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Public meeting March 15 concerning emerald ash borer detection in Orange County

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 8:38pm -- tim

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.

Condos: Open government is good government!

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 6:49am -- tim

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.

Report looks at child care, the economy and gender equity in Vermont

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 4:45pm -- tim

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 Creamery's Coupole wins 'Best in Class' at Worlds; Cabot, Jasper Hill also win

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 4:20pm -- tim

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.

Scott releases draft recommendations for Opportunity Zone Designations

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 4:04pm -- tim
New Designation Aims to Increase Investment in Low-Income Areas, Time Running Out
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced he will designate 25 Opportunity Zones across Vermont, a federal designation created in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 aimed at increasing investment in low-income areas. The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) will seek public input on the recommendations through March 16.

Consumer protection bill clears Senate committee

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 12:45pm -- tim

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.

Weekly unemployment claims up over last year

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 12:09pm -- tim

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.