Category Archives: Small Business Advertising

Vermonters listen to neighbors’ business recommendations

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 7.18.49 AM“I visited Deepa’s Beauty Salon after reading a recommendation on Front Porch Forum. Thanks for the review. I also found it to be very clean, have professional staff, good prices, and great services. Thanks.”
• Luba, Winooski FPF

Here’s the original post recommending this local business…

“Today my out of town friend took our daughters to Deepa’s Beauty Salon for manicures. They had an excellent experience–great customer service and quality of work. The atmosphere was clean, professional, yet also homey and inviting. My friend took off her very valuable (both financially and emotionally) wedding rings for the manicure and then left them there. Several hours later, she realized her mistake.  The salon owners met us after hours on a Saturday night and very cheerfully opened up the salon and returned the rings. We are so grateful for their integrity, honesty, and friendliness. It’s businesses like these that bring pride to Winooski. I encourage you to support this wonderful locally owned business!”
• Arica, Winooski FPF

How to find a contractor in Montpelier…

“Hi Neighbors and FPF. You suggested we use Adam Jackson of Artistone of Vermont to sweep our chimney. He came today and did an excellent job, taking care to double check his work. Adam is also a mason with lots of experience and based on what we saw today, we are hiring him for a small job we need done.”
• Martha, Montpelier Front Porch Forum

Neighborly suggestions from Underhill

Anyone reading this knows what an important role FPF plays in offering a effective means for staying in touch with residents of the town and area.  As a reminder of its value, allow me to suggest that if you haven’t given yet you consider giving:

• 10% or $20 (whichever is less) of the next sale you make or of the next amount you pay for that special item you couldn’t find anywhere else;

• if you recover a lost pet, an amount that reflects how important that pet is to you;

• if you advertise your services with a post instead of an ad and your post is successful, think about giving a small percentage of the receipts from your first job;

• or, if you just enjoy seeing the FPF e-mail each day, give what you can afford to help keep it coming.

My only affiliation with FPF is as a grateful user.

• Peter, Underhill Front Porch Forum

One key step for launching a small business in VT…

“When I started my business, Front Porch Forum was there to get my name out, and connect me with clients. I want to give a huge thank-you to all of those who work so hard to make FPF a daily success. Please consider giving a donation to keep this invaluable service running! Thank you, FPF. I couldn’t have done it without you.”
• Tanya, North Hero FPF, www.mamasgardens.com

Local economic development tool used in Vermont

“Thanks for all you do – Front Porch Forum has been terrific in helping us reach our citizens with our business and economic development messages.”
• Chairman of a local economic development commission in Vermont

Flourishing in Jeffersonville, Thanks to local Front Porch Forum

“Thanks so much to Front Porch Forum for helping me to become an asset in the community! I have gained new and wonderful people to a growing list of folks needing my assistance in their home. I’m available for Personal Care, laundry, shopping, housework or even travel. I am up for any task and have an extra hand available for larger projects. Together we can tackle anything, from fall cleaning and garden cutbacks, windows, painting. If there are loose ends needing to be tended before winters arrival, give a shout – I’m sure we’re able to lend a hand!”
• Stephanie, Cambridge FPF

Need local survey respondents?

A Burlington business reached out to the community with a survey this month and got more than 500 responses.  They used social media, their own popular e-newsletter and Front Porch Forum to get the word out.  Here’s where they got their respondents:

45% Front Porch Forum
40% Company’s e-newsletter
8% Facebook
7% Twitter

“Charlotte neighbors and FPF – thank you!”

Jill in Charlotte posted this yesterday on her FPF…

Recently, I posted on Front Porch Forum about accommodation for my sister and her family over the holidays. I received such wonderful responses, a range of great possibilities! She did end up going with one of them.

And, just today, I picked up my car from Chris at Charlotte Collision. I called him because I remembered at least one FPF post singing his praises. I’d like to add my voice:  Chris looked at the damage to my car, gave me an estimate and an appt, and today it was ready for pick up. It looks great and Chris was very reasonable, commonsensical, easy, and lots of fun to do business with.

Charlotte neighbors and FPF — thank you!