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LCC: Mostly clear sailing for cyanobacteria monitors

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 11:39am -- tim

Lake Champlain Committee LCC cyanobacteria monitors mainly reported good conditions this week. There were two low alert blooms at Vermont inland lakes (Shelburne Pond and Ticklenaked Pond) with other sites evidencing good conditions. While blooms witnessed on Lake Champlain were restricted to Missisquoi Bay (one location) and St Albans Bay (four sites), we are still at the peak bloom period for our region. Spring and summer rains have flushed lots of nutrients into the water and temperatures are predicted to rise through the beginning of next week. The warmer weather could trigger a spate of blooms so please be on the lookout, report anything of concern and avoid cyanobacteria. 

BioTek advances Middle East and North Africa business with new Dubai office

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 11:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As part of its continuing growth acceleration, BioTek Instruments is excited to announce the opening of the BioTek Middle East office, located in Dubai, UAE. The office will serve as the central hub for BioTek’s activities and growth in the Middle East and North Africa region, and will be headed by Ms Divya Galani, regional Application and Product Manager. The office, and all sales, marketing and distribution strategies in the region, will be overseen by Mr. Steven Fisher, Managing Director Asia Pacific and Middle East.


Garlic Fest celebrates 22 years of stinkin’ up Vermont

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 3:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Every Labor Day Weekend for 22 years the Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival has been stinkin’ up Vermont. It’s known for it’s cascading rows of 200 plus garlic vendors, kids activities, food trucks, beer & wine garden, and regional live bands. It’s always a good thyme! Garlic Fest, as it's affectionately known as for short, is held at the grounds of Camelot Village and Antique Center located at 66 Colegate Heights in Bennington on September 2nd and 3rd - Labor Day Weekend. Gates open at 10 am to 5 pm.

OneDigital named to Inc. list every year since 2007

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 3:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine OneDigital Health and Benefits, the nation's largest employee benefits-only company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with an office in Colchester, Vermont has been selected for the eleventh consecutive year to Inc. 5000’s distinguished listing of America’s fastest-growing private companies. OneDigital’s record performance year-over-year is a testament to the organization’s financial and organic growth.

SVC dedicates 'Lonnie’s Lookout' in memory of Lonnie Bortman

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 2:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A dedication ceremony in memory of Southern Vermont College alumnus Lonnie Bortman ’94 took place on campus Sunday, August 13. The site of the dedication, called “Lonnie’s Lookout,” is located on the Everett cave path through the upper orchard on campus (a path off the Everett Mansion courtyard). Bortman was born in New Jersey in 1971 and grew up in Sunnyvale, CA. From a young age he enjoyed outings to parks and a variety of sports, especially soccer, bicycle riding and skiing.

PAI: Vermont’s labor force hits a 15-year low

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 4:57pm -- tim

Public Assets Institute In July Vermont’s labor force dropped to its lowest level in 15 years. The labor force comprises people who are employed, including self-employed, and those who are unemployed but actively job hunting. Vermont’s labor force fell to 343,850 last month—the lowest level since July 2002, when it numbered 343,835. The unemployment rate also dropped in July, to 3.1 percent. The decline in the labor force tells us that unemployment shrank not because people found jobs, but because they stopped looking.

Senators press DHS on de-emphasis of domestic terrorism efforts

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 4:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In the wake of the deadly attack stemming from a far-right demonstration in Charlottesville, lawmakers led by US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) are pressing the Department of Homeland Security on questions arising from the Trump Administration’s apparent de-emphasis on protecting Americans from domestic terrorism, especially the Administration’s apparent decision to de-emphasize combating far-right extremism.

Unemployment rate down to 3.1 percent, but labor force falls

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine All three broad-based measures fell in July's unemployment report, as the number of those looking for work declined in Vermont, but so too did the labor force and total employed, both for the month and year-to-year. The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for July was 3.1 percent.

Weekly unemployment claims slip to 366

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims fell slightly last week to remain at a low summer-time level. Claims had been falling steadily since early July. Claims also are lower than they were the same time last year, which has been the usual case for most weeks in 2017. For the week of August 12, 2017, there were 366 claims, down 26 from the previous week's total and 184 fewer than than they were a year ago.

Step Ahead raises over $7 million to bring groundbreaking water technology to consumers

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 9:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Step Ahead Innovations, Inc, creators of the revolutionary MindStream aquarium water monitoring system, has announced that it has completed a recent $1.5 million capital round, which moves the firm aggressively towards bringing its innovative water monitoring technology to market. This latest round brings the total amount raised by the Burlington company in seven rounds of funding to over $7 million, a substantial amount for a Vermont technology start-up.

Scott announces $1 million grant for Bennington redevelopment

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 5:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today joined local, state and federal partners to announce a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the Town of Bennington. The federal grant will help redevelop the historic Putnam Block, which will include six properties and more than four acres, in downtown Bennington.