Pownal Business Network goes online

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POWNAL — The launch of the newly formed Pownal Business Network "was a resounding success," according to organizers, with about 30 people attending an inaugural networking event last week.

Jenny Dewar said a website she created and will maintain for the network is online, and Pownal businesses are beginning to post information and contact information.

"People came in and mingled over drinks and snacks," Dewar said of the session, which was held at American Legion Post 90. "We had a table set up for people to leave their cards and marketing materials for others to pick up. Rich [Smith] did a formal welcome and chatted a bit about what we hope to accomplish and then had everyone say who they were and what their business was."

Dewar, owner of Karin's Place: A Retreat, and Richard Smith, plant manager of TAM Recycling in Pownal, are co-chairs of the Economic Development Task Force created as part of the Empower Pownal program. The local business network for business owners and independent contractors, including farmers, plumbers, electricians, food producers, hospitality, home-based Internet operations and others is a project that grew from discussions among task force members.

"It was an upbeat meeting that we hope will lead to positive actions and participation from business owners and community members of Pownal," Smith said this week.

"I did a demo of the website that is now live and out there," Dewar said. "We then spent about another hour mingling and chatting business with each other. It was very pleasant. I think everyone made some new connections, and I have been receiving requests for presence on the website via the form I put on it."

The website includes a listing for local businesses and services and links to business resources members can access.

"The website is meant to be a comprehensive list of businesses and business owners in Pownal," Dewar said. "It is divided up by categories and links to individual websites and social media, and it gives them up to 75 words to describe the business."

In addition, she said, "They also have the option of my creating an individual page on the site for their business. Listings are free and the individual pages are currently being offered for a $50 set up fee and $25 annual renewal fee."

Information about local businesses can be sent to Jenny Dewar, P.O. Box 65, Pownal, VT 05261, or emailed to jennydew35@gmail.com.

"The mission is to help all these Pownal businesses get more exposure and grow or sustain at their own pace," Dewar said. "To have one place where one can see all the offerings here in Pownal."

Jim Therrien writes for New England Newspapers in Southern Vermont and VTDigger.org. @ BBtherrien on Twitter.


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