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'Big Change Roundup' raises record $340,000

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 1:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The annual “Big Change Roundup for Kids” raised $339,663.75 to support specialized care provided at The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital.  The Roundup is the largest fundraiser each year for the hospital, and this is the largest preliminary total in the 14-year history of the event, outpacing last year’s mark of $331,000.

Governor appoints Heather Pelham as deputy commissioner of tourism

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 12:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Heather Pelham as the deputy commissioner of the Department of Tourism and Marketing. Pelham joins the marketing team responsible for promoting Vermont as a top tourism destination and attracting 13 million visitors each year who contribute $2.8 billion in spending to the state. For the last four years, Pelham has served as the state’s chief marketing officer.

Linda Bowden named AARP Vermont state president

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 10:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Linda Bowden of Burlington has been has been appointed State President of AARP Vermont, a volunteer position working closely with both staff and volunteers throughout the state to help AARP achieve its mission in Vermont. Her responsibilities include serving as a volunteer spokesperson, chairing the AARP Vermont Advisory Council, building networks and community partnerships, and recruiting volunteers.

TreTap launches first-ever CBD infused organic tree water beverage

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 10:19am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine One of Vermont’s fastest growing organic brands has launched the market’s first ever CBD infused maple water beverage. Tretap, which was acquired by Vermont’s original CBD store - Ceres Natural Remedies - in February, officially began selling the first CBD beverage flavor, Tangerine-Turmeric, in all Ceres stores across the state today.

Rutland Regional recognizes 2019 Physician and NP/PA of the Year

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 10:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Each year Rutland Regional Medical Center recognizes a Physician and a Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, or other Advanced Practice Provider whose contributions to our community, staff, and patients represent the highest ideals in health care. We are pleased to announce that our 2019 Physician of the Year is Stanley Shapiro, MD, FACC, FASNC and 2019 NP/PA of the Year is Michael Vooris, PA-C. 

Porter Medical Center names Choudhury president

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 9:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The UVM Health Network/Porter Medical Center has announced that Seleem Choudhury DNP, MBA, RN, CEN, FAEN will be its new President/Chief Operating Officer as of June 1.  Dr Choudhury will follow Dr Fred Kniffin, who has led Porter since March of 2016.  Dr Kniffin will return to practice in the Porter Emergency Department where he has served Porter since 1990. As Porter’s President for three years, Kniffin led the organization through the process of becoming an affiliate of the UVM Health Network in April of 2017.

Lake Champlain Chocolates wins Wellness Award

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 7:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC) has received a 2019 Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Gold Level Award from The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the Vermont Department of Health. This award creates a standard of excellence for worksite wellness initiatives, and recognizes Vermont employers’ efforts to enhance productivity, bolster a healthy environment and improve employee wellbeing. 

McClaughry: The disappearing reappearing carbon tax

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 4:41am -- tim

by John McClaughry On February 10 VTDigger political columnist Jon Margolis declared that “the carbon tax is dead.” The Democratic leaders of the House and Senate have pretty clearly said “not this year, and Governor Scott has repeatedly promised a veto. Margolis wondered why the carbon tax opponents were so unwilling to declare victory, and move on.

Arbors raises nearly $3,000 for Alzheimer's research

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 4:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Benchmark (, a human connection company and leading provider of senior living services in the Northeast, today announced that its Arbors at Shelburne memory care community in Shelburne, Vermont, has raised $2,880 for the Alzheimer’s Association. The funds raised will go towards Alzheimer’s care, support and research. 

SVCOA rolls out HomeMeds Program in Bennington and Rutland counties

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 3:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) today announced its implementation of the HomeMeds Medication Safety Program, a nationally-recognized, evidence-based medication management model that is expected to generate a range of benefits for older Vermonters and the healthcare provider network in Bennington and Rutland counties.

St Albans pilot program aims to make water testing easier

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 3:32am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Health is making it easier for Vermonters who live in Franklin and Grand Isle counties to make sure their well water is safe to drink. While municipal water is tested on a regular basis, homeowners who drink water from wells need to test their own taps to find out if the water contains any contaminants.

Mary's Nutritionals partners with Burlington's Free People to sell CBD-infused wellness products

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 3:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mary's Nutritionals, one of the leading producers and distributors of cannabinoid-infused beauty and wellness products based in Denver, has announced that it has partnered with popular lifestyle brand, Free People, to sell a variety of its hemp-derived CBD products in the retailer's Palm Springs, Calif., and Burlington, Vermont, locations.