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Fuse named one of America’s Best Places to Work by OUTSIDE magazine

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 3:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Fuse, an agency specializing in helping brands reach teens and young adults, today was named one of OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2015. This marks the fourth year Fuse has been named to the list, an annual project designed to identify and celebrate the top companies across the United States that help their employees strike an ideal balance between work and play. The full list is available online here.

Vermont homes sales finally edge up in price

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 1:49pm -- tim

Vermont home sales have been steadily rising over the last several months, but prices have actually gone down. In October, prices rebounded somewhat and were up over the same time last year. Meanwhile across the region, the residential market in New England year-over-year sales increased by 3.8 percent, according to The RE/MAX INTEGRA, New England October Monthly Housing Report. Pending sales were up 12.3 percent over October 2014 (Vermont 11.7 percent) while average days on market decreased by nearly 11 percent (Vermont nearly 14 percent).

Keurig KOLD launches line of cocktail mixers

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 7:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Waterbury, Vermont-based Keurig Green Mountain, Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR), a personal beverage system company that has revolutionized the way consumers create and enjoy beverages, expands its Keurig KOLD beverage lineup with two new cocktail mixer brands, just in time for holiday family and friend gatherings and drop-in visitors - Rita's & Tina's and Union St Lounge - both available in KOLD pods beginning today on

Vermont nets $125,000 to connect schools and local farms

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 4:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A program long championed by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) will invest $125,000 in bolstering efforts to bring local agriculture into the classrooms and cafeterias of schools across Vermont. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Farm to School grants Tuesday to connect child nutrition programs with local farmers.

Shap Smith suspends run for governor

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 2:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Speaker of the House Shap Smith announced today that he is withdrawing from the race for governor of Vermont because his wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer. On his campaign Web site and at a press conference this afternoon in Montpelier, Smith said he and his wife, Dr Melissa Volansky, are optimistic of a full recovery. Smith, partner in the Burlington law firm Dinse Knapp McAndrew and a resident of Morrisville, was a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination. Smith will have served eight years as Speaker.

Governor provides update on Vermont Health Connect open enrollment

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 12:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Two weeks into the third annual open enrollment period for Vermont Health Connect, Governor Peter Shumlin and top health care officials today provided an update and pointed to the long road the state has traveled to improve the health care marketplace since its launch in 2013. So far this open enrollment period, more than 18,000 individuals are completely through the renewal process, having had their 2016 plans confirmed with Vermont Health Connect’s payment processor and insurance carrier partners.

Great American Smokeout: How to diplomatically help a friend stop smoking

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 12:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine November 19, 2015 marks the date of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, when cigarette smokers are asked to refrain from smoking for one day in hopes that the effort will lead to quitting forever. Most people know a smoker they would like to see stop, but wonder if making that request is appropriate. Research from the University of Vermont (UVM) says “yes” – smokers who are exposed to cues to stop are twice as likely to try to quit.

BCBSVT offers options for Medicare beneficiaries

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 12:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) has announced its competitively priced Medicare Part D prescription drug plan options for the 2016 open enrollment period. BCBSVT, in a joint venture with three other New England Blue plans, contracts with the federal government to offer prescription drug coverage, called Blue MedicareRx (PDP). The 2016 open enrollment period runs from October 15 to December 7, 2015. Enrollment is effective on January 1, 2016.   

Pharma: Health Commissioner Chen warns of Vermont’s most dangerous leftovers

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Prescription drugs are Vermont’s most dangerous leftovers, warns Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD in a new 30-second ad. “Most people who abuse prescription painkillers got them from friends or family,” said Dr Chen, who practiced emergency medicine in Rutland for more than 20 years. “Often, these drugs came straight out of the medicine cabinet. Every one of us can take action to keep drugs out of the hands of those who should not have them.”

VEDA approves $46.5 million in financing to support economic development projects

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has approved $46.5 million in loan and bond financings for a number of commercial, agricultural, energy and small business projects throughout Vermont. Among the projects approved for financing assistance are manufacturing expansions in Middlebury and Barre that are expected to create 32 new manufacturing jobs within three years.