Front Porch Forum takes our members’ privacy seriously. When members post to their Forum, they know that what they write will be visible only to the members of their own FPF and of immediate neighboring Forums. This allows members to engage freely in conversation about local issues, which is central to FPF’s community-building mission.
There are a few situations, though, where it might make sense for members’ postings to be more broadly visible. One of these is when a member recommends a local business or nonprofit on their Forum. Recommendations on FPF are an important resource for our members, and making them more broadly available helps support the nearly 12,000 local businesses and nonprofits that are members of FPF.
With this in mind, FPF recently launched a new feature: Recommendation postings for businesses or nonprofits now show up on the business or nonprofit’s listing in FPF’s Community Directory! Those postings are visible to any FPF member who views that listing, even if they aren’t a member of the Forum where the recommendation originated.
So if you are a business owner or nonprofit leader, ask your customers and supporters to post a recommendation for you on their Forum. (While you’re at it, ask them to “favorite” your listing as well!) When it shows up on your Directory listing, FPF’s 220,000 members all over Vermont will be able to see how much FPF members value what you do!
Terrific earning opportunity for a skilled Sales Pro!
FPF is a Vermont-based Benefit Corporation and we’re seeking an additional Sales Rep Professional to join our growing team. Help FPF fulfill its community-building mission while supporting local businesses to meet their goals.
Healthy portfolio of existing customers and inbound leads. Remote work and Burlington office options.
Learn more and apply: https://frontporchforum.com/about-us/careers-at-fpf
UPDATE: Position filled.
“Front Porch Forum is the best advertising dollars I have spent in a long time. And the money goes to a great organization! Just imagine how many cats are home safe and sound because of FPF.” • Greg at Teacher’s Tree Service
“Our advertising on FPF worked so well that we had to stop accepting new members! Thank you for the help and for helping to give us a platform to advertise our business. We appreciate all that you and the FPF team have done to help us and other businesses during this time! • Matt at Reap and Sow Farm
“Geez, I have 18 estimates and 6 confirmed jobs. Great results, thank you!” • Duffy at Duffy Gardner Masonry
Have a small business? Put FPF to work for you!
Small businesses and your neighbors find great value in Front Porch Forum’s Business Directory
“The Standard Business Access Plan with recurring payments is a GREAT value (in my opinion), far better than newsprint with its reach and reader retention. I am able to connect with local shoppers and cultivate a nice client list. Keep doing what you are doing for the area small businesses, it is greatly appreciated.” • Heidi at Whipple Tree Designs
“I first hired Terri from the FPF Business Index last summer to prepare for a “mom visit” – and Terri cleaned my house so well that even my Mom was impressed!” • Catherine in Northfield
“Recently I posted a query about vacuum cleaner repair. The closest recommendation was in Williston. But then I found a listing in the FPF business directory.” • John in East Montpelier
Use FPF’s Business Directory and support your local area businesses!
Locally owned businesses get support from their neighbors on Front Porch Forum:
“Thank you everyone on FPF who has recommended and or used SR Kiely Design-Build Inc. This has resulted in a fantastic year for our company.” • Stephen in Bristol
“At last Saturday’s Farmers Market a nurse walked by our spot and said you sure use Front Porch Forum a lot aren’t you doing very well. We are doing well because we use FPF.” • Charlie at Floating Bridge Family Farm
“We are getting a wonderful response to our pop ups. We’ve had vendors signing up through the ads from FPF. And then they spread the word to others, which is great for everyone.” • Vicki at the River Garden, Brattleboro
Cindy in Westford shared with her neighbors yesterday…
I recently posted a query for someone to give us quotes on a culvert installation. I was overwhelmed by the number of responses I got – both recommendations and direct outreach from providers.
Where else but FPF does this kind of neighborly conversation happen?
Please consider supporting this magic with a donation – every little bit helps.
BTW – just my opinion, but I recently gave Home Advisor a try, and, well, never again. I’ll stick with Front Porch Forum.
Thank you, Cindy!
Turn to your neighbors on Front Porch Forum to find recommendations on finding local professionals!
“Thanks fellow neighbors for all of the wonderful recommendations that you shared with me regarding an Accountant for our small business. I’ve found each and every response so far so incredibly helpful! FPF is such a lovely resource and I’m glad to be a part of the community in this way.” • Ilana in Waterbury Center
“I was more than impressed that more than 12 (!!!) kind neighbors responded to my request for info about Limoge Garage Door. Everyone had good things to say, to which I add my own positive experience as a result. Thanks so much to everyone who responded, and to the FPF folks who make this kind of communication so easy, and help get the word out about ordinary people simply doing an excellent job.” • Suzi in Burlington
“Just want to say thanks for all of the recommendations I received for a local forester! FPF is awesome!” • Theresa in Waterbury
From small businesses to larger non-profits and ad agencies, many agree that Front Porch Forum gets results.
“Our response has been HUGE! Thank you so much for helping us meet our recruitment goals!” • Dana at UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
“The response rate of people who have said they saw the ad on FPF has been notable! So all good news!” • Nilda with Kerr Advertising
“Where do you advertise for your Burlington business? Front Porch Forum is a free, easy way to advertise.” • Alignable member, Kate, shared her thoughts under “Coffee Shop Buzz”
“As you seek referrals for tradespeople and other services, don’t forget that Front Porch Forum maintains an easily searchable archive of all previous postings. I’ve used the archive several times and have found it to be very user-friendly.” • Paul in Hinesburg
“Getting recommendations for local services like house cleaning and firewood is one of the benefits of FPF. When making a recommendation I encourage everyone to use the “Reply to Forum” button. This helps out your favorite local businesses and it will also add your answer into the searchable FPF archive.” • Adam in Richmond
College students and landscapers find work with the help of FPF:
“Just wanted to let everyone know that I am booked with at least 9 people to work for this summer and will post something if I am open to more work. Thank you all to those who have replied to my Front Porch Forum as it helps a lot!” • Kyle in Moretown
“Thanks to FPF, I saw a post for landscaping, masonry, carpentry, painting, and driveway repair work when I needed help fixing our stone wall. Jeremy fixed the problems with speed and skill. He’s a clean, careful worker. I will hire him again.” • Casey in Johnson
“Thank you for all the recommendations for Lawn Care, we have someone now. I greatly appreciate all the responses and love Front Porch Forum.” • Kim in Morrisville
Looking for help with odd jobs around the house? Try FPF!