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Road Pitch rolls out 2017 winners

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 3:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Now that 10 entrepreneurs have won their local pitches, they'll gear up for the statewide pitch-off in October. The fourth annual FreshTracks Road Pitch, a five-day motorcycle tour of Vermont in which a gang of more than 60 “business bikers” (comprised of investors, entrepreneurs and business advisers) ride around the state, stopping in 10 towns to listen to entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts, was held July 31st through August 4th 2017. 

More optimism in latest Davis & Hodgdon economic outlook survey

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 2:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The results from the recent Vermont small business economic outlook survey indicate that, not surprisingly, key issues for Vermont businesses include health insurance costs, taxes, and finding qualified employees. These issues were identified for all Vermont businesses surveyed, regardless of size and county. Nearly 150 Vermont businesses completed the latest semi-annual economic survey in July regarding the outlook of Vermont’s small- to medium-sized businesses.

Agencies reaffirm Vermont’s high bond ratings

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office prepares to sell approximately $100 million in general obligation bonds, Treasurer Beth Pearce and Governor Phil Scott were notified that Vermont has maintained the highest bond ratings in the Northeast, and among the highest in the US. The reaffirmed ratings came after Governor Scott and Treasurer Pearce led members of the Administration and Treasurer’s Office to meet with each of the rating agencies in New York to review Vermont’s economy, finances and fiscal outlook.

Smith: Transparency would be better policy at Public Safety

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 7:57am -- tim

by  The Vermont Department of Public Safety has earned two reputations of late — one good and the other bad. First, the good reputation: The department recruits and employs dedicated public servants who are willing to put themselves in harm’s way to protect us. Every Vermonter should be grateful for their service.

Sanders to visit Franklin County on Monday

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 7:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) on Monday will make stops in Franklin County. He will tour Northern Tier Center for Health (NOTCH), a federally qualified health center in Richford, and meet with staff. In St Albans, Sanders will hold a senior town meeting to discuss the serious issues facing people in Vermont and throughout the United States. In the afternoon, Sanders will meet with dairy farmers in East Fairfield.

Monday, Aug. 14

What: Tour NOTCH, a federally qualified health center

When: 10 a.m.

Cathcart steps down as leader of Humane Society of Chittenden County

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 2:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In the fall of 2016, Nancy Cathcart was preparing for long-needed bilateral knee replacement surgery when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The Board and staff accommodated her leave of absence and part-time status through treatments. As she approached another extended leave of absence for knee replacement surgery, she made the decision to resign her position to focus on her healing and recovery.

Regulator grants Blue Cross 9.2 percent increase, MVP 3.5 percent

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 2:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) announced this week its premium rates for Blue Cross and MVP, as well as releasing its list of prescription drugs that have risen the most over the last year. The GMCB cut the rate requests for both insurers, but Blue Cross was granted a 9.2 percent increase and MVP a 3.5 percent increase.