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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.

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.”

New system puts permit info into hands of all Vermonters

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Once considered out-of-sight, the state’s environmental permitting system recently got a massive makeover that’s making information significantly more accessible. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has launched the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB). Now, for the first time, there is an online hub ( that gives anyone the ability to easily track permit applications and add public comments.

Morgan True joins Heady Vermont

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Morgan True is joining Heady Vermont as a writer and editor. He brings more than five years of journalism experience to Heady’s editorial team, most recently as Burlington bureau chief for Before that, Morgan was VTDigger’s health care beat reporter. He graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a bachelor of science in journalism, and spent the next several years working for newspapers in Massachusetts and as a legislative relief reporter for the Associated Press in New Hampshire.

Mitzi Johnson, Phil Scott statements on passing of former Speaker Timothy O’Connor Jr

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 9:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero) today issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Speaker Timothy O’Connor Tuesday at 81. O'Connor was a Democrat from Brattleboro who nonetheless served as Speaker during a Republican majority in the House. He was the first Democrat to hold the post since the 1850s when he took the gavel in 1975. He also has been the long-serving town moderator.

VSP: Bank robbery suspect fatally shot by police officers

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 9:04am -- tim

Vermont State Police At approximately 1105 AM troopers from the Vermont State Police and the Montpelier Police Department shot at and killed a male subject identified as Nathaniel Giffin, 32, of Essex, Vermont. The shooting occurred on the athletic field at the Montpelier High School following a bank robbery that Giffin committed at approximately 930 AM.