Grand Opening of Upstart MarketingSt. Johnsbury, VT – Upstart Marketing, LLC will hold a Grand Opening event and presentation to mark the official launch of operations today St. Johnsbury.Leaders from the business community will gather at the Northeastern Vermont Development Association conference room located at 36 Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury. The event will take place from 2:00 to 3:00pm and will feature a presentation given by company founder Tom Stillwell.Upstart Marketing is an Internet based company designed to provide entrepreneurs and new business owners with the marketing tools they need to launch a business. Upstart is offering three different all-inclusive packages that feature design and print of logos, business cards, brochures, and stationary, plus web site design, hosting, and maintenance.”Our goal is to simplify the start-up process by providing packages that are truly all-inclusive,” explained Tom Stillwell, company founder. “We’ve included everything at a flat rate price; this allows our customers to focus on running their business while we handle the details.”Upstart will conduct business through its newly developed web site. An online platform will allow customers to interface directly with designers. This feature makes it possible for the customer to view their artwork, mark it up online, and send it back to the designer instantly.Partial funding for the web site was provided by Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC) through a Rural Business Enterprise Grand from USDA rural development.”This is a business plan we really wanted to get behind,” explained Alex Ibey of NCIC. “Our hope is that Upstart Marketing builds on the number of tech based companies in our region that are capable of serving a national market. Tom is a great asset to the Northeast Kingdom and we were pleased to be a small part in his new and exciting venture.”Stillwell echoed these hopes for the new company by citing confidence in local talent. “We’re fortunate to have some highly skilled Vermont based designers on our team, and we believe that will translate into the kind of high quality reputation you can build on.”For more information on Upstart Marketing, LLC you can visit www.upstartmarketing.net(link is external), or call 1-866-245-5196, or e-mail [email protected](link sends e-mail)
Torn up. Wrecked. Sauced. Bent. Or just plain drunk.Whatever you want to call it, I had reached that lamentable state the other night during a SORBA (Southern Off Road Bicycle Association) event at Jack of the Wood in downtown Asheville. Imagine 200 mostly bearded, poorly dressed mountain bikers gathered together in a bar trying to win a sweet bike frame from REEB cycles and you’ll get the picture. Sounds great, but the problem was, Oskar Blues was a sponsor of the event, because Oskar Blues likes to sponsor events, especially if mountain biking is involved. So I proceeded to drink one Dale’s Pale Ale after the other in rapid succession. You would think that after 15 years of drinking craft beer, I would know better. But when you grow up on cheap beer—the kind of beer you can drink all day long and only hit the slightest of buzzes (I’m looking at you, Miller Lite in the can)—it’s hard to break those cheap beer habits. I don’t savor my beers. I drink them. Fast. And when you drink craft beer fast, you get drunk fast.I didn’t even realize I had crossed the line until I was riding my bike home with a buddy, discussing the finer points of Jim Morrison (was he the worst song writer of the ‘70s, or am I being too harsh?) and I couldn’t keep my feet on the pedals.Now for the disclaimer: You should never ride your bike drunk. It’s dangerous. Sure, you could argue that the only person you’re endangering when you pedal drunk is yourself–unless there’s a kid playing in the middle of the street at 1am and you happen to run into him, but then, why is that kid playing in the street at 1am? Is it really your fault, or perhaps the fault of someone’s lapsed parenting skills?But I’m not here to argue the pros and cons of riding bikes drunk. I’m just going to say that I happen to like riding my bike after drinking a few beers. I’m not perfect. I take joy in that taboo.I also like to challenge people to foot races when I drink. Chances are, if you come to Asheville and we have some beers, at some point in the evening I’ll take my shirt off and ask you to step outside for a sprint race to the stoplight. I’m not being aggressive. I just like to see who’s faster. Don’t worry, you’re probably faster.But I digress. My point is, I’d like to thank Oskar Blues for sponsoring so many mountain bike events since opening up their brewery in Brevard. The brewery has made an honest effort to become part of the fabric of the local biking scene, and I appreciate it. I hope the other big breweries that are coming to town take the same approach.I also appreciate the tasty beers. Sometimes, I appreciate them too much.Check out all the fine work that Pisgah Area SORBA is doing here: pisgahareasorba.org
“I have been getting an increased amount of complaints regarding political signs being stolen from lawns and private property… people who engage in this behavior are subject to criminal prosecution”, Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond said. The sheriff’s office said in a news release removing, alerting or defacing a political sign is punishable under New York State law. DuMond also said surveillance cameras can and will be used to assist law enforcement if any political signs are taken or defaced. (WBNG) — The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office is warning against damaging or stealing political signs ahead of the 2020 Election.
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