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Gifford Free Smoking Cessation Support Workshops Start April 3

RANDOLPH  Gifford Health Care’s Community Health Team will offer a free, four-week Fresh Start Tobacco Cessation workshop for people who want to stop smoking or using chewing tobacco.

Quitting can be tough, but you don’t have to do it alone. Offered in partnership with the Vt. Department of Health, this self-management program meets once a week and gives people the motivation and support they need during the quitting process. Participants are eligible for eight weeks of free nicotine replacement patches, gum, or lozenge.

VEDA approves $8.6 million for economic development projects

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine During the last quarter, the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) approved $8.6 million in loans to help support commercial, agricultural, and small business projects throughout Vermont. Financing in this round will assist: LEDdynamics, Inc., Randolph; Buttermilk, LLC, Richmond; Seedsheet, Middlebury; Champlain Orchards, Inc, Shoreham; TimberTiger, LLC, Underhill; Liambru Tasty, LLC, Proctor; and Bethel Central Market, Bethel.

Weekly unemployment claims fall steeply

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 7:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims fell last week slightly more than half after a steady recent increase and have returned to levels below the same time last year. For the week of March 10, 2018, there were 442 claims, 447 fewer than than they were the previous week and 26 fewer than they were a year ago. Altogether 6,104 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 352 from a week ago and 687 fewer than a year ago. For most weeks of 2017 and into 2018 claims have been below the year before. The steep fall last week could reflect the end of the winter tourism season, but heavy, powdery snow is likely to keep the ski season alive and well through March.

Two soldiers discharged, three remain at UVM Medical Center

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 4:19pm -- tim

Vermont National Guard Two of the five soldiers admitted at UVM Medical Center as a result of the avalanche yesterday have been discharged. Two of the three remaining soldiers are in good condition and one is in fair condition. Six US Army Soldiers were reported injured during an avalanche while performing advanced mountaineering training in Easy Gully, Smugglers Notch at approximately 1 p.m. Wednesday. Five were hospitalized after they were carried approximately 300 meters down the slope.

Vermont gets $28 million in tobacco settlement

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 3:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced a settlement today with major tobacco companies in connection with the “Master Settlement Agreement” (MSA) that will bring approximately $28 million to Vermont. The Attorney General was joined by Governor Phil Scott, State Treasurer Beth Pearce, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and President of the Senate Tim Ashe. Vermont lawmakers also announced their intention to use half of the settlement funds to combat the opioid epidemic in Vermont.

New Rutland Regional office building named for Huebner

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 1:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In spite of snowy weather conditions Wednesday evening, over 150 local community members and luminaries gathered together for Rutland Regional Medical Center’s 2018 Annual Corporators Meeting and Retirement Celebration for President and CEO Tom Huebner. Following the regular board business and remarks by Vermont Governor Phil Scott, bigger news emerged. Rutland Regional Health Services and Rutland Regional Medical Center Board Chair John W Casella announced that in honor of Tom’s 28 years of unwavering leadership, vision, and dedication, they would name Rutland Regional’s newest facility-The Thomas W Huebner Medical Office Building.

Tax revenues OK despite unknowns

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 1:12pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Administration Secretary Susanne Young is cautiously optimistic that tax revenues will stay ahead of expectations. The caution comes from uncertainty from both technological and federal policy changes. General Fund revenues collected for the month of February totaled $106.46 million, -$0.80 million below the consensus cash flow expectation of $107.26 million for the month. The Transportation Fund collected $18.44 million for the month of February, +$0.52 million ahead of its $17.91 million target. The Education Fund collected $15.12 million for the month, $1.13 million ahead of the consensus target of $13.99 million.

State barn and historic preservation grants awarded to 33 projects

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 12:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott recognized the recipients of 16 State Historic Preservation Grants and 17 Barn Preservation Grants at a ceremony held at the State House Thursday. The 33 grants, totaling $461,899 were awarded to municipalities, non-profit organizations and private barn owners in 13 Vermont counties to repair and rehabilitate public buildings and agricultural landmarks.

Phil Scott praises House passing H906

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 12:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott on Wednesday issued the following statement in response to the House passing H906, an act relating to professional licensing for service members and veterans: “In my State of the State Address, I outlined a legislative package that would help grow our economy, make Vermont more competitive with other states and expand our workforce, while supporting the Vermont National Guard and honoring those who have bravely served our country in the armed forces."


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