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Hiro Soga Joins the Marketing Partners Team

By Hiro Soga on Apr 2, 2018 11:39:00 AM


Marketing Partners, Inc. announces the addition of Hiro Soga to its team as a marketing assistant. In his new role, Hiro will provide client services including social media management with graphic design and copywriting support. Hiro helps our clients create a strong presence on social media with compelling copy and captivating visuals.

Before Marketing Partners, Hiro lived in Philadelphia where he graduated from Temple University and received a bachelor’s degree in advertising with a focus on copywriting. He interned at the Philadelphia Film Office and helped promote their new music sync agency. 

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Rutland Herald features sugaring at Spring Lake Ranch

By Pat Heffernan on Mar 6, 2018 2:04:00 PM


Photographer Robert Layman returned to the sugarbush at Spring Lake Ranch this spring to take a series of sugaring photos. Gardens Work Crew Leader Lisa and her companion Zoey were featured on the front page riding shotgun on a sap run while others were featured in the People & Places section of the Rutland Herald. 

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Welcome to Our Client Family: Janet S. Munt FAMILY ROOM

By Pat Heffernan on Feb 5, 2018 1:22:00 PM


We're delighted to welcome the Janet S. Munt Family Room, a Vermont parent-child center in Burlington, to the Marketing Partners' family of nonprofit clients with a mission focused on serving the diverse families and children in our region. For nearly 30 years the Family Room has provided education, support and connection for parents and promoted physical, social, emotional and linguistic development in children. The Family Room has separated from its parent organization, the Visiting Nurse Association, to transition to independence as a 501c3 nonprofit organization — enter Marketing Partners to help with a new visual and verbal identity in advance of a gala 30th anniversary celebration in July 2018.


We had the pleasure of working with the Family Room's Jackie Reno when we produced a video to honor her award as Early Childhood Educator of the Year for the Permanent Fund for Vermont's Children.

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Nominations Sought for Vermont Crime Victim Service Awards 2018

By Pat Heffernan on Jan 30, 2018 12:05:00 PM


Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services announced that nominations are open for a new series of awards: "These awards recognize victim activists who have inspired us through their acts of courage and compassion, programs or individuals whose work has been particularly innovative and pioneering, and those who exemplify the long-term commitment that characterizes many of Vermont’s victim service providers, some of whom are themselves victims of crime."

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Welcome to Our Client Family: NIM.MERSION

By Pat Heffernan on Dec 1, 2017 11:00:00 AM


We're delighted to welcome NIM.MERSION, a Swedish relocation, immigration, and destination services company, to the Marketing Partners' family of clients with a mission focused on serving companies with employer brands based on positive practices and quality workplaces.

Since its original founding in 1995 by Lena Rekdal, a Swedish native educated in the U.S. and U.K., what was originally known as Newcomers Immigration & Relocation has offered a full range of services to employers seeking to support employees recruited to Sweden, and Swedish companies with employees relocating outside the country.


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VPR Features the Purpose-Land Connection at Rock Point School

By Pat Heffernan on Nov 10, 2017 4:32:32 PM


"He started to find himself again on a 10-by-15 foot garden plot, at the Rock Point School in Burlington." This was one of several stories Vermont Public Radio shared of Vermont veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and who have begun to find healing through farming and connection to the land.

Rock Point School is located on a 146-acre peninsula jutting into Lake Champlain two miles north of Burlington. Rock Point hosts the school, community gardens, a conference center, hiking trails, a large solar-power installation, and one of the most famous geological features in Vermont. Listen at:
Vermont Veterans Find Peace And Purpose In The Soil, on Vermont Public Radio

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Vermont Guardian ad Litem Volunteers Highlighted

By Tara Pereira on Oct 30, 2017 12:40:00 PM

"Currently, about 1,300 children statewide are in the custody of the Vermont Department for Children and Families, and about 650 are in conditional custody arrangements, according to David Kennedy, an attorney who is manager of the guardian ad litem program in Montpelier."

Vermont Guardian ad Litem program volunteers (and the need for more volunteers) were recently featured in the Valley News and VT Digger. The articles illustrate the growing caseload and need for volunteers and the importance of their work with children. We look forward to reaching out with the Vermont Guardian ad Litem team and building their community of volunteers.

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Vermont Rural Ventures attracts $47.6 million in new capital

By Pat Heffernan on Oct 25, 2017 7:05:00 AM

Vermont Rural Ventures through June 2017 has raised more than $47 million in new capital through the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program to support 15 projects in Vermont and neighboring areas, creating 559 new jobs and retaining 1,332 existing jobs.

NMTC funds are used to retain and create jobs and essential services by financing key community developments in downtowns and village centers and in other concerted efforts that demonstrate positive community impacts. Using New Markets Tax Credits, these investments provided $47,693,516 of equity to 15 projects, allowing expansion and job growth. Vermont Business Magazine ran the story first.

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Small Dog Electronics Named Apple Premier Partner

By Pat Heffernan on Sep 7, 2017 10:05:00 AM

Locally owned retailer bucks national retail trends. Small Dog Electronics was proud to announce its selection as an Apple Premier Partner, one of a small, elite group of independent Apple resellers and service centers serving North America. Small Dog Electronics is one of only 55 independently owned and operated Apple Premier Partners currently in North America.

Small Dog Electronics has been an authorized service provider for Apple's range of iPhones, MacBooks, iPads and more for many years, and is pleased to have earned the prestigious new Apple Premier Partner title in 2017 after meeting Apple's strict standards for exceptional customer experience and repair support.

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AllEarth Rail's commuter Budd cars pull into Vermont

By Pat Heffernan on Aug 15, 2017 4:04:00 PM

Veteran transportation reporter C.B. Hall of Vermont Business Magazine was onsite as AllEarth Rail's Budd cars pulled into Montpelier en route to their servicing and resting spot in Vermont. The excitement about community rail returning to our state was palpable.

Read all about it at, and learn all about the Budd cars at