Vermont Business Magazine There will be a public meeting in Barre on Thursday, March 15th, 2018 to discuss the discovery of emerald ash borer in Orange County. The meeting is being hosted by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, in cooperation with the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the US Forest Service.
Vermont Business Magazine The Putney General Store has launched a new website to highlight the range of products and events it offers area residents and visitors to the Putney area. The new site is at: www.putneygeneralstore.com.
by Secretary of State Jim Condos March 11-17 is Sunshine Week, a national celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. All across Vermont new board members and other town and city officials are being sworn in and taking their seats for the first time. I am thankful for the many Vermonters willing to serve their communities and sacrifice their time for the greater good. This is what makes Vermont great.
Vermont Business Magazine On March 15th, 2018, the Vermont Rail Action Network will present Safety First! at the Vermont State House, Cedar Creek Room at 2:30 - 4 pm. Legislators, rail advocates and media representatives are invited to attend.
Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University in Northfield will hold the 23rd Annual William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium April 11-12, 2018, on the theme of “Won the War, Lost the Peace: The U.S. Legacy in Iraq.” The Colby is a two-day event hosted at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.
Vermont Business Magazine Ensuring Vermont has enough high-quality, affordable child care is essential to supporting gender equality in the workplace, according to a new report co-authored by Let’s Grow Kids (LGK) and the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW). The report outlines policy recommendations—including increasing investments in Vermont’s Child Care Financial Assistance Program and passing paid family leave—as key strategies to supporting working women and their families.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Creamery earned top honors at the World Championship Cheese Contest this week, taking "Best in Class" for Coupole in the mold-ripened goat cheese category and second place for Fresh Crottin in the soft goats' milk cheese category. The annual contest that garners global participation was held March 6-8 in Madison, Wisconsin.
by J. Churchill Hindes, Chair of the Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees The higher education business is not for the faint of heart. Colleges and universities around the nation are challenged as never before by declining numbers of high school graduates, rising costs, and declining support from state governments.
New Designation Aims to Increase Investment in Low-Income Areas, Time Running Out
Vermont Business Magazine A bill that would protect small businesses targeted by aggressive lease financing companies has passed unanimously out of the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs. The bill, S206, addresses many of the common themes found in complaints filed with the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program by small businesses who lease credit card terminals. Currently, a small business may pay thousands of dollars for a terminal that commonly retails for less than $500.
Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims were up again last week and have risen above claims from the same time last year. For the week of March 3, 2018, there were 889 claims, 147 more than than they were the previous week and 104 more than they were a year ago. Altogether 6,456 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 374 from a week ago, but 841 fewer than a year ago. For most weeks of 2017 and into 2018 claims fell below the year before. This could reflect a transition from winter tourism season with the early onset of warmer weather. The coming weeks will show whether this is so, or if claims are trending up.
by Julie Moore, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources One of my favorite writers, David Quammen, penned an article for National Geographic more than 10 years ago, titled Hallowed Ground: Nothing Is Ever Safe.