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Black Mountain Square Flooding

I was up on Putney Road this afternoon and while stopping by Black Mountain Square, saw and learned of flooding that hit businesses there. It seems the new gravity sewer being installed had a malfunction, causing a back-up, mostly of water, into stores in the plaza. Quite a mess, and quite some damage.

Sorry for everyone impacted. Especially sorry for BS&L, which just opened a new branch there.


Do You Have Precious Things? Bubble Wrap At Everyone's Books

Are you moving? Just need to pack stuff up?

Come on by Everyone's Books and take all the bubble wrap! We have boxes and boxes of it, along with kraft paper and used (but free!) mailers and, of course, heaps of cardboard boxes. It's all free, just stop by the front desk and ask for it! 


Your friendly booksellers who really want to get rid of packing, a lot. A lot, a lot, a lot. *puppy eyes*


BS&L Introduces New Branch to the North End with 'Brattorama' Game

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – To celebrate its new solar-powered branch on Putney Road, Brattleboro Savings & Loan has launched Brattorama, a community-based game that charges area residents with collecting game pieces from various businesses to win prizes, now through Wednesday, Sept. 23.

The new location in Black Mountain Square on Putney Road, Brattleboro opened on Monday, Aug. 31, and is the latest entirely solar-powered bank branch operated by BS&L, which became the first completely solar-powered bank in Vermont earlier this year.


Let's Play Brattorama!

Brattorama has BEGUN! Grab your gameboard from last week's Commons, today's Reformer, Baker's Hallmark, or The Marina! You can also stop in to our new Putney Rd brach in Black Mtn. Square, see our newest solar powered digs and pick one up!

Grab a sticker from five different gameboard businesses, and you will be entered to win a gift card to a Putney Road business. Collect 15 stickers and be entered to win a $1,000 BS&L 12 month CD! Keep an eye out on our facebook page for news about a different featured Brattorama buiness each day. Game ends on September 23rd, drop your gameboards off at either BS&L branch.

Let the games begin!


BS&L Slated to Open New Branch Monday, Aug. 31

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – Brattleboro Savings & Loan will open its new branch in Black Mountain Square on Putney Road, Brattleboro on Monday, Aug. 31.

The new location represents months of building and renovation and is the latest entirely solar-powered bank branch operated by BS&L, which became the first completely solar-powered bank in Vermont earlier this year.

To introduce the new branch and call attention to the vibrant business community in Brattleboro’s Putney Road area, BS&L will also celebrate with Brattorama, a Monopoly-style game for all residents, from Sept. 9 – 23. More than 30 North End businesses have signed on as partners, each with their own spot on the Brattorama game board and stickers that can be collected to win prizes ranging from gift certificates to a $1,000 Savings CD from BS&L.


BENE Group Bringing rCredits Alternative Currency to Vermont

The Vermont BENE Group (Better Economics for Neighbors Everywhere) has been meeting in Brattleboro since January to discuss and plan for bringing the rCredits alternative currency to Vermont.rCredits is an online exchange of credits that can be spent instead of dollars at participating businesses or for making payments to other participating individuals. It has been operating successfully in the Greenfield Massachusetts area since the Fall of 2013.

The credits can be earned and spent locally, which encourages local circulation thus stimulating the local economy. In addition, both businesses and individuals receive incentive bonuses rewarding use of the system.


Gang of Motorcycling Investors to Invade Brattleboro, Hear Business Funding Pitches

Six Windham County startup businesses will pitch their ideas to a "gang" of motorcycling investors, entrepreneurs and advisors who are stopping in Brattleboro on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m.

The event, which will take place at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, is part of the second annual FreshTracks Road Pitch, a four-day motorcycle tour, in which the riders make stops in eight Vermont towns to listen to entrepreneurs pitching their business concepts.

The hosts of the Brattleboro stop are Strolling of the Heifers and Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, with sponsorship support from Marlboro College Graduate School. The pitch portion of the event, from 10 a.m. until about noon, is open to the public.


Vermont Announces $5,000 Downpayment Assistance

Thanks to a bill just passed by large majorities in both houses and signed by the governor, the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) will soon be able to offer qualified first-time homebuyers a leg up in the form of a $5,000 “sleeping” loan.

The $5,000 assistance be in the form of a zero interest loan, with no payments. The loan is repaid when the homeowner sells their home or refinances.

In email correspondence with Brattleboro Buyer Brokerage, Seth Leonard, VHFA Homeownership Outreach Coordinator, wrote:


Scrub Your Soul Castile Soap Now Available At The Co-op!

Love natural products?

Love hyper-local producers?

Love being squeeky clean?

The Brattleboro Food Co-op is now stocking Scrub Your Soul's vegan castile soap in the bulk department.  Fill your own bottle to wash your body, your dishes, your hair, or anything that needs washing! Be sure to request scents you would like to see. 


BS&L Summer Series- Free Ice Cream 6/26 served here by the Blueberry Haus! 2-4pm

As summer approaches, we at Brattleboro Savings & Loan will be showing our appreciation to you, for choosing us as your bank! From June 26th through August 28th, there will be a free event held every Friday here at our Main Office!

The events will generally take place on the front lawn, but may be moved to the community room if need be.

Calendar of events:


Business Planning Competition Winners

Awards were announced yesterday in the 2015 Windham Regional Business Planning Competition, a collaboration of Strolling of the Heifers and the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation. A total of $64,000 in prize funds were given out: $10,000 to each of four first-place category winners, $3,000 each to the four second-place category winners, and $1,000 each to the 12 runners-up. Funding for the competitition came from a grant from the Windham County Economic Development program (the "Vermont Yankee settlement" fund), the Vermont Community Foundation and the Windham Foundation.

Here are the winners and runners-up, listed by category:


Brattleboro Savings & Loan Throws Switch on New Solar Array

Energy Source makes BS&L the first completely solar-powered bank in Vermont

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – Situated next to a classic red-clapboard barn on land farmed since the early 1800s, a new piece of Vermont history is taking shape: an award-winning community solar array poised to provide energy to both Brattleboro businesses and residents.

Contributing companies Soveren Solar, the Vermont Agricultural Business Education Center (VABEC), and Brattleboro Savings & Loan will ‘throw the switch’ on a 150kW, 64-rack array on Tuesday, June 23 at 5 p.m., which represents one of five Vermont Community Solar projects in the state. Gov. Peter Shumlin is scheduled to speak.


Downtown Brattleboro Farmers' Market Opens Tuesday, June 16

The downtown Brattleboro Farmers' Market opens this Tuesday, June 16 from 10 to 2 and will run each Tuesday through the end of October. Walk down to the Whetstone Pathway across from the Brattleboro Co-op and enjoy fresh veggies, dairy and cut flowers straight from your local farms. You'll also find lunch foods, including Anon's Thai Cuisine. EBT and debit cards are welcome. Find us on Facebook for updates and vendor news.


VFW Closed Monday June 8th

The Brattleboro VFW Post #1034 will be closed due to construction Monday, June 8th.


No Fast Eddie's... Yet

Update...he is hoping to open later in the season.  Lots of hoops to jump through: negotiations with new landowner, issues with buried gas tanks next door, etc.  But he's working on it.


Burton Car Wash & Detailing on Canal Street is Closing!

They are giving away free food, drinks, & 99 cent car washes until 5:00 today. Owner Connie Burton says that small business costs are a factor. They are one of the most community-minded small businesses around! Get down there this afternoon and tell Connie and her employees how much you appreciate their business services and their service to the community!


Mr. G's "Final Markdown" Closed

Mr. G's "Final Markdown" store in West Brattleboro has closed.  A note on the door says that the West Brattleboro store ceased operating on April 12, but that other store locations are still open.  The Mr. G's in North Walpole, NH is probably the closest to Brattleboro.


Small Business Loans for Windham County Residents

Has the arrival of spring given you inspiration to start or grow your business? Community Capital of Vermont is a nonprofit, small business lender with loans ranging in size from $1,000 to $100,000. CCVT specializes in providing loans to business owners who lack the collateral or credit history to qualify for traditional bank loans.

Loan proceeds can be used for working capital, to purchase equipment, vehicle or inventory, or to refinance debt.


Local Soapmaker Launches Kickstarter Project

Love to shop local?  Love all-natural products? Want skin and eco-friendly soaps, cleansers, and cleaners? Want to help a Brattleboro small business succeed?

Scrub Your Soul has been making and selling hand crafted soap and home products for over 10 years. I'd love to expand further (and even approach the co-op about carrying my products) but I need to make sure I can meet demand before I do that.


Brattleboro Food Coop Shareholder Forum Is Postponed - New Date is February 22, 2015

The Brattleboro Food Coop Shareholder Forum is postponed due to weather.

NEW DATE:  February 22, 2015 at 5:00-7:00PM in the Community Room at the Coop.  

Please join us!  Come to the Forum - Contribute, learn, share - be part of our amazing Cooperative.


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