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Vermont solar panels donated to Puerto Rico

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Grassroots Solar, Inc of Dorset, VT, has donated more than 220 solar panels—an array capable of providing 46 kW—to their solar project in Puerto Rico. The donation of the panels, given by Green Street Power Partners in Massachusetts, was facilitated by Bill Laberge of Grassroots Solar. Grassroots Solar has been working to bring power to homeowners in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria in September 2017.

LineSync celebrates second year as certified B Corporation

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine LineSync Architecture in Wilmington, Vermont, has recently undergone a rigorous assessment to earn B Corporation certification for the second year. B Corps form a global community of leaders that use business as a force for good. 2,500 B Corps now exist, spread over 50 countries. B Corps are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability to balance profit and purpose.

UVM Center gets $11.7 million grant to study unhealthy lifestyle patterns

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 11:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine An $11.7 million Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant renewal to the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health (VCBH) at the University of Vermont will support another five years of research on addressing and better understanding the unhealthy behaviors that negatively impact health. Those behaviors also cost the US healthcare system billions of dollars. The funding comes from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Berkshire Bank partners with GreenPath to provide financial counseling

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Berkshire Bank, with branches in southern Vermont, is partnering with GreenPath Financial Wellness to offer its employees, customers and communities with practical resources and tools to improve their financial well-being. The goal of the new partnership is to enhance Berkshire’s ongoing commitment to helping individuals realize their financial goals. Funding for the new collaboration was made possible, in part, by a contribution from Berkshire Bank Foundation. 

Grants available to churches for renewable energy projects

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Interfaith Power and Light (VTIPL) has announced that matching grants for renewable energy projects are now available through the Katy Gerke Memorial Program (KGMP) to Christian churches in Vermont and the following twelve (12) Upper Connecticut River Valley towns in New Hampshire: Bath, Charleston, Claremont, Cornish, Hanover, Haverhill, Lebanon, Lyme, New London, Oxford, Piermont and Plainfield. 

WhistlePig releases The Boss Hog V

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Get your taste buds and fully loaded credit card ready. On Wednesday WhistlePig Rye Whiskey, based in Shoreham, announced the release of The Boss Hog V: The Spirit of Mauve, the fifth edition of their most profound whiskey. As the biggest and best expression of WhistlePig, The Boss Hog is only produced when the brand feels they can create something superior to anything they have previously made. This marque fulfills the five promises WhistlePig makes to each edition of The Boss Hog: single barrel, bottled at barrel proof, powerfully complex, distinctly unique from anything they have done before, and stupendous. The Boss Hog V targets the senses with a unique balance between sweet and spiced flavors and a fine balance between American power and French sophistication. Proof 115.8. Suggested retail price $499.99.

AM Best: Vermont offers alternative to BEAT tax

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 8:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new type of captive insurance company created by Vermont in response to US tax reform provides an onshore reinsurance alternative for companies facing an added tax burden due to the so-called BEAT tax, and likely will further enhance Vermont’s standing as a captive domicile industry, according to an A.M. Best briefing released Wednesday.

Lake Champlain Committee summer report

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 3:12am -- tim

Lake Champlain Committee From July 18 to August 16, a stretch of 29 days, the daily high temperature in Burlington, Vermont never fell below 80 degrees F. The streak eclipsed the previous record for consecutive days over 80 by four days. Keep in mind, the streak of hot days began AFTER temperatures climbed into the 90s for six straight days earlier in July. During that heat streak the region set another record, the highest ever daily low temperature of 80 degrees.

Governor advances educational opportunities in manufacturing and cybersecurity

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 4:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont Agency of Education announced this week the start of two major initiatives to develop state-wide career pathways in advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity. The Agency of Education is working in close collaboration with employers, regional CTE centers, high schools and colleges in Vermont to coordinate efforts and create opportunities to provide seamless transitions for Vermont students when they graduate high school.

Leahy questions Kavanaugh on knowledge of 'digital Watergate'

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 3:45pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy (Judge Kavanaugh) testified under oath — and he testified repeatedly — that he never received any stolen materials, and that he knew nothing about it until it was public.  He testified that if he had suspected anything “untoward” he would have reported it.  At the time, we left it there.  We didn’t have evidence to suggest otherwise. Today, with the limited amount of Judge Kavanaugh’s White House record that has been provided to the Judiciary Committee, for the first time we have been able to learn some information about his knowledge of this theft.

Vermont sues Purdue Pharma for its opioids marketing practices

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 3:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan announced that today his office filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma. The lawsuit alleges violations of the Vermont Consumer Protection Act and public nuisance law concerning Purdue’s marketing and promotion of opioids. Purdue is the manufacturer of Oxycontin.