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Condos: Election access and integrity in the age of COVID-19

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 7:00am -- tim

by Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos The COVID-19 health crisis has challenged so many aspects of our society, from our Main Street businesses to our health care facilities. Our elections are not immune. As we approach both the August 11th primary and November 3rd General Election, there are two goals driving our decision-making: Protecting Vermonters right to cast a ballot, and; Protecting the health and safety of voters, town clerks and poll-workers.

Opinion: The opportunity of crisis, a time to creatively reimagine Vermont

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 3:13am -- tim

by Eric Booth and Paul Gambill Look at a particular artwork with others and personal opinions and positions arise; join in making an artwork with others and connections bloom. The state of our union is jumbled, tense with differing opinions and opposed positions—our strengths disoriented, our consciousness of unacceptable systemic oppressions rising. But the power of our democracy remembers itself, regains its strength, when together we start making things we care about and imagining what can be.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra names new executive director

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 3:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) today announces that following an extensive national and international search, Elise Brunelle has been named as the organization’s new executive director. Brunelle comes to the VSO from South Africa, where she led the country’s largest non-profit performing arts organization, Cape Town Opera, for 16 years — most recently as managing director and previously as fundraiser and financial manager.

Pete’s RV Center acquired Pennsylvania dealer Gayle Kline RV in March

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 6:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Back on March 2nd, just prior to the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Vermont-based Pete’s RV Center officially assumed ownership of Gayle Kline RV in Mountville, PA. A well-respected business since 1963, Gayle Kline served customers from all over central Pennsylvania. Starting out on just a half-acre site, over the years, it grew to its current 16-acre lot with separate buildings for sales, parts & accessories, and 8-bay service center.

VMEC: Process improvement and quality fundamentals

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 3:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For an organization to pursue excellence and control costs, there must be internal capability for effective and sustainable process improvement. VMEC is preparing to present a multi-week course later this summer where participants will learn the tools, techniques and necessary planning to improve a business process and achieve better outcomes with increased efficiency.  This course will enable participants to contribute to process improvement initiatives, while getting a comprehensive understanding of how quality management has and continues to evolve in all business sectors. 

Vermont Federal wins Forbes best-in-state credit union award for third year

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 3:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Federal Credit Union has once again earned the prestigious 2020 best-in-state credit union award from Forbes Magazine. Vermont Federal is the only credit union in the state to receive the award for three consecutive years. Forbes identified America’s Best-In-State Credit Unions 2020 based on an independent survey of more than 25,000 US consumers who were asked to rate credit unions at which they have or previously have had checking accounts.

Bennington brewer takes bronze in global brewing magazine label design contest

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 3:00am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Will Gardner has been home brewing for nearly a decade and was the Head Brewer at a popular Bennington, Vermont Brew Pub for 5 years. He has won awards for what goes inside the bottle/can, 2018 Great International Beer Competition 1st Place & 2nd Place awards and 2 Silver Medals at the Beer Wars 2018 competition, but this is a first for what goes on the outside.

Working Lands invests $1.4 million in Vermont agriculture and forestry

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 4:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a year when Vermont business has been faced with unique and difficult challenges, the Working Lands Enterprise Board has continued to facilitate financial investments to support agricultural businesses across the State.  Along with $250,000 dollars of funding for COVID-19 related business development grants recently announced, the Board also deployed another $1.4 million in grants and contracts, to (35) Agriculture and Forestry businesses and service providers around the State in 2020.