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AG urges Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Walmart & Craigslist to stop price-gouging by Online sellers

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 2:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan today issued a letter to Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Walmart, and Craigslist urging the businesses to more rigorously monitor price-gouging practices by online sellers using their services. Attorney General Donovan, who was joined by 32 attorneys general from across the US, is calling on the online retailers and platforms to make several changes to stop price gouging in real-time.

VDH COVID-19 Update: 123 cases with 8 deaths

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 1:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The most recent update from Vermont Department of Health on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is that 123 people have tested positive and there are now eight deaths. Also, Governor Phil Scott issued a "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order last night, meaning that only essential workers should be going to their place of business. If you are able to work remotely, you may do so. Vermonters are being asked to stay home as much as possible to keep everyone safe during this pandemic.

Manufacturers asked if they can switch to making safety products

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Associated Industries of Vermont (AIV),VMEC, State of Vermont Regional Development Corporations (RDCs) and other partners are working together to identify Vermont manufacturers and other businesses who can currently supply, or could convert operations to supply, products and services in the COVID-19 crisis. 

AGs urge feds to prioritize personal protective equipment

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 7:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan today joined a coalition of 15 attorneys general in urging the federal government to fully utilize the Defense Production Act to immediately prioritize the production of masks, respirators, and other critical items needed by health care workers, first responders, and law enforcement as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Leahy offers update on US Senate COVID-19 financial deal

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 6:00pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy Today, the American people are making sacrifices to keep themselves, their family, and their communities safe.  Health care providers, grocery store staff, state and local government workers, truckers, bank tellers, journalists and countless others are doing important and necessary work on the front lines of this crisis. As a Senator from Vermont, and a member of this Chamber for more than 40 years, I want to send my profound thanks. 

Governor issues 'Stay Home, Stay Safe' order, directs more closures

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 5:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and directed the closure of in-person operations for all non-essential businesses starting Wednesday at 5 pm. These restrictive measures are in place to minimize all unnecessary activities outside the home to slow the spread of this virus and protect the public. These actions were implemented in consultation with the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health and his evaluation of the latest data.

COVID-19 cases up to 95, two more deaths

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 4:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health reported today that as of 1 pm there are now seven deaths from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which is two more than yesterday and a total of 95 positive cases. This is 20 more than Monday. Vermont is now experiencing community spread of COVID-19, which is why everyone is being encouraged to engage in their activities while keeping a safe distance from others – or to stay home when possible. This will help slow the spread of the virus and protect people who are more vulnerable.

Vermonters count on Census Day results

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 4:24pm -- tim

Public Assets Institute Life in the time of the COVID-19 has upended everyone’s daily routines. It’s a wonder anyone has remembered the 2020 Census form that recently arrived in the mail. But as of last weekend, just over 16 percent of Vermonters had completed the survey. Nationally, the response rate has been 19.2 percent. April 1, just a week away, is Census Day.

VBSR offers call-ins, Webinars to cope with COVID-19 impacts

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 3:12pm -- tim

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility As we navigate the adverse waters of COVID-19, we are particularly alert to the economic impact this is having on businesses/organizations, families & communities.  We want you to know that VBSR is here to help.  As members, the following opportunities are available to you and everyone in your business/organization.

ANR provides guidance for contacting regional offices

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 3:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) and the Natural Resources Board have temporarily limited public access to their regional offices due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the State of Emergency declared by Governor Phil Scott. Staff remain fully available to provide assistance and timely responses to Vermonters questions via phone or email. If a matter requires an in-person meeting, the Agency is asking the public to set up an appointment with regional office staff prior to visiting the office.

People's United announces initiatives to support individuals, businesses

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 2:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine People's United Bank, NA a subsidiary of People's United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT), today announced support and relief initiatives for customers, communities, and businesses experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 that may include loss of work and business revenue, or increased requests for non-profit aid.