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UVM analysis: Vermont 4-H'ers attend college at higher than average rates

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 5:25pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Vermonters who participate in 4-H attend college at higher rates than average, according to an assessment of student data conducted by the University of Vermont. Of the 87 Vermont students who graduated from high school in 2015 and 2016 and participated in 4-H, 66 percent went on to college, the assessment found.

Vermont is top rated state by business credit score

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 2:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine It’s no secret that personal credit scores are a barometer of financial strength. The better your score, the easier (and cheaper) it is to get things like a mortgage or car loan. But, did you know small business owners have a separate business credit score for their company? The two scores share commonalities, both impact a business owner’s ability to get financing, but they also have surprising differences. In either case, Vermont is a leader in both. Vermont finished first on the business credit score and second in personal.

FirstLight and Sovernet Communications combine operations

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 1:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine FirstLight Fiber, a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in the Northeast, announced today that Oak Hill Capital Partners has completed its acquisition of Sovernet Communications and has combined the operations of Sovernet with FirstLight. Oak Hill has acquired several telecom providers over the last year with an emphasis on fiber optic networks and combined them under the FirstLight brand.

Donovan supports Hawaii's restraining order request against travel ban

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 1:13pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General Thomas J Donovan, Jr, joined nine other attorneys general yesterday and filed an amicus brief in the Federal District Court for Hawaii in support of the State of Hawaii’s request for a temporary restraining order enjoining the enforcement of the revised Executive Order issued on March 6, 2017.

Cabin Fever Dance raises $3,000 for SVHC's Cancer Center Patient Resource Fund

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 12:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Cancer Center Community Crusaders (4Cs) hosted their 3rd Annual Cabin Fever Dance at the Elks Lodge in Bennington, VT, on Saturday, February 25. The event welcomed over 250 guests and raised nearly $3,000 for the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center's (SVRCC) Patient Resource Fund. Attendees—many of whom wore flannel shirts, the recommended event attire—enjoyed dancing to music supplied by DJ John Woodell, exciting raffles, and great food.

Statement from Governor Scott on winter storm Warning and state’s preparation

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 12:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement: “Vermont is under a statewide Winter Storm Warning and a Blizzard Warning for the western edge of Vermont, through Wednesday evening. My Administration is closely monitoring the storm and potential impacts on Vermont’s roadways, infrastructure and public safety." The Western and Southern parts of the state are expected to be hardest hit, with accumulations up to 18 inches by Wednesday night.

Vermont AG responds to small business issues

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 12:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Thomas J Donovan Jr, the Vermont Attorney General, announced during a press conference at the University of Vermont on Monday that his staff is taking steps to make the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program more responsive to Vermont small businesses’ issue. The Consumer Assistance Program provides information, referral and mediation services to address consumer complaints.

Aging in Community: How Living Well Group is changing elder care

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Paul Kervick and Dee DeLuca have known each other for more than three decades. More than one-third of that time has been spent changing society’s approach to elder care. The two entrepreneurs are altering how we as a nation, a state, and a community approach aging and health care as part of their Living Well Group, with campuses in Bristol, Burlington and Montpelier.

CVMC names Choate chief nursing officer, Hartzell first DAISY Award recipient

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Matthew Choate, BSN, RN, MBA, CEN, CPEN was recently named Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC). Choate had served as interim CNO since December 2016. Choate cited recognition for nurses, fiscal management, and staff engagement as priorities he’ll remain committed to in the role. CVMC also named Jane Hartzell, RN, its first DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses recipient.

Perrigo launches the parent 'formula' for success

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont-based infant formula company Perrigo Nutritionals is launching a new parent-centered campaign. Every parent has a unique "formula" for how to juggle it all: family, work and "me" time. To celebrate the everyday parenting balancing act, Perrigo, the leading manufacturer of store brand infant formula, has launched the #ShareYourFormula Sweepstakes running now through April 24.