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Business Roundtable's survey shows little change

Thu, 02/24/2005 - 8:00pm -- tim

Business Roundtable's survey shows little change
The Vermont Business Roundtables First Quarter 2005 CEO Economic Outlook Survey, show that projections for both sales and employment levels are virtually unchanged from the previous survey period, however a greater percentage of CEOs is projecting an increase in capital expenditures over the coming six months.

Gardner selected Small Business Person of the Year

Thu, 02/24/2005 - 8:00pm -- tim

Gardner selected Small Business Person of the Year
Oliver J Gardner, owner and president of Four Seasons Garden Center in Williston has been selected as the US Small Business Administrations (SBA) 2005 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year. Nominated by Bob Blanchard, Vice President of Charter One Bank, Burlington, Gardner was selected for outstanding leadership related to his companys staying power, employee growth, increase in sales, innovative ingenuity, response to adversity and contributions to the community.

Governor signs reimportation legislation

Thu, 02/24/2005 - 8:00pm -- tim

Governor signs reimportation legislation
Governor Jim Douglas has signed a drug reimportation bill that will allow a small number of Vermonters access to pharmaceuticals from Canada and other nations, and urged the Legislature to move on to more pressing issues.

The governor said that even those who campaigned heavily on the issue of drug reimportation, and who claimed that it would be a significant step toward lower drug prices and affordable health care, now concede that this bill will help only a handful of Vermonters.

New Image Consulting Service Is the First of Its Kind in Burlington

Tue, 02/22/2005 - 8:00pm -- tim

Burlington, VT -- Olivia Gorun, of Burlington, VT announced today the launch of Aviva, an image consulting service for people who are transforming themselves. Olivia helps men and women develop a plan to evaluate style, color and wardrobe needs to meet personal and professional goals. As a result, her clients project confidence, feel beautiful, and express themselves in a way that emphasizes their potential. The business is the first of its kind in Chittenden County.

Champlain College unveils an Information Security degree program

Thu, 02/17/2005 - 8:00pm -- tim

BURLINGTON, Vt.--Champlain College is offering a new Information Security degree that will put students on the front line of the information technology battlefield. Students will learn to fend off information loss and computer intrusions--including threats from nefarious hackers, debilitating viruses, stealthy Trojan Horses and denial-of-service attacks.

Citizens Bank Foundation Grant Expands Affordable Homeownership Programs

Mon, 02/14/2005 - 8:00pm -- tim

Citizens Bank Foundation Grant Expands Affordable Homeownership Programs
[Burlington, VT] More than 13,000 Vermonters would qualify for a home mortgage but need help finding affordable homes and financial assistance. Thanks to a significant Citizens Bank Foundation grant contribution, hundreds of low and moderate income Vermonters will be able to attain affordable homeownership with home buyer education and financial assistance.

Governor Announces Changes in Administration

Sun, 02/13/2005 - 8:00pm -- tim

Governor Announces Changes in Administration
Montpelier -- Governor Jim Douglas has announced that the secretaries
of human services and administration are planning to switch positions in
the next phase of the Governor's efforts to strengthen government
services, save Medicaid and reform health care.
Effective Monday, February 21, Charlie Smith will become administration
secretary, state government's equivalent of a chief operating officer and
Mike Smith will become human services secretary, overseeing the largest

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