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Vermont, New Hampshire, and Minnesota have best coworkers

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 12:48pm -- katie

​Vermont Business Magazine As more employees head back to the office and some consider a job transfer, CapRelo, a global employee relocation and assignment management firm serving private and public sector clients, recently commissioned a survey about what makes a great coworker. The top trait of a great coworker is being collaborative.

“We were curious about the connection between colleagues—especially as more are going back into the workplace and juggling a hybrid work environment,” explained Barry Morris, CEO, CapRelo. “Not surprisingly, we learned that working together with coworkers is very important. The results underscore the importance of work culture, and for those embarking upon a relocation for work, understanding how coworkers interact helps integrate into a productive environment faster.”

Springfield Area CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund approves $265,000 in financing for area businesses

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 9:25am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Springfield Regional Development Corporation (SRDC) has announced the approval of $265,000 in financing for four area companies through the Springfield Area CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund.  The Fund is the result of a grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and is intended to assist businesses with recovery or growth needs stemming from the pandemic.

Champlain College to celebrate Class of 2022 with return to in-person Commencement

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 5:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mortarboards will fly once more as Champlain College will hold in-person commencement ceremonies for its traditional undergraduate and Champlain College Online undergraduate and graduate students on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Champlain will award honorary doctorates to commencement speakers Aly Richards, chief executive officer of Let’s Grow Kids, and nationally renowned journalist and author Garrett Graff. The ceremonies will also feature student speakers Izzy Bell and Paula Realbuto. Hilary Delisle, a Champlain College staff member and alumna, will sing the national anthem. The events will take place at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, at 10 am for traditional undergraduate students and 3 pm for students receiving Champlain College Online undergraduate and master’s degrees.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife News: Keep the wild in the wild, new trout, aging deer, stocking

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 5:04am -- tim

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Watching wildlife is enjoyable, especially when young animals appear in the spring.  But it is best to keep your distance. Picking up young wildlife can do more harm than good, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, and it is also against the law. The Department has announced that trout originally planned for the 2022 stocking season at Sugar Hill Reservoir, also known as Goshen Dam, in Goshen will be diverted to other area waterways for anglers. Also, hunters who provided the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department with a tooth from their deer can now find out how old their deer was by visiting the department’s website.

NFL QB Russell Wilson to speak at Dartmouth Commencement

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 3:59am -- tim

Dartmouth College Russell Wilson, a top NFL quarterback who has been widely recognized for his community service, will deliver Dartmouth’s commencement address on June 12. A nine-time Pro Bowl player, Wilson has won 113 games, including playoffs, the most in NFL history by any quarterback in his first 10 seasons. He led the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory in 2014 and in 2021 received the league’s most prestigious honor, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, recognizing his excellence on the field and his longstanding commitment to giving back. Wilson will receive an honorary degree at commencement along with seven other leaders in the fields of physics, engineering, economics, media, business and finance, and international development. 

Encore Renewable secures $20 million senior loan

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 3:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Encore Renewable Energy, a leading innovator in community-scale clean energy, announced today it has closed on a $20 million senior loan provided by Lacuna Sustainable Investments and Javelin Capital. Lacuna and Javelin are both solution-based providers of strategic capital to renewable energy clients and add substantial expertise in support of Encore’s long-term objectives. This interim debt financing retires existing debt and provides significant growth capital for expansion into new geographic markets and the advancement of innovative clean energy solutions including solar + storage, brownfield redevelopment, and dual land-use agrivoltaic initiatives.

Vermont ranks 3rd in electric car demand

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 3:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Rising gas prices, societal trends and a growing charging infrastructure have sparked a new demand for alternative fuel vehicles. Analysts from online insurer QuoteWizard found that while search interest for electric cars spiked 300% between February and March of 2022, demand for alternative fuel vehicles is up 40% for electric cars and 50% for hybrid vehicles compared to 2021.

Green Up Day - May 7

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 3:18am -- tim

Green Up Vermont is almost here! Visit the Green Up Vermont website for all the details to make sure one of Vermont's true harbingers of spring is better than ever. Visit the Town Details page on Green Up Vermont's website to find out how to participate in your neck of the woods, fields, and shores!

Bromley presents $4,600 in 'Mom’s Day Off' funds to SVMC's Cancer Center

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 2:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Friday, March 4th 2022, Bromley Mountain held their 19th annual “Mom’s Day Off” and raised more than $4,000 to benefit women’s breast cancer care at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center. Bromley Mountain Ski Resort’s President Bill Cairns (left) presented the check to President and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, on Friday, April 8, 2022, at Bromley in Peru, VT.

VDH: COVID cases surge to over 500

Wed, 05/04/2022 - 5:12pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting 504 cases of COVID-19 for Tuesday, up 200 in one day (304 Monday, 98  Sunday). There were 294 cases on Saturday, 323 on Friday and 417 on Thursday. Cases have edged up in recent weeks, especially in Bennington and Washington counties, and grew 5 percent in the last week (2,317 new cases, 318 more cases compared to last week).

Senate gives preliminary approval to Clean Heat Standard

Wed, 05/04/2022 - 5:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vermont Senate voted to advance the Clean Heat Standard bill (H.715), 88-37, for further development by the Public Utility Commission, after adding a disappointing amendment that weakened the law by requiring it to be endorsed again in the 2024 Legislature. The Clean Heat Standard is a core plank of the state’s new Climate Action Plan, designed to help Vermonters access more affordable, cleaner energy solutions. Implementing action in the heating sector at the scale of the Clean Heat Standard is essential to meeting the state’s legal obligation to reduce climate pollution.