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Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) will host nine Vermont specialty foods businesses to showcase their products at the Vermont Pavilion at the 2024 Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City, from Sunday, June 23rd through Tuesday, June 25th.  These nine Vermont businesses answered a VAAFM invitation made earlier this year to join the Vermont Pavilion. The Summer Fancy Food Show is one of the premier business-to-business trade shows for specialty food products, attracting buyers, distributors, and wholesalers from across the globe each year. 

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Vermont Business Magazine Wondering what’s floating in Vermont’s natural waters? Though the spring brought heavy pollen accumulation on some bodies of water, now is the time to be on the lookout for cyanobacteria, especially as you are looking to escape the heat. With the official start of summer and warm weather, blooms of cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae) have begun to appear, and health officials want you to know what these potentially hazardous blooms look like so you can avoid them. Cyanobacteria are tiny microorganisms that are a natural part of freshwater ecosystems. Under certain conditions, cyanobacteria can multiply quickly, create blooms on the water’s surface and wash up along shorelines. They can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.

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Vermont Business Magazine The Attorney General’s Office announced that Harold Breer, 67, of East Montpelier, Vermont, was sentenced today in Vermont Superior Court, Washington Criminal Division, after pleading guilty to one felony count of Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material. The Court, Judge John Pacht presiding, sentenced the defendant by agreement to a 10-year term of probation with conditions that he complete sex offender programming and that restrict his access to the internet and contact with minors. If Mr. Breer violates the terms of his probation, he faces up to 5 years in jail. Breer is also required to register as a sex offender for life.

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Vermont Business Magazine Average gasoline prices in Vermont are $3.42 per gallon, down 6 cents per gallon from last week, down 16 cents/g from last month and down 17 cents/g from last year. The lowest price in the state yesterday was $3.12/g in Rutland, while the highest was $3.89/g in Island Pond. The national average price of gasoline has fallen 1 cent per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.44/g today. 

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Vermont Business Magazine Today, Rep. Becca Balint (D-Vermont) is joined by Reps. Bush (MO-01), Escobar (TX-16), Scanlon (PA-05) and Watson Coleman (NJ-12) to announce the introduction of the Stop Comstock Act in response to clear Republican intent to misuse the antiquated and unconstitutional statute, the Comstock Act, to prohibit the mailing of medication abortion and other materials used in abortion procedures. The bill would repeal the portions of the Comstock Act that anti-choice extremists intend to misuse to enact a nationwide abortion ban. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn) introduced the Senate companion bill.

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Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Health Network (UVM Health Network) has partnered with InVita Healthcare Technologies (InVita), ConnectLife, and the Center for Donation & Transplant (CDT), the federally designated Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) serving upstate New York and western Vermont, to launch an automated and enhanced organ and tissue donation process. iReferral is healthcare interoperability technology which replaces the prior time-sensitive and manual telephonic donor referral process that automatically identifies potential organ and tissue donors based on established criteria and securely delivers donor referrals to the corresponding OPO's iTransplant System, returning provider and nursing time to the patient bedside while improving compliance to federal requirements and maximizing opportunities for donation and transplantation.

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Vermont Business Magazine The Green Mountain Accelerator Fund (GMAF), an investment fund dedicated to supporting rural Vermont tech startups, has invested $75,000 in Rutland-based Tacitly, Inc. This is the first investment made by the recently launched GMAF, which is managed by the Center on Rural Innovation, and aims to spark scalable entrepreneurship and tech job creation in rural Vermont by investing in early-stage tech startups. Tacitly, a company with a team of five, specializes in creating augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology for training purposes. Their innovative solution provides immersive training experiences, ideal for situations where hands-on equipment is either costly or easily damaged. Their debut product is an AR training environment designed for nurses to practice using code carts. Recently, they secured their first sale with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

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Vermont Business Magazine Wednesday evening, the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC) and Cynosure, Inc held their 70th Annual Meeting at the ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. Senator Jane Kitchel was awarded the 2024 Robert A. Skiff Community Improvement Award. The award seeks to recognize an outstanding Vermonter who has worked to improve community, educational and economic opportunities for the citizens of Chittenden County and the State of Vermont. Senator Kitchel was selected in recognition of her truly significant contributions and her passionate dedication towards improving community and the economic well-being of the citizens of the State of Vermont. Her hard work and profound dedication to public service in our State is an inspiration to all Vermonters.

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Vermont Business Magazine On October 23, 2024, Common Good Vermont will convene Vermont’s nonprofit community, allies, and partners for the first Vermont Nonprofit Summit at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier. This new event will bring together nonprofit leaders from diverse sectors to share innovative ideas, best practices, and collaborative solutions to address pressing challenges in our state. Through an engaging keynote panel, interactive workshops, facilitated discussions, and networking opportunities, attendees will gain valuable insights and practical tools to enhance their impact in the nonprofit sector. Attendees will learn from experienced leaders in the field and connect with like-minded peers who share their commitment to creating positive change. 

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Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Electric Department (BED) issued a peak alert for today/Thursday, June 20, as part of its Defeat the Peak program launched during summer 2017, encouraging members of the Burlington community to reduce their energy usage from 5:00-7:00pm today. The purpose of the Defeat the Peak program is to reduce our energy costs by reducing usage during a peak event. Burlingtonians can lend a hand by taking the following steps on what is projected to be an unusually hot summer day.

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Pomerleau Real Estate has announced recent commercial real estate transactions. This includes: M&B Properties has sold their 20,000-square-foot warehouse in Essex. Kendra Kenney assisted the sellers, and Duncan Harris of Kingsland Company assisted the buyer, Adam Nilson; and Lake Point Property Management has purchased 51 Center Road in Essex. Rich McClain of Lake Point represented the buyers and Kendra Kenney represented the seller’s, Pomerleau Properties. Lake Point takes over management of the busy 10,500 SF commercial property, with tenants including Heartworks Daycare, Aunt Dot’s Place and Sweet Scoop Ice Cream Shop.

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Vermont Business Magazine Investment scams are the costliest cybercrime for Vermont, a new study has found. Data collection experts SOAX analyzed 2023 data from the Internet Crime Complaint Center on the number of victims and victim losses for each cybercrime in Vermont. Each cybercrime was rated based on the cost per victim in the state and ranked from most to least expensive. The average victim in Vermont is scammed out of $19,248, based on 708 separate reports lodged statewide, with a total loss of $13,627,701. Investment scams are the most expensive among victims. On average, victims lose $162,265, more than any other cybercrime.