New Business

1997

December

David Gibson has established Propeller Media Works in Burlington. The company specializes in website development, management and consulting. Gibson is a lifetime resident of Vermont, with shorts stints in a handful of other states. He has lived in Burlington for three years. [email protected] http://www.propelled.com. (802) 864-8251.

R.J. Murray Co. Inc., a Schenectady, N.Y., distributor of commercial and residential air conditioning and heating supplies, has opened a branch at 36 Shunpike Road, Williston. The supply house manager is Gary Keefe, who has more than 20 years' experience in HVAC supply and contracting locally. The parts manager is Kent Chittenden, who also has local experience in the heating/air conditioning industry. The branch is open 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. (802) 862-8608.

ConneXsys Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Chemical Design Co., an engineering, design, project and construction management firm in Richmond, Calif., has opened an east coast engineering and sales office in Williston. The company provides semiconductor equipment integration services, and has leased more than 30,000 square feet in the Center at Blair Park. Tony Blake of V/T Commercial represented the building owner, and Jim Griffiths of Hickok & Boardman Commercial Realty conducted the Connexsys site search.

November

President Dale R. Lavalley announced the formation of Alltel Communications Inc., a business voice and data systems provider. The Williston company offers sales, service, installation and training of voice mail, telephone and paging systems. [email protected] (802) 860-4980.

Barbara O'Reilly announced the opening of O'Reilly & Company Inc., an educational consulting firm specializing in assisting students and their families with the college selection and application process. O'Reilly has more than 20 years of experience in higher education. She is a former director of admissions and director of student affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Vermont. She also served as the director of college counseling at The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn., and is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Hours by appointment. (802) 372-5133.

Fletcher Allen Health Care is creating a statewide network of clinical laboratories from nearly a dozen local community hospitals and physicians' group practices. The network, the Northeast Community Lab Alliance, will provide patient testing, and is promoted by the Mayo Clinic of Rochester, Minn.

Green Mountain Energy Resources L.L.C. opened its headquarters at 55 Green Mountain Drive, South Burlington. It was formed by Green Mountain Power Corp. (GMP) and the Wyly family of Dallas, Texas, to compete in the emerging national retail energy market. Douglas G. Hyde, former president/CEO of GMP, is president of the new company. (888) 246-6730.

New Services

Saint Michael's College Prevel School in Colchester has introduced a graduate certificate program in information technology. Students shape the program to serve a business or education focus to match their profession. Most credits earned in the program also apply toward a master's degree from the college in administration or education.

Workplace Writing, a Hinesburg company owned by Nancy Anisfield offering on-site business writing workshops, has teamed with Pioneer Learning Centers Inc., a work-force development firm in East Dorset, to offer writing training to companies in central and southern Vermont.

October

Dakin Farm, a Vermont specialty food company based in Ferrisburgh, has opened a retail store at 100 Dorset St., South Burlington. The store is open seven days a week. The facility was designed by Jager Di Paola Kemp Design and Anderson Schenker Architects Ltd. of Burlington. Construction was completed by Mount Abe Construction of Bristol.

Dianna and Robert Wuagneux have relocated their International Center for the Advancement of Adult Learning to Castleton. The center was founded in the early 1990s as a management consulting firm, and has evolved into offering on-site evaluation, consulting and training for educational institutions, employers, government agencies, professionals, organizations and communities. [email protected] (802) 468-2539.

John R. Buckingham & Associates in Hinesburg provides consulting services in business development through financial planning and sourcing via market research and analyses. Buckingham has more than 24 years of business consulting experience.

September

Web Sightings, a monthly Internet publication made its debut in August as an insert in Vermont Times. The tabloid magazine is published by Amy Pemberton, founder and president of EZNet Communications Inc. of Winooski, a local Internet consulting firm. Web Sightings provides readers with assistance to interesting sites, products and services offered on the Web. (802) 655-6220.

upstart magazine, a free monthly magazine published by a group in their 20s and targeting readers in the same age group, began publication in August. The tabloid magazine, edited by Brendan Kinney, features articles, poetry, fiction, art and photography. Articles from the magazine and other information is available at the magazine's website. (802) 862-9716.

Lee J. Weltman, D.D.S., has announced the opening of Colchester Family Dentistry at 30 South Park Drive, Suite 300, in the Colchester Business Park. Weltman, who completed his general residency at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., has been practicing in Chittenden County for eight years. His general dentistry practice includes children and cosmetic dentistry. Colchester Family Dentistry accepts all commercial insurances. (802) 655-5358.

Finard & Co. of Burlington, owner of University Mall in South Burlington, has announced that Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works, divisions of Limited Inc. of Ohio, have joined the more than 80 national retailers at the mall. These stores will occupy 3,900 and 3,035 square feet respectively. Work is under way on a new Sears Roebuck store at the mall with a fall 1998 opening anticipated.

Spencer Newman has opened Adventurous Traveler Bookstore at 245 South Champlain St., Burlington. The store offers more than 5,000 travel and adventure titles in the form of books, maps, videos and CD-ROMs. Newman has operated the Adventurous Traveler Bookstore as a mail-order and Internet-sales business since 1994. The home-based business employs 10 full-time and three part-time people with annual sales of more than $1 million. Newman recently acquired the rare and out-of-print collection of adventure books from Greg Glade and Top of the World Books of Williston. The retail sales location houses this collection. (802) 860-6776.

John Nichols, president and CEO of Champlain Valley Telecasting, has announced that WFFF-TV (Fox 44) became the fourth major broadcasting network affiliate serving Burlington, Vt./Plattsburgh, N.Y., the nation's 91st-largest television market, with its Aug. 31 broadcast of Fox's first regular-season National Football League game. WFFF-TV will carry Fox's entire line-up of prime-time series, morning and afternoon programs and weekend Fox news and sports telecasts. Fox 44 is programmed by Heritage Media Corp. Inc., which also owns and operates the NBC affiliate WPTZ-TV. The local CBS affiliate, WCAX, which had a secondary affiliation with Fox, ceased broadcasting Fox Sports programming Aug. 9 and FKN programming on Sept. 6. Fox's prime time series had been telecast into the Burlington market via the FOX NET Cable programming service.

August

Chris Caswell has opened Caswell Wood & Iron, an antique restoration and blacksmith shop in a small, self-sufficient building he constructed for his forge behind Simply Country Antiques on Vermont 2 in Williston Village. Caswell repairs and restores antique and wooden furniture as well as forges ornamental and functional ironwork for the home and garden. He works entirely with hand-operated tools, many of them antique. Shop telephone: (802) 777-0608 (Vermont toll-free cellular); [email protected]

Sandi St. Pierre has established Vermont Wedding and Event Connection, a wedding and party planning business that brings together the services of 10 party-related businesses. The firm provides arrangements for the services of any or all of the businesses through one contact. Participating businesses: St. Pierre Catering; Kiss The Cook, a wedding and gift registry; Top Hat Entertainment; John Anthony, custom ring and jewelry designer; Ethan Allen Coachworks, limo service; Kathy & Co. Flowers; Ed Champagne, photographer; Stephen & Burns, hair salon and spa; Blues For Breakfast, live band; and Jericho Party Canopies, tents and canopies. Each business has a shop located at www.vtevent.com. (802) 863-6937.

Sandra Garon has announced the opening of Head To Tail Professional Pet Grooming at 1340 Williston Rd., South Burlington. Garon is a graduate of Nash Academy of Animal Arts in Lexington, Ky., and a registered member of the National Dog Grooming Association and new England Pet Grooming Professionals. Grooming is available for all breeds of dogs and cats by appointment. (802) 863-5848.

An association of professional furniture makers has established a guild to promote its members' work, educate the public and develop opportunities to exhibit work on a regular basis. Membership is limited to professional woodworkers working in a studio atmosphere, producing commissioned and limited production work of consistently high quality. Founding members are Tim Clark, Burlington; Johns Congdon, Charlotte; Sean Costello, North Ferrisburgh; Lars Larsen, Burlington; and Jeff Parsons of Beeken/Parsons, Shelburne. For information, contact Sean Costello at (802) 425-3857.

July

Valerie Rittershausen and Cal King have announced the opening of Piece of Cake at 26 Susie Wilson Road in Essex Junction. The shop sells fresh, creative cakes made to order. Piece of Cake will also be a teaching center for decorating techniques. The mother (King) and daughter team have been creating custom cakes for customers for more than 20 years. In addition to wedding, birthday and novelty cakes, Piece of Cake also provides decorated cakes for those with special dietary needs. (802) 878-7772.

Theresa Beale has established WriteJob, Historical Property Documentation and Research, a Colchester business that researches the history, events and anecdotes of a property's past for homeowners and business owners. The history is presented in a story format. Beale has 10 years' experience in title and land research and has creative writing experience. (802) 878-0006. .

Judi Bouchard has established Coding & Reimbursement Solutions in Milton. The home-based business provides coding and reimbursement services to guide medical offices through the litany of insurance, Medicare and Medicaid rules and guidelines pertaining to health care billing. Bouchard spent 14 years at Fletcher Allen Health Care. She was the billing supervisor for 60 physicians in the department of medicine. [email protected] (802) 893-2076. .

June

Dr. Spencer D.C. Sherman has opened Helpful Healing Chiropractic at 200 Main St., Burlington, in the Park Hill building. Sherman graduated from Life College of Chiropractic West in San Lorenzo, Calif., in December 1995, and embarked on a chiropractic mission to Guatemala last year. (802) 862-2477.

Cindy Delaney has established Delaney Meeting & Event Management at 123 Brick Church Road, Fairfax. The firm specializes in meeting planning, trade show coordination, special events, hotel contract negotiation and site selection, destination management, fund raising, and related marketing and sales projects. Delaney has more than 11 years' experience in the hospitality industry, including management positions at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center, Ramada Inn Burlington, Smugglers' Notch Resort, and Omni Hotels. (802) 527-1718.

Wendy Beach and Gary Gosselin have opened The Hearthside Group, a real estate company focused on the brokerage of hospitality businesses, at 30 Main St., Burlington. Beach and Gosselin are commercial real estate brokers with eight years' combined experience. Both were affiliated with Atlantic Lodging and Restaurant Brokers of Burlington. (802) 863-2150.

John Schumacher and Jeanne Childs have opened Hard Copy, a full-service copy shop, at 30 Main St., Burlington, in Gateway Square. Schumacher and Childs own and operate three Gnomon Copy shops in the White River Junction/Hanover area. Hard Copy is managed by Shad Knapp, who worked at Gnomon Copy in West Lebanon, N.H. The new shop has spot color capabilities for black and white copies, and offers film processing by Vermont Color, self-serve machines, related supplies, pickup and delivery service. Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (802) 863-1200.

Kim Fisher has established From the Heart Decorative Baskets, a gift basket business in Colchester. The business helps consumers and corporate offices with employee incentives, client appreciation, and holiday gift giving ideas, and provides in-home parties offering baskets to decorate the home. (802) 872-2839.

Curtis Picard has founded Back Roads Enterprises of Vermont, an image promotion and merchandise development firm, at 115 S. Main St., St. Albans. Services include design, production and promotion of merchandise items and mail order fulfillment. Back Roads serves non-profit organizations, small and large companies and special events. Picard has more than six years' experience developing merchandise programs for national events such as the New York City Marathon, the 100th anniversary of the Boston Marathon, and the 1994 World Cup Fan Fest in New York City. (802) 527-7154.

New Products/Services: June

Mark Suplicki, artist, designer and proprietor of Jon'taar Graphxs in Charlotte, has created a new line of environmentally-friendly note cards featuring "mirthburdz" and other designs inspired by nature. The cards are distributed to retailers in Vermont -- including Chassman and Bem Booksellers, Burlington; Phoenix Herbals and Imports, Burlington; and the Old Brick Store in Charlotte -- and around the country.

Pro Se Computing Inc., a Winooski computer consulting firm for the legal profession, has commenced publication of The Journal of Electronic Discovery and Internet Litigation, a monthly newsletter discussing new types of litigation arising out of increased business use of the Internet. Frederick S. Lane III is the publisher. Subscriptions are $150 per year, and carry a license for up to five readers in a single organization.

Walsh Electric Supply Co. in Colchester now distributes all Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. electrical and electronic control products for residential, construction and industrial markets. Walsh is authorized to market and support Siemens' full line of circuit protection, distribution and motor control equipment.

Bob Thibault & Sons Appliances in St. Albans has expanded its line to carry Maytag, Jenn-Air and Frigidaire appliances, Beam central vacs, and Northstar water softeners.

CTC Communications Corp., a marketer of telecommunications services in Colchester, has signed a non-exclusive agreement with Intermedia Communications Inc. to market the firm's frame relay data services. CTC offers voice, data, long distance and specialty network products and services.

Dunloe International has created CommQuest II, a multiple media program that provides information technology training for data communications, telecommunications and computer networking professionals. Dunloe is a subsidiary of Hill Associates Inc. in Colchester and CBT Group PLC in Dublin, Ireland.

May

Fulfillment Systems International, an international fulfillment, freight forwarding and marketing support firm headquartered in North Tonawanda, N.Y., has established a facility in Williston. Kerri Muir has been named operations manager. Muir is responsible for managing the shipping operations and market development in the New England and Montreal, Quebec, area. (802) 878-1166.

James B. Coates has established Copierworks of Vermont, with sales and service offices in Colchester. The firm sells and leases new, used and remanufactured photocopiers.

Otter Creek Awnings and Patio Rooms has opened a showroom at 4 Echo Place on South Brownell Road, Williston. The 3,000-square-foot showroom will display Otter Creek’s extensive line of residential awning products and Betterliving Patio Rooms and serve as headquarters for the company’s sales and marketing efforts. (802) 864-3009.

Yankee Candle Co. has opened at 106 Church St., Burlington, selling its signature candles in jars, scented and unscented. The Burlington store is the 36th in the chain of stores run by the Yankee Candle Co. of South Deerfield, Mass. Gina Macarelli is the manager of the store that is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays until 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (802) 651-0800.

Pool Mart, a showroom selling swimming pools and pool tables, as well as spas, Foosball, air hockey and other game tables, at 257 Williston Rd., Williston. The store carries accessories for both kinds of pool purchases. Peter Perlee, the store manager, has more than 25 years’ experience with pools and pool tables. The showroom is open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (802) 878-6465.

Akces Media, a website design firm, has announced the formation of a sister company, Akces Consulting. Led by Jeffrey C. Frost of Burlington and Drew Henderson of Bethel, Conn., Akces Consulting is an Internet/intranet electronic commerce planning consultancy focusing on moderate- to large-sized companies ready to advance beyond a simple Web presence. Frost is the founder of Cybermalls Corp. and Interport Financial. Henderson founded Micrognosis and Akces Media. They have experience in systems integration, software development and Internet/intranet electronic commerce. [email protected] or http://www.akcesmedia.com. (802) 864-9903.

April

Suzanne Gillis has announced the formation of the Gillis Group, a media consulting, fund raising and special event planning company, at 209 College St., Burlington. Gillis Group is associated with Far Reach Productions, an electronic communications business. Gillis, who was the founder of Vermont Woman, and co-founder of Vermont Times, was most recently with the Provincetown Banner, a weekly newspaper she established in Provincetown, Mass., in 1995. In February, the newspaper was named weekly newspaper of the year by the New England Press Association. 658-5514.

Budget Rent-a-Car has opened Budget Car & Truck Sales at its 700 Airport Parkway, South Burlington, location. David LeClair, location manager, will be acting as the sales manager for all vehicle sales. The facility will offer current year, fully maintained (service records available) Ford, Lincoln, GM cars and trucks. The large vehicle fleet includes Explorers, Minivans, 15-passenger and cargo vans, and pick-up trucks. The sales lot accepts trade-ins, and offers leasing and financing options. The facility is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment. 863-3030.

Tom Perron has become a distributor of The Peoples Network (TPN), a digital television network that broadcasts positive, personal development programming via digital satellite. The network provides complete seminar TV, offering financial, relationship, career and health seminars. TPN, a Dallas-based television network, is part of a 160-channel, total entertainment system. Subscriptions to the network are sold through a multi-level marketing program. 899-4804.

Earl Wertheim, owner of the Mailboxes Etc. franchise for Vermont, New Hampshire and eastern New York state, has opened a Mailboxes Etc. Business Service Center at 70 South Winooski Ave., Burlington, in partnership with Ken Gilchrest. The downtown Burlington store, located in the former Burlington Police Department’s detectives building, is the franchisee’s pilot store, the largest and best equipped of the Vermont locations. In addition to packaging and mailing services and business supply sales, the location offers high-speed and full-color copying capabilities, as well as computer-linked copiers for printing from disks. The full-service center offers a complete bindery, computer rental, Internet access, laminating and other business services. Wertheim owns MailBoxes Etc. in St. Albans, South Burlington, Williston, Stowe, Montpelier, Middlebury, Rutland and Brattleboro. 651-1690.

Robert Skiff, Ph.D., former president of Champlain College, has announced the formation of Vermont Commons School, a private, co-educational junior/senior high school to be located in the Burlington area. Applications are being accepted for a planned opening date of September 1997. Initial enrollment will be limited to 60 students, with future enrollment growing to no more than 120. Joining Skiff as co-founders of the school are Robert A. Skiff Jr. and Leah Mital Skiff. Financial aid will be available. The school will emphasize the importance of developing high levels of skill in reading, writing, mathematics and science. The academic program will be integrated with structured and goal-oriented opportunities for students to use and test their skills in real-world, applied-learning experiences. 865-8084.

Judith Heller, Jane Doherty and Prudence Sullivan have opened Charisma, a shop selling better women’s clothing, at One Blair Park, Williston, next to Shady Business. Charisma carries weekend and casual work styles in soft, sophisticated and low maintenance fabrics; accessories and gift items. The store’s personal service includes the availability of a seamstress and home delivery. Charisma is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 878-0058.

March

Shark Communications, a Burlington advertising, marketing and design agency, has opened a branch office in Plattsburgh, N.Y. The new branch will provide more convenient service for New York state clients, including The Olympic Regional Development Authority at Lake Placid.

Pizzaria Uno, Chicago Bar & Grill has opened at 1330 Shelburne Road, South Burlington. The 150-seat restaurant specializes in Chicago-style, deep-dish pizzas, but also serves a full complement of entrees, salads, soups and sandwiches. The restaurant is one of 85 owned by Uno Restaurants of West Roxbury, Mass. The local manager is Pat Brady. (802) 865-4000.

Kevin Perline has established Optimum Marketing Concepts, to specialize in designing marketing tools and techniques that provide, fast, measurable results with the least amount of investment or risk. Perline was with New England Life. In 1980 he founded Benchorama Inc., an outdoor advertising and marketing consulting firm. He is president of PSI Productions, which produces and markets children's personal safety videos. (802) 879-1850. [email protected]

Cosmos Diner has opened at 1110 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, the location of the former Peppers Memphis BBQ. The restaurant is owned by Eric, Jeff and Steve Lipkin and Jim Glatz, owners of Coyotes on lower Church Street, Burlington. The remodeled facility returns to its roots a a full-service diner, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring Blue Plate specials and desserts. The Orbit Lounge is a full bar with cabaret license allowing dining and smoking. There is also the main dining room, bringing the total seating to 145. A Speeder & Earl's Coffee Bar will provide express takeout coffee service from 6:30 to 11 a.m. Vermont Business Brokers assisted in the leasing transaction between Speedy Inc. and the Wessons. (802) 651-8755.

Everett L. MacArthur, president of MasterTech Inc., offering avionics sales and service, has opened at Burlington International Airport, South Burlington. The firm is relocating from Clinton County Airport in Plattsburgh, N.Y., where it has operated since 1990 providing safety related equipment for commuter aircraft. Prior to that, MasterTech was founded in 1983 and operated at the Burlington International Airport until its move to Plattsburgh. The firm will focus on the corporate and general aviation market. (802) 863-8119.

February

Jordan and Margaret Young have established Great Tapes for Kids in Cornwall. The firm sells audio tapes, video cassettes and books for children from its site on the World Wide Web (http://www.greattapes.com). Great Tapes for Kids fulfills orders through Amazon.com, a large retailer of books and tapes on the Web. Jordan was employed in the international software marketing field. Margaret has co-authored more than a dozen computer books in the IDG Books "For Dummies" series. [email protected] (888) KID-TAPES.

Les Szabo has established Tailor-made Communications at 3 Turtle Pond Road, Williston. The firm offers public relations, creative and technical writing, speech-writing and communications consulting services to clients in the Northeast. Szabo was director of public relations for the Hayes Group. Before that, he was employed in the communications department of IBM for 15 years. His firm will continue to provide public relations services for Hayes Group clients. In return, Hayes Group will provide marketing communications services for clients of Tailor-made Communications. [email protected] (802) 878-1711.

Missouri-based Western Auto Supply Co., a subsidiary of Sears, Roebuck and Co., has opened a 10,000-square-foot Parts America store at 861 Williston Road, South Burlington. Jack Sumner is general manager; Sean McDonough is store manager; and Ron Bincent is assistant manager. The store offers more than 100,000 auto parts for domestic and imported vehicles. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. (802) 660-9796.

Brooke Cunningham has established Hands On Web Strategies, a website design and promotion firm, in Waitsfield. [email protected] http://www.madriver.com/handson/welcome.htm. (802) 496-4353.

January

Tim Williams has formed Vermont Document Co. at 4049 Williston Road, South Burlington. The firm is the largest licensed agent of Xerox products in Vermont, selling and servicing Xerox copiers, fax machines and laser printers in Chittenden, Addison, Washington, Franklin, Grand Isle, Orange and Lamoille counties. This Xerox division was owned by Copytek Office Products in Williston, where Williams was president. H. Wright Caswell, who served as Xerox sales manager at Copytek, is general manager of the new company. (802) 658-8225. (800) 738-8225.

Amy J.S. Ochi, an attorney and mediator with alternative dispute resolution firm Just Resolutions in Burlington, has formed Time Out!, an organization for employed mothers. The firm sponsors monthly luncheon meetings to provide support, education and networking. The first meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 28, noon to 1 p.m., at 60 Main St., Burlington. (802) 865-6065.

Louise McDougal and Nancy Wilson have founded McDougal-Wilson Design Inc. in Warren. The firm sells Skiingo, a game designed to promote safety awareness for young children off the ski slopes, which it developed. (802) 496-6306.

Ken French, owner and executive producer, has relocated Maxfield Interactive to Charlotte. French operated the company in the greater Boston area for two years. The firm produces CD-ROMs, diskettes, and public kiosk programs for business marketing and communications. [email protected] (802) 425-5200.

Tom Meaker, O.D., has opened Waterbury EyeCare Center in the Dascomb Rowe house, at 31 N. Main St., Waterbury. The office is staffed full-time by optician Karen Ratkovits, and is open five days a week. Meaker sees patients Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays from 1:30 to 5 p.m. The building was recently restored by Lance E. Johnson of Round Table Construction in Waterbury. Meaker also maintains a Burlington office. The Waterbury office offers eye evaluations, contact fittings, exams, eyeglass fashions and repairs, and can fill prescriptions from doctors outside the Waterbury area. (802) 244-1360.

Tobias C. Brown and Liam Quinn have established Enhanced Designs, an Internet presence provider, in Jericho, and Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The company offers custom starter sessions, Web authoring, content writing, graphics production, basic instruction and training, website maintenance and promotion. http://www.enhanced-designs.com. (802) 899-1041.

James Kaufman, vice president of the Champlain Telephone Co. in Champlain, N.Y., has established The Basin Book - Lake Champlain Regional Telephone Directory, with offices in Shelburne, Champlain, N.Y., and Brossard, Quebec, Canada. Kaufman is president and owner of the firm. Alphonse Verreault is vice president/general manager. Skip Middleton was appointed regional manager. Michael Pedone has become corporate account manager for Vermont, New York and Canada. Kathleen M. Jacobs was named director of marketing. Jacobs was executive assistant with the Economic Development Council of Northern Vermont. Bernadette Parker was appointed office manager of the Vermont office. The following were appointed corporate account representatives for Vermont: Daniel Clark, Todd S. Douglas, Jim Gears, Judy Robinson and Robin Goodrum.

New Products/Services: January

Epic Multimedia Inc. in South Burlington has launched Epic CarShows, an interactive vehicle information system for auto dealer showrooms. The kiosk system allows customers to search a dealer's car lot using a touchscreen monitor, which displays photos of vehicles, descriptions, features and pricing. The system can also print out the data. CarShows are in operation at Willie Racine's Jeep-Eagle-Isuzu, South Burlington; Twin City Subaru, Montpelier; and Foster Motors Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge-Jeep-Eagle, Middlebury.

Owner Steve Polcek has announced that Gallagher's in Waitsfield offers two beers from its new microbrewery. Partnering with One World Brewing, a Williston brewpub service firm, Gallagher's sells Sugarbush Ale, an old-style ale, and Mad River Stout, a dark brew.

KoBel International in Milton has developed MVP (Most Versatile Phonecards), a new line of multi-layered, prepaid phone cards, as an alternative to conventional plastic cards for promotions, premiums and retail sale. The peel-apart cards are made from two or more layers of tag stock laminated together with dry-strippable adhesive. The multiple surfaces provide extra space for multilingual dialing instructions, product information, coupons and the like. Each card contains a PIN number hidden inside with bar code imaging available on the back for fulfillment control.

MediaVision has added audio CD and CD-ROM "one-off" capabilities to its list of media replication services. One-offs are small quantity/short run, expedited CDs. The Shelburne firm uses Image Maker by Microtech Conversion Systems to create them. MediaVision offers video and audio cassette duplication from all master sources, as well as in-line CD, CD-ROM and computer diskette replication, custom packaging and fulfillment services.