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'Defending Our Democracy' with Secretary of State Jim Condos, Thursday

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 6:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Thursday, April 19th from 4pm to 6pm Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos will be hosting a forum on election cybersecurity at the Pavilion Auditorium, located at 109 State Street in Montpelier. The presentation will cover background information on recent events impacting election cybersecurity and the safeguards in place protecting Vermont’s voter registration and election systems. There will be dedicated time for questions from attendees. The forum is open to all and no registration is required.

Union Bankshares releases 1Q 2018 earnings and dividend report

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 4:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Union Bankshares, Inc (NASDAQ:UNB) today announced results for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 30 cents per share. Consolidated net income for the first quarter of 2018 was $2.7 million, or $0.62 per share, compared to $1.9 million, or $0.43 per share, for the same period in 2017.

Schubart wins national book publishers award

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 4:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) – – announced over the weekend the winners in the prestigious IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award program, now in its 30th year. This year’s esteemed indie book award program recognized excellence in books published during calendar year 2017. The book "Lila & Theron" (Publisher: Charles Michael Publishing ISBN: 978-1-6826-1356-6) by Vermont author Bill Schubart was named a Silver Winner. It is a love story set in 19th century rural Vermont "in which the exigencies of survival define the character and lives of the principal characters."

UVM study finds a surprising link between food waste and diet quality

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 4:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Americans waste nearly a pound of food per person each day, but the exact amount of food we trash differs by how healthy your diet is, a new University of Vermont co-authored national study finds. While most people want to eat better by putting more fruit and vegetables on their plates, the study found that higher quality diets were associated with higher levels of food waste. Between 2007-2014, US consumers wasted nearly 150,000 tons of food per day – nearly a pound (422 grams) of food per person each day. Researchers estimate that food waste corresponded with the use of 30 million acres of land annually (7 percent of total US cropland) and 4.2 trillion gallons of irrigation water each year.

Vermont Foodbank announces workshops for Hunger Action Conference

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:17pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vermont Foodbank announced the lineup of workshops for their annual Hunger Action Conference to be held on Friday, May 4th at Killington Grand Resort. The Hunger Action Conference is a full-day educational event that will provide more than 300 attendees from the mission-driven and charitable food sectors with training regarding poverty and hunger, food systems, health, and best practices to help them positively impact those most in need in their communities. 

MEMIC scholarship for families of injured workers now accepting applications

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 2:38pm -- katie

MEMIC is accepting applications for its Harvey Picker Horizon Scholarship Program for children and spouses of workers who have been seriously injured on the job. MEMIC has awarded $155,000 in scholarships since 2001.

As one of the fastest growing workers’ compensation insurers on the Eastern Seaboard, MEMIC recognizes that although workers’ compensation insurance covers medical treatment and replaces a percentage of lost wages, it cannot eliminate entirely the stress and strain that an injury can cause a family.

Four Bennington County firms get over $600K in training grants

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development announced Tuesday that four Bennington County businesses have been awarded a total of $631,182 in Vermont Training Program Grants from the Department of Economic Development this fiscal year to train more than 675 employees. The grants provide training that leads to improved skill sets and wage increases for upwards of 615 existing employees, and support training for up to 60 new hires.

Report: Vermont air quality has improved

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The American Lung Association’s 2018 “State of the Air” report found that the Burlington-South Burlington metro area to be the only city in the Northeast to be ranked one all three Cleanest City lists for Ozone pollution, for year-round particle pollution and for short-term particle pollution, based on data from 2014-2016.

Anderson, Lowe, Redell named to Burlington leadership positions

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:34am -- tim

Vermont Buisness Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced changes in three City leadership positions: the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO), and the Chief of Staff. The Mayor appointed Beth Anderson the CAO, named former Chief of Staff Brian Lowe the Acting CIO, and appointed Jordan Redell to serve as his new Chief of Staff.