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Leahy joins in introducing legislation to codify membership on The National Security Council

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 10:24am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) joined Senate Select Committee On Intelligence Vice Chairman Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) Thursday in introducing legislation that will clarify the permanent membership of the National Security Council (NSC).  The introduction follows the unprecedented reorganization of the NSC by President Trump, which diminished the permanent roles of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence and extended NSC membership to Steve Bannon, a top campaign and political advisor.

Weekly unemployment claims continue slide

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 8:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims have been edging down the last four weeks and are running slightly lower than last year. The holidays produce wild swings in these numbers, as retailers, especially, hire then lay off workers in short order. But that dynamic has played itself out. By industry, Construction reported the most claims last week at 37 percent of all claims, and were slightly lower in actual number than the previous week. In an average week, Services usually record the most claims. 

Bennington Chamber unveils new content-rich, tourist-friendly Website

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 5:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As part of the Vision 2020 strategic plan that the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce unveiled last week at their Annual Dinner, the Chamber has launched one of their main promises, a new website. “This new website is a complete overhaul of the former website,” said Matt Harrington, executive director at the Chamber. “We modeled this off of many modern and relevant websites that we’ve been admiring for some time now.  The important part of any website these days is the ability to combine beautiful design and strategic function.

New VMEC quick start course ignites innovation speed and success

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 5:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has announced a new 3-day innovation fundamentals course that teaches you how to Work Smarter RIGHT NOW - no matter your skill, title or experience.  This training is designed to ignite innovation within the people, projects, and cultures of businesses and organizations. Anyone who wants to learn how to create, pitch, test and implement new ideas for products, services, customers and markets, processes, business models, and systems - faster and smarter - should attend.

Vermont Early Childhood Business Council pushes high-quality, affordable early care and learning

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine About 56 Vermont employers, representing nearly 20,000 employees from across the state, gathered at the Capital Plaza Hotel yesterday for the launch of Vermont’s Early Childhood Business Council. The event, which included remarks by Governor Phil Scott, was emceed by Emerson Lynn, editor and co-publisher of the St. Albans Messenger, and featured presentations by business leaders who believe that high-quality, affordable child care is an economic driver.

House bill would create Vermont family and medical leave insurance program

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 1:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Representatives Matt Trieber (D-Bellows Falls), Sam Young (D-Glover) and Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D-Bradford) will file a bill today that would create a statewide family and medical leave insurance program for all working Vermonters. The insurance plan would be separate from insurance one has from an employer. The bill has more than 40 cosponsors, including House Majority Leader Jill Krowinski, Assistant Majority Leader Tristan Toleno, and Deputy Assistant Majority Leader Emily Long, as well as five committee chairs.

Hill Farmstead Brewery named Best Brewery in the World

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Hill Farmstead Brewery has been named Best Brewery in the World for the year 2016, as well as Best Brewery in the United States and Vermont, by RateBeer, the world’s largest, most popular beer review and rating website. This is the third year in a row and the fourth time in the past five years that the brewery has been honored as Best Brewery in the World, United States and Vermont.

FairPoint upgrades broadband service in 20 Vermont towns

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 11:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine FairPoint Communications has announced the completion of broadband expansion projects in 20 Vermont towns that extend and enhance FairPoint’s approximately 17,000 mile fiber optic network, which is the largest, fully-owned and managed fiber-based network in northern New England. As a result of these completed projects, improved broadband speeds are available to more than 5,100 locations in Vermont -- in some areas for the first time. 

Giles: Education = Opportunity

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 5:53am -- tim

By Scott Giles Governor Phil Scott’s budget request to invest an additional $1 million in the nondegree grant program will pay off in real opportunities for Vermonters who need education and training for jobs that are waiting to be filled. In fact, over the next decade, seven out of 10 of the high-pay, high-demand jobs created in Vermont will require education or training after high school, according to Vermont’s Department of Labor.

For the third consecutive year, Sterling College is #1 for real food

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Sterling College has once again been confirmed as the top college in the United States that serves food on campus that is local, sustainable, humane, and fair-trade. This is the third consecutive year Sterling has had this achievement. This classification comes from the Real Food Challenge, which surveyed over 200 colleges and universities throughout the United States.

More than 1000 gather at Efficiency Vermont's Better Buildings by Design conference

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 4:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The region’s premier design and construction event kicked off today in South Burlington. More than 1000 building, design, and clean energy professionals gathered for Efficiency Vermont’s 16th Better Buildings by Design Conference taking place over the next two days. This year’s conference kicked off with keynote speaker Ann Edminster, an award winning author and international sustainable residential construction and zero-net energy expert.