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Unemployment rate dips in January

Sun, 03/20/2005 - 8:00pm -- tim

Unemployment rate dips in January
Vermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted)
January 2005 December 2004 January 2004
Total Labor Force 353,100 354,700 353,100
Employment 340,800 342,000 338,000
Unemployment 12,400 12,700 15,100
Rate (%) 3.5 3.6 4.3
Montpelier - The Department of Employment and Training has announced that the

Berlin's Karen and Brian Zecchinelli Named Champions of Small Business

Wed, 03/09/2005 - 8:00pm -- tim

BERLIN'S KAREN AND BRIAN ZECCHINELLI NAMED CHAMPIONS OF SMALL BUSINESS
Karen and Brian Zecchinelli, owners of the Wayside Restaurant and Bakery in Berlin, have been named the 2005 Vermont Champion of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

Karen takes pride in the continued operation of her independent family business as well as providing her 75 full and part-time employees excellent wages and benefits, said Shawn Banfield, state director of the NFIB/Vermont chapter.

National Life Records Strong Gains in 2004

Tue, 03/08/2005 - 8:00pm -- tim

National Life Records Strong Gains
In Financial Results and Sales in 2004
Montpelier, Vt. (March 4, 2005) - The National Life Group recorded a strong increase in net income in 2004, along with solid growth in total sales and positive investment returns.
Net income on a consolidated basis, including all the companies within the National Life Group, was $86 million, an increase of more than 11% over the previous year and a record level for the company.

Tom Shampnois Joins Vermont Chamber of Commerce

Mon, 03/07/2005 - 8:00pm -- tim

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Tom Shampnois of Burlington will join the staff as the Director of Advertising Sales and Marketing.
Tom is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of diverse experience in the travel and tourism industry. Most recently, Tom was the Group Sales Manager for the Best Western Windjammer Inn in South Burlington, Vermont.
Tom will begin his duties with the Vermont Chamber on March 28th.

Vermonter participates in ISO corporate responsibility conference in Brazil

Wed, 03/02/2005 - 8:00pm -- tim

BURLINGTON, Vt.--Carolyn Schmidt of Whiting is participating this month in an international conference on corporate responsibility which will take her to Salvador, Brazil. Schmidt is a member of the staff and board of directors of ECOLOGIA, a nonprofit environmental organization based in Middlebury, and an adjunct professor at Champlain College in Burlington.
From March 7-11, she will meet with representatives from around the globe to create the first draft of a social responsibility standard for the ISO (International Organization of Standards).

Jed Dousevicz named new partner at VT Commercial.

Tue, 03/01/2005 - 8:00pm -- tim

After a very successfull 2 years with V/T Commercial Real Estate, Jed Dousevicz has been named an owner/principal in the firm. Jed has an extensive background in sales, small business management and has been involved in real estate for 10 years. In the past 2 years, he has been focusing on commercial real estate sales and leasing and business brokerage, which he will continue to concentrate on as a partner.

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