Category Archives: Economic Development

Robots, kids, classes and FPF

Christine at Robots 4 Kids 2 just shared the good news about their recent round of classes…

“Our classes filled in 2 days so that’s fantastic. We will definitely advertise again with Front Porch Forum.”

If you’re interested in advertising your Vermont business across many FPFs, please contact with ample lead time… space does sell out.

Spring business fair at Burlington City Hall April 18

image001#BTV #VT - Please join us at the 2013 Spring Business Fair – Thursday, April 18, from 10am to 2pm at Burlington ’s City Hall.

The event connects people interested in starting or expanding their business with a variety of federal, state and local organizations and businesses that can help.

The event will include:

  • Over 30 tabling organizations that people can connect with for business assistance- Micro Business Development Program, SBDC , VT Dept. of Taxes, VT Dept of Labor, Community Capital of VT, USDA, PTAC, etc
  • Front Porch Forum
  • 3 free business seminars
  • Professional corners- speak to legal, accounting, insurance and marketing experts for free! Bring your business questions!
  • NEW THIS YEAR! Visit the Localvore Food Sector of the event and connect with food business development organizations. Interested in creating a food product or starting or expanding a food truck, food cart, restaurant, CSA, catering business, etc? Do you have a family recipe that you think would make a great product? Want to know more about packaging, nutritional labels and regulations? Want to get your product into stores like City Market? Connect with food experts to help you learn more!
  • Food available from Muchacho Taco- Southwestern-style fare

This event is FREE!

Word-of-Mouth primary driver of local business

#VT - Need a recommendation for a plumber?  Best burrito in town?  Slate roof repair?  People turn to Front Porch Forum again and again in our coverage area.  Now a new study offers some insight (below).  People use FPF to get a recommendation from a neighbor, to read reviews in the archives, and to see the ads from our local sponsors.  FPF is word-of-mouth accelerator for local businesses.

A new Street Fight poll finds that even with a slew of new locally targeted marketing platforms at local merchants’ disposal, word-of-mouth is still a primary driver of local consumer behavior.

The poll of 500 U.S. consumers found that 43% of consumers are most likely to shop or dine at a local business after a recommendation from a friend or colleague. 30% are primarily motivated by daily deals, 15% after seeing a locally or behaviorally targeted advertisement, and 12% after reading a positive review about the merchant online. The poll was conducted on behalf of Street Fight by third-party opinions platform Toluna QuickSurveys.

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