Burlington Young Professionals – New Wave for Vermont
We are emerging from the worst economic recession in recent history. These are exciting times for job creation and entrepreneurship in Vermont. Many young professionals are at the forefront of this new wave of ideas that are driving a new economy. Vermont is known for our entrepreneurial spirit in companies ranging from the mom and pop stores on Main Street to the MyWebGrocer type of business on the internet.
No business idea or model goes without revisions. Jim Feinson of Gardener’s Supply, says the world changes rapidly, and “we’ve reinvented ourselves many times.” Vermont entrepreneurs are constantly reinventing the way companies do business. From companies that are 100% employee-owned, to focusing on employee wellness and community involvement, our member businesses are redefining how to conduct business.
Vermont companies listen to their employees. The most successful ones realize that emerging young professionals are their most valuable asset. Jobs are popping up that we never contemplated, especially jobs in social media marketing and employee wellness. Dealer.com is one of those companies, which happens to serve one-third of the automotive dealers in the United States and Canada. They have grown to more than 600 employees and they believe a happy employee is a productive employee. It isn’t about just going to work anymore for young professionals. Work/life balance is essential to maintain.
The Burlington Young Professionals organization is harnessing this excitement about the next generation and getting major “shout outs” for our mission. We have an opportunity to grow and change Vermont as a leader in emerging new businesses and technology – but it won’t happen overnight. We are committed as an organization to enhancing economic growth and opportunity for YP’s. We strive to improve our quality of life while giving back to the community, no matter how small the contribution is. Jeff Nolan noted that Burlington Young Professionals “seeks to address concerns about ‘brain drain’ one student (or YP) at a time, by harnessing the energy of young professionals who can show the next cohort of gifted young people that they do not have to leave the Champlain Valley in order to have a great career and a great life.”
We have it all. Our wonderful state and its employers are ‘tuned in’ to what young professionals as employees offer. Why leave a state that allows so much professional and personal development and is supportive of your quality of life? Create your career and life here. The Burlington Young Professionals Group’s reputation is exploding because you make us relevant. We are the next Rising Stars, Creative Edge and Entrepreneurial Spirit award recipients – come join us!
- Emily Piper, Director of Burlington Young Professionals