Business startup workshop in Chester; blended families for professionals

Vermont Small Business Development Center is offering a three-hour workshop on how to start your own business and write a business plan. The course will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday Oct. 5th in the conference room of the TD Bank, 44 Main St. in Chester.

The seminar is designed for individuals who are thinking about going into business but need assistance with the procedures involved and government regulations regarding starting up a business in Vermont. Space is limited. To register for the workshop sign up online at (click on the training tab). For questions, please email Heather Gonyaw at Registration fee is $40 for one / $45 for two.

There is also a new online option of the Start Your Own Business workshop.

Based on our popular 3-hour workshop, this online course is now available for those individuals who are thinking about going into business and want a convenient way to access the same information. Instead of handouts, you will have exercises to do on your own and submit to an area business advisor for feedback. This is the first step in working with VtSBDC as you determine whether there is a business in your good idea. You can register by going to the VtSBDC website

The local SBDC office is located at Springfield Regional Development Corp. on Clinton Street in Springfield. You can reach it at 802-885-2071.

Blended families professional workshop at Kurn Hattin Homes


Harvard psychologist Patricia Papernow will lead Kurn Hattin Homes 21st annual Professional Development Conference on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Kurn Hattin Homes campus in Westminster. Dr. Papernow, an internationally recognized expert on step-families and post-divorce parenting, will present a full-day workshop titled “Untangling Blended Families.”

Dr. Papernow’s workshop will focus on the five major challenges that step-families face. Participants will discuss ways in which step-families can meet these challenges and learn strategies for successful step-parenting and coexisting amicably with an ex-spouse. Dr. Papernow is author of the book “Becoming a Stepfamily.” Additional information on Dr. Papernow is available at

According to Dr. Papernow, “Kids do best when parents, stepparents, and ex-spouses cooperate and collaborate, but this is often easier said than done. The good news is that we have a lot of information about what works and what does not to meet these challenges. The bad news is that what works is often not intuitive and there is a lot of bad advice out there.”

The Kurn Hattin Professional Development Conference offers continuing education credits for health professionals and professional development points for educators. It is approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The conference will be held from 8:45a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Kurn Hattin campus, 708 Kurn Hattin Road, Westminster. Advance registration is required, and space is limited. Registration fee is $125. For registration and information, or contact Darlene Pecor at or 802-721-6193.

Established in 1894, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in Westminster, Vermont is a charitable home and school for children, ages 6-15, who have been affected by tragedy, social or economic hardship, or other disruption in family life. Its mission: Kurn Hattin Homes transforms the lives of children and their families forever. ( .

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