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BTV Ignite Reverse Pitch: $30K in developer grants

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 1:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine BTV Ignite will participate in this year's US Ignite series of "Reverse Pitch" competitions. Digital solution developers and educators are invited to compete for cash grants to demonstrate innovative ways high-bandwidth ideas can help deliver education – in Burlington, across our state, and by linking our students with national communities and resources. $30,000 in total grant funding will be made available through this program, in awards for best solution ideas and, subsequently, for best proof-of-concept developed “application solutions”.

Sanders: Standing up for seniors

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 1:27pm -- tim

by US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) This Saturday, April 14, I will be holding three Senior Town Meetings: A breakfast meeting in Montpelier, a lunch meeting in Newport, and an early dinner meeting in St Albans. I hope you can join me to get an update from Washington, and to discuss issues of importance to older Vermonters. As I travel around the state, I often meet older Vermonters who are struggling just to get by. To my mind, no senior in the richest country on Earth should ever have to decide between buying groceries, medications, or keeping their house warm.

TD awards second $25,000 financial literacy grant to Vermont State Colleges

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today the Vermont State Colleges System received a grant of $25,000 from the TD Bank Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of TD Bank, to fund financial literacy education at each of its colleges and universities. The grant continues TD Bank Charitable Foundation's previous support for financial literacy activities within peer mentoring programs at Northern Vermont University, Castleton University, the Community College of Vermont and Vermont Technical College.

Teachers union proposes school employee health insurance solution

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The state’s largest union is pushing for the creation of a statewide health care commission to design and administer health benefits for all of Vermont’s public school employees. After a unanimous vote by delegates to Vermont-NEA’s annual meeting over the weekend, the union announced Monday it is advocating for a return of equity, predictability, affordability, and transparency in the health insurance covering nearly 40,000 Vermonters.

GMP, Freedom Nissan offer $3,000 discount on new Nissan Leaf EVs

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 10:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power and Freedom Nissan South Burlington announced on Monday the second year of a partnership to offer customers and eligible employees discounts when they purchase new electric vehicles (EVs). Vermonters who bring their GMP energy statements and a special code into the Burlington-based dealership will receive $3,000 off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of a 2018 Nissan Leaf. Customers could also get up to a $7,500 federal tax credit.

Leonine: Legislature quiet before the storm

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 7:40am -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs It was an extremely quiet week politically. There was a public hearing on minimum wage but aside from that, not much happened on the House or Senate floor. This is in part due to the fact that committees have been focused on the bills that they received after crossover and in part due to the heavy workload they have faced recently with gun safety legislation as well as the House passing the revenue and appropriations bills. Obviously this will not be the norm between now and adjournment but a one week hiatus was well received by most.

VEC: The State of Vermont’s Water

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 8:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Environmental Consortium and Vermont Technical College (VTC) are excited to announce registration is open for their annual environmental Conference, The State of Vermont’s Water. The conference will be held June 6, 2018 at VT Technical College in Randolph, VT. The conference will include topics like groundwater and storm water rule updates, nitrates and chloride in water, agricultural best practices, permits, and more. The event runs from 8:00AM – 4:00PM. Pre-registration includes all sessions and lunch.

Ben & Jerry's annual Free Cone Day April 10 for 40th time

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 5:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Spoons at the readyFree Cone Day is back! On April 10th, Ben & Jerry's 40th Free Cone Day arrives and as always, YOU are invited to celebrate. Imagine waking up to a day of endless ice cream … plus unlimited chunks and swirls. It must be Free Cone Day 2018. Free scoops of Ben & Jerry's euphoric ice cream, packed with chunks and swirls, will be offered at Scoop Shops around the country.

SAP! Beverages finalist at Rabobank’s FoodBytes! Montreal pitch

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 3:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Local Burlington company SAP! Beverages is just one of 20 startups announced as finalists at Rabobank’s FoodBytes! Montreal, where leading food and agriculture entrepreneurs will pitch innovative solutions to food system fractures. Making its Canadian debut on Wednesday, May 16 at New City Gas, FoodBytes! Montreal will offer SAP! Beverages the chance to showcase its plant-based superfood sparking beverages made from maple and birch sap to investors, executives and media, and receive mentorship from food and agriculture industry leaders.

Construction company named Woman-Owned Business of the Year

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 4:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A construction management and consulting company has been named the 2018 Vermont Woman-Owned Business of the Year. Mel Baiser and Kate Stephenson, owners of HELM Construction Solutions, are being recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration for employment growth, financial success, expansion and community involvement. 

Vermont's sweet forest enterprise

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 11:57am -- tim

by Christine McGowan Butternut Mountain Farm in Morrisville, Vermont epitomizes both the quaint history and bright future for Vermont’s maple industry. The third generation sugaring operation, now run by siblings Emma and Ira Marvin, stands poised to build on the foundation of botany, forestry and maple syrup production laid by their father and grandfather, to capitalize on growing demand for pure maple syrup.

NBT Bancorp Inc subsidiary acquires Retirement Plan Services

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 3:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine NBT Bancorp Inc (NBT) subsidiary EPIC Advisors, Inc. (EPIC), a full-service 401(k) recordkeeping firm, has acquired Retirement Plan Services, LLC (RPS), a retirement plan services company located near St Louis, Missouri, that provides full-service recordkeeping, administration and plan design solutions to employers nationwide. NBT Bank has branches in Northwestern Vermont.