Flynn, Torres tapped to lead Better Middlebury Partnership

Better Middlebury Partnership board members knew former Executive Director Karen Duguay would be a tough act to follow.

Midd Partnership chocolate bar raffle is back

The Better Middlebury Partnership’s chocolate bar raffle is back this year, and it features awesome local prizes. 

Karen Duguay reflects on BMP tenure

Karen Duguay has spent the past decade supporting, promoting and celebrating businesses in downtown Middlebury. She’s now ready to carry out that same mission for the entire county.

Duguay leaving Better Middlebury Partnership to join ACEDC

Karen Duguay has helmed the BMP for more than 10 years. The Partnership is the entity responsible for building community, assisting downtown businesses, organizing events, and marketing Middlebury.

Leaders lobby for state funding of downtowns

Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) Executive Director Karen Duguay is co-shepherding an effort to secure ongoing state funding to help 24 select Vermont downtowns — the economic engines of their communities — grow and thrive.

Letter to the editor: BMP official explains rationale for special events

We cannot please everyone and those who are not pleased have been more vocal than in previous years.

More Kick Start money available for business startups

The Better Middlebury Partnership is making $35,000 in unused Kick Start grants available to a new round of applicants seeking to open businesses in vacant storefronts in downtown Middlebury.

Nominate a Neighbor [sponsored content]

We asked you to recognize people in our community who are making a difference and it’s clear that there is no shortage of people to recognize here! Thank you for participating and a VERY BIG THANK YOU to all of our friends and neighbors who go the extra m … (read more)

BMP plans downtown Middlebury markets

The town of Middlebury will host a series of weekly outdoor markets during five months next year, thanks to a $25,000 grant supplied by a local charity.

County chamber recognizes tops in the business community

MIDDLEBURY — The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic played a bit role in who received year-end honors at the annual Addison County Chamber of Commerce awards celebration this past Thursday morning. Three local leaders where honored: Karen Dugay was named the … (read more)

$50,000 ‘kick start’ OK’d for downtown Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday unanimously agreed to allocate up to $50,000 in unspent economic development funds to help the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) fill vacant downtown storefronts with new businesses. “Kick Start Middleb … (read more)

Middlebury aims to ‘kick start’ new downtown biz

MIDDLEBURY — Concerned about the many storefront vacancies in downtown Middlebury right now, the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) is seeking $50,000 in local economic development money to bankroll a recruitment program for business start-ups in the cor … (read more)

Letter to the editor: BMP request inappropriate

Regarding the story in last week’s Addison Independent about the Better Middlebury Partnership’s plan to ask for $1,000 each from six surrounding towns to support economic development in Middlebury:  The residents of the surrounding towns are currently su … (read more)

Holiday guide: Midd Nib Bars, a dark chocolate treat, offered downtown

MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership, which has organized some activities between Thanksgiving and Christmas, has another sweet thing planned for the holidays. Local merchants in December will be selling specially produced Midd Nib Bars, which a … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Railway could aid downtown

Bravo to Karen Duguay, Amey Ryan and others at the Better Middlebury Partnership. I’m delighted the Better Middlebury Partnership is stepping up to the challenge facing our community. I’ve just sent my check for $500 to help with your efforts. My concern … (read more)