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Over 1,000 children receive holiday cheer

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 3:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The holiday season shined brightly for hundreds of local children as the generous community made their Christmas wishes come true. The Salvation Army teamed up with the Star 92.9 radio group, Shearer Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac, and Lenny's Shoe & Apparel for the annual Christmas is for Kids holiday gift drive. Through the month of December, the radio group shared the Christmas wish lists of local children live on the airwaves.

Report: Workforce development critical to sustain local food economy

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 3:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Representatives of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network and staff at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund presented the 2017 Farm to Plate Annual Report to the Vermont Legislature House and Senate Agriculture Committees today, identifying a critical need to improve Vermont’s workforce development system in order to continue to grow the local food economy.

Vermont Senate passes, governor excepted to sign, bill making pot legal for adults

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 2:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont is poised to become the ninth state to make marijuana legal for adults and the first to do so through its legislature. The bill, H511, received final approval on Wednesday from the Vermont Senate and will now make its way to the desk of Governor Phil Scott, who vetoed a similar bill in 2017. In December, Governor Phil Scott indicated that he would sign H 511 as amended into law. The Vermont House passed the bill last Thursday.

Leahy presses for budget parity as negotiations drag

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 1:44pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) Just last week we began the Second Session of the 115th Congress. It is 2018 and we should be talking about what we can accomplish for the American people in the New Year. Instead, we face a long list of unfinished business from 2017, and a very short window in which to get it done. We are four months into Fiscal Year 2018, and we still do not have a budget deal. Our agencies are operating under last year’s funding levels with little flexibility to adjust for the problems of today. We still have not reauthorized the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), putting the health care of 9 million children at risk.  And nearly 800,000 DREAMers live under a cloud of uncertainty and fear of deportation. This is unacceptable.

Vermont gets new SBA regional administrator

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon today announced the appointment of six SBA Regional Administrators. SBA has 10 regions covering the United States and US territories. These offices, which are managed by politically appointed administrators, play a part in supervising the 68 district offices and promoting the President's and SBA Administrator's policies, messages and priorities throughout the region. The New England region will be led by Wendell G Davis. Darcy Carter continues to lead the SBA Vermont office.

Gardener’s Supply buys Longacres, expands to Lebanon, NH

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Gardener’s Supply Company, the employee-owned purveyor of great garden gear, has completed the purchase of its first garden center in New Hampshire. The acquisition was first announced in September.  Longacres’ Nursery Center in Lebanon, has been the preeminent garden center in the Upper Valley for more than 40 years. The acquisition marks the beginning of what’s planned to be a significant expansion for the Burlington, VT-based company. Currently closed for renovations, the new Longacres is scheduled to reopen January 22, 2018.

Ski Vermont 2018 Specialty Food Days Tour starts at Jay Peak Jan 26

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:16am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Skiers and snowboarders will once again be able to snack, sip and ski their way through Vermont’s favorite local food and drink vendors this year with the return of Ski Vermont’s Specialty Food Days Tour. This slope side tour will kick off on January 26th at Jay Peak Resort visiting fifteen resorts over the course of ten weeks.

Phone lines for DOL Employer Services & Program Integrity Units repaired

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor’s Employer Services and Program Integrity Units within the Unemployment Insurance Division experienced technical difficulties last week involving public phone lines. Those technical issues have been resolved, and all phone lines have been repaired and are functioning. The Program Integrity Unit can be contacted by calling 802.828.4333, and the Employer Services Unit can be contacted by calling 802.828.4344.

Vermont captive industry posts strong 2017

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 4:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine 2017 proved to be another highly successful year for Vermont’s captive insurance industry.  The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation reports 24 new captive licenses, bringing Vermont’s total to 1,112, with 566 active captive insurance companies. The new captives were made up of 11 pure captives, 5 sponsored captives, 3 Risk Retention Groups (RRGs), 3 special purpose financial insurers, 1 branch captive and 1 industrial insured captive. New and notable captives include Life Time Fitness, Inc., AAA Northeast, Barclays Group US, Inc, and Bright Horizons Family Solutions. This does not even include the recent decision by the UVM Health Network to bring its captive to Vermont from the Bahamas in 2018.

Net neutrality resolution reaches 40-vote milestone in Senate

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 3:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s US Senators, Sen Patrick Leahy (D) and Sen Bernie Sanders (I), are among those who have helped reach the milestone of 40 senators joining Senator Edward J Markey (D-Mass) in signing on in support of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval to overturn the anti-consumer regulations passed in December by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and supported by Donald Trump to end net neutrality.

Governor appoints Rory Thibault as interim Washington County state’s attorney

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Rory Thibault as interim Washington County state’s attorney. Thibault’s appointment fills the vacancy after former State’s Attorney Scott Williams resigned on Monday. Thibault was sworn in by Governor Scott Tuesday morning to ensure continuity in leadership at the Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office.