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
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Vermont Business Magazine EspressoLuv, LLC (www.espressoluv.com), 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.
Vermont Business Magazine You can see wind energy in action this summer as Green Mountain Power brings back its free tours of the 21-turbine Kingdom Community Wind project in Lowell. The popular summer tours are open to Vermonters and tourists alike, and draw more than 1,200 people to the site each June, July and August.
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.
Vermont Business Magazine The Hickok & Boardman Network of Companies is pleased to announce thirteen non-profit recipients of their 2018 charitable gifts, including: The Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, Champlain College Single Parent Program, Champlain Valley Down Syndrome Group, a private citizen in need from Town of Fairfax, Girls on the Run Vermont, Green Mountain Animal Defenders, Intervale Center, Jeremy Paul Boquet Foundation, Maggie’s Bright Side, Mobius Inc, Stowe Mountain Rescue, Tatum’s Totes, and The Veterans’ Place.
Vermont Business Magazine Forest tent caterpillars have hatched, according to forest health specialists from the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. These insects are expected to cause defoliation again this summer in maple forests in northern and southern Vermont. Forest tent caterpillars will continue feeding through June. They prefer sugar maple and ash but can feed on other tree species as well. In 2017, forest tent caterpillars defoliated 60,000 acres of forestland, affecting every county in the state.