December 15, 2021
BDCC Receiving $350K From SBA To Lend In S. VT

Release Date: Monday, December 13, 2021 The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation was recently selected to be a US Small Business Administration microloan intermediary. BDCC has received a commitment of $350,000 from the SBA to lend to small businesses throughout southern Vermont. BDCC is only the third SBA microloan lender in the state of Vermont, along with Community […]

December 8, 2021
VT PoC Project Manager Position

Application Deadline: December 23, 2021  Start Date: End of January depending on scheduling  OVERVIEW  The Vermont Professionals of Color Network (VT PoC) is a growing 501c3 organization based in Burlington, VT, dedicated to the social and economic empowerment of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community throughout the state. Over the last year, […]

December 7, 2021
Spotlight on Monika Ganguly-Kiefner

Name: Monika Ganguly-Kiefner Pronouns: she/her Current Town: Clarendon Years in VT: 18 years total (not consecutively) Industry: Public Health Profession: Chronic Disease Prevention Specialist for the Vermont Department of Health Tell us a bit about your background before arriving in VT. Well, before ‘arriving’ in Vermont I was a twinkle in my parent’s eyes—I was […]

December 6, 2021
Newsletter Vol 1 No 12

BIPOC in the Outdoors Our home state of “Vermont” is known nationally for winter sports, activities, and recreation. However, it’s important to recognize that we enjoy these activities on unceded Abenaki land. These outdoor spaces, used for recreational hiking, skiing, and other winter sports, have been dominated throughout history by notions of white supremacy. This month’s […]

Spotlight on Hana Saydek

Name: Hana Saydek Pronouns: they/them/han/hana Current Town: So-called Cavendish, VT, occupied Abenaki land Cavendish is along Mkazatekw (the Black River), which heads east to the Kwenitekw (the Connecticut River) and is surrounded by Kaskadenak (‘a rocky place,’ Ascutney Mountain), Hawks Mountain, and the Okemo Valley. Years in VT: My whole life, from being carried in […]

November 1, 2021
Newsletter Vol 1 No 11

November NewsletterThe Vermont Professionals of Color Network Relaunch! Vermont Professionals of Color Network has a new and improved website, with tons of new features for members and partners to explore! Read up on all of the site’s functionality below. Our new features include an easy-to-use, interactive BIPOC-owned Business Directory.  You can find the Directory here, or submit […]

October 19, 2021
Newsletter Vol 1 No 10

Honoring Indigenous Peoples of Vermont In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day on October 11th, this month’s newsletter is focused on highlighting the Indigenous Peoples of Vermont. It is necessary to recognize that Vermonters live on un-ceded Abenaki land. The Abenaki nation has deeply influenced the culture, experience, and traditions of Vermont’s history. The rights of […]

October 18, 2021
Spotlight on Chief Don Stevens

Name: Don Stevens Pronouns: He/Him Current Town: Shelburne Years in VT: 55 years Industry: Tribal Business name: Nulhegan Abenaki Organization Business website: What do you enjoy about working in your industry? It’s who I am. It is our culture, it’s what connects us to the past and connects us to the future. I mean […]

September 11, 2021
Newsletter Vol 1 No 9

Latinx Heritage Month September 15th marks the first day of Latinx Heritage Month.This month, we are recognizing, celebrating, uplifting the voices of Latinx Vermonters. Our September newsletter includes relevant events and news, and a showcasing of Latinx people and businesses. Our feature highlights Oscar Arencibia and Luis Calderin, co-owners of Santiago’s, a new Cuban restaurant […]