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Q&A: Talking tech, ed tech and Burlington with Microsoft and US Ignite

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:19pm -- tim

by Jeff Wakefield University of Vermont Everyone knows what a business pitch competition is. But what about a “reverse pitch”? BTV Ignite – a local non-profit created to leverage Burlington’s world-class fiber optic gigabit network – just held one of those at UVM’s Larner College of Medicine on May 4. A reverse pitch turns the standard event on its head by asking entrepreneurs to do the listening, while people who could be their customers do the pitching -- by talking about the challenges they face that innovative new products could address. 

Budget passes, but Scott not supportive

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 10:28am -- tim

Veto looms with Special Session likely

Vermont Business Magazine The Legislature adjourned very early Sunday morning with the $5.8 billion budget passed but likely facing a veto, at this point, if some adjustment is not made. Legislative leadership has declined to set a veto session. The governor could also call a Special Session, possibly this week, under which any piece of legislation could be reviewed. State government will shut down July 1 without a budget. Late Saturday evening, Governor Phil Scott offered the following statement on the fiscal year 2019 budget passed by the state Legislature:

COTS receives $150,000 grant from KeyBank Foundation

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 9:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), Vermont’s largest service provider for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, today announced receipt of a $150,000 grant from KeyBank Foundation to help them expand a project entitled Ending Family Homelessness: Helping Parents and Children by Keeping Them Home.  Support from KeyBank is targeted to help reduce by 50 percent the number of families falling into homelessness for the first time in Burlington/Chittenden County – the largest population center in Vermont.

Sanders to host Iran deal town hall tonight

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 9:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) will host a town hall at 7 pm ET tonight to examine the consequences of Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. The town hall will be live streamed on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter in partnership with The Guardian, The Intercept, NowThis, The Young Turks, Act.tv and MoveOn.org.

Sanders will be joined by regional, security and nonproliferation experts to discuss how Trump’s decision will impact U.S. foreign policy in the short term and the long term.

Baker: From bottom line to value creation and impact

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 3:31am -- tim

by Donald L Baker, Vermont Market President, KeyBank Today consumers want to know how corporations, as a whole, are taking a stand. In fact, customers are 43 percent more likely to purchase a product from a company they know is committed to social value. The number of companies directing corporate social responsibility from the C-Suite has increased nearly 75 percent compared to five years ago. Major financial service industry leaders, like KeyBank’s Beth Mooney and BlackRock’s Larry Fink, are challenging business owners and the C-Suite to rethink their economic impact, environmental footprint and social conscience. At KeyBank, corporate social responsibility initiatives are woven into the fabric of who we are and in whom we invest.

Dr Burgoyne: Be tick smart while enjoying the great outdoors

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 4:02pm -- tim

by Richard Burgoyne, MD Almost half the deer ticks in our region carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, so it’s important to be careful before and after venturing into tall grass or forests during the spring, summer and fall. Before heading into the woods, spray pants, legs and shoes with an insect repellent that contains 20 percent DEET. DEET comes in different strengths, so check the label when you buy. Be careful not to spray it in the eyes or on the face and use it just when you’re outside.

The Esports Phenomenon: Fuse discusses what marketers should know

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 5:52am -- tim

Fuse LLC Esports is quickly becoming one of youth culture’s largest and most influential platforms. In fact, these days more brands ask us about esports than any other of youth culture's platforms. So why are more brands not already on board? The short answer is that to esports' newcomers, the landscape can appear a little messy and confusing. This white paper is dedicated to clarifying some of that perceived chaos and our recommendation that brands look closely into four key areas to determine whether esports is right for them.

Blue Cross requests 7.5% rate hike, MVP 10.9%

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 4:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) received and began its review of the proposed 2019 health insurance rates for plans offered to individuals, families and small businesses through Vermont Health Connect. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) is requesting an average annual rate increase of 7.5% over 2018 rates, while MVP Health Care (MVP) is requesting a 10.9% average annual rate increase.

Vermont art organizations to receive $892,200 from NEA

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 4:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Wednesday, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced its second round of funding for FY2018. Six Vermont organizations will receive grants through the Art Works program. The Vermont Arts Council will receive $717,200 through the NEA’s partnership program to support arts programs, services, and activities associated with carrying out the Council’s NEA-approved strategic plan.

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