Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott brushed up on his salesmanship Aug. 16 when he spent a day visiting the office of Denton Publications-New Market Press, LLC, publishers of the Addison Eagle and Green Mountain Outlook newspapers. Scott visited the staff of the newspapers as part of his statewide Everyday Job Initiative.
Scott has been touring Vermont and working as a “temp” in a variety of small business. He was in Addison County last in 2010 when he worked as a lunch server at Helen Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury.
Scott said the initiative is a way for him to better understand the challenges facing Vermont businesses.
Scott’s visit to the newspaper office resulted after the managing editor invited him to become a salesperson for a day as part of his Everyday Jobs project.
“We all hear about how difficult it is for print publications right now, but it was evident to me, from visiting the Denton Publications-New Market Press newspaper office in Middlebury—and from talking to the advertisers we visited—that the newspaper is still very relevant and still has a strong place in the community,” Scott said.
“It was also nice to see a variety of businesses, many of which I didn’t know were there. Costello’s Market in the Middlebury Marble Works was a real bright spot,” he added.
Scott also remarked on how well the newspaper’s general manager Mark Brady and marketing consultant Leslie Ross were received at the various businesses they visited.
“The advertisers need the paper to stay in touch with the community, and they all praised Mark and enjoyed working with him,” he said. “The Middlebury to Rutland to Ludlow corridor is a thriving community and The Eagle and the Green Mountain Outlook are definitely a part of that.”
During his whirlwind morning sales call training, Vermont’s number two politician visited several Denton-New Market newspaper advertisers—New Haven Tire, Champlain Discount Foods, Century 21 Jackman, Linda’s Apparel, Edgewater Arts. G. Stone Motors, Addison Outfitters, Tourterelle Restaurant, Sears-Middlebury, Costello’s Market, and the Sheldon Museum of Vermont History.
At the Henry Sheldon Museum, Scott met staffers and received a quick tour of the facility.
“I enjoyed meeting Lt. Gov. Scott. We were delighted that Leslie Ross thought to take him through the museum,” said Mary Ward Manley, associate director of the museum.
“We spoke about the Sheldon and a few of our upcoming programs. He seemed very interested our special exhibit, ‘Vermont Landscapes Lost and Found’, which features historic photographs of Addison County from the Sheldon's archives paired with photographs of the same place today. I think it was great that he was able to visit the Sheldon and learn more about the wonderful cultural world that Middlebury has to offer,” Manley said.
Scott’s busy sales morning included a visit to New Haven Tire, an auto service and tire retailer.
“I was very impressed with Lt. Gov. Scott,” said Lisa Campbell, office manager. “I believe more politicians need to visit small businesses around the state to get a better understanding of what’s going on in today’s economy.”
Did the lieutenant governor actually sell any display advertising for the newspaper during his visit?
“Well, not really,” said the newspaper’s Leslie Ross, “but it sure was fun to have him along. He’s a very down-to-earth gentleman; he cares about the Vermont’s business community.”