Small business moves to Vt. via Inspire Space

COLCHESTER — Through a recent contest, the energy-assessment company Greenbanc became one of five entrepreneurs to share space and work alongside the Green Mountain Power team in GMP’s Inspire Space. The Inspire Space is an area located inside GMP’s Colchester headquarters meant to attract and support energy entrepreneurs and open the door to ways they can collaborate with the utility. Like GMP, Greenbanc is a certified B Corp, meaning it values making a positive social and environmental impact and meets certain standards in those areas. The nonprofit B Lab gives the B Corp certification, based on criteria that need to be met. Greenbanc was the fifth business to get involved with the Inspire Space, after founder North Lennox heard about the recent contest when he was living in New York.

Michael Frisbie to lead RehabGYM in Colchester

COLCHESTER — Michael Frisbie recently joined the Kids’ RehabGYM in Colchester as executive director. He worked in the Vermont ski industry for over 25 years managing ski/ride schools. Frisbie worked at the RehabGYM for seven years, followed by brief stints with Special Olympics Vermont as director of programs and with Champlain Community Services as service coordinator. Also joining the Kids’ RehabGYM as clinicians within the last 18 months are University of Vermont graduates Leah Murdock and Andrea Buteau, who both have doctorates in physical therapy; and occupational therapist Kristen Daley, a University of New Hampshire graduate.  


Randy Henson

Henson joins nonprofit group

COLCHESTER — The nonprofit group Champlain Community Services recently named Randy Henson as its new service coordinator. Henson will have case management and supervisory responsibilities for the organization, based in Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester. Henson served Champlain Community Services as a direct service provider for the past five years. He has extensive volunteer and employment experience in hospice care and brings years of experience in developing broad community connections.

Richard Daniel

Saint Mike’s hires Daniel

COLCHESTER — Saint Michael’s College recently hired Richard Daniel as its new vice president for institutional advancement. Most recently, Daniel was the associate vice president for university advancement and special projects/executive director for alumni relations at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he helped develop a campaign to raise $226 million, exceeding a $200 million goal. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at Arizona State University. Early in his career, he worked in admissions at Arizona State University and went on to work in alumni relations at the University of Nevada, Reno. He also held an enrollment management position at a community college in Phoenix.

Speakers sought for Ignite event

COLCHESTER — Hergenrother Foundation is seeking speakers for the fifth annual Ignite Burlington, which it will host Oct. 20 at The Film House at Main Street Landing in Burlington. Ignite events are held in over 100 cities worldwide and are similar to TED’s “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Speakers share their projects and inspirational success stories for a compelling five minutes, respecting Ignite’s mantra, ”Enlighten us, but make it quick.”

The Hergenrother Foundation is interviewing entrepreneurs and business and community leaders who are interested in speaking at this year’s Ignite event. To be considered, send an email with a brief bio and information about your presentation topic to The speaker lineup will be announced in September.

VBSR event comes to Colchester’s Mead Hall

Groennfell Meadery recently played host to a Networking Get-Together, in its recently christened Colchester’s Mead Hall, for members and friends of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) in late March. About 100 guests packed the hall to sample craft mead and light fare while networking, learning about Groennfell’s commitment to Vermont water quality initiatives, and hearing short presentations from event sponsors. Those sponsors included Career Networks, City Market, Office Environments, Ogee, Pride Center of Vermont, Sugarsnap Catering, SunCommon and TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design. Ricky Klein is head brewer and “chief visionary officer” at Groennfell (his wife Kelly Klein is owner and CEO). He outlined some exciting changes at the businesses.