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by Thomas Leavitt (President  & CEO of Northfield Savings Bank) and John Pelletier (Director, Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College)


Is high school the best time of your life? Some adults think so. That’s probably because when we graduate, many of us leave home to live on our own and start taking on new responsibilities. 

by Ayla Yersel

When someone thinks of Vermont, they might picture rolling hills, beautiful landscapes, small businesses, and agriculture (and, okay, maybe Ben and Jerry’s). But what might not come to mind right away is the state’s growing tech sector.

by Ayla Yersel

Looking for an apartment? Maybe you’re just looking for a fun place to visit this summer—or you think rent in Burlington is just too expensive for your budget? NextUp staff has profiled a few Vermont towns that might appeal to young people (without breaking the bank). 


Vermont. Some love it—others leave it. So what draws people to the state (and what makes others leave)?

These were a couple of the questions researchers with the Vermont Migration Roots Survey tried to answer. 

by Ayla Yersel

It’s a Wednesday night at Oakledge Park in August, just after 6 pm, and the first kickball game of the night just started.

The music scene in Vermont is a lot of things. They say it’s eclectic. They say it’s fun. They say it’s unique. But what about the people actually involved in Vermont’s music industry? The musicians themselves. What do they have to say? For them, the music scene in the Green Mountain State is so much more. It’s full of real people playing real music .

by Ayla Yersel

Offstage, Burlington-based musician Joshua Panda is pretty soft-spoken. But onstage, he has an electric presence, performing with an almost contagious energy.

“I don’t want to talk, I just want to sit. It’s almost like at a horse race, with a horse in a stall. Like, someone hits the bell, I’m going to go.”

by Ayla Yersel

Ad-free social media site Ello has been called the “Facebook killer”. But this, according to co-founder and CEO of Ello Paul Budnitz, is not the case. 

by Ayla Yersel

Let’s face it-- sometimes, the job market can be a bit overwhelming, especially when you’re just starting out. It can be particularly difficult trying to make professional connections-- where do you begin? How do you meet people in your field?

Other Stories

Since age six, Sergeant Julie Scribner said she has wanted to become a police officer. Today, she is a Detective Sergeant with the Vermont State Police, investigating major crimes and deaths.
At the age of 39, Dan Smith has already run for mayor of Burlington as an independent, skied competitively in Colorado, worked at law offices in Montpelier and Burlington, and been board chair of Mobius, the Mentoring Movement. On top of that, today he is the president of Vermont Technical College.
Ever since he was little, Darren Perron wanted to be a storyteller. Today, that dream has become a reality: he is an executive producer and news anchor at WCAX Channel 3 News. 
Once the kids are in bed and the papers are graded, 28-year-old high school chemistry teacher Kristin Corrigan puts on her apron and gets to work, transforming her kitchen into a cake decorating business called CakeIstry.

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