Grafton RDC helps Grafton County entrepreneurs and business owners find the financing they need to start and grow businesses that will benefit the region and create quality jobs.
Whether you are an entrepreneur just starting out or an established company looking to grow, we offer loan products that will meet the needs of any size business at any stage in its life cycle. Learn more by reviewing our different loan programs.
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When Marlaina Renton and Ian Dowling found their beautiful, current location in Bethlehem, they spent everything they had to make the purchase and get their business going. Their loan officer at Passumpsic Savings Bank introduced them to GRDC’s Bob Walker, and they have since gone through two funding cycles with GRDC, who helped close the gap on two different loans. “GRDC funding allowed us to consolidate bills and take care of the down payment,” said Ian. Their first phase of renovations included a kitchen expansion, recovering their deck, and enclosing their porch for more winter seating. They are currently in the throes of a “Phase 2” expansion, which will provide a bigger brewhouse, an additional “beer only” bar, more seating and restrooms, and an event space. Ian and Marlaina want to inspire a culture in Bethlehem where business doesn’t die in winter, and by providing a fun and funky space, they hope that that shared “spice of life” only continues to grow in their little town.