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SBA -Small Business Week

 In honor of Small Business Week, the Vermont Small Business Adminstration office featured three of its superhero entrepreneurs.

Small Business Week!

What a way to start Small Business Week! Attorney General TJ Donovan, Kelly Conklin-President of Gordon’s Window Decor, Congressman Peter Welch, Gordon Clements -Owner and Darcy Carter-SBA came for a visit!

Attorney General-TJ Donovan and Brian Werneke VP of GWD

Attorney General T.J. Donovan talks with chief operations manager in the showroom at Gordon’s Window Decor during a tour celebrating #SmallBusinessWeek

“Gordon’s window treatments are fancied halfway across the globe in Australia and New Zealand (a blogger Down Under recommended them a few years ago, showing the influence of social media on modern marketing). Upwards of 20 percent of their approximate $3 million in sales are exported outside the US. “

-courtesy of VB

Congressman Welch w/Gordon Clements and Kelly Conklin

Company founder Gordon Clements and his daughter President Kelly Conklin discuss business with Congressman (and customer!) Peter Welch.

“While continuing to do retail at their facility in Williston, their future success lies with commercial sales, solar shades and Secur Shades.

Felix Hardy working with GWD since 1989

Felix Hardy has been with Gordon’s since 1989, he says “If you can dream it, I can build it”

Owner, Gordon Clements said, “…not only is Gordon’s the only manufacturer of shades in Vermont, you’d probably have to go all the way to Boston to find another one. “

Kelly Conklin-President of GWD

Kelly Conklin, President of Gordon’s Window Decor, holds a blind which was delivered to the store for repair and was originally manufactured in 1998. “These shades don’t ever end up in landfills”, says Kelly.

“Gordon Clements started Gordon’s Window Décor in 1986 by building shades in his basement. He moved into Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester in 1987 and called that home for 25 years. The business has grown steadily and now has over 26 employees supplying shades and comprehensive window treatments to businesses, schools, and homeowners all over the world.”

courtesy of Vermont Biz

To learn more about the other amazing small businesses showcased, click here.

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