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Center for Financial Literacy gets $120,000 grant for teacher training, will restart Champlain College summer program

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy has received a $120,000 challenge grant from Next Gen Personal Finance, a non-profit organization that connects educators and students with free financial literacy resources. According to an announcement Wednesday, Champlain's CFL is one of the few places in the nation that offers educators a three-credit graduate summer residency course. This nationally recognized training program was last held during the summers of 2011-2013. 

45 businesses named as Best Places to Work in Vermont 2017

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 1:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce have announced the top forty-five Best Places to Work in Vermont 2017. The awards program was created in 2006 and is presented in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management, Vermont State Council, (SHRM), the Agency of Economic Opportunity and Best Companies Group.

Jay Peak Resort named a Top 5 Best Ski Resort in America

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 10:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Jay Peak Resort announced Tuesday it has been named among the Top 10 (#5 on the list) Best Ski areas by Liftopia, which operates the largest consumer marketplace and resort technology platform for ski lift tickets and other mountain activities. Voters in Liftopia’s 2016-17 Best in Snow Awards specifically touted Jay Peak Resort’s “tremendous amount of back country” with “New England-style skiing at its best including tight, twisty runs and challenging glade skiing that is far enough from the coast and gets tons of snow.”

National Life employees pump $289,000 into nonprofits

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 10:39am -- tim

Vermont Busness Magazine National Life employees pumped nearly $289,000 into local nonprofits through their own payroll deductions and a matching program offered by the company’s charitable foundation in 2016. In its annual Community Giving Campaign, National Life gives employees the option of donating to nonprofits through payroll deduction. And for the second year, the National Life Group Foundation matched donations up to $1,500.

McClaughry: Health care reform, what to expect

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 6:30am -- tim

by John McClaughry Six years ago a Democratic Congress and President enacted ObamaCare. Whatever one may have thought about its merits, after six years it is unmistakably clear that it cannot continue without heroic, disruptive interventions in 2017, costing many billions of dollars. Congressional Democrats, who have taken serious beatings at the polls for championing the act, argue that its salvation consists of creating the government-run “public option” health insurance company.

Vermont Tech Class of 2016 reports 100 percent placement rate

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Across the country, students, and families are increasingly focused on the job opportunities available to students after graduation.  Based on its most recent Job Outcome Survey, Vermont Tech’s students achieve at a uniquely high level. Vermont Tech recently conducted its 6-Month Job Outcome survey for the class of 2016. Out of the total 575 graduates, 477 students responded to the survey, giving an 83% response rate.

Scott realigns economic department to bring business and labor together

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:06pm -- tim

Liquor, Lottery and IT also see changes

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine While this is not, initially anyway, a way to save money, Governor Phil Scott's realignment of several important departments should improve efficiency and provide better service to the people of Vermont. The governor today announced that under Executive Order 05-17, he will merge the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) with the Department of Labor (DOL) to create the Agency of Economic Opportunity (AEO).

Executive training program available to Vermont entrepreneurs

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 3:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Technical College, as the educational partner of the SBA's Emerging Leaders program, is seeking 20 entrepreneurs throughout the state to participate in a free business course starting in April. Emerging Leaders is a free executive-level training program for established business owners poised for growth. Over the course of seven months at Vermont Tech's Williston campus, each participating entrepreneur will learn immediate ways to improve their business and will create a three-year strategic growth plan to build a sustainable business of size and scale.

Kathy Austin named CEO of Community National Bank

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 2:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community Bancorp, the parent company of Community National Bank, has announced that Kathryn M Austin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Community Bancorp and Community National Bank, has been named as the Chief Executive Officer of both corporations as of January 11, 2017. Stephen Marsh, who recently retired as CEO from Community Bancorp and Community National Bank, will continue to serve as the Board Chair for both the Community Bancorp and Community National Bank boards.

Condos: Our elections systems as 'Critical Infrastructure'

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 11:12am -- tim

by Secretary of State Jim Condos Protecting election integrity and security is one of my most important duties of the Secretary of State. It’s a sacred responsibility and is something I take seriously. This includes cybersecurity. My office has been taking steps to prepare for growing cyber threats for some time. We hired independent experts to perform cybersecurity assessments of all of our systems. Based on those results, we further fortified our defenses and put appropriate proactive protections in place.