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Casella among 71 entities across US to settle SEC enforcement actions

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 8:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Securities and Exchange Commission last week announced enforcement actions against 71 municipal issuers and other obligated persons for violations in municipal bond offerings. Among those was a single Vermont entity, Casella Waste Management, based in Rutland. The parties settled the actions without admitting or denying the findings and agreed to cease and desist from future violations.

Saturday's 'Vermont Breakfast on the Farm' gave public taste of farm life

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 2:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Rowell Family of Green Mountain Dairy Farm in Sheldon believe in showing their community what farmers do to produce safe, wholesome and nutritious food in Vermont and beyond. On August 27, the Rowell’s opened their farm to over 1,000 visitors for Vermont’s 3rd Breakfast on the Farm.

Sue Minter statement on 5th anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 1:48pm -- tim

Sue Minter, Democratic candidate for governor: It’s hard to believe that anything good can come of a disaster. But five years after Tropical Storm Irene ravaged our brave little state, I travel with pride through a Vermont that is stronger and more resilient than it was before that terrible night when the flood waters rose.

Lessons of Irene: The power and potential of Vermont

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 7:54am -- tim

by Gaye Symington, High Meadows Fund We find out who we are when we are pushed to our limits. In August 2011, the power of water pushed Vermont hard – and revealed the power of our Vermont community. Tropical Storm Irene was a momentous event in Vermont’s history, and the response to Irene showed our remarkable identity as a people and as neighbors who care for each other. In the time since Irene, our state has confronted the new reality of more frequent and intense storms. We have been working together as a state and as communities to be better prepared and more resilient together. However, we have more to do.

Franklin: The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 6:21am -- tim

by Gary Franklin A new federal law protecting confidential business information became effective on May 11, 2016. The adoption of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (the “Act”) arose from the federal government’s recognition of the importance of trade secrets and the devastating impact on the economy from their misappropriation. Trade secret theft causes annual losses of more than 2 million jobs and over $300B to the American economy undermining the means and incentive for entrepreneurs to innovate. 

Phil Scott will join Vermonters in their communities to remember Irene

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 4:03am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Phil Scott, Republican candidate for governor, will be joining Vermonters across the state this weekend in celebration and commemoration of their five-year commitment to restoring Vermont’s communities in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. As Lt. Governor, Phil saw first-hand the on-the-ground recovery effort, which continues to this day, and the hard work that many Vermonters poured into rebuilding our state. The tour is an opportunity for Phil to reconnect with those communities that banded together five years ago.

Senator Leahy schedules three debates for fall campaign

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 2:55pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - Senator Patrick Leahy Friday announced that he will participate in three debates in this fall’s campaign for the United States Senate.  The three debates will be hosted by Vermont PBS, Vermont Public Radio and Channel 17 and follows precedent established in previous elections.   Leahy welcomed and encouraged other media outlets to collaborate on these debates. 

Leahy spokesman Jay Tilton said: “Senator Leahy is looking forward to having a positive, issue oriented debate with his opponents this fall, just as he has in previous cycles.”

Business groups team up to help small businesses with Rebirth Fund

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 2:53pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - With Hurricane Irene still fresh in all of our minds and observing the fifth anniversary of that devastating storm this weekend I would like to share a story from the Baton Rogue Business Report. Like Vermont, Louisiana is struggling after horrible flooding hit their state and in [articular, Baton Rogue. The people and businesses of Louisiana need our help. Five years ago, Vermonters and people from throughout the country came and helped our state, its people, their communities and businesses and without that help, who knows where we would be today.

DRM Attorneys and staff mourn the loss of Director Eric A. Poehlmann

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 2:50pm -- katie

Attorneys and staff of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC are mourning the loss of Attorney and Director Eric A. Poehlmann, 46, who died this week while hiking in Colorado. 

“We are all deeply saddened to learn of Eric’s untimely death,” said Paul H. Ode Jr., managing partner and chief executive officer at DRM. “Eric was a skilled legal craftsman and one of the firm’s top litigators. He was highly regarded by our clients. He was loved and respected by everyone at the firm. He will be sorely missed.”

Five years after Irene: Vermont cities efforts to protect state from flooding

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 2:42pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - Senior officials and congressional staff gathered today to commend the City of Barre for a comprehensive project that will limit future flood damages to its downtown businesses and residences, and to commit the support of state and federal agencies to similar projects statewide. The event at City Hall Park came five years after Tropical Storm Irene devastated many communities across Vermont.

Vermont Teddy Bear to donate over 200 Little Hero Bears for Shelburne Volunteer Fire Dept 75th anniversary event

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Teddy Bear Company is donating over 200 Little Hero Bears at this weekend’s Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department 75th Anniversary celebration. “Our Little Hero Bear program has been in place for over 10 years and is our way of helping first responders across the nation,” says Vermont Teddy Bear Company CEO Bill Shouldice. “It is a unique program and one that we are proud to share with the Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department for their 75th anniversary.”