Vermont Business Magazine Many small businesses throughout Vermont will be participating in the eighth annual Small Business Saturday two days after Thanksgiving. Wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday was started by American Express in 2010 to increase spending at independent retail stores.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) has announced the opening of the Request for Proposal (RFP) period for at least $1 million in grant funding associated with the Ag Clean Water Initiative Program (Ag-CWIP). This grant program is made possible and supported by the Clean Water Fund — a fund created by Act 64 of 2015, Vermont’s Clean Water Act.
by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The Personal Income tax took another hit last month and dragged down General Fund revenues for October. The PI is by far the most important GF revenue source. The disappointing GF revenues report came despite a rebound by the Corporate Income tax, which has been lagging much of the fiscal year and is still much in the red. The usually reliable Rooms & Meals tax, which largely tracks tourism activity, was slightly down as was the Sales Tax, which has been unreliable the last few years.
Vermont Business Magazine This morning an email sent from a fake account meant to mimic an official Vermont Secretary of State email address was sent to some municipal officials soliciting donations for a family “in dire need” claiming a 3-year old girl “desperately needs your help.” Anyone with a heart is likely to be moved by such a plea, especially around Thanksgiving, a time when Vermonters actively look to help their neighbors in need.
Vermont Business Magazine Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday renewed his call for a bipartisan budget deal that would allow for real investments in the American people.
Vermont Business Magazine Slamming the proposal as “bumper sticker budgeting,” Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) Tuesday focused on a provision in the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill that would provide $1.6 billion from American taxpayers for President Trump’s border wall with Mexico.
Vermont Business Magazine Longtime Municipal Manager Frank Heald has announced his plans to step down from his position after more than 15 years piloting the Town & Village of Ludlow. Heald’s plans were announced after the Select Board, Village Trustees and Water Commission meeting in November.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont has the second highest incidence of children with parents who are or were incarcerated, according to the The Annie E Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Data Center. While the state is slightly below the national average (7 percent), most of its peer-group states had lower rates than Vermont's 6 percent, including New Hampshire (5 percent), Massachusetts (5 percent) and New York (4 percent). Close to 6 million kids in America have experienced losing a parent to prison or jail at some point in their lives — and this number is growing.
Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power announced this week that its energy transformation work with customers in 2017 have reduced carbon consumption by over 116,000 metric tons — the equivalent of taking almost 1,000 gasoline-powered cars off the road.
Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced today that his office has reached a settlement with Dean Corren in a campaign finance enforcement action arising out of Corren’s 2014 campaign for lieutenant governor. The parties filed a stipulation of dismissal with the Superior Court today. By the terms of the settlement, Corren will pay $255 to a Vermont charitable organization.
Vermont Business Magazine The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, announced today that it will provide $800,000 in grants to 36 food banks across the bank's Maine to Florida footprint to help provide meals locally to families and individuals in need. The grants focus on food stability; healthy growth and development; and access to fresh food for underserved communities. Food banks in Bennington, Chittenden and Washington counties in Vermont will benefit.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health, in partnership with the Agencies of Education and Natural Resources, is launching a pilot project designed to encourage schools to test drinking water for lead at each tap used for drinking or cooking, and take actions to lower lead levels. Sixteen schools that get their drinking water from municipal water systems were invited to take part in this voluntary effort, and all agreed to participate.