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14th annual Peak Pitch event gives entrepreneurs a lift

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 2:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine FreshTracks Capital announces the return of Peak Pitch, a start-up business pitch event on the slopes, scheduled for Thursday March 15th at Sugarbush. Now in its fourteenth year, Peak Pitch brings aspiring entrepreneurs and investors together for a unique version of the classic "elevator pitch." At Peak Pitch, a shared chairlift ride gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch and tune their business plans with venture capitalists, individual investors, commercial lenders and other entrepreneurial advisors during a day of skiing and snowboarding a

Personal tax falls short, but revenues positive overall

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 1:13pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Personal income tax revenues in January didn't quite live up to their newly heightened expectations, but General Fund revenues, supported by the Corporate tax, finished ahead of projections. On January 18, 2018, the Emergency Board approved a new consensus revenue forecast as presented by the state and legislative economists. The recently and modestly resurgent Personal income tax was upgraded after several down years following the Great Recession. The updated consensus forecast, with new monthly and cumulative targets, will be used to evaluate the receipts versus targets for January through June 2018

Attorney General offers new public records posting page

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Attorney General’s Office announced the launch of a new public records site on its webpage today. In support of transparent and open government, the Attorney General’s Office will now post all public record requests and responses on its webpage. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office firmly believes that a vibrant democracy depends upon citizens knowing and understanding how their government operates. Publicly available records are an integral part of an open and fair government.

Report outlines Vermont’s child care shortage

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont continues to face a critical child care shortage, according to an updated report by Let’s Grow Kids on the supply of and demand for child care in Vermont. The report found that more than half (51%) of Vermont infants and toddlers likely to need care (LTNC) don’t have access to any regulated child care programs and 77% don’t have access to high-quality programs.

City Market recognized with workplace awards

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine City Market is pleased to announce that they’ve been recognized with two workplace awards, Best Places to Work in Vermont 2018 and a Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award. Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce recently announced the top 50 Best Places to Work in Vermont 2018. City Market has been recognized in the “large businesses” category (250+ employees).

Olson: The impact of federal policy on home health

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:31am -- tim

by Jill Mazza Olson, Executive Director VNAs of Vermont Vermont's not-for-profit home health agencies are deeply engaged in their local communities and they are active partners in Vermont's health care reform efforts. This week was a reminder that federal policy has an enormous impact on the services our home health agencies provide and the people they serve.

Nominations sought for GMP-Zetterstrom environmental award

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Seeking to recognize a leading Vermont environmentalist and honor the legacy of a legendary wildlife advocate, Green Mountain Power is calling for nominations for the ninth annual GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award. Presented annually and named for famed osprey advocate Meeri Zetterstrom of Milton, the GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award is given to one person, business, group or non-profit that has made a significant contribution to Vermont’s environment. The award is accompanied by a $2,500 donation to the winner’s environmental cause.

Cott to acquire Vermont Pure owner Crystal Rock

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 8:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The office beverage service that bought Vermont Pure Natural Spring Water in 2000 has itself just been acquired in a public stock buy. Cott Corporation (NYSE:COT; TSX:BCB), based in Toronto, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Cott will acquire Crystal Rock Holdings, Inc (NYSE:CRVP) for $0.97 per sha

McClaughry: The steady erosion of liberty

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 3:59am -- tim

by John McClaughry From Revolutionary days into modern times, Vermonters have championed the liberty extolled in our 1777 Constitution. Article I declared that “all men have certain natural, inherent , and unalienable rights, amongst which are the enjoying of and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.”

Bank of Bennington and SVHC dedicate Kids Korner

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 2:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Leaders and staff from The Bank of Bennington and Southwestern Vermont Health Care gathered in the hospital’s Women’s and Children’s Services family waiting area to dedicate it as Kids Korner. The project was made possible through a $25,000 donation The Bank of Bennington made to Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC). The funds were given in celebration of the bank’s centennial year for the creation of interactive, child-friendly waiting areas within the health system.