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Old 09-19-2011, 12:20 AM
 
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My boyfriend and I are in the last stretch of of obtaining our degrees and I was wondering if anyone could tell me if Vermont is the place for us or not.
I'm planning on opening up a small bakery/cafe and he would like to begin his own chiropractic practice.
We've been living in South Carolina and we're ready for a change. Vermont is one of the top places on our list, so from a realistic perspective, would it be wise for us to move out there and persue those careers?

Also, I know this might be kind of a ridiculous question, but can anyone give me an idea of what to expect from Vermonters? I know there are different areas and the people aren't all the same, but is there like, a general expectation for certain areas? Just so I can have some sort of idea before I do more research.
Right now, I'm really interested in getting away from rednecks and another group of people in particular (that I won't mention, but I've learned that there are very few in Vermont.)
I hope this isn't offensive in any way. I don't think of people in Vermont as simple minded or all alike so I hope it doesn't sound that way.
Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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I think it will depend on whether you can find or already have enough money to get up and running and survive before becoming profitable. I think a bakery/cafe can do well in the right location, especially if you have good stuff!

I'd narrow in on what you want from where you live.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Winter Springs, FL
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My boyfriend and I are in the last stretch of of obtaining our degrees and I was wondering if anyone could tell me if Vermont is the place for us or not.
I'm planning on opening up a small bakery/cafe and he would like to begin his own chiropractic practice.
We've been living in South Carolina and we're ready for a change. Vermont is one of the top places on our list, so from a realistic perspective, would it be wise for us to move out there and persue those careers?

Also, I know this might be kind of a ridiculous question, but can anyone give me an idea of what to expect from Vermonters? I know there are different areas and the people aren't all the same, but is there like, a general expectation for certain areas? Just so I can have some sort of idea before I do more research.
Right now, I'm really interested in getting away from rednecks and another group of people in particular (that I won't mention, but I've learned that there are very few in Vermont.)
I hope this isn't offensive in any way. I don't think of people in Vermont as simple minded or all alike so I hope it doesn't sound that way.
Thanks in advance!
I'm not sure if you have been to Vermont or not, but the state is very rural with a few exceptions. If you want to get away from rednecks, Vermont may not be for you ( rednecks are not just a southern thing). The other thing has to do with minorities. While Vermont may be less diverse than most other states. I and many others here have little or no tolerance for people who discriminate one way or another. I don't think vermont is a good fit for you.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Brandon VT
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There are many questions you should ask yourself before moving. Will I be able to tolerate extreme cold temperatures? Can I afford heating costs, car maintenance, and a higher cost of living? If my business fails (and, not to be pessimistic, but most new businesses do in Vermont) will I still be able to survive? Am I entering this move with a realistic idea of what Vermont is truly like, and not just the image I see on postcards?

I would recommend coming to visit Vermont during either January or March (January is bitterly cold and March is "mud season"- unpleasant and ugly). Personality wise, there is a tendency for Vermonters to be reserved, independent, and hard working. Whether you are warmly welcomed depends on where you live. While I am not saying that people will be mean or unwelcoming to you in any way, there is a lot more diversity and transplants in Burlington than say, Newport or Pawlet.

You mention wanting to get away from a specific group of people that you won't name. I assume by that you mean "Southern people who hold racial prejudice against certain ethnic groups." I assure you, you won't find any of those here.
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:04 PM
 
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Thank you! There are many things to consider when starting a new business AND when moving. They're both really big changes, so we still have lots of thinking and preparing to do. I would like to visit during different times so I can see what it's like at it's best and worst. From what I've experienced, reserved, independent, hardworking people are the best kind of people to be around, so that's a plus!
What I was referring to by "rednecks" was exactly the way Vermontr worded it: "Southern people who hold racial prejudice against certain ethnic groups." While I do not discriminate against any group of people, I can say with no guilt that I do not enjoy being around people that hold any kind of prejudice against any kind of people. SO, that being said, any place where that kind of behavior isn't tolerated is a place that I'm interested in going! (:
Thanks for your responses!
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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As a chiropractor in NY, have your boyfriend do some demographics and contact the VT chiro association. See what reimbursements are in that state. I do the same treatment as friends of mine in other states, and they get paid significantly more, while others may get slightly less per visit. Good luck!
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Old 09-20-2011, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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Bouncing off jellendc -- perhaps one of the FT VTers can provide the OP with more insight into the fairly recent VT health care reform and what it means to chiros in terms of reimbursement and patient access.
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