Happy New Year Everyone!

A few updates for you! We have two panel series that are taking place now through March:

a. CITIZENS’ ACADEMY
Join us for a 9-week Citizens’ Academy panel series leading up to Vermont Town Meeting Day! We are inviting volunteers, officials, and representatives from the towns of Bradford, Fairlee, Newbury, and Corinth to participate! Not sure how tasks get carried out, who does the work, or how you can get involved? Come find out! Free and open to the public. Families and students are encouraged to attend. This event will be organized as a fun, moderated 5-6 person panel followed by Q&A and lunch.
Sat Jan 04 10-12pm Select Board, Town Administration
Sat Jan 11 10-12pm Town Office, Justices of the Peace
Sat Jan 18 10-12pm Conservation, Parks & Rec, Youth Sports
Sat Jan 25 10-12pm Planning, Zoning, TRORC
Sat Feb 01 10-12pm School Board, School District, PTA/O
Sat Feb 08 10-12pm Library, Theater/Arts, Historical Society
Sat Feb 15 10-12pm Public Safety, Fire, EMS, Police
Sat Feb 22 10-12pm Chamber, GMEDC, Vital Communities, BBA
Sat Feb 29 10-12pm Annual Report, Interacting at Town Meeting

b. ENTREPRENEUR STORIES
REACT UV is a business accelerator program that gives entrepreneurs the tools they need to take their business from idea to launch. In addition to class speakers, we’ll bring in successful local business owners to share their experiences. The Entrepreneurs Stories Series is open to the public. Visit reactuv.com to learn more. By donation – with proceeds going towards providing REACT UV free to local entrepreneurs.
Mon Jan 06 5:30-7pm: Colatina Exit, Vittles Espresso & Eatery, Smokey D’s
Mon Jan 13 5:30-7pm: All-Access Infotech, Colby (fka Odell) Insurance, Housewright Construction
Mon Jan 27 5:30-7pm: Red Kite Candy, Upper Valley Coffee Roasters, Blythedale Farm
Mon Feb 10 5:30-7pm: Copeland Furniture, VT Country Iron, Valley Floors
Mon Feb 24 5:30-7pm: Crossmolina Farm, Root 5 Farm, Robie Farm
Mon Mar 02 5:30-7pm: MVP, Sargent Metalworks, Stephens Precision

Business Accelerators
We also have two business accelerators going on through April. The first one, REACT UV is kicking off this week. The class is full and will be taking place on Wednesday nights 5-8pm so it might be busier than normal in here. The second one has a few seats open. That one will be run by the Center for Women in Business & Enterprise and will take place on Friday mornings 10am-12pm starting February 7th. This business planning course will be aimed at freelance/service/gig economy businesses. Let me know you are interested.

Startup Sip Sessions
Because of the two business planning courses, we will start hosting Startup Sip Sessions on Fridays 8:30-10:00am (starting 1/17) for students as well as the public to meetup to discuss business development over coffee. Let me know if you’re interested, or feel free to jump in.

Free One-Day Passes
Also, we now have free one-day passes for people who attend events. Spread the word! Also, monthly members – if you would like to give a pass to a friend to try out The Space with you, let me know and I’ll get you cards.

Welcome
Also, a big welcome to Emily, our newest Sustaining Bark/Spark Member. 🙂

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Hope everyone is having a good week back at work!