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Citizens Bank marks Small Business Month with simple tips for small business cash management

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:12am -- tim

Citizens Bank is marking Small Business Month by offering eight simple small business cash flow tips. In many cases, with business owners focused primarily on day-to-day operations, cash flow is only a focal point when there is a problem. But business owners who establish proactive strategies for cash management are able to avoid those problems and create new growth opportunities through reinvestment by making their capital work better for them.

KeyBank employees' day of volunteerism Wednesday

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 3:56am -- tim

On May 13, more than 6,000 KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) employees will participate in the bank’s 25th annual Neighbors Make the Difference Day, a day of volunteerism supported by paid time off.  Employees will spend the afternoon volunteering on more than 700 service projects in 13 states across the nation, from Maine to Alaska, donating 24,000 hours of time. In Vermont, employees will volunteer at 11 organizations, including the Vermont Respite House and the Rutland Housing Authority.

Lyndon State named to 100 Most Affordable Small Colleges in America list

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:10pm -- tim

Lyndon State College has been named one of America’s 100 Most Affordable Small Colleges by Best Value Schools. Lyndon landed at 55 on the list; it is ranked as the most afforadable of the three Vermont schools listed. Best Value Schools is an online guide for aspiring college students who are seeking the best value in their college education. The Best Small College’s list focuses on traditional four-year colleges — not community colleges, graduate schools, or specialty schools. For this list, “small college” was defined as a school with fewer than 4,000 students.

Ownership change at Vermont Tent Company

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:25pm -- tim

Vermont Tent Company, based in South Burlington, has been in business since 1975, with John Crabbe, Jr at the helm since it’s early beginnings as Vermont Tent & Catering Services with one tent and a few tables and chairs. As the company grew into one of the highest regarded event rental providers in the area, three key employees had devoted years of their time to gain the knowledge and experience needed to become the trusted and professional leadership group to take over the reigns and ownership of the company.  

Ventriss: Having the courage to change

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:13pm -- tim

by Lisa Ventriss, President, Vermont Business Roundtable The good news is that Vermonters have had a very robust dialogue on education reform this year, which has moved us farther than previous years in terms of understanding of and agreement on the need for system-wide change. This is due primarily to the tremendous work of Vermont’s Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe who, in a very brief period of time, has created a database of “current state” information on every school in Vermont.

Close votes mark Vermont Electric Cooperative board elections

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:07pm -- tim

The results of Vermont Electric Cooperative’s (VEC) annual election were announced at the Annual Meeting of the Membership on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Jay Peak Resort. A total of 2,972 members cast their ballots for five ballot items and four director seats. Two bylaw changes passed, one encouraging all eligible members to run for the Board of Directors and the other allowing directors to participate in board meetings by videoconference. A bylaw change that would have placed term limits on directors was voted down by the membership.

House passes economic development bill

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:02pm -- tim

The Vermont House of Representatives today passed a wide ranging economic development bill (S138) that offers new support for both employers and employees in an effort to strengthen Vermont's economy. Highlights of the bill include: assistance for first time homebuyers; bolstering Vermont's VEGI program; creating more access to capital for small businesses; funding for economic development marketing; strengthening career technical education and workforce training; and better integration of disabled workers in the workforce.

Vermont to get $1.6 million of $158 million in 'mobile cramming' case

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:19pm -- tim

Attorney General Bill Sorrell announced today that his Consumer Protection Division — along with the Attorneys General of the other 49 States and the District of Columbia, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Federal Communications Commission — reached settlements with Sprint Corporation and Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless, that include $158 million in payments, and that r

Sanders urges VA to use emergency powers to save lives of veterans with liver disease

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:33am -- tim

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) today asked the Department of Veterans Affairs to invoke emergency powers to make expensive hepatitis C drugs available at affordable prices to treat tens of thousands of veterans now being denied the most effective care. The VA recently stopped enrolling veterans in successful new treatments for the often deadly liver disease because the department already had spent the more than $400 million it had budgeted for the costly drugs.

Vermont to review new EPA guidance for Lake Champlain blue-green algae toxins

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:23am -- tim

State agencies and local partners are gearing up for summer cyanobacteria monitoring on Lake Champlain. Annual monitoring efforts by the Vermont Department of Health, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) will be guided by new advice from the EPA on blue-green algae toxins in drinking water.

“We welcome the new science-based guidance from EPA, and will use it to determine the appropriate advisory level to protect the health of Vermonters,” said Health Department State Toxicologist Sarah Vose, PhD.

Health Department warns tick season already underway

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:19am -- tim

Ticks are a lot like weeds: They survive winter’s freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall and lack of sunshine. These resilient critters can carry pathogens – microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites – that cause illness.

“Ticks are abundant in all parts of the state. Using bug spray and doing daily tick checks should be part of every Vermonter’s routine,” said Erica Berl, an infectious disease epidemiologist for the Vermont Department of Health. “The earlier you remove a tick, the less likely you are to become sick.”