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St Johnsbury Road Pitch August 4

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 3:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Do you have an innovative product or creative concept? Do you need help in defining and refining your business concept and business pitch? Are you looking to court investors who can assist in producing your product or capitalizing your business? St. Johnsbury has again secured a spot in the statewide entrepreneurial competition known as Road Pitch, which will be hosted at Catamount Arts on August 4th. From Brattleboro to Grand Isle, see upcomiing Road Pitch schedule below.

Governor signs letter urging US to maintain commitment to Paris Climate Agreement

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 1:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced he and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker have sent a letter to the Trump Administration urging them to continue the United States’ commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. The letter from the two Republicans cites Vermont and Massachusetts’ ongoing nation-leading efforts to combat climate change and stresses the importance of leading on this issue to build a stronger and more resilient country.

Ski Vermont donates record grant to Larson Farm to help preserve working landscape

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 12:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On May 16, 2017 Ski Vermont donated a record breaking $19,980 Larson Farm and Creamery in Wells. The donation comes from the proceeds of the 2016-17 seasonal Fifth Grade Passport sales which helped over 3,100 children to ski and snowboard in Vermont for free this winter. The Ski Vermont grant, which is part of the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, will help the Larson family develop marketing, packaging and cover initial startup costs for their new line of dairy products. New products will include cream-line milk, yogurt, skyr, gelato and butter. The WLE Initiative works to protect and progress the working landscape of Vermont by investing in agricultural and forestry based businesses.

UVMMC awards $1.4 million in grants for community health

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 12:13pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center is investing $1.4 million in a broad range of social service and community health programs in Chittenden and Franklin counties through its Community Health Investment Fund.  Grants have been awarded to innovative programs that address critical health problems such as opioid dependency, mental health, food insecurity and homelessness, among other issues.

NeighborWorks America awards five Vermont grants for nearly $1.5 million

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Five Vermont organizations are getting nearly $1.5 million in grants to revitalize communities and support access to affordable housing across Vermont, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vermont) announced Wednesday. These funds mark the first round of FY17 federal grants awarded by NeighborWorks America, now being released after the passage of a federal appropriations bill on May 4, 2017.

VFCU elects new board

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:06am -- tim

Vemront Business Magazine On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 over 200 members joined Vermont Federal Credit Union leadership and staff at the DoubleTree in South Burlington to elect the Board of Directors. The meeting began with an Italian buffet and a special presentation on emotional intelligence from guest speaker, David Caruso, PhD, followed by remarks from President and CEO of the Credit Union, Jean Giard and Board Chair, Douglas Fisher.

Magic Hat brews up a locals-only line

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Hat Brewing Company is Vermont born and bred, dreaming up small-batch, exceptional elixirs to delight residents and keep flatlanders longing for the Green Mountain lifestyle since the early days of craft beer. And while the cast and crew of Magic Hat have always happily shared their beers far and wide, this year they are keeping a little something special behind the curtain for local enjoyment only. The Vermont-Only Pilot Batch Series, new for 2017, is unveiling some of the brewery’s most exciting concoctions exclusively in its home state.

Scott says his health plan is better deal for teachers

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 8:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine With the legislative session nearly two weeks into extra time, Governor Phil Scott is still pressing his plan to create a single, statewide teacher health insurance plan. He maintains it will save property taxpayers $26 million a year. His administration is now also saying that the resulting benefits will actually be better for school employees than what they currently have. The teachers' union has vehemently opposed the plan because, they say, it undermines the collective bargaining process and reduces local control of school budget. 

The 8-0-2 is front and center at INSIGHT, Inntopia Annual Conference

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 4:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Stowe will be buzzing with some two hundred ski industry leaders attending INSIGHT, Inntopia’s sold out annual conference held at Topnotch Resort this May 22-25. The annual conference focuses on bringing together key leaders and personnel from management, marketing, sales, IT, reservations, and more for three days of presentations and discussions focusing on best practices and cutting-edge trends in travel marketing, commerce and business intelligence.

Schubart to launch new novel 'Lila and Theron' June 6 at Phoenix

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 4:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bill Schubart and Phoenix Books Burlington will celebrate the launch of Schubart's new novel, Lila and Theron, on Tuesday, June 6 at 7 pm. Ticket holders who purchase Lila and Theron at the launch celebration will get a complimentary CD of Bill Schubart reading five of his favorite picks from Lamoille Stories! The genesis story of Lila and Theron, "Lila's Bucket" is on the CD.  (Some exceptions apply.)