Vermont Business Magazine According to the YouMail Robocall Index, which tracks the volume and extent of robocalls in the United States, more than 25,500,000 robocalls were made to the 802 area code in 2017. The industry data comes ahead of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) March 23 policy forum, “Fighting the Scourge of Illegal Robocalls.” Both agencies have taken a strong stance against scam and spoofed number robocalls but have been softer on legitimate businesses making illegal calls to cell phones and without consent. In February of this year, PayPal and Home Depot were among the top five generators of robocalls to Vermont numbers.
Vermont Business Magazine Yesterday, Attorney Russell Barr made an allegation outside the Lamoille County courthouse that a state official involved in the state EB 5 program had sex with a minor in China. In November 2017, the Barr Law Group made a public records request to the Attorney General’s Office for records pertaining to “an arrest, detainment or holding of any state employee while traveling overseas in promotion of the Vermont Regional Center and its related projects.” In a press release issued Tuesday afternoon, the Attorney General’s Office stated that it immediately conducted a document review and responded to the request stating, “the Attorney General’s Office has no records relating to the arrest, detainment or holding of any state employee while traveling overseas in promotion of the Vermont Regional Center and its related projects.”
Vermont Business Magazine The Board of RuralEdge (RE) has announced the appointment of Patrick Flood as interim CEO, effective April 3, 2018, following the resignation of Trisha Ingalls, in February. Louise Bonvechio, chair of the RuralEdge Board of Directors, announced the transition plans.
Vermont Business Magazine The People’s Health & Wellness Clinic (PHWC), is pleased to announce the appointment of Rebecca Goldfinger-Fein as its new Executive Director. Rebecca, a native of Montpelier, has returned to Central Vermont from Washington DC to lead the Clinic in its ongoing work of providing primary health care and wellness education to Central Vermonters who cannot otherwise afford these services.
Vermont Business Magazine The annual “Big Change Roundup for Kids” raised $331,757.12 to support specialized care provided at The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital. The Roundup is the largest fundraiser each year for the hospital, and this is the largest preliminary total in the 13-year history of the event, outpacing last year’s mark of $314,600. That number is expected to grow as contributions continue to come in.
Vermont Business Magazine The House gave preliminary approval last Friday to the Workforce Development Bill, H.919, on a vote of 137-0. “This bill is an important step forward for Vermont,” said House Speaker Mitzi Johnson. “As I meet with business owners, workers, and business groups around the state, I constantly hear about the need for more educated and technically skilled workers. This bill will harmonize how we educate and train our workers, and how we address Vermonters’ call for better jobs and our employers’ need for skilled workers. I thank the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee for their diligent work on this issue that is so important to Vermont.”
Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) and Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) will partner to present a “Medicine Today” lecture about palliative care. The talk, Palliative Care, Hospice, and End-of-Life Issues, will be presented by Allen Hutcheson, MD, a specialist in palliative medicine. Palliative care is a relatively new medical specialty that aims to relieve patients’ suffering during serious illnesses.
Vermont Business Magazine Employees at Southwestern Vermont Health Care gathered on Friday, March 2, 2018 for a photo to celebrate National Dress in Blue Day, the Colorectal Cancer Alliance’s yearly event to raise awareness of the need for colorectal cancer screening. In 2018, more than 135,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. What's surprising is that colorectal cancer is mostly preventable when patients receive regular screenings. SVMC staff encourage everyone to ask their primary care provider which screening method is right for them or call SVMC’s nurse navigators at 802-447-5551.
Vermont Business Magazine The Cancer Center Community Crusaders (4Cs) hosted their 4th Annual Cabin Fever Dance at the Elks Lodge in Bennington, VT, on Saturday, February 24. The venue was generously donated by the Bennington Elks Lodge. “This event just keeps getting bigger and better,” said 4Cs Co-chair Bob Gorry. “We are grateful for the hard work our crews do to pull it together, to our many generous sponsors, and to all of the people who come and have fun for this great cause.”
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor’s Brattleboro Career Resource Center is relocating to the Marlboro College Graduate Center Building at 28 Vernon Street, Brattleboro. The new center will be open for business on Monday, April 2, 2018. This new location will provide an expanded resource center, additional computer terminals, and greater accessibility to a wide variety of resources to assist job seekers with reaching their training and career goals.
Vermont Business Magazine The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) has named award winning broadcast journalist Jennifer Costa, of Burlington, as Vermont government relations director. In this post, Costa will oversee advocacy efforts promoting evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.
Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan joined 15 other attorneys general in filing an amicus brief arguing that employment discrimination based on sexual orientation violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the brief filed with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Horton v. Midwest Geriatric Management, LLC, the attorneys general urge the court to join a growing number of federal appellate courts in recognizing that Title VII’s workplace protections extend to sexual orientation.