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LoveYourBrain partners with Vew-Do Balance Boards to bring greater balance to people with traumatic brain injuries

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 2:46pm -- katie

The new Vew-Do “Love Your Brain” Balance Boards Provide Multi-Step Progression to Better Balance. 

The LoveYourBrain Foundation announced today that it has partnered with Vew-Do Balance Boards to provide a fun and innovative way for people with traumatic brain injuries to improve their balance, and their lives. 

Vermont Rural Ventures finances Vermont College of Fine Arts projects with new markets tax credits

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 11:37am -- katie

Vermont Rural Ventures provided New Markets Tax Creditfinancing to Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA), bringing $3 million of new funds to the nonprofit graduate education institution.

This financing and new capital allows VCFA to expand programming and complete several capital improvement projects. Low-cost and long-term financing from Vermont Rural Ventures will conserve working capital and help stabilize VCFA for the future.

Brand USA coming to Vermont to promote Stowe and Smuggs

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 4:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On August 20-21 (Thursday-Friday), Brand USA, the United States destination marketing organization established by Congress in 2010, brings its global travel campaign to Stowe and Smugglers’ Notch as part of its partnership with the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing to produce four innovative, in-language videos to attract international visitors from the United Kingdom.

Weekly unemployment claims stay steady, low

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 8:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims in Vermont rose above 400 last week, but remain low, consistent with typically low summer totals. There were 410 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont, an increase of 22 from the previous week's total and 22 fewer than they were a year ago. Generally, claims have been running below last year's totals.

Leahy: Vermont could lead on reducing risk from cyberterrorism

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 8:31am -- tim

Erin Mansfield Vermont’s senior senator is hoping the state will lead the way in how companies protect themselves from cyberterrorism. US Senator Patrick Leahy, D-VT, told a convention of 1,000 captive insurance industry executives Wednesday that he is working with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, to pass a law that would help large companies put money aside as insurance for cyber attacks.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont employees support Dragonheart Vermont

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 4:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Nearly sixty Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) employees participated in the 10th Annual Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival, hosted by Dragonheart Vermont, on Sunday, August 2nd, 2015. BCBSVT has sponsored the festival for many years, as well as bringing two teams to compete, have fun and support a good cause. All participants worked hard and brought their team spirit!

Vermont AG, GMP go to court over Vermont Yankee decommissioning fund

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 10:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General William H Sorrell, the Department of Public Service, and two utilities filed a Petition yesterday in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit challenging a decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). NRC regulations state that the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund (VY trust fund) can be used only for decommissioning expenses. The regulations prohibit using the fund for managing spent nuclear fuel at the site. Nevertheless, the NRC recently approved an exemption from those regulations.

NPI completes IT project for YWCA of Vermont and Camp Hochelaga

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 3:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine NPI, a Technology Management company in South Burlington, has complteed a technology project for YWCA of Vermont and Camp Hochelaga. The office in Essex Junction received an upgrade of their wireless capabilities as well as improvements in their network performance; the Camp’s wireless was also upgraded.

Deb Sawyer JorschickExecutive Director, found project leader Drew Larsen to be a true asset during the assignment, saying “he kept us informed and used (technology) terms we could understand.”  

EPA, state release final draft plan to restore Lake Champlain

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 1:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 Administrator Curt Spalding, standing today on the shores of Lake Champlain at North Beach, shared the formal Plan to reduce phosphorous runoff into Lake Champlain and the agreed upon “Total Maximum Daily Load” (TMDL) that will place a cap on the maximum amount of phosphorous that is allowed to enter the Lake and still meet Vermont’s water quality standards.

Green Mountain Care Board approves Blue Cross rate hike of 5.9 percent, MVP 2.4 percent

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 1:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Green Mountain Care Board on Thursday announced its decisions on 2016 rate increase requests for health insurance plans offered on Vermont Health Connect (VHC), Vermont’s online health benefit exchange. The GMCB reduced the rate requests and approved a 5.9 percent annual increase for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Vermont, and a 2.4 percent increase for MVP. The rates were filed by insurers on May 15th and were subject to a 90-day technical analysis and review by the GMCB.

GMP and BED alert customers to phone scam

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 1:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Electric Department and Green Mountain Power today are warning customers about an ongoing bill payment phone scam that threatens customers with disconnection if they do not pay immediately. In a new wave of calls today, BED customers received calls claiming to be from GMP and giving the customer a fake toll free number to call, which is answered by a recording claiming to be Green Mountain Power.