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Scott vetoes paid family leave, minimum wage bills

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 7:56pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Governor Scott has informed the Legislature of actions taken on bills delivered to him by lawmakers last week. Below is a list of bills that were signed, vetoed or allowed to go into law without signature on May 21 and May 22. Among the notable vetoes include bills related to paid family leave, increasing the minimum wage, recreation liability, and the toxic substance liability.

WCPV-FM and WestView Digital win ‘Best in Show’ Commercial of the Year awards

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 5:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Advertisements for Palmer Insurance and Casella Waste Management took home the Best in Show Awards May 22 at the annual Commercial of the Year Awards presentation at the Vermont Association of Broadcasters Convention in Montpelier. The commercial for Palmer Insurance, titled “Life Unexpected,” won the Best in Show prize for radio. It was written by Amanda Relyea and produced by Mary Cenci for WCPV-FM in Colchester. 

LHP completes $2.6 million affordable housing project in Hardwick

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 4:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Lamoille Housing Partnership (LHP) gathered residents, project development partners, funding partners, as well as local and state government officials on May 18th for a belated celebration of the completion of LHP’s affordable housing project in Hardwick, Evergreen Manor. LHP purchased Evergreen Manor in 1991, and over time, park conditions deteriorated due to older homes being taken away or abandoned, as well as older residents leaving. To rehabilitate the blighted neighborhood, in 2014 LHP participated in a pilot program that was originally launched in response to the devastation of Hurricane Irene. The program was initiated by Efficiency Vermont, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, and the High Meadows Fund with the goal of replacing traditional mobile homes with high efficiency zero energy modular homes. 

Vermont to convene Opportunity Zone summit June 12

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 2:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Agency of Commerce Secretary Michael Schirling announced Tuesday that the State of Vermont will convene financial experts, community and economic development professionals, and representatives of the 25 newly, federally-designated Opportunity Zones on Tuesday, June 12th in Montpelier to maximize the impact of the new development tool.

Schubart: Vermont Life, a heedless death

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 2:26pm -- tim

by Bill Schubart I grew up reading Vermont Life in the '50s and continued reading it until shortly after the turn of the century. It always had a prominent place in our home, moving quarterly from the coffee table to the bathroom magazine rack – where its continued perusal was assured – and finally to a shelf in the den. Back then, Vermont Life was collectible not disposable.

Eventually I lost interest as the magazine shifted away from the substantive features and images that define us toward lifestyle and marketing.

Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists breaks ground on new hospital

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 1:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, under a sunny sky on a lovely spring morning, the leadership team of Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists (BEVS) along with local VIPs and guests, helped officially break ground on a new state-of-the-art 24/7 emergency and specialty animal hospital set to open in February 2019. BEVS is the only 24/7 veterinary emergency and specialty hospital in Vermont. The new facility will be located at 1417 Marshall Avenue in Williston, VT. Like the current location at 200 Commerce Street, BEVS will offer round-the-clock emergency and critical care services, and advanced care in surgery, internal medicine, oncology, among others by board-certified veterinary specialists. The ultramodern hospital will be over 17,000 square feet with 13 exam rooms, an intensive care unit (ICU), three high-tech surgery suites with fluoroscopy, CT and MRI units, a physical rehabilitation center, and 60+ experienced, and compassionate team members.

ShamRockin’ for a Cure VT raises $20,400 for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Recently, Jon and Pam Baker of Roswell, GA, celebrated a moment they were not sure would ever come. Their sons, Gavin and Jake Baker took their first dose of Orkambi, a drug recently approved by the FDA to help control their cystic fibrosis. At this “First Dose Party,” the Bakers were surrounded by hundreds of family and friends that helped make this special drug possible. On Saturday, March 17, 2018, their army of dedicated supporters from Vermont teamed up with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) for the 4th Annual ShamRockin’ for a Cure VT event at The Abbey Restaurant in Sheldon. The evening helped them surpass their goal in their fundraising efforts to fight CF. 

Slow Living Summit explores the future of farm and food entrepreneurship

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The eighth annual Slow Living Summit will take place in Brattleboro on May 31 and June 1, 2018. Presented by the Strolling of the Heifers Windham Grows, this year’s Summit asks – “How can you create and grow a resilient food business that affects your community in a positive way?” With a focus on growing conscious food and agriculture businesses, the Summit aims to give current and aspiring entrepreneurs the tools, resources, and mentorship needed to evolve businesses, create positive change in the community, and revolutionize the future of food.

Windham Grows business accelerator accepting applications

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Windham Grows, a farm and agriculture business accelerator that connects entrepreneurs with mentoring, industry connections and support, is expanding its eligibility beyond Vermont’s Windham County and accepting applications for its summer/fall 2018 program. Windham Grows is part of Strolling of the Heifers, which helps local farmers grow and maintain their farms and their rural lifestyle.