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Berkshire Bank acquires Rutland financial planning firm

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 10:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Berkshire Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc (NYSE: BHLB) based in Pittsfield, MA, and Ronald N Lazzaro PC, an independent financial planning and investment services firm based in Rutland announced on Monday the completion of an asset purchase transaction on December 2, 2016, and the launch of a strategic combination between the two firms.

Champlain College Online extends truED offerings to active duty service members

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 9:57am -- tim

Champlain College campus. Stephen Mease photo.

Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College has announced that beginning January 2017 active duty service members, National Guard members and members from Reserve Components of the US Armed Forces, and their spouses and eligible adult dependents now have access to its more than 50 nationally ranked, fully online post-secondary undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates at up to 70 percent off standard tuition through its truED program.

Blanchard: Controlling health care costs in retirement

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 9:47am -- tim

by Seth Blanchard It’s no secret that health care becomes a bigger concern for most of us as we grow older. More ailments are likely to develop, which means more money spent to visit health professionals and buy medication. Even if you remain healthy through your later years, the costs of preventative care and preparing for potential unexpected health situations are rising. Health-related expenses will likely be one of the biggest components of your retirement budget.

Making Connections Conference welcomes Stern Center professional

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 9:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On November 5, the Brattleboro Area Early Childhood Educators hosted the Making Connections Conference at Brattleboro Retreat. Professional learning providers from around the state shared their expertise through workshops covering a variety of topics, thereby enhancing the knowledge of roughly 80 Vermont early childhood providers and educators.

Health Department applauds federal rule banning smoking in public housing

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 8:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD praised the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for its approval this week of a new rule that requires a smoke-free environment in public housing residences. According to the announcement made last week by HUD Secretary Julian Castro, the rule will prohibit "lit tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars or pipes) in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices and all outdoor areas within 25 feet of housing and administrative office buildings."

Kinney Drugs partners with VHC to provide health insurance info on Tuesday

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 6:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community-based, employee-owned Kinney Drugs continues its partnership with Vermont Health Connect to help inform local communities about their options in the insurance marketplace. Kinney Drugs will host a free event at 308 Shelburne Road in Burlington, to educate the public about their health insurance options on Tuesday, December 6 from 10 am-2 pm.

McClaughry: Men without work

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 4:32am -- tim

by John McClaughry A lot of serious long-term national issues simply weren’t addressed in the recent national election. That’s not surprising. Issues like the alarming growth of the national debt, the rising consequences of opiate addiction,  and unprecedented changes in demography don’t fit easkily into  political campaigns and their 30 second ads.

FairPoint sold to Consolidated in all-stock deal

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 5:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont's largest telecommunications company will be sold to an Illinois firm. Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: CNSL) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRP), a business and broadband communications provider, in an all-stock merger transaction valued at approximately $1.5 billion, including debt ($887 million), which accounts for more than half the total value of the deal. The agreement and the proposed merger have been unanimously approved by the boards of directors at both companies.

Vermont Business Roundtable announces 2016 New Medallion Award Recipient

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 5:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (Roundtable) announced the recipient of the 2016 New Medallion Award, which recognizes exceptional school leadership and progress toward the goals inherent in Act 46 of equity, access, and quality of educational experiences for all Vermont students: Rachael Potts, Internship Coordinator and Employment Specialist from Harwood Union High School.

USDA Rural Development is hiring paid career track interns

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 4:31pm -- Denise Sortor

The United States Department of Agriculture is hiring paid part time interns to help transform rural America. The positions are intended to be non-competitively transferred into federal service upon graduation.USDA Rural Development administers more than 40 loan and grant programs. Candidates will learn how to originate mortgages, help municipalities access grants and loans, and help rural businesses access capital. We’re seeking students (at least half-time) enrolled in a degree or certificate program interested in working about 20 hours a week.

KSE Partners rebrands to Leonine Public Affairs

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 4:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine KSE Partners, now Leonine Public Affairs, launches its new brand today. KSE Partners, based in Montpelier, has been a leading Vermont premier government relations and public relations firm for nearly 30 years. Now, KSE Partners is retiring its original identity and launching its new look, office space, and name, Leonine Public Affairs.