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Pico plans opening day for Friday

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 1:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Pico Mountain, part of the POWDR adventure lifestyle company, is scheduled to kick off its 2017-18 winter season at 9 am on Friday, December 15 2017. The fifth annual Opening Weekend Food Raiser will take place on December 16-17, 2017 when discounted lift tickets will be provided in exchange for food donations for low-income Vermonters.

Governor appoints Mary Daly of Peacham to Vermont Commission on Women

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott has appointed Mary Daly of Peacham to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), the state’s non-partisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. Born in St Johnsbury and raised on a dairy farm in Peacham, Daly is a graduate of Peacham Academy and the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.  

Condor Capital predicts more snow, more ski mergers

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A New Jersey financial firm is anticipating more ski resort mergers, following a flurry of such activity earlier this year that led to some of Vermont's largest resorts changing hands or engaging in ski ticket sharing. Condor Capital sees a strong economy backed by good snowfall as a recipe for continued competition between Vail and Aspen. Already in 2017, Vail bought Stowe Mountain Resort and Stratton was part of a complex deal that makes it part of Aspen. Meanwhile, Sugarbush, still independently owned and operated, has partnered with Aspen on some sharing of ski passes.

Davis and Hodgdon named Best Accounting Firm To Work For

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 10:32am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Davis & Hodgdon Associate CPAs is pleased to announce their inclusion in Accounting Today’s 2017 Top 100 List of Best Accounting Firms to work for. With offices in Williston and Rutland, the Vermont-based CPA firm is listed in the 34th spot of the “Best Small Firms to Work For” (15-49 employees). “It’s truly an honor to receive this recognition at a national level”, said John W. Davis, Managing Partner. “We realize and appreciate that our people are our greatest asset.”

Health care fund assessment moves to Department of Taxes

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 10:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Beginning with the fourth quarter payment for 2017, the Vermont Department of Taxes will collect the Health Care Fund Contribution Assessment from required employers. The first payment to the Department of Taxes is due on Jan. 25, 2018. The Health Care Fund Contribution was established in 2006 for employers who do not offer insurance to all of their employees. For 10 years, the contribution was paid to the Vermont Department of Labor. Under Act 73 of 2017, the collection of this assessment was transferred to the Department of Taxes.

Condos: Hundreds of Vermonters trained on open government

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 10:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Every two years since taking office in 2011 Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos has travelled the state as a part of his biennial Transparency Tour training government employees, elected officials and engaged citizens on the responsibilities and tools that all Vermont government officials have to serve Vermonters in an open and transparent manner.

Citizens Bank invites nonprofits to apply this week for financial literacy funding

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 10:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As part of an ongoing commitment to give people the confidence and tools they need to budget, save, invest and be fiscally healthy, Citizens Bank is now accepting applications from nonprofits for crucial financial literacy services that help consumers better manage their money. From December 11- 29, 2017, organizations in Vermont throughout the bank’s 11-state retail banking footprint are invited to submit an application for funding as part of the bank’s Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money financial literacy initiative.

New England schools receive $70,332 from Berlin City Auto

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 8:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Berlin City Auto Group has announced the 34 schools throughout the New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont that will receive cash awards totaling $70,332 from our Drive for Education program. There will be three separate presentation ceremonies held to honor each state’s schools. The seven Vermont schools and their presentation dates are listed below.

Smith: The question isn't Pelham, it's the GMCB

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 8:36pm -- tim

by Mike Smith The liberal advocacy group Rights and Democracy is calling on the Vermont Senate not to confirm Tom Pelham, Governor Phil Scott’s recent appointment to the Green Mountain Care Board. The reasoning: He’s too fiscally conservative. The group describes Pelham as “a voice for more health care austerity” and lacking “an everyday patient’s perspective.” His sin: He was critical of former Governor Peter Shumlin’s single-payer health care plan.

Four-year ‘SASH’ evaluation shows positive health outcomes, Medicare savings

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 10:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Improved health, reduced growth in Medicare spending and more health-savvy older adults: these are the findings of the latest federally funded, third-party evaluation of older adults living in Vermont affordable housing communities and enrolled in SASH (Support and Services at Home), a statewide, collaborative program of care and support that helps people stay healthy and remain at home.

New housing development under way in South Burlington

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 2:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The foundation has been laid for a model home in South Burlington for a market-rate development between two of South Burlington's busiest thoroughfares. O’Brien Brothers officially cut the ribbon on a new residential community today on Hillside at O’Brien Farm, which over the next four years or so will become home to more than 100 families, featuring residences of architectural variety, a neighborhood recreational park, and sweeping views of the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains between Kennedy Drive and Hinesburg Road.