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Vermont Creamery's Coupole wins 'Best in Class' at Worlds; Cabot, Jasper Hill also win

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 4:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Creamery earned top honors at the World Championship Cheese Contest this week, taking "Best in Class" for Coupole in the mold-ripened goat cheese category and second place for Fresh Crottin in the soft goats' milk cheese category.  The annual contest that garners global participation was held March 6-8 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Scott releases draft recommendations for Opportunity Zone Designations

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 4:04pm -- tim
New Designation Aims to Increase Investment in Low-Income Areas, Time Running Out
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced he will designate 25 Opportunity Zones across Vermont, a federal designation created in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 aimed at increasing investment in low-income areas. The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) will seek public input on the recommendations through March 16.

Consumer protection bill clears Senate committee

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 12:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A bill that would protect small businesses targeted by aggressive lease financing companies has passed unanimously out of the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs. The bill, S206, addresses many of the common themes found in complaints filed with the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program by small businesses who lease credit card terminals. Currently, a small business may pay thousands of dollars for a terminal that commonly retails for less than $500.

Weekly unemployment claims up over last year

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 12:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims were up again last week and have risen above claims from the same time last year. For the week of March 3, 2018, there were 889 claims, 147 more than than they were the previous week and 104 more than they were a year ago. Altogether 6,456 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 374 from a week ago, but 841 fewer than a year ago. For most weeks of 2017 and into 2018 claims fell below the year before. This could reflect a transition from winter tourism season with the early onset of warmer weather. The coming weeks will show whether this is so, or if claims are trending up.

VFN gets $15,000 grant from Doug Flutie Jr Foundation for Autism

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 3:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Family Network has announced that it has received a $15,000 grant from the Doug Flutie Jr Foundation for Autism. This funding makes it possible for us to support families whose children have autism with grants of up to $200 to address family-identified needs such as respite, summer camp, or specific training/supports.

Vermont celebrates March snowstorm with weekend events

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 4:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The weather has been kind to Vermont’s ski resorts and trails this March, with 6-12 inches of snow expected to reach the state and more snow in the long-range forecast. The heavy snowfall, combined with an ongoing stretch of consistent weather, will ensure that conditions for skiing, riding, and other winter sports will be excellent this spring. Vermont ski resorts are celebrating the March 8th snowstorm with weekend events that celebrate winter, family, and Vermont’s outdoor recreation lifestyle.

Burlington responds to National School Walkout Day

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 4:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In response to National School Walkout Day, set to occur at schools across the nation from 10– 0:17 am on March 14, the Burlington School District has issued the following statement: “At Burlington School District, we support this national student movement towards safe and inclusive schools. Our students are engaged in critical thinking to empower student voice.

GlobalFoundries Vermont wins environmental award

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 2:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine National Pollution Prevention Roundtable board member Rick Reibstein traveled from Boston to Vermont this week and visited GLOBALFOUNDRIES to recognize the company for winning the 2017 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention ( MVP2 ) award. All GF employees receiving the award work at the GF Vermont facility. They included: Dan Wildermuth, Eric Lemire, Ruma Kohli, Jonathan Grohs, Randy Austin, Jim Densmore, Christopher Magg, Dan Hill, Louis Kindt and Shaun Crawford.

Norwich University crowned champion of NASA 2018 BIG Idea engineering design challenge

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 2:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a fierce competition against four other contenders, Norwich University emerged as the winning team in NASA's third Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge. The University of Colorado Boulder team was awarded second place. In this engineering design competition, NASA enlists university teams from across the nation to develop creative solutions to some of the agency's most relevant challenges. 

Phil Scott elected chair of Coalition of Northeastern Governors

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 1:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The bipartisan Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) met in Washington, D.C. recently and unanimously elected Governor Phil Scott as chair for 2018. CONEG – which includes governors from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island – is a non-partisan association of the Northeast states, encouraging intergovernmental cooperation on issues affecting the economic, social and environmental well-being of the Northeast.