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Free workshop for those at risk for developing type 2 diabetes starts August 2

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 1:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Gifford Health Care is partnering with Vermont Blueprint for Health, the Vermont Department for Health, and the Greater Burlington YMCA to offer the year-long, 25-session YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. This is the first time workshops will be offered in Rochester, Vt., and will be facilitated by Lifestyle Coach Cynthia Thurston.

Burlington Labs relaunches as Aspenti Health

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 3:47pm -- tim

by Tim McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine BLA Partners, LLC which acquired Burlington Labs in January 2017, announced today the company will now be known as Aspenti Health. A new leadership team with depth of experience in healthcare has joined Aspenti Health over the past months to ensure that the organization continues to maintain a high level of patient care, customer service, compliance and integrity, and continued commitment to the communities they serve. Chris Powell is the new CEO for the expanding toxicology testing lab, which nearly went under last year before being rescued by the new ownership group and the state of Vermont.

MSI selected by DC Invents for production of new safety harness

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 1:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Manufacturing Solutions Inc (MSI), a full-scale contract manufacturing, logistics, and commercial properties leasing company, has announced their firm has been tapped to produce DC Invents’ Quickeeze Sleeve Strap product. DC Invents, based in Hardwick, VT, has created a new product that makes work easier, faster, and safer. MSI provides comprehensive services up and down the supply chain, and will provide DC Invents with assembly, quality control, and unit-packing.

Smith: Real diplomacy, not tweet diplomacy

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 12:22pm -- tim

by Mike Smith Last week North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile. President Donald Trump tweeted, “North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?” Let me answer that: “No, Mr President, he doesn’t.” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is determined to develop the capability to strike the United States with nuclear weapons. My question to the president is this: “What’s our strategy to stop someone that is so focused on our destruction?”

UVM Faculty win $300,000 NSF grant to explore 'making' of a bio major

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 10:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine What can universities learn from the maker movement about teaching biology to undergraduate students? Can the world of making help universities get more creative students excited about careers in biology? The National Science Foundation has awarded a $300,000 grant to a team of faculty at The University of Vermont to find out.

UVM names winners of SPARK-VT faculty pitch competition

Sun, 07/09/2017 - 2:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Two University of Vermont-affiliated research teams have been awarded SPARK-VT grants by the university to help commercialize their work and move it a step closer to the marketplace. UVM PhD alumnus Ryan McDevitt; his doctoral adviser, Darren Hitt, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences; and Patrick Lee, an assistant professor in the department, won for the cost-effective propulsion system for small satellites they have developed, which is poised to address the coming revolution in the miniaturized satellite market. A second team, led by Jason Botten, an assistant professor of medicine in UVM’s Larner College of Medicine, was recognized for its work to create the first therapeutic for preventing and treating a life-threatening disease caused by hantaviruses.

Vermont news in brief for June 2017

Sun, 07/09/2017 - 3:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont tax revenue collections for the month of May 2017 were ahead of targets and the year-to-date numbers have nearly caught up with one month left in the fiscal year. The Vermont Department of Labor reported in June that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for May was 3.1 percent. Vermont skier visits finished this past season at nearly 4 million, well over the previous season's disappointment of 3.2 million. Falling just below 2016's record level, this past season's maple syrup production in Vermont of 1.98 million gallons is still twice the size of any other state and 46 percent of the entire production in the United States. AND MORE...

AG calls on feds to crack down on robocalls

Sat, 07/08/2017 - 5:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a letter sent to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday, Attorney General Donovan, and a bi-partisan group of 30 Attorneys General are urging the federal government to adopt rules that would allow telephone providers to block illegal robocalls. The FCC has requested public comment on rules that would allow providers to block several types of “spoofed” calls, in which a call appears to be coming from one number, but is coming from a different number.

Bernie Sanders: Let’s address the primary health care crisis in Vermont

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 3:24pm -- tim

by Senator Bernard Sanders The Trump-Ryan-McConnell "health care" bill currently being pushed by Republicans in Washington is one of the worst pieces of legislation to ever pass the US House of Representatives in the modern history of our country. This legislation would throw 22 million Americans off of health insurance, cut Medicaid by almost $800 billion, significantly raise out-of-pocket health care costs, defund Planned Parenthood and do away with protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

UVM Health Network seeks insurance rate increase of less than 1 percent

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 1:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Health Network has proposed an increase in commercial insurance rates of 0.72 percent for Fiscal Year 2018, following a series of historically low requests in recent years made jointly by the UVM Medical Center and Central Vermont Medical Center. This is the second year in a row the request is under the rate of inflation, and the lowest request made by either hospital in at least 15 years.

Newport celebrates $98 million Revision helmet contract

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 11:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott, Senator Patrick Leahy and Congressman PEter Welch joined employees of Revision Military in Newport celebrating its five-year contract to provide up to 293,870 helmets to the US Army for a total value of $98 million. The contract, which awards manufacture of the Army’s Advanced Combat Helmet Generation II to Revision, was first announced in March. Since 2013, Revision’s Newport facility has expanded by 16,000 square feet and employment there has doubled to about 190 employees.