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Opioid Town Hall Meeting March 19

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 12:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Please join Mayor Weinberger and the Burlington Police Department Tuesday evening for a community conversation to discuss Burlington's recent progress in our fight against the opioid epidemic – and where we go from here. Burlington has begun to begun to make significant and hopeful progress in our fight against this epidemic: In 2018, opioid-related overdose fatalities declined by 50 percent in Chittenden County, even as they continued to rise in the rest of the state.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont and Terry Bicycles team up for women’s Wellness Revolution

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 12:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) and Terry Bicycles (Terry) are teaming up again to launch Wellness Revolution, a program designed to promote healthier lifestyles for Vermont women through cycling. Registration for the five-week program begins on March 18 and ends on April 5. Space is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We’re pleased to continue our partnership with Terry Bicycles to provide access to health and wellness through bicycling,” says Megan Peek, director of community relations and health education at BCBSVT. “No matter how long it’s been since they’ve ridden, we help program participants learn all aspects of cycling, from basic bike maintenance and repairs to safety and mindfulness.”

Brewer named VT Small Business Person of the Year

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 4:58pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine The owner of a St. Albans brewing company is named the 2019 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year. Steve Gagner, owner and founder of 14th Star Brewing Company is being recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration for employment growth, financial success, expansion and community involvement. The business plan for 14th Star Brewing Company was originally drafted on the back of a notebook by Gagner while he was serving in Afghanistan. Upon returning home to Vermont from deployment, Gagner and his best friend and fellow soldier Matt Kehaya, worked to refine the plan to make their dream of 14th Star Brewing Company a reality in 2012 (Gagner is majority owner). The brewery’s name signifies Vermont becoming the 14th state.

Vermont Systems receives Vermont Training Program Grant to assist with workforce expansion

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 3:39pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Systems, an employee-owned recreation management software company headquartered in Essex Junction, has received a workforce development grant of $150,353 through Department of Economic Development’s Vermont Training Program (VTP). The grant will be used to help train over 100 employees on their enterprise suite of software products.  Vermont Systems’ parks and recreation software solutions are installed around the world for the U.S. military and across the country for municipalities and universities. 

Cabot’s new look celebrates a century of commitment

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 1:34pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine The farm families who own Cabot Creamery Co-operative are celebrating their Centennial in style with new packaging for their award-winning cheeses. The new modern-rustic feel for Cabot’s signature plaid honors the co-op’s proud past while looking to the future. For Cabot CEO Ed Townley, the new packaging “reflects the same attention to detail that goes into making our award-winning cheeses and our farmers’ unwavering commitment to quality. As we reach the next century mark, we remain focused on ensuring the next generation of family farmers are able to continue farming.”

Maple open house weekend coming March 23, 24

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 4:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont leads the nation by a commanding margin as the top maple producing state. Total US maple syrup production in 2018 was 4.1 million gallons, with Vermont’s contribution accounting for more than 1.9 million of those gallons. In the spirit of friendly competition (‘tis the season of March Madness after all), Maple Open House Weekend, March 23 & 24, is a chance for Vermont sugar makers to do their victory dance while opening the doors of their sugarhouses for visitors traveling from near and far wanting to see, taste, and experience firsthand why people should think of Vermont first when they think of maple syrup.

Leonine: Guns, vaping and family leave

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 4:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine It was crossover week for policy bills in the Vermont legislature. After a week long break for Town Meeting Day lawmakers returned to Montpelier and the policy committees worked diligently to pass their priority bills for 2019. Probably the most controversial hearing occured in Randolph, where the Senate Judiciary Committee heard from citizens on two gun safety proposals. The proposals, which would create purchase waiting periods and impose safe storage requirements, are being considered a year after Vermont passed landmark gun safety legislation in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

[Modern] Dirt Farmer Wisdom: Anticipate and participate

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 3:41am -- tim

by Robert Zulkoski, Social Entrepreneur, and Edward Cameron, Climate Advocate and Strategist Dirt farmers must anticipate everything about their crops before they even begin to sow their fields.  They must consider the soil, seeds, compost, plowing, insects and weather before they decide what crop they’re going to plant. They must participate in preparing the soil, setting the seeds, fertilizing the sprouting plants, understanding and watching for insect infestation, and building and monitoring proper irrigation as they toil toward a bountiful and profitable harvest.

Raising all boats in Bennington

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 3:19pm -- tim

by Olga Peters, Vermont Business Magazine Local. One of Vermont’s popular buzzwords. But for The Bank of Bennington’s President and CEO James Brown, local is how the bank does business. The philosophy remains simple: local customers deposit local money, that stays in the local economy, which supports the local community. If done well, then everyone’s boat rises.

Vermont state trooper revived with Narcan following vehicle stop

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 1:13pm -- tim

Vermont State Police A Vermont state trooper is recovering Saturday after he collapsed following a traffic stop in the Addison County town of Leicester and was revived by multiple doses of Narcan. The incident began at about 11:25 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2019, when Acting Sgt. Brett Flansburg of the New Haven Barracks stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Leicester Whiting Road in the town of Leicester. While speaking with the driver, Sgt. Flansburg observed the passenger swallow an item. The passenger, later identified as Taylor C.