Sap! Maple Water, 2016 Launchvt finalist, on WCAX

"'I like to see young people do well, so they asked if I would help them out and they could buy sap from me and I said yes,' said J.R. Sloan.

A truck carrying 6,000 gallons of sap is on its way down to Middlebury to be canned at Woodchuck Cider.

'They've been really accommodating and great to work with. There's nothing like seeing maple sap come out of the canning line and you can grab it right off the can line, crack it open and take a sip.  It's really, really cool,' Salmon said.

'Part of our goal to starting the business is to have a really great positive impact on Vermont, and that's really manifested itself over the last few years in ways that we may not have really expected,' Smith said."

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2013 Finalists Cash or Trade featured in Seven Days

"As have so many cottage industries surrounding the Phab Four, a band that pays tribute to the Beatles, Cash or Trade grew out of the concert parking-lot scene. After putting out feelers to friends about the idea of a fair-trade ticket-exchange business and launching a bare-bones website, the Rich brothers hit the road and began setting up shop outside of Phish shows.
'We created a fair-trade ticket booth on the lot where people could meet up and trade tickets,' Dusty recalls. The CoT tent served to raise the nascent company's visibility. It also provided a real-world litmus test for the theory that, if given the chance, many fans will simply look to unload or buy tickets fairly, rather than make money. To validate his point, he cites the fact that a majority of for-sale tickets hit the CoT website between two weeks to 24 hours before a show."

Read on to find out more about how got its start and how the company is finding success.