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Lake Champlain Chocolates expands with new production facility

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 4:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Lake Champlain Chocolates Organic Bar line is the real deal in gourmet chocolate bars, crafted from fair trade certified chocolate and only the highest quality ingredients to create irresistible and award-winning flavors. With the busy holiday season upon us, Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC) said in a press release that it is ready to bring joy to the season with irresistible chocolate gifts. The landscape of the chocolate industry has transformed over the past 35 years – with LCC continuing to be a leader in the marketplace. Premium chocolate is a sweet spot in the industry, showing double digit growth (+10.5% in $ and +16.7% units) over the last 52 weeks, according to the National Confectioners Association (NCA).

Snelling Center announces graduates of Vermont School Leadership Project Class of 2018

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 3:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Snelling Center for Government is pleased to announce the graduates of the Vermont School Leadership Project Class of 2018. The culminating celebration for the Class of 2018 took place on November 10, 2018 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee. These 25 school leaders were joined by family and friends for the occasion, which included a keynote address by social entrepreneur and educator, Hal Colston. Colston shared personal examples of educators who had inspired him along the way and encouraged the group to work from their heart with compassion to help all students feel a sense of value and belonging. Colston’s message highlighted the important role educators fill in creating meaningful communities to improve not only the lives of students but also the needs of society. 

State agencies to study blockchain technology

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 3:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced today that four state agencies have established a working group to study the opportunities and challenges presented by blockchain technology. In addition to the Attorney General’s Office, the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR), the Secretary of State, and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) will make up the working group. The working group will engage stakeholders and interested industry experts.

Norwich University to launch master’s in athletic training

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University announced a new Master’s in Athletic Training beginning Fall 2019, at which point the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program will serve as an on-ramp to the master’s degree in a five-year program. Starting in fall 2019, the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program will begin the transition to an accelerated Master’s in Athletic Training program, allowing students to earn their Bachelors of Health Sciences and Master’s in Athletic training in five years. A “3+2” program, students will begin graduate level course work in their fourth year, then continue through the summer and fifth year. The first Masters class is expected to complete their degrees in the spring of 2024. 

Realtors merge to form Vermont's largest team

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 11:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Carol Audette and Steve Lipkin, leading Realtors in Vermont, announced today that their two teams will merge effective January 2019, becoming the top selling real estate team in Vermont for both number of properties sold and total sales volume. The newly formed “Lipkin Audette Team” will continue to benefit from their affiliation with Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty, a premiere, full-service brokerage with headquarters in Burlington.

Holiday Ambassadors take to the streets of Burlington to welcome visitors and shoppers, promote free holiday parking

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 3:34pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Business Association , in close collaboration with the Church Street Marketplace , is pleased to announce the implementation of a holiday street ambassador team. Recognized by their bright yellow jackets from Chocolate Thunder Security , the ambassadors will be present downtown this holiday season, working to ensure visitors have an inviting, informed and safe visit to Vermont’s largest city.

The Vermont Arts Council announces FY2019 grant awards to artists and organizations

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 2:43pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Arts Council has awarded grants to artists, arts organizations, and communities throughout Vermont. The projects funded through these grants are as vital and varied as the state's creative sector -- ranging from a Cultural Facilities Grant that helps fund the installation of an ADA-compliant elevator to a Creation Grant of $4,000 that will enable a poet to create new work. FY2019 grants were awarded in the categories of Artist DevelopmentArtists in SchoolsArts ImpactArts PartnershipCreationCultural Facilities, and Head Start Arts Integration. The Council awarded 110 grants totaling $518,688. A full list of grantees is available on the Vermont Arts Council website.

NorthCountry Federal Credit Union awards $50,000 grant to COTS

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:53am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine NorthCountry Federal Credit Union presented at $50,000 grant award to COTS this afternoon at COTS’ main program and housing facility, 95 North Avenue.

This generous grant will support COTS’ work to end homelessness in our community. COTS is the largest service provider for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Vermont. The nonprofit organization provides year-round emergency program shelters for single adults and families with children; homelessness prevention services; and transitional and permanent housing.

Vermont files amicus brief to protect asylum-seekers

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:52am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General T.J. Donovan yesterday joined a multistate coalition to file an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit brought by the ACLU to protect asylum seekers. The suit challenges the federal government’s efforts to prevent people who have not entered the country at a designated “port of entry” from applying for asylum in the United States. Over 6,000 Central American immigrants, including over 1,000 children, are currently stranded outside California ports of entry waiting for an opportunity to present their asylum claims to federal immigration officials. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Governor Phil Scott highlights Route 15 wildlife underpass project in Wolcott

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:41am -- katie

Event part of Governor’s “Capitol for a Day” initiative

Vermont Business Magazine As part of Governor Phil Scott’s “Capitol for a Day” initiative, he toured a wildlife underpass project along Route 15 in Wolcott on lands owned by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The project promotes safe movement of wildlife under the road and is being completed through a partnership with VTrans, Vermont Fish & Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy and the town of Wolcott.

Sarah Squirrell to lead Department of Mental Health

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 8:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Thursday, Governor Phil Scott announced the appointment of Sarah Squirrell to be the next Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Mental Health. Squirrell will take over on January 1, 2019, for Mourning Fox who has been serving as the Interim Commissioner since Melissa Bailey’s departure in October. Fox will resume his position as Deputy Commissioner, a role he has been serving in for the last two years.