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Hubbardton Forge Distributes $1,137,000 in Employee Bonuses

Mon, 03/08/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Hubbardton Forge, a manufacturer of hand-forged wrought-iron lighting, located in Castleton, VT, announced the distribution of its 2003 profit bonus, amounting to $1,137,000 total contribution, split between the employee's 401(k) retirement accounts (which are fully vested on day one) and a direct cash distribution. Divided among its 181 employees, the combination of 401(k) and cash bonus distribution averaged about 20% of each employee's annual compensation.

Communication-Skills Training Center Opens in Vermont

Wed, 03/03/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Announcing the formation of the McLuhan & Davies Center for Communication Studies (in partnership with Think on Your Feet America) based in Vermont.
The Center will hold its first annual conference the week of June 1-5, 2004, and feature special sessions of McLuhan & Davies communication-skills workshops.
This special event will allow participants to participate in McLuhan & Davies’ internationally acclaimed communication-skills training at a center in the United States.

Fibermark helps Ani DiFranco's Evlolve CD Earn Grammy

Wed, 02/25/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Ani DiFranco’s latest CD, Evolve, just won a 2004 Grammy for the Best Recording Package. This innovative package, constructed of FiberMark’s Skivertex® Alloy®, expresses and elevates brand image with a feel and visual depth that invites interaction. This duplex material combines strength and rigidity with the high-impact aesthetics needed to create an award-winning package.

New England Network and Third Sector Systems Partner to Help Youth-Serving Agencies Measure Outcomes

Sun, 02/22/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Sector Systems, a provider of organization-wide software solutions for nonprofits, in partnership with the New England Network for Youth, Child and Family Services, a nonprofit organization that works collaboratively with child and youth service organizations in New England to strengthen social services and promote best practices, have announced a collaborative effort to help child- and youth-serving agencies effectively collect, analyze and report their outcomes to their funders and the communities they serve.

VANPO announces Spring 2004 Technical Assistance Program (TAP-VT) Schedule

Sun, 02/22/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

The Vermont Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations presents the Spring 2004 Technical Assistance Program (TAP-VT) Workshop Series. This spring, VANPO will offer over forty (40) TAP-VT workshops designed to enhance and expand the management and technical skill of nonprofit employees in the following areas:
Advocacy and Public Policy, Board Development, Financial Management, Fundraising, Marketing and Public Relations, Personal Development and Leadership, and Organizational Development and Management for the nonprofit sector.

Legislature Takes Testimony on Vermont Chamber's Proposal to Manage Vermont's World Trade Office

Thu, 02/19/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Discussions are underway in the Senate General Affairs Committee to direct the Vermont World Trade Office to be managed under the Vermont Chamber's existing international trade program, in conjunction with Champlain College, the U. S Department of Commerce and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. These partners collectively will strategically collaborate to encourage international trade on behalf of Vermont businesses. Funding would come through a memorandum of understanding and initially would be a $100,000 grant.

98.9 WOKO raises $4,900 for Fletcher Allen Breast Care Center

Mon, 02/16/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

98.9 WOKO and its sister station AM1230 WJOY are pleased to announce
$4,900, the most amount of money in 13 years, was raised for the Fletcher
Allen Health Care Breast Care Center during Bridal Expo 2004 on February
1st at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington.
Bridal Expo 2004 admission proceeds will be donated to the Fletcher Allen
Breast Care Center during a check presentation at the Breast Care Center
in the University Health Center on UVM’s campus before the end of
February.

Middlebury College wins award for energy efficient construction

Thu, 02/12/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Middlebury College received the Excellence in Energy Efficiency Award Feb. 11 from Efficiency Vermont, a statewide energy efficiency utility. According to Blair Hamilton, managing director of the utility, the award was developed to recognize an organization that has effectively partnered with Efficiency Vermont to fully integrate energy efficiency into its organizational practices.

SBA Proposes Legislation to Add $3 Billion to 7(a) Loan Program

Mon, 02/09/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced a new legislative proposal that is expected to add at least $3 billion in lending authority to the 7(a) loan program this year. If enacted, the bill would allow the agency to increase lending authority by more than 30 percent, providing money for thousands more small loans in fiscal year 2004. The bill would also remove the current lending cap of $750,000, and allow loans up to $2 million.

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