Nicole Carey, owner of the Birdfolk Collective, recently opened a new storefront in Waterbury with the help of Opportunities Credit Union.
Jake, owner of the Firebird Cafe, opened Nest Coffee and Bakery after realizing that what the community of Essex Junction needed and wanted was a coffee shop. He sought the support of Opportunities Credit Union to help make his dream of a coffee shop a reality.
Stacey Hamblett, owner of the Urban Salon Team, created a unique space where clients can link their inner and outer beauty. After financing fell through six weeks before opening with a traditional bank she’d been with for years, Hamblett received help from Opportunities Credit Union to realize her vision.
Tom Coggio, owner of Coggio Upholstery, takes the worn down treasures of local residents and offers the unique service of making them into something both beautiful and durable. He learned he could get business financing from Opportunities Credit Union at a significantly lower rate than he was paying to a national bank.
Jeff Weaber is the founder of Aqua ViTea, a company that brews Kombucha, a fermented beverage that has been improving people’s’ wellbeing naturally for thousands of years. He had help from Opportunities to finance his rapid growth and expand his operations into mainstream grocery stores across the East Coast.
A Vermont start-up, Clustas makes innovative, magnetic weights that have awesome potential both for fitness enthusiasts and for individuals dealing with physical challenges. At Opportunities Credit Union, Rollin Rachele found a financial partner that understands the local business scene and is eager to support entrepreneurs.
Christine and Kevin are co-founders of Mud City Adventures, offering kids camps to Stowe residents during summers to encourage them to unplug and immerse themselves in multi-dimensional learning. They credit Opportunities Credit Union for helping to make the financial aspect of the business possible.
Heather Norton, the founder of Village Spa, wanted to give the small community of Brandon, VT a place to relax and recharge. Working with Greg Huysman, Senior Business Development Manager at Opportunities, she was able to receive financial help to expand her rapidly growing business.
At Snap Fitness, you’re not just a member of a gym; you’re part of a community of like-minded people. Owners Lori and Brad Lockwood say that this gives members a feeling of ownership. Together with Opportunities, they’ve expanded Snap Fitness to three locations, providing Vermonters with access to state-of-the-art 24-hour fitness facilities.
A one-man custom shoe shop launched in Burlington a little over 15 years ago started Matt Renna on the path to found Queen City Dry Goods. However, having the design mastery to create beautiful leather goods is just one part of the picture. In order to grow his operation, Matt needed to find a financing partner that truly understood small businesses. That’s when he turned to Opportunities Credit Union.