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Weekly unemployment claims spike to near 1,000

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 6:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims spiked last week, as they typically do in June after school ends and education employment falls. Following this spike there is usually a fall and then a leveling off at a relatively low level of under 500 claims for the duration of the summer. However, last week's increase is greater than usual. Spikes of this magnitude generally are seen after the Christmas layoffs and transitions between seasons.

Vermont Teddy Bear Company celebrates 35th anniversary

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 2:52pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - The Vermont Teddy Bear Company announces its 35th Anniversary celebration, taking place this Saturday, June 25th.

“This anniversary is a testament to our community, our customers and our employees who have helped our company grow and thrive over the last thirty-five years,” says Bill Shouldice, Chief Executive Officer of the Vermont Teddy Bear Company. “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate this milestone with all of them.”

Bennington Chamber to participate on the ACT 46 Study Committee

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 1:37pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - Marie Shutts, Operations Director at the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed to the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union's ACT 46 study committee.  According to Matt Harrington, Executive Director of the Chamber, Shutts will sit on the committee as a representative of the Bennington Chamber and its over 350 business members.

Leahy: New bill to require mandatory national GMO labeling

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 1:04pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday commented on a new agreement reached between Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) and the panel’s ranking member, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) for a bill to institute mandatory national GMO labeling.  Their bill would nullify Vermont’s GMO labeling law, which takes effect on July 1.  Leahy notes that a bill by Roberts and Stabenow would not be able to reach the President’s desk for signing by July 1.  The House is now in recess until July 5.

Investing in the local economy: A win/win for business and community

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 12:03pm -- katie

By Louisa Schibli & Janice Shade, Co-Founders, Milk Money L3C - Small business owners, whether they own a startup or a long-established family business, will inevitably need to seek outside funding at some point, or several points, during the life of their business. Funding could be needed to get off the ground, expand services or locations, build a team of trusted employees, or simply to add new equipment.

Community organizations host Gubernatorial forum

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 4:01pm -- katie

Gubernatorial candidates Matt Dunne, Peter Galbraith, Bruce Lisman, Sue Minter, and Phil Scott will participate in a forum focused on “Community Health and Support Services” in Burlington on Monday, June 27. The event is presented by Vermont Care Partners, The Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery, the VNAs of Vermont, the Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the Community of Vermont Elders, and Vermont PBS. 

Credit Union of Vermont honored in Callahan's Member Value Index analysis

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 3:14pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - According to first quarter analysis of Callahan & Associates’ Return of the Member (ROM) scoring system, University of Lake Michigan, Deere Employees Credit Union, River Valley Credit Union, PCM Credit Union, and Credit Union of Vermont take the top spots for their respective peer groups; with Deere Employees holding the top overall score for the fifth consecutive quarter.

Sterling College receives $225,000 foundation grant to expand global field studies

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 2:57pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Sterling College has been awarded $225,000 from The Endeavor Foundation to further develop its Global Field Studies curriculum. The grant will allow the environmental stewardship college to develop new Global Field Studies, including two-week, four-week, and semester-long global study opportunities.

Zero Energy Now streamlines energy savings

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 6:38am -- tim

New program combines building efficiency, renewable heat, and solar power

Vermont Business Magazine Vermonters will spend over $2 billion on fossil fuels this year, money that is leaving the state instead of growing the local economy. Cutting invisible energy waste can go a long way towards changing this equation. Reducing home energy use is important to Vermonters, but many don’t know where to get started or how to make the best energy saving investments. That’s the basis for Zero Energy Now, a new program from the nonprofit Building Performance Professionals Association of Vermont (BPPA-VT).

Campers beware: New rule prohibits untreated firewood from entering Vermont

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 4:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new Vermont rule effective May 1 prevents invasive insects from piggybacking into the state on untreated firewood. As summer camping season arrives, visitors to Vermont should be prepared to buy firewood in-state or be able to verify that imported firewood is heat-treated to USDA-approved standards. The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation already urges all campers and homeowners to purchase wood locally. The new rule strengthens protection of Vermont’s forests by reducing the likelihood that invasive pests and pathogens, such as the emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle, will enter the state.

All Hazards Mitigation Plan available for review and comment

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 4:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) has completed the first draft of the 2016 update to the Chittenden County Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan. The purpose of mitigation planning is to identify policies and actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce damages to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters.

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