To All LaunchVT Contestants: Good Luck At Tonight’s Final Competition!

To All LaunchVT Contestants: Good Luck At Tonight’s Final Competition!

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This year, Burlington Bytes has been able to try something new.  We’re able to sponsor organizations that we are proud to be associated with, and who are doing incredible and necessary work for our communities.  After being in business for five years, we’re able to start giving back to the community that has given us so much.  

To that end, we’re both proud and excited to be sponsors of the 4th Annual LaunchVT business plan competition, and tonight, 7 incredibly deserving entrepreneurs will compete for a combined purse worth of $100k in cash and support.  If you’re inclined to see the next wave of Vermont entrepreneurs, please join us at the Main Street Landing this evening.

To the contestants: Congratulations, and good luck!

I have been mentoring and advising with this competition since Emily Piper & Nick Grimly launched it in 2012.  But I can honestly say I’ve never been more hopeful about the group of startups competing this year.  Why?  Because many of the contestants this year are tackling problems that affect millions of people at a time, many of whom are the most vulnerable.  This isn’t to say that the past year’s contestants weren’t excellent, (they were), but it is to say that looking at this years group (listed below) is cause for incredible hope and optimism.  

They impact Vermont’s economic future, while tackling difficult problems.  They are poised to create jobs, and they improve the quality of lives of their customers. And perhaps most importantly, they are advancing industries through their innovations, and they are making meaning, globally.

The Contestants:

Julie Lineberger – Wheelpad is a temporary, eco-friendly, handicapped-accessible bedroom and bathroom that can be attached to a home.

Andy Peters – Agewize is a social media platform which helps family members and caregivers coordinate the care of their loved one in need. It is easily navigable and allows the person in need to maintain independence.

Greg Kelly, James Mix, and Randy Rowland – Hortlabs is a cloud based technical system for monitoring and managing the growth of any kind of plant in indoor growing environments.

Ken Puzey – Solar Water Boiler is a portable unit which can be propped up and used anywhere to provide clean water. Each boiler can provide drinking water for a family of four.

Abbott Stark, Alex Stark, and Mark Rice – Ogee is an organic skincare line which consists of about 10 skin care items. Each item is based on jojoba seed oil (a product from the Arizona desert) which has a molecular structure similar to that of the human skin.

Chas Smith, Charles Smith, and Nikita Salmon – Sap! Maple Water is a carbonated drink made up of Vermont maple sap with about 40% of its water content boiled away.

Matt Giles and Cullen Jemison – Thermouse (LaunchVT Collegiate Winner) is a moldable computer-gaming mouse based on the qualities of thermoplasticity.

Please check out the descriptions of the businesses above, and if you haven’t already, go to their website, like their Facebook pages, follow them on twitter, and share them with your friends.  These teams have worked hard to build their companies, and we should support the incredible work they’re doing!  

See you tonight!

 

Spring Into Action This Year. Get 25% Off a Digital Marketing Account Setup!

Spring Into Action This Year. Get 25% Off a Digital Marketing Account Setup!

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Spring into action this year. Get 25% off an initial setup of a Google AdWords or Facebook Advertising account.

Offer valid for new and existing clients not currently using Burlington Bytes Digital Marketing Services. Expires April 1, 2016.

Fill out the form below to sign-up or call us today at 802 – 448 – 4001 for details!

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Join The Burlington WordPress Meetup: Wednesday, February 17th!

Join The Burlington WordPress Meetup: Wednesday, February 17th!

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Are you are a Burlington WordPresser looking to learn more about WordPress development tools? Are you interested in meeting local WordPress developers, designers, and publishers to share knowledge and experience together? If you answered yes, clear your calendar for next Wednesday night, February 17th at 7:30pm for the Burlington WordPress Meetup – Hands-on: WordPress Ways & Workflows / Q&A at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center.

The meetup team asks that you bring your laptops, questions and projects to discuss as a group. They also suggest having a mac or linux laptop that has VirtualBox and Vagrant installed.

If you can’t make it to this meetup, don’t fret! These meetups typically take place once a month, often on the second Wednesday of the month, with dates subject to change at times. Some of the formats that are showcased include: round table discussions, happy hours, and code collaboration nights.

Interested in being a speaker at a Burlington WordPress meetup? They are currently looking for speakers to fill the 2016 calendar. If you would like to submit a topic, please take the time to fill out this Burlington WordPress Speaker Application.  The presentation format dedicates half of the time to your presentation, and the other half devoted to a Q&A session. Lastly, these meetups are open to the public and all skill levels are welcome.

A few members from our team will be in attendance this Wednesday and we’re looking forward to connecting with like-minded WordPressers to learn, engage and collaborate with. You may even see one of us participating as a featured speaker, so stay tuned!

For more information on these monthly meetings, please visit the meetup website. We hope to see you next week!

Join Us For Our Holiday Party: Friday, December 11th!

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With all this warm weather we’ve been having, it’s hard to believe that the holidays are right around the corner. With that said, we’re wasting no time planning for our upcoming Burlington Bytes Holiday Party and you’re invited!

Be sure to save the date for Friday, December 11th, beginning at 7pm. This year’s party will be taking place at our office (located at 2 Church Street, Suite 101, downstairs) and will feature catering from EB Strong’s Steakhouse, as well as an open bar (until we drink up our budget)! Get ready to bust a move on the dance floor, because DJ Cre8 will be on the turntables, playing all the hits!

We’re also working on some additional entertainment ideas, so stay tuned. After the party is over (around 11pm), join us at Nectar’s downtown for the after party ‘cuz we’re going all night!

Looking for an excuse to look sharp? Bust out your snazzy formal cocktail attire and dress to impress! Also, please feel free to bring a guest(s) if you’d like, the more the merrier!

We hope you can make it! Please visit our Facebook page to RSVP!

See you next month!

We’re Hosting Full Barrel Cooperative’s Homebrew Social Next Month: Join Us On October 10th!

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Do you love craft beer? Want to join a great organization and help make the first member-owned Burlington co-op brewpub a reality? That’s the question that The Full Barrel Cooperative  wants to know! The Full Barrel Cooperative and Taproom’s aim “is to build support for the establishment of a consumer co-op brewery and pub in Burlington, Vermont.” Inspired in part by the success of Black Star in Austin, TX, they started organizing last year and legally incorporated as a co-op in February this year. Their growing community is currently in the process of recruiting members and volunteers, compiling ideas, holding informational meetings and parties, and of course, brewing and drinking excellent beer!

We are happy to announce that Burlington Bytes will be hosting the Full Barrel Cooperative’s October Homebrew Social next month! Join us in our cellar (literally) on Saturday, October 10th from 4-7pm for FREE homebrewed beer, cider, and awesome edibles. As a bonus, there will also be a raffle for Full Barrel schwag.

We’re very excited to be partnering with Full Barrel and look forward to opening up our space to mingle, drink and talk all things beer! You can find our office at 2 Church St. Suite 101 in the Richardson Place building. It’s located below the Bella Accessories shop at the top of Church Street. We hope you can make it to this exciting event.

To find out more on the Full Barrel Co-op Brewery & Taproom, check out their Facebook page for info and updates. Lastly, click here to read a great write-up from the Burlington Free Press on how the brewery co-op got started. Won’t you join us? Visit our Facebook event page and RSVP today!

 

Get Your Business Online: We’re Hosting An All-Day Event Workshop On Church Street, Thursday, September 10th.

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A few weeks ago, we announced that our office would be hosting a free Google workshop to help local Vermont businesses “Get Online and On The Map”.  We originally scheduled the event in the evening, however, we have decided to change the time of the event to an ALL DAY workshop instead. We will also be holding the event, outside on Church Street (outside of our office, located at the top of Church Street) from 8:30am-5:30pm.

We want to see local businesses in Burlington grow and prosper, and people in Burlington are looking for what you offer- and they’re looking online. That’s why we are teaming up with Google to host a free workshop to help you and your fellow businesses get online and on the map. The “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” is part of Google’s “Get Your Business Online” program and aims to bring community members, business owners, and civic leaders together to help small businesses succeed on the web.

Are you a business owner or know someone who is? Is your business already “On The Map”? Enter your business here, to see if is in fact, on the map! If you are on the map, you may have an incomplete listing. We’re here to help you add in all the correct information, so you’re ready to go when people search for your business online. Not already on the map? That’s ok too! We’ll walk you through the process on helping you Get Found on Google Search and Maps, and explain how to set up Google My Business, a free tool that helps you manage information displayed to customers on Google Search and Maps.

You may be wondering why Google is offering this service? Google states that “Local businesses are vital to America’s economic future. In fact, small businesses comprise half of the U.S. GDP and create two-thirds of all new jobs. And although nearly all consumers look online for products and services, many small businesses do not have any web presence at all. They believe every small business should be found online and they offer the ability to do this through Google products like Google Maps – for free. Businesses want to be found by their customers. Customers want to find updated information about local businesses. Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map was designed to help strengthen our communities by connecting local businesses and customers so they can easily support each other”.

Join us and invite anyone you think would benefit! If you’d like to come to our all-day workshop, please RSVP here. We hope to see you and look forward to helping you get #OnTheMap!

 

 

The 4th Annual Burlington Ruby Conference To Take Place August 1st-2nd 2015

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The Burlington Ruby Conference is an annual conference focused on gathering those interested in the Ruby programming language in beautiful Burlington, Vermont. The event is single track, with talks spread over the course of two days. Between each 30 minute talk, is a lengthy break to give people a chance to meet and chat.

This two day conference will debut with a kick off party and social gathering at Hotel Vermont from 5-7pm. Enjoy tasty edibles and beverages before the event starts on Saturday. This admission is included in the ticket price and all partners are welcome.

This year’s conference will take place at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center’s Film House, located at 60 Lake St. in downtown Burlington. Below, we’ve briefly outlined the schedule of events and ticket information. *Please note that tickets for this conference are still available.

Schedule:

Friday – July 31st, 5-7pm:
Social Gathering at Juniper at Hotel VT. Enjoy food and drinks in downtown BTV with the rest of the conference attendees.

Saturday – August 1st, 8am-5:15pm:
The event will begin at 8:00am with a light breakfast and check-in to pick-up your badge. Beginning at 8:45am, a introduction speech from the conference organizers will kick off the event. Throughout the day, enjoy talks on topics including: Agile Teaching, Extremely Defensive Coding, Learning Fluency, Anatomy of a Distributed Denial of Service Attack, How to Talk to Humans-A Different Approach to Soft Skills and Making Ruby Write Smooth Jazz.

Sunday – August 2nd, 8:30am-4:15pm:
Beginning at 8:30am enjoy a light breakfast while you do some networking. At 9am, the conference will begin with a talk from Mark Bates on A History of Programming and Other Such Ridiculous Things. You will also hear talks on the following topics: The Importance Of Being Earnest- About Breaking Into Tech, Beyond JSON-Improving Inter-app Communication, Breathe In and Out With Me-Owning Your Happiness, How To Performance & Why am I Waiting for a Long Time for the Build to Start? Or, the First Lessons in Control Theory.

*There is a half hour between each talk, so you’ll have this opportunity to stretch your legs, grab some fresh air or lunch and mingle with folks.

Tickets:

Ticket purchases include access to the conference on Saturday and Sunday, in addition to food and beverages at the Friday evening gathering. The conference will also include breakfast, snacks and refreshments. Purchase your Burlington Ruby Conference Ticket here.

If you have any questions, or need more information, please visit the the main conference website.

Have you attended a Ruby conference in the past? If so, what was your favorite part of the conference? Share your thoughts with us!

Get Your Business Online: Join Our Free Workshop on Thursday, September 10th!

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A few weeks ago, we wrote a blog announcing that we’re going to to be hosting a Google workshop to help Vermont local businesses get online. We’re excited to announce that we have scheduled a date for our GYBO (Get Your Business Online) workshop. Please save the date for: Thursday, September 10th, 2015. This event will take place at 5:30 pm.

We will be hosting the event at our Burlington Bytes office, located at 2 Church Street, Suite 101, in the Richardson Place building located at the top of Church Street. Our presentation will help you Get Found on Google Search and Maps, and explain how to set up Google My Business, a free tool that helps you manage information displayed to customers on Google Search and Maps. The presentation time will be 10 minutes and the attendee work time will be 20 minutes (to set up Google My Business and start the verification process).

You may be wondering why Google is offering this service? Google states that “Local businesses are vital to America’s economic future. In fact, small businesses comprise half of the U.S. GDP and create two-thirds of all new jobs. And although nearly all consumers look online for products and services, many small businesses do not have any web presence at all. They believe every small business should be found online and they offer the ability to do this through Google products like Google Maps – for free. Businesses want to be found by their customers. Customers want to find updated information about local businesses. Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map was designed to help strengthen our communities by connecting local businesses and customers so they can easily support each other”.

People in Burlington are looking for what you offer–and they’re looking online. That’s why we’re teaming up with Google to host a free workshop to help you and your fellow businesses get online and on the map. Join us and invite anyone you think would benefit. Together, we can help put Burlington on the map! We’ll be sending reminders and updates leading up to this event, so be on the lookout! Help more customers connect your business on the web-it’s free and easy to get started. We hope you’ll join us to learn more!

Get Your Business Online! Click here to RSVP!

Let’s Put Our Cities On The Map: We’re Hosting A Google Workshop To Help VT Local Businesses Get Online!

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Google recently started a new campaign called “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map”, which aims to “make sure every business in your city can be found online”. This campaign is based off of Google’s ‘Get Your Business Online”, which helped small businesses all over the country make the most of the web. With their new initiative, Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map, is making sure that every business has information online so that the entire community can find them and support them. Currently only 37% of businesses have claimed a local business listing on a search engine – that’s a lot of missing information. And Google states that with 4 out of 5 people using search engines to find local info like business hours and directions, it also means a lot of missed opportunities for local business.

According to Google, “businesses that are online grow 40% faster than those that aren’t. Businesses with complete listings are 2x as likely to be considered reputable. Google is teaming up with local leaders to create a program for 30,000 U.S. cities – all with the singular focus of getting local business info online and on the map”. They are offering you the chance to see how you show up on Google and build a free website of your own ( free for one year ). They are also equipping local partner’s ( that’s us ) with free trainings and customized city materials to run workshops in town. We invite you to explore the Get Your Business Online site, and learn how you can join in, support businesses in the community and put your city on the map!

You may be wondering why Google is offering this service? Google says that “Local businesses are vital to America’s economic future. In fact, small businesses comprise half of the U.S. GDP and create two-thirds of all new jobs. And although nearly all consumers look online for products and services, many small businesses do not have any web presence at all. They believe every small business should be found online and they offer the ability to do this through Google products like Google Maps – for free. Businesses want to be found by their customers. Customers want to find updated information about local businesses. Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map was designed to help strengthen our communities by connecting local businesses and customers so they can easily support each other”.

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a workshop later this summer to help put our community members on the map! We will be offering a live in-person presentation, that will be taught online through video streaming. The presentation will offer the following:

1. Get Found on Google Search and Maps: Google will explain how to set-up Google My Business, a free tool that helps you manage information displayed to customers on Google Search and Maps. Presentation time: 10 minutes. Attendee work time: 20 minutes (to set up Google My Business and start the verification process).

We are looking forward to hosting this workshop and hope you’ll be able to attend. Be sure to be on the lookout for reminders and updates leading up to the event.

A friendly reminder, please remember to BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop).

We hope to see you!

We’re Attending This Year’s Vermont Business & Industry EXPO & Giving Away A Major Prize Package

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It’s that time of year again, it’s time for the Vermont Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Industry EXPO taking place at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center on Wednesday, May 20th & Thursday, May 21st. Over the years, we’ve participated at various expo’s including the Vermont Tech Jam and the Vermont Home Show, however, this will be the first time we’ll be an exhibitor at the Business & Industry Expo.

If you don’t know about the Chamber’s Business & Industry EXPO, it’s the region’s largest business-to-business trade show. This annual event features over 180 exhibitors, educational seminars, featured speakers and worthwhile networking opportunities. The EXPO consists of a two-floor trade show that features over 3,000 business leaders and hundreds of companies, all focusing on technology and featured products made in Vermont. There are over twenty different industries being represented, including Technology, Media, Non-Profit, Education and Consulting just to name a few.

Please take note that on Wednesday, May 20th, the EXPO is open to exhibitors only. However, on Thursday, May 21st the trade show is open to all attendees from 8am-4pm. Numerous events and workshops will be taking place on this day, including the U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy Business Breakfast from 8-9:45am, and Digital Marketing Hubs available from 9am-4pm, where you can drop in and ask the experts your specific digital marketing questions that require no appointment or sign-ups. There will also be educational workshops happening at multiple times throughout the day, featuring various guest speakers with talks on boosting innovation and creativity, as well as discussions focused on excelling and leading in the workplace.

Be sure to stop by our booth on Thursday, May 21st and chat with our team about the services we provide. We’ll have our booth styled out to encourage you to come by and hang with us! We are excited to announce that during the EXPO, we will be giving away a major prize! We are offering a chance for anyone to sign-up at our exhibitor booth for a chance to win a FREE website design and marketing package worth $5,000! All you have to do to participate, is fill out our online form with a few specific questions regarding you, your business and why you think we should choose you. Our decision will be based upon which business we feel will benefit the needs and potential of the Vermont community and how it will make the most impact. We will choose and announce the winner by the end of the day on Friday, May 22nd, so make sure your contact information is correct, because YOU could be the lucky winner!

We’re looking forward to attending this year’s EXPO and hope to connect and meet with other like-minded business folks that share a passion for learning, innovation and entrepreneurship. We hope to see you!