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Vermont will use $371,616 award to help curb over-prescribing of addictive drugs

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 4:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s congressional delegation – Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) -- announced Wednesday that Vermont will receive $371,616, the maximum grant award possible, of about $9 million awarded nationwide in federal opioid abuse prevention grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Governor Shumlin leads effort to conserve forests in face of climate change

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 4:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin joined four other New England governors and five eastern Canadian premiers to sign a resolution this week committing to conserve three major multistate and provincial forests and waterways in the face of climate change.  Together they resolved to work across borders to maintain connected forests from the northern Appalachian Mountains through the Gulf of St Lawrence. These intact forests foster a healthy working landscape and strong rural economy, as well as provide habitat for irreplaceable native fish, wildlife and migratory species while helping to reduce the effects of climate change.

Kiplinger: Vermont number 8 least tax-friendly state

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 2:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Kiplinger has released its ranking of the best and worst states for taxes. Kiplinger’s fourth annual Tax Map reveals income taxes, sales taxes, gas taxes, “sin” taxes (for products such as alcohol and tobacco) and other tax rules and exemptions across all 50 states and Washington, DC. Vermont is among the Top Ten Least Tax-Friendly states, with relatively high income and property taxes leading the way.

Funding available for Brattleboro-area projects

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 2:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Funding is now available for Brattleboro-area projects and organizations through the Crosby-Gannett Fund and the Dunham-Mason Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation. The two funds were established at the Community Foundation in 2009 with the assets of the Crosby Foundation and Dunham-Mason Foundation respectively, which were both dissolved in December 2008. The purpose of both funds is to support endeavors that contribute to the betterment and vitality of the Brattleboro area.

Secretary of State Condos: Vermont prepared for election cyber threats

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 11:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In light of recent stories about cyberattacks on election databases in Arizona and Illinois, Secretary of State Jim Condos wants voters to be aware of the work he and his office have done to protect Vermont elections and reassure them their votes and voter information are safe. “As Vermont’s chief elections officer, election integrity is among my highest priorities. This includes the security of our election information and systems,” Condos said. “The recent news about hackers going after elections data comes as no surprise to us.

What happens when a branding agency decides to rebrand itself?

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 10:57am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Lisaius Marketing, now Tenth Crow Creative, reveals its new look. For over 20 years, the charming brick house on College Street (between Willard and Union streets) has been occupied by Lisaius Marketing, a marketing agency that has been quietly producing some of the most recognizable branding work in Vermont. Now, Lisaius Marketing is shedding its original identity and is launching its new brand, Tenth Crow Creative.

5th Annual Kickball Tournament to benefit Vermont Family Network raised over $2400 for children with special needs

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 10:08am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine The Windjammer Hospitality Group held its 5th Annual Kickball Tournament to benefit Vermont Family Network on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at Bayside Park in Colchester. Six teams competed in the tournament this year: Windjammer, Farrell Distributing, Oktoberfest, Mixed Company, The Kicking Dead, and Wayfarer. Mixed Company won the tournament and Oktoberfest was the runner up. A great BBQ was provided by the Windjammer and Zachary’s Pizza in South Burlington donated delicious pizza.

Darn Tough is socking it to carbon pollution

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 9:57am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Darn Tough Vermont has generously donated 300 pairs of socks to the Way to Go! Challenge this year. Individuals who sign-up will be automatically entered to win a pair of these battle-tested socks, which are Guaranteed for Life. “At Darn Tough we take great pride in producing the world’s best socks right here in Northfield Vermont, the sock capital of the world” said Ric Cabot, President and CEO of Darn Tough Vermont. “Many of our 200+ workers carpool, walk, and telecommute so being a part of the Way to Go Challenge was a no brainer.

VEEP partners with Vermont Gas to offer workshop on weatherization

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 4:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) has partnered with Vermont Gas to update its Button Up in-class workshop, giving middle and high school students a hands-on way to learn about thermal energy by exploring the effects of home weatherization. For students living in towns served by Vermont Gas, VEEP educators will bring the workshop to their classrooms at no cost. The partnership is all about increasing energy literacy among young Vermonters and increasing awareness of the importance of energy efficiency.

Brattleboro landlord settles claim for filing false lead compliance documents

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont property owner Robert Immler of Brattleboro settled claims that he filed false lead paint compliance documents for his two rental properties in violation of Vermont consumer protection and lead laws. “Lead paint is an avoidable hazard. Vermont landlords will be vigorously prosecuted for avoiding their lead paint obligations, or worse, lying about them,” said Attorney General Sorrell today.

Northern Power Systems Corp announces election of directors

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Northern Power Systems Corp (TSX: NPS), a next generation renewable energy technology company, today announced that all of the nominee directors listed in the Company's management information circular dated August 5, 2016, were elected as directors of the company at its annual meeting of Shareholders held on August 26, 2016, in Waltham, MA. Northern Power is best known for siting wind turbines in remote locations. It is a publicly traded company in Canada that is based in Barre. The results of the vote are set forth below:

Phil Scott will participate in eleven gubernatorial debates

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Phil Scott’s campaign today released a list of the eleven (11) debates Scott will participate in prior to the General Election in 69 days. "Debates are an effective platform for candidates to discuss their priorities and plans, and to highlight important contrasts that exist among them," said Scott campaign spokeswoman Brittney Wilson.