kerry boyle vermont small business person of the year 2024

SBA Vermont Announces Small Business Person of the Year

Montpelier, VERMONT: – Darcy Carter, district director of the U. S. Small Business Administration’s Vermont district office announced Kerry Boyle of Integrative Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as the 2024 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year. 

“We congratulate Dr. Kerry Boyle on her award. Dr. Kerry sees an opportunity in every day to make her vision a reality and to make a difference in the world. Through her several businesses, she seeks to improve the health and happiness of Vermonters. She truly enjoys the challenge of building a new business and is an inspiration to others seeking entrepreneurship.” 

Dr. Kerry Boyle is a licensed acupuncturist and doctor of Acupuncture in Montpelier, Vermont. 

Kerry became interested in natural healthcare while working at health food stores in the 90s. She then pursued education at Bastyr University in Seattle Washington graduating with a Masters in Acupuncture in 2003. She spent 4 years traveling internationally, implementing, and launching acupuncture on board cruise ships. 

In 2008 Kerry returned home to Vermont and founded Integrative Acupuncture. Her passion for her patients and leadership has allowed IA to grow to three locations, serving about 300 people per week. Her team of 12 consists of acupuncturists, massage therapists, naturopathic physicians, and valued support staff. 

“My work as a healthcare provider is fueled by a passion to help people heal with acupuncture. But I found that I could expand my reach by creating a larger network of healers, while creating jobs and more access to this incredible medicine. “

In 2024 the SBA Vermont District Office is awarding nine awards in total including the following other categories:

  • Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year, Vermont and New England Winner:  Gina Akley of Trow & Holden Company, Inc., Barre
  • Woman Owned Business of the Year:  Julie Moir Messervy of Home Outside, Inc. of Brattleboro
  • Minority Owned Business of the Year: Marie Esther Teme of Green Vision Cleansing, Burlington
  • Small Business Manufacturer of the Year, Vermont and New England Winner:  Dr. Marie Pavini of Healthy Design, Ltd Co. dba HD Medical, Rutland
  • Financial Services Champion: Geoffrey Hesslink, CEO, Bank of Burlington, South Burlington 
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Emiliano Void of nuwave Equity Corporation, Burlington
  • Microenterprise of the Year:  Wendy Mackenzie of Everlasting Herb Farm, Peacham
  • Community Legacy Award:  Ahmed Omar of Kismayo Kitchen, Burlington

Dr. Kerry Boyle and the other Vermont small business winners will receive their awards during the 2024 Vermont Small Business Awards Ceremony co-hosted with VermontBiz on June 12th in Burlington. This ceremony is open to the public and registration will be available in May.


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