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NewsPress Release -Technology Center Welcomes Growing Design, Inc. to Incubator

BRATTLEBORO, VT - The Marlboro College Technology Center announces the newest tenant in its business incubator. Growing Design, Inc., an Internet strategy and web development firm, is headed by Tricia Mellett, a 1998 graduate of the master's program in Internet Strategy Management (ISM) at The Persons School of Marlboro College.

"We're pleased to welcome Growing Design to the building," says Maria Basescu, director of external affairs for the Technology Center. "With two graduates of our programs," including 1998 alumna Sara Warner-Phillips, senior strategist and developer for Mellett's company, "Growing Design is a perfect example of the synergies we are fostering between business and education."

"We're excited to be coming to the Technology Center, because we already have so many connections here," says Mellett, who has led Growing Design in creating the Websites of several top Vermont businesses and organizations, including Omega Optical, G.S. Precision, Inc., and the Stowe Area Association. Growing Design has also worked with national and international corporations such as finance powerhouse Brown Brothers Harriman. Mellett continues, "Bringing my team to the Technology Center feels like a wonderful homecoming. I couldn’t ask for a better environment for these businesses to thrive."

Mellett also plans to take advantage of the Technology Center as a launchpad for MyChameleon.com, an application development company currently completing the live demo that will showcase its technology online. MyChameleon.com will use its patent-pending Liquid Intelligence (TM) recommendation engine to match products and services to business-to-business and retail e-commerce customers.

According to Basescu, Mellett's two companies make her relationship with Marlboro a hybrid. As a tenant in the Technology Center business incubator, Growing Design enjoys the building's technology-rich environment, and the intellectual capital of the graduate programs and other tenant companies. As a "launchpad" tenant in the incubator, MyChameleon.com additionally enjoys rent relief, technical and operations support, and help from Marlboro in connecting with potential funding sources. Basescu also noted that the Technology Center will soon have openings for additional incubator tenants.

Launched in Brattleboro in October 2000, the Marlboro College Technology Center brings together education and entrepreneurship, while offering technology resources to the community. It houses The Persons School of Marlboro College, which provides three year-long master's degree programs in Internet Strategy Management, Teaching with Internet Technologies, and Internet Engineering. The Technology Center also features an incubator for start-up and existing technology companies and a launchpad for alumni with viable business plans for new technology companies.

For more information, please see www.growingdesign.com, or www.techcenter.marlboro.edu.

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