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Vermont gets $450K from feds for professional occupational licensing reform

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 4:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Secretary of State Jim Condos announced today that the United States Department of Labor has awarded the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (OPR) $450,000 to support occupational licensing reform. OPR, a Division of the Secretary of State’s Office, protects the public by regulating 50 professions and approximately 60,000 licensees.

VEIC names three new board members

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 4:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Richard Cowart, President of the VEIC Board of Directors, announced today the appointment of three new board members. Colin Owyang, Ellen Zuckerman, and Nick Richardson, will begin their terms as VEIC board members in July 2018.

The VEIC Board provides independent, continuous, and permanent leadership for the organization. The members establish strategies, policies, and priorities in the context of the VEIC mission to enhance the economic, environmental, and societal benefits of clean and efficient energy use for all people.

Vermont Arts Council highlights new American artists in Spotlight Gallery exhibit

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 2:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Arts Council, in partnership with the Vermont Folklife Center, presents “New American Artists: Celebrating Tradition and Culture” opening July 10 in the Spotlight Gallery. The exhibit is a tribute to the work of Gregory Sharrow, who established the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program during his 30-year tenure at the Vermont Folklife Center.

UVM Medical Center, nurses go back to negotiating table

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 6:08pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center and the union representing the Burlington hospital's nurses are back at the bargaining table Friday evening. They hope to avert a 48-hour nurses strike that is planned to start at 7 am July 12. Beyond that, the nurses said they would work without a contract, at least for the time being. While much of their contention is with staffing levels which have left about 170 positions vacant, much of the discussion has been about wage increases. UVMMC has proposed an overall 13 percent wage increase over a three-year contract while the union has proposed a 24 percent increase. US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) also weighed in on behalf of the nurses in a rare press conference.

VA Medical Center hopes to re-open OR by July 16 after flooding

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 4:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine According to a statement from the White River Junction VA Medical Center, crews continue to work around the clock to complete all necessary repairs to ensure the operating rooms (OR) are fully operational as soon as safely possible. A repair is required for parts controlling the temperature and humidity in the OR suite and thus, surgical cases requiring the use of the OR through Friday, July 13th are the in process of being rescheduled.

Act 10: Legislation impacts tax reporting of short-term rental operators

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 1:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine During this year’s special legislative session, the Vermont General Assembly passed legislation requiring that all short-term rental operators post a Vermont Meals and Rooms Tax account number on any advertisement for the short-term rental beginning July 1, 2018. Operators who advertise through an online platform that has an agreement with the Vermont Department of Taxes to collect and remit tax, like Airbnb, may post the tax account number used by that platform.

Weekly unemployment claims spike subsides

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 10:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims fell last week after a spike, but remain relatively high. The spike was precipitated by the seasonal reduction in school bus drivers. For the week of June 30, 2018, there were 610 claims, 189 fewer than than they were the previous week, and 53 more than they were a year ago. For most weeks of 2017 and 2018 claims have been below the year before.

Governor Scott brings 'Capitol for a Day' to Caledonia County

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 9:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and members of his Administration will bring their “Capitol for a Day” initiative to Caledonia County on today, July 6. The governor, along with members of his cabinet and extended cabinet, will spend the day in Caledonia County, celebrating the region’s outdoor recreation economy and meeting with area constituents, lawmakers, local partners and state employees.

Emergency crews search for missing boater in Lake St Catherine

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 9:32am -- tim

Vermont State Police Emergency crews including the Vermont State Police are searching for a boater who disappeared Thursday afternoon, July 5, 2018, in Lake St. Catherine in the towns of Poultney and Wells. The state police received a 911 call at about 3:20 p.m. from another boater on the Rutland County lake, and first responders from Vermont and New York were dispatched to the scene.

Investigators have learned the following:

Branch out your Vermont brand

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 4:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is partnering with Northshire Grows Inc. to provide professional development opportunities for farm and food businesses in southern Vermont. The interactive Social Media workshop, led by marketing expert Nicole Ravlin from People Making Good Public Relations in Burlington, is open to farmers, producers and local food entrepreneurs on Wednesday, July 25, from 5-7PM at the Hildene Welcome Center in Manchester Village.