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Vermont farmers can get financial help to install water quality improvements

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 12:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Vermont is encouraging producers to submit applications for financial and technical assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). While EQIP is offered through a continuous signup, NRCS makes periodic funding selections. The last application cut-off date for farmstead practices to be funded in 2017 is February 17. 

PSB hearings scheduled for proposed merger of FairPoint and Consolidated Communications

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 12:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Public Service Board will hold three public hearings to give citizens an opportunity to provide feedback about the proposed merger between FairPoint Communications and Consolidated Communications. The first hearing is set for February 15th at 6:30 in Montpelier at Union Elementary School. Two additional hearings will take place; the second hearing is scheduled for February 21st at 6:30 at the St. Johnsbury Academy in St. Johnsbury and the third will be March 2nd at 6:30 at the Bennington Fire Facility in Bennington. 

Consumer Night at the Vermont Farm Show features venison, 'naturally beautiful' produce

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 12:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Farmers, producers, and localvores from across Vermont converged on Wednesday, February 1 for the 6th annual Consumer Night at the Vermont Farm Show in Essex Junction. Held on the second night of the Farm Show, Consumer Night celebrates the diversity of Vermont agriculture with the Winter Buy Local Market and Capital Cook-Off.

Renewable NRG producing 100 percent of energy on-site

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 10:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Renewable NRG Systems (RNRG) has added two fixed solar arrays to its LEED Gold-certified headquarters in Hinesburg, allowing the company to meet all of its electricity needs with on-site, renewable energy. The upgrade coincides with the 35th anniversary of RNRG, which has been designing and manufacturing purpose-built products for the wind and solar sectors since the renewables industry was in its infancy.

Working Lands Funds: 428 new jobs and $18.1 million in sales

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 10:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Since its inception in 2012, the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI) has invested over $3.8 million dollars in 129 projects impacting every county of the state, leveraging $7.4 million in additional funds. Over the last 5 years, working lands grantees have created 428 new full-time jobs and generated $18.1 million in new sales. Additionally, 98 percent of Working Lands grantees report expanding into new markets, 45% report enhanced environmental stewardship, and 30 percent report increased employee wages as a result of their grant.

ANR Secretary Moore announces statewide listening tour

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 6:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore announced today that she will host a listening tour this February and March to hear directly from “our customers” about their experiences interacting with the Agency. The Secretary invites business owners, planners, real estate agents and others with regular business before the Agency to attend one of five public forums being hosted across the state at regional economic development commissions.  

Green Mountain College $200,000 First in Sustainability Scholarship essay deadline February 15

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 4:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain College, the nation's number-one college for sustainability-based education, reminds high school seniors that the essay deadline for its new First in Sustainability Scholarship Award is right around the corner. All essays must be submitted online and received by February 15, 2017 by 11:59 pm Pacific time. For students who are passionate about pursuing careers in social, economic and/or environmental sustainability, this is an opportunity to take full advantage of Green Mountain College's premier curriculum.

SunCommon collaborates with Cal solar tech firm on bifacial PV panels

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 3:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine SunCommon, a Waterbury Center-based solar installer, has joined California's Sunpreme Channel Network — a strategic partnership program designed to deliver the most advanced solar products and expertise to residential, carports and commercial clients through leading solar installers. Sunpreme carefully selects its strategic channel partners, awarding the distinction only to installers that consistently put customers first with high quality solutions.

Switchback Brewing becomes employee-owned

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 5:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Monday morning at Switchback Brewing Company’s annual meeting, owner and Brewmaster, Bill Cherry, announced to the brewery’s 30 employees that they had become partners in ownership of the 14-year-old company. Cherry, who will remain as Brewmaster and President of the Burlington beer maker, said about the transition, “I wanted Switchback to be Vermont-owned forever."