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Vermont Senate passes paid sick leave bill, votes down small business exemption

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 3:44pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Today the Vermont Senate passed the Paid Sick Days Bill (H. 187) giving all Vermonters access to three paid sick days after they have worked a year. The bill excluded an amendment which would have exempted small businesses with five or fewer employees from the Paid Sick Days bill.

Leahy calls on USDA to raise minimum broadband speeds for rural Vermont and rural America

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 2:54pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Wednesday sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, asking him to use his existing authority to raise the minimum broadband speed that determines funding eligibility for the Farm Bill broadband loan program.

Shumlin highlights damages to lakes, fish and forests resulting from coal

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:38pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Continuing his push for Vermont to divest from coal stocks, Gov. Peter Shumlin today highlighted the negative effects the burning of coal has on Vermont’s lakes and waterways, fish species, and forests and how it threatens important economic industries like tourism, outdoor recreation, and iconic maple sugaring.

City invites public input on criteria for sale of Burlington Telecom

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:22pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine The City of Burlington and the Burlington community have a significant investment in Burlington Telecom’s success and interests in ensuring affordable, effective, and responsive fiber optic services for its residents. To that end, the City is engaged in a public process with the residents of Burlington to determine criteria by which the City should be guided in a future transaction involving the ownership of Burlington Telecom.  We invite you to join the discussion and share your thoughts at the final public meeting:

Fuse White Paper discusses understanding your future consumer

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:23pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine. Gen Z -- the population born from 1995 to present -- is the second largest generation at 26% of the US population. By 2025, Gen Z will grow dramatically, becoming the largest generation totaling 29% of the US population. (US Census Bureau 2015)

A brand's ability to anticipate where Gen Z is going and identify opportunities to reach them will help ensure its relevance and business success.

Only Superpipe in the east now open at Okemo Mountain Resort

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:17pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine. Consistently cold overnight temperatures paired with the unwavering dedication of Okemo Mountain Resort’s experienced snowmaking team resulted in the opening of the only Superpipe in the East this week. Featuring 18-foot walls and extending over 500 feet in length, Okemo’s AMP Energy Superpipe is now open daily.

Okemo’s 18-foot Superpipe is located in The Zone and accessible via The Pull surface lift. In addition to the Superpipe, the resort has also built seven terrain parks containing 66 jumps, rails and other creative features.

Vermont Dairy Cooperative first to adopt new technology to improve value of milk and farm management practices

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:57am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine. The St. Albans Cooperative Creamery is the first dairy cooperative in the nation to provide new information to farmers about the fatty acids that make up the milk fat in their cow’s milk.  Local researchers found a direct correlation between the fat content in milk and farm management practices – this information will allow farmers to improve the way they feed and manage their cows as well as earn a higher pay for their milk.

Union Bank named USDA Guaranteed Lender of the Year for Vermont

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:55am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Union Bank received the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Vermont 2015 Guaranteed Lender of the Year Award in recognition of the bank’s dedication to rural home buyers. USDA officials presented the award at the Woodbury residence of Craig and Rachel Wilson who purchased their home one year ago through Union Bank using the USDA’s Guaranteed Home Loan Program.

Berkshire Bank announces over $2 Million in community support

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:54am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine  Berkshire Bank announced today its two charitable Foundations awarded a total of $1,810,229 in grants to non-profit organizations in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Vermont during 2015. The grants supported important education and community development initiatives as well as health and human services and cultural programs.  In addition, Berkshire Bank provided approximately $500,000 in community sponsorships, raising Berkshire’s total contributions in the community to more than $2.3 million.   

BioTek to be Awarded 2015 Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:03am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Continuing a proud tradition, BioTek Instruments will receive the 2015 Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award, presented by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. The award will be presented at the 2016 Worksite Wellness conference on March 30, 2016 in Burlington, VT. The conference highlights Vermont companies and their efforts to promote the health and wellness of employees.