Reesa Zimmerman, and Martin each contributed 1 kill at the net. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.The BMS 8th grade volleyball team lost to Greendale 25-13, 25-15. The Bulldogs were successful from the service line with 93% serving. From the front line Kate Bauer had 2 kills, Aly Peters and Annie Negovetich each had a kill. The top server was Ana Powner with 4 points. The Bulldogs fall to 2-2.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Prickel.North Decatur Girls 7th Grade Volleyball falls to South Decatur High School 25-21, 12-25, 18-16. The Lady Chargers 7th grade team lost a hard fought batter with rivals South Decatur. After losing the 1st match with a substantial lead, they dominated the 2nd match with great serving. The 3rd match was back and forth, a nail biter for the fans. Even though we lost, I will call in a victory for their effort! Kendal Hoestkoetter lead serving with 9 Aces, Mia Stier had great night at the net with 3 good hits, and Jo Whitaker had some very crucial passes when we needed them.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Molly Waecther.North Decatur Girls 8th Grade Volleyball beat South Decatur High School 25-16, 25-15. The 8th grade Lady Chargers bring home another win! Clare Kinker and Kelsey Haley each had an impressive 8 point serving streak. Gabi Adams, Sydney Rohls, Madi Allen, Ally Whitaker & Hannah Gorrell brought out their inner beasts with several blocks and kills. Zoey Hersley, Anna Mauer, Brooke Mauer & Laney Saunders with many perfect passes to Hannah Gorrell & Kelsey Haley to set up for the kills! 3-0 and moving on!Courtesy of Chargers Coach Becky Bingham.Thursday night was an evening full of exciting volleyball. East Central was the setting and the Batesville High School girls’ varsity volleyball team arrived hungry for a win. The first two games were action-packed with lots of exhilarating volleys. Both games ended with East Central on top 25-20. The Batesville girls fought back in the third game winning 25-19. The battle was real in the 4th game and it went down to the wire. East Central came out on top even though Batesville fought hard. The final game ended 26-28. Cayman Werner had 14 kills and 5 blocks. Regina Gerstbauer went a perfect 21 for 21 with serves and Kylie Laker led in assists with 16. ZThe reserve team lost in two games. Maggie Wilson led the team in serve-receive. Kaylie Raver led the team in setting with five assists.The Freshman team opened their season losing to East Central in three games. EC took the first game 25-10. The Freshman Dogs came back with a win in the second game 25-24. The third game ended 15-13 with EC on top. Kaylie Raver was the top server. Kate Martin led the back row and Laura Schwegman led the team with 4 kills.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Vickie Heil.North Decatur High School Girls Varsity Cross Country finishes 4th place at South Decatur 5-way. South Ripley placed 1st. North Decatur Chargers. Gracie Osting 8 24:23; Jenna Walton 6 23:35; Paige Reisman 15 25:43; Ellie Cox 23 27:35; Hannah Allen 34 30:03 PR; Lauren Holloway 36 32:06; Paige Wessler 38 33:26; Philomenia Niese 43 38:28; Addie Gauck 18 26:13 PR.North Decatur High School Boys Varsity Cross Country finishes 5th place at South Decatur 5-way. South Ripley was 1st. North Decatur Chargers. Aiden O’Dell 13 20:37 PR; Charlie Kramer 19 21:07 PR; Lance Nobbe 28 22:11 PR; Caleb Bowels 27 22:10; Adam Mack 31 23:04; Owen Geis 26 21:58; Ryan Hancock 35 23:09; Chris Gauck 43 25:04 PR; Cameron Medsker 47 28:37; Collin Bryant 49 30:07; Brandan Gearhart 24 21:48; Jack Cathey 45 25:43; Ethan Neimeyer 46 27:32.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Kyle Nobbe.The AquaTrojans took on the AquaTrojans in the intersquad meet of the century!! The Red team was victorious over the Black team by 7 points. It was a great meet by all swimmers. Individual winners include Andrew Strotman – 200 Free; Elle Jankovsky – 100 IM; Riley Reany – 50 Free, 50 Back; Bree Cleary – 1 meter diving; Aubree Popen – 50 Fly; Riley Shumate – 100 Free; Kyle Goodwin – 400 Freestyle, 50 Breast. The full squad of SDMS AquaTrojans host the South Dearborn Squires on Thursday. Go AquaTrojans!! Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless. The Greensburg Lady Pirates Soccer competed in their first conference game of the season against The Batesville Bulldogs. The Lady Pirates were not able to put points on the board. The Bulldogs dominated the passing game and only allowed the Pirate to take seven shots on goal. Final score was Batesville 8, Greensburg 0. Greensburg’s Keeper Junior Ella Lowe face faced 43 shots on goal and managed to save all but 8. Sophomore Macy Smith was the team’s lead shooter at 5.Junior Mykenzi Morlan attempted three goals and Senior Emily Rosales attempted 1. This brings the Lady Pirates record to 3-2 for the season. They travel to South Ripley for a 5 P.M. start on Tuesday and Madison Consolidated on Thursday with a 5 P.M. start. Courtesy of Pirates Coach Ryan Morlan.The Batesville Bulldogs Boys Junior Varsity Soccer team traveled to Lawrenceburg. In their first full match of the season, the Bulldogs gave up a couple goals early and had to play catch up the rest of the way. Batesville was down 2-0 at half but made plenty of good runs, just were unable to put it in the net in the first half. In the second half, a corner kick by Grant Peters led to a header by Thomas Hartman who scored the first goal of the season for the Junior Varsity. The Bulldogs fought hard all night but ultimately, could not bounce back from Lawrenceburg’s early lead. Junior Varsity is now 0-1-1 on the season.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tyler Burcham.The East Central Lady Trojans Volleyball team defeated Batesville at all three levels last night in a non-conference match-up. The freshman won in 3, JV in 2, and varsity in 4. The varsity scores were 25-20, 25-20, 19-25, 28-26. ‘It was just a fun match to be involved in. So many of the players on the court know each other from playing club together, so it always makes things more interesting. Both teams played hard and refused to quit.’ Trojans Coach Cassie Laker. Varsity is now 3-1 on the season (1-0 in EIAC). The Batesville Bulldogs Boys Soccer team traveled to Lawrenceburg for a conference match against the Tigers winning 4-3.This was an intense fight for the win and a close match overall. The first goal came from the Tigers after 2 Bulldogs collided on a miscommunication leaving the net open. The next shot at goal was given up from a handball in the box by Batesville, but the PK deflected off of the cross bar for a close call. 20:37 Eli Pierson finally gets a huge breakaway and taps the ball around the keeper. The final goal of the half Lawrenceburg dribbles 1v1 down the right side and makes a shot on goal. In the second half the Bulldogs responded strongly when JJ Kuisel timed a pass across the keeper to Eli Pierson for a one touch finish just one minute into the half. The next 2 goals came from Eli Pierson and then Ian Powers. With only 7 seconds on the clock the Tigers sent a long high ball which bounced off the keepers gloves into the net.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman. The OA girls welcomed the Lady Lions of Rushville to the OA Graveyard on Thursday winning 6-3.The girls got off to a hot start, Kate Walke scored at the 16:14 mark. Senior Leila Savage found the back of the net at 14:58, Kate Walke got her second goal of the game with 10:33 in the first half. The Twisters held the Lions scoreless in the first half. The second half the Lady Lions scored twice in a 8 minute span – once on a penalty kick, once within the 18 yard box.The Twisters have the weekend off and don’t return to the pitch until Thursday, September 3rd as they head to Centerville.