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Stowe, Okemo, Stratton win national environmental awards

Mon, 05/18/2009 - 9:49am -- tim

At the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Convention s Golden Eagle Awards, Vermont stood out as the only ski state to win all of the award categories for environmental excellence in which its resorts were submitted for consideration.  The Excellence in Energy Conservation & Clean Energy Award went to Stratton Mountain Resort; the Excellence in Environmental Education Award went to Okemo Mountain Resort and the Excellence in Waste Reduction and Recycling Award went to Stowe Mountain Resort. 

Susan White, Wesley Bell and Okemo win travel industry awards

Mon, 05/18/2009 - 9:37am -- tim

The Vermont Travel Industry Conference celebrated its 26th Annual Conference, April 7 -9, 2009 at the Equinox Resort in Manchester. This event draws one of the largest gatherings of tourism professionals in the state including owners, managers and employees of the many businesses connected to this important segment of the economy. Two awards and one scholarship were presented at the Vermont Travel Industry Conference.

2008 Community Campaign raises $4 million

Fri, 05/15/2009 - 9:32am -- tim

Mike Tuttle, President and CEO of Merchant's Bank, and the 2008 Community Campaign Chair, announced the official results of the campaign at the Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration, May 6th. The campaign raised $4 million. In his remarks to the crowd of over 375 people, Tuttle said, "In spite of an incredibly difficult time economically for so many people, those who were able, gave a little more, and people just seemed to want to help in any way they could. We are thrilled with the outcome and amazed at the goodwill of so many people.

Volunteers help rebuild Red Cross disaster relief warehouse

Fri, 05/15/2009 - 9:24am -- tim

A team of over a dozen IBM volunteers worked through the day putting a new roof on the building that houses vital disaster relief supplies and tools at the regional headquarters of the American Red Cross. These critical infrastructure repairs are a direct result of a unique community partnership as IBM and the United Way of Chittenden County team up with Merchants Bank and the State of Vermont to support the American Red Cross.

Wind energy company tries to elicit support for large Rutland County project

Fri, 05/15/2009 - 9:19am -- tim

The Vermont Community Wind Farm is in the process of trying to gain support to build 60 wind turbines on three ridges covering six towns in Rutland County. The project as conceived would have a rated output of 80 megawatts. By comparison, the Entergy Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vernon has a rated output of 605 megawatts. VCWF already has signed leases for more than 4,000 acres of land in IRA, Clarendon, Tinmouth and Poultney, managed by Wagner Forest Management Company.

SBA expands eligibility for 7(a) loans as part of recovery plan

Fri, 05/15/2009 - 6:35am -- tim

More small businesses will be eligible for U.S. Small Business Administration-backed loans, meaning greater access to much-needed capital in this tough economy, as a result of a temporary alternate size standard for the agency's largest lending program.
SBA s alternate size standard for its 7(a) loan program will go into effect early next week through Sept. 30, 2010. As a result of the temporary change, more than 70,000 additional small businesses including auto and RV dealerships, auto industry suppliers and others could be eligible to apply for SBA 7(a) loan.

UVM names interim provost, interim business school dean, dean of graduate college

Fri, 05/15/2009 - 6:12am -- tim

University of Vermont president Daniel Mark Fogel announced three key appointments Friday. Jane Knodell, associate provost for budget and capital planning, has been named interim provost; Domenico Grasso, dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, has been tapped for the position of vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College; and Larry Shirland, professor and associate dean for undergraduate programs in the School of Business Administration, will be interim dean of that school.

Free EXPO registration ends today

Fri, 05/15/2009 - 5:59am -- tim

Join the Vermont Chamber of Commerce in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Vermont Business and Industry EXPO.  The May 20 & 21 trade show presents a line up of seminars, special events and award ceremonies.  Check the schedule of events below and register today for the region's largest B2B trade show!
Wednesday, May 20:
8 a.m. KPMG/Northfield Savings Bank Business Breakfast - Kick off EXPO with Vermont REAL and Flashbags
10 a.m. EXPO Opening Ceremonies - Governor James Douglas will present the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award

National Life's Michele Gatto named president of national legal group

Thu, 05/14/2009 - 10:12am -- tim

At its recent annual meeting in San Diego, the Association of Life Insurance Counsel (ALIC), elected Michele S. Gatto as its 81st President.   Founded in 1913, the ALIC is the bar association for lawyers in the life insurance industry.  Gatto is Executive Vice President Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer of National Life Group in Montpelier, Vermont.