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Vermont still ranks first, but US 'Opportunity' shows increasing poverty, income inequality

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont is ranked highest in the nation for econmopic "opportunity," which it has been every year. The fifth annual US Opportunity Index shows that access to opportunity has increased nearly 9 percent nationally since 2011, reflecting a dramatically improved post-recession employment picture, higher high school graduation rates and a significant drop in violent crime, among other factors.

Winooski adds free 15-minute spots to its public parking strategy

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 10:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The City of Winooski today announced that it will add free, 15 minute spots to its downtown parking corridor.  The move is intended to make it easier for visitors to downtown to complete a quick errand without having to pay for a full hour of parking. These new spots complete an overall parking plan for the City that includes paid parking in the city garage and on-street in the downtown area. The plan is designed to keep people from holding parking spots for long periods, deterring others from coming downtown to shop, dine, and do errands. Parking

BCBSVT offering paperless explanations of benefits

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) announces that its members may now enroll in electronic delivery of explanation of benefits documents. BCBSVT is committed to reducing the amount of paper we use to administer our benefits plans. In past years, we’ve greatly reduced the amount of hardcopy benefits materials we send out, which reduces overall administrative costs for our members.

Blue Cross study reveals disparities in post-heart attack treatment between women and men, Vermont rate highest in US for men

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Women receive fewer aggressive treatments after a heart attack than men, a pattern that emerges even as a greater percentage of women than men die or become disabled due to heart attacks, according to a new study. The new report by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and Blue Health Intelligence (BHI) shows that following a heart attack, women are 27 percent less likely than men to receive angioplasties to open clogged arteries.

New van service removes significant obstacle to drug treatment in Addison County

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The road to recovery is about to get a little easier in Addison County with a free shuttle service now offered to people seeking treatment for substance use challenges. This service, offered by Burlington Labs, addresses one of the major hurdles for people who live in rural areas: lack of transportation.

Store Brand Infant Formula celebrates baby's picture perfect

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Admit it. A baby's moments are worth a thousand pictures, each one offering a window into her soul, personality and utter uniqueness. From comedy (the funny face) to drama (the petulant pout) and everything in between, we can't help but capture the subtle yet significant transformation of our children on a daily basis. To celebrate this wondrous journey, Georgia, Vermont-based Perrigo Nutritionals, makers of Store Brand Infant Formula sold at leading retailers across the nation, has announced the Store Brand Formula #UniqueBaby starting September 28 and running through November 6.

Analysis: What you need to know about open enrollment

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 3:54am -- tim

by Seth N Blanchard The benefits package your employer offers is a valuable part of your total compensation. Making the right choices is critical and it’s worth spending the time to get it right. Use the “Open enrollment” season as an opportunity to review plan options, ask important questions and make informed benefits choices you’ll feel good about all year.

Vermont Commission on Women awarded $173,794 federal grant to help develop state paid family leave program

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 3:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Commission on Women has been awarded a $173,794 grant from the US Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau to study the feasibility of developing a statewide paid family and medical leave program. Such a program would ensure all Vermont workers have access to paid time off to care for themselves, a new child, or a seriously ill family member, the Department of Labor has announced.

Red Cross app uses gaming to teach youth about disasters

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 3:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The New Hampshire and Vermont region may no longer be in pressing danger from Hurricane Joaquin, but the Red Cross advocates that this may be a good time to have conversations with our children about disasters, and what to do when something happens. Many people in more southern states are still going to experience weather related damages, and the Monster Guard App gives children a way to communicate and learn about what they’re hearing in the news.

Women Helping Battered Women announces October Calendar of Events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2015

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 2:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Domestic Violence agencies all around the country, including Women Helping Battered Women (WHBW) in Burlington, are gearing up for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). For the last 41 years WHBW has provided violence prevention and supportive services for those affected by domestic abuse in Chittenden County.  This year’s events include: 

The Perfect Victim Screening and Community Discussion

October 8th at 6:30pm, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center Film House