CAES PTG seeks businesses for benefit holiday catalog; USDA to expand small biz lending; Cavendish energy audit raffle

CAES Parent-Teacher Group seeks businesses for holiday catalog

Chester-Andover Elementary School’s Parent-Teachers Group is seeking businesses to be part of its 2013 holiday catalog. The catalog will feature a variety of items from local businesses as well as advertisements for other businesses

The catalog is to be distributed to 210 CAES pupils who will then go out and sell from it for holiday gift-giving. Businesses can offer products or gift certificates within the catalog, and will decide what percentage of sales will be donated to the PTG to benefit the school and community. Deadline is Friday, Sept. 27. For more information, contact Michele Bargfrede at 875-4559 (h) or 875-7243 (w) or by e-mail at

USDA awards Vermont $1 million for small business loans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has awarded a $1 million Intermediary Relending Program loan to the Vermont Economic Development Authority to support and expand small business lending in Vermont.
“These funds will leverage additional capital, put Vermonters to work, and help rural communities create wealth,” said Ted Brady, USDA Rural Development state director for Vermont and New Hampshire.

This award brings VEDA’s total IRP relationship with USDA to $8.7 million. Since receiving its first loan in 1989, VEDA has assisted 240 businesses and impacted 2,000 jobs with USDA RD funding.

USDA Rural Development is a mission area within the United States Department of Agriculture and provides financial resources to support housing, essential community facility, water and wastewater, business, energy and cooperative programs in rural communities. For more information about Rural Development, please visit or call 802-828-6080.

Vermont Economic Development Authority is Vermont’s statewide economic development finance lender. VEDA was created by the General Assembly in 1974 with a mission “to contribute to the creation and retention of quality jobs in Vermont by providing loans and other financial support to eligible and qualified Vermont industrial, commercial and agricultural enterprises.” Since 1974, VEDA has provided over $1.9 billion in financial assistance to Vermont’s thriving entrepreneurs and family farms helping them in turn to create jobs to support vibrant communities. For more information about VEDA, visit or call 802-828-JOBS.

Cavendish Energy Committee raffles home energy audit

The Cavendish Energy Committee is sponsoring a raffle to give away a free home energy audit — a $500 value — to a Cavendish homeowner.
In March 2012, the Energy Committee urged Cavendish voters to create a Property Assessed Clean Energy district for Cavendish. The voters approved the district and now Cavendish homeowners are eligible to borrow funds through the town to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes. Loans can be repaid out of the energy savings realized by the improvements.

The PACE loans will be processed through Efficiency Vermont, the state’s Energy Efficiency Utility. Information on the application process and on what home improvements qualify for the program is available at the town offices, at Singleton’s Market and at Crow’s Bakery in Proctorsville. A Cavendish homeowner who picks up a packet of information can submit his or her name to be entered into a drawing for the free home energy audit. Will Reed of Vermont Foam Insulation Co. of Chester, Efficiency Vermont’s No. 1 Home Performance with Energy Star Contractor for 2012, will conduct the audit.
Additional information on PACE can be found at:

— compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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