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50 businesses named as Best Places to Work in Vermont 2018

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 2:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced today the top 50 Best Places to Work in Vermont 2018. The awards program was created in 2006 and is presented in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management, Vermont State Council, (SHRM), the Vermont Department of Labor and the Vermont Department of Commerce and Community Development and Best Companies Group.

Condos, Donovan push Legislature to protect Vermont voter data

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On January 16th, H.624 was introduced, proposing increased protections for Vermonters’ sensitive and personal data contained in the statewide voter checklist. H.624 is sponsored by Rep. Dylan Giambatista of Essex Junction. Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos and Attorney General TJ Donovan have underscored the importance to legislators of ensuring that Vermonters’ most sensitive personal data is protected in light of the request for sensitive data about Vermont voters from the President’s Election Integrity Commission.

VNA completes $7.1 million McClure Miller VNA Respite House capital campaign

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties (VNA) is pleased to announce the recent completion of its McClure Miller VNA Respite House capital campaign. Begun in March 2016, the capital campaign successfully raised $7.1 million dollars to fund construction of the larger, state-of-the-art hospice residence in Colchester. McClure Miller Respite House is the only Medicare-certified residential hospice  in Vermont.

Ag Agency announces grants for Vermont specialty crops

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:47am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announces the availability of grant funds for the purpose of enhancing the competitiveness of Vermont specialty crops, defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture crops (including honey, hops, and maple syrup), and nursery crops (including Christmas trees and floriculture). These funds are awarded through a competitive review process guided by industry, nonprofit and government stakeholders.

VLS' Farmers Market Legal Toolkit provides free resources

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 6:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School, Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) today launched an online Farmers Market Legal Toolkit, a free resource to support building resilient and accessible markets throughout the United States. The toolkit, created with support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), is available at

Burlington Electric 'Shares the Warmth' with $20K CVOEO WARMTH donation

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 5:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Electric Department today contributed $20,000 to the WARMTH Support Program of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) to help Burlingtonians and Vermonters with heating emergencies this winter.  During last year’s 2016-17 heating season, WARMTH served 351 Burlington households with 564 assists, or direct payments to Burlington Electric to keep the heat on, totaling $43,912.

Remarks of Patrick Leahy at Congressional Medal ceremony for Senator Bob Dole

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 4:49pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy Bob, what a flood of memories come to the surface, to be here with you and Elizabeth.  Marcelle and I feel blessed for the opportunities we’ve had to spend time with you both on so many occasions, but especially at your wedding reception. I’ve enjoyed and learned much from working with Senator Bob Dole, with Majority Leader Bob Dole, and with Republican Leader Bob Dole, beginning when I was a young member of the Senate. And as time went on, also as a not-so-young member of the Senate. Beyond the impressive fact that Bob Dole is the Nation’s longest-serving Republican Leader of the Senate, it can be safely said that Bob Dole is a Senate legend.

Union Bankshares reports FY 2017 financial results

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 4:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Union Bankshares, Inc (NASDAQ:UNB), based in Morrisville, today announced results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2017. Consolidated net income for the three months ended December 31, 2017 was $1.9 million, or $0.43 per share, compared to $2.3 million, or $0.53 per share, for the same period in 2016, and $8.4 million, or $1.89 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to $8.5 million, or $1.91 per share, for the same period in 2016.

Business growth program open to 20 VT entrepreneurs

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 4:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Small Business Administration is seeking 20 entrepreneurs throughout Vermont to participate in a free business course starting in April. Emerging Leaders is a free executive-level training program for established business owners poised for growth. Over the course of seven months at Vermont Technical College’s Williston campus, each participating entrepreneur will learn immediate ways to improve their business and will create a three-year strategic growth plan to build a sustainable business of size and scale.

Vermont House passes consumer protection bill

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 2:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The House today unanimously approved H593, the consumer protection bill. This legislation addresses automatic contract renewals, retainage for construction materials, credit protection for vulnerable persons and use of credit information for personal insurance. House Speaker Mitzi Johnson supported the legislation, stating that “one important feature of this bill is the provision that ensure that Vermonters who invest in consumer contracts are not subject to automatic renewals unless they explicitly opt in to the provision. This protects Vermonters from companies that automatically renew contracts and charge consumers for services year after year, such as magazine subscriptions, gym memberships, and media streaming services. Sellers will be required to provide a notice of renewal 30-60 days before the auto renewal or termination date.”