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Treasurer Pearce: Shutdown could cost state millions

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 3:38pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine State Treasurer Beth Pearce is taking a bottom-line view of the Legislature’s special session, which began Wednesday and will resume May 30. While Governor Phil Scott and legislative leaders wrangle over property taxes, Pearce is urging the administration and Legislature to not let state government shut down, which would happen if the budget and tax bills do not become law by July 1. She said in a May 18 letter to them that even discussion of a government shutdown could damage the state’s sparkling AAA credit rating.

Vermont’s annual Lake Seminar to be held June 1

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 1:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Anglers, lakeside homeowners, scientists, students, watershed groups, conservation commission members, business owners, and lovers of lakes are invited to attend the 14th annual Vermont Lake Seminar. This daylong seminar is a time to celebrate lakes, learn how to write and submit a successful water quality grant application, and meet leaders from around the state pursing lake restoration projects.

Bank of America invests $2 million in Vermont Community Loan Fund

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine At a press conference Thursday in Burlington, Governor Phil Scott was joined by the Vermont Community Loan Fund, which announced a $2 million loan from Bank of America to enable flexible financing and other services to Vermont’s small businesses, nonprofits and community facilities, as well as affordable housing developers and early care and learning programs. The loan will be re-loaned to Vermont businesses and organizations, creating employment for Vermonters, and safe, affordable homes and/or high-quality early care and learning opportunities fo

Gardener's Supply named ESOP Company of the Year

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Gardener's Supply Company of Burlington has been named the 2018 ESOP Company of the Year by The ESOP Association. The announcement was made at the association's annual conference. Founded in 1983 by Will Raap, the company launched its ESOP only a few years later, in 1987. By 2009, Gardener's was 100 percent employee owned. The company's 225 regular year-round employees are eligible to participate in the ESOP, as are repeat seasonal employees.

NEK logger models responsible forestry with small-scale, low-impact logging

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:15pm -- tim

by Christine McGowan “Good forestry equipment does not have to be big and heavy,” says Joel Currier, owner of Currier Forest Products in Danville. “There are big operations doing good work in Vermont, but for my purposes Ingrid is the right size and has much less impact on the forest floor.”

Vermont Mutual Insurance wins Deane Davis Business of the Year Award

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 11:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce today announced Vermont Mutual Insurance Group as the winner of the prestigious and highly anticipated Deane C Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award, 2017. The announcement came during the opening ceremonies of the Vermont Business Expo at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Burlington.

Scott outlines his goals for special session

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 9:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In preparation for the legislative special session, Governor Phil Scott sent legislative leaders a detailed letter Tuesday outlining his goals for the session. The session began with a brief opening ceremony Wednesday and will reconvene in earnest May 30. Scott's goals are largely unchanged and focus mainly on using surplus of funds from the current fiscal year, which he calculates is about $78 million, instead of raising property taxes by $33 million. 

What is hazardous waste and what can you do about it?

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 6:00am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine When people hear the words ‘hazardous waste,’ they may think of high-profile large industrial disasters, but in reality, most hazardous wastes are materials we are all familiar with, such as unused paint and solvents, oily wastes like shop rags, and strong acids and bases used in cleaning. This Spring, the Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a series of micro-trainings to help towns and businesses learn how to identify, manage, and minimize generation of common hazardous wastes.

Vermont State Historic Sites open May 26 for 2018 season

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 5:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Saturday, May 26, seven Vermont state-owned historic sites will open their doors for the 2018 season. This exceptional collection of sites is comprised of more than 60 historic buildings and hundreds of acres of forest and farmland. Scattered across the state, the sites house impressive museum collections and feature educational exhibits that chronicle the story of our region beginning with the first inhabitants who settled the area approximately 9,000 years ago. Historic sites including prehistoric encampments, Revolutionary War sites, and the homes of U.S. Presidents shed light on the remarkable history of Vermont.

EspressoLuv launches e-commerce coffee shop

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 4:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine EspressoLuv, LLC (, a small-batch coffee roaster based in South Burlington, Vermont, today announced its new e-commerce website for ordering freshly roasted coffees. Customers can visit the website and choose from a variety of globally sourced single origin, signature blends, and limited edition coffees from the Americas, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. Coffee can be purchased by the bag or through a monthly subscription plan. The coffee is roasted in small batches in Vermont and shipped within 48 hours of roasting. 

Otters helping bluebirds

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 3:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Late last fall, Newbury Elementary School teacher Jeff Goodell approached Housewright Construction, Inc for assistance with a project that combined educational and community service opportunities for his 5th /6th grade class. His class, aka “The Otters,” was studying the Eastern Bluebird. Learning that this bird’s population struggles with a lack of suitable nesting spaces, the students were curious about ways they could provide assistance within Newbury. They decided to build bluebird houses.