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ReinCONEated from the Flavor Graveyard

Sat, 02/08/2020 - 4:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Ben & Jerry's fans have one thing in common: they each have their favorite flavor, and they are passionate about it. They are convinced their favorite is The. Best. Ever. Needless to say, when a flavor is retired and sent to the Flavor Graveyard, hearts are broken. Ben & Jerry's fans have been known to stock up on Limited Batch flavors, sensing they would soon be gone.

Stroll celebrates founder, welcomes new executive director

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 12:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Strolling of the Heifers celebrated the achievements of its Founder, Orly Munzing on January 31 at an event honoring her on her retirement. Munzing has served as The Stroll’s Executive Director since 2001. Taking the helm as Executive Director is Lissa Harris, who brings years of nonprofit and marketing experience, as well as a healthy dose of grit.

Vermont Real Estate Company continues growth with $33 million in sales

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 12:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Real Estate Company is proud to announce $33 million in sales over 130 transactions in 2019. Since its founding in 2016 by principal brokers Bryce Gilmer and Kara Koptiuch, Burlington-based Vermont Real Estate Company has done over $60 million in home sales. Owners Bryce Gilmer and Kara Koptiuch intentionally spent the first year in business as partners to ensure proper establishment of the company and intentional, sustainable growth. The firm grew from two to 12 agents, doubling the agent roster last year.

Generator and Mercy Connections get BTV Ignite grants

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 11:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine BTV Ignite, a public/private partnership in Burlington, announced the first two recipients of the City of Burlington and Burlington Telecom STEM and Technical Skill Fund grants. Following a rigorous application review process, the BTV Ignite board selected Generator, a design and fabrication consortium for entrepreneurs, and Mercy Connections, an educational organization that creates opportunities for women, to receive $30,000 and $20,000 respectively.

Condos: How Vermont’s presidential primary differs from the Iowa caucuses

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 11:34am -- tim

by Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos Following the results-reporting debacle during the Iowa Democratic Caucus, my office has been asked numerous times about Vermont’s Presidential primary process, and if the problems that occurred in Iowa could happen here. The simple and straightforward answer is “no.” I want to take a moment to clear up how Vermont’s Presidential Primary process is different from the Iowa Caucuses.

Condos and staff attend election security conference

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 11:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Last week Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos attended the annual Winter Conference held in Washington, D.C. by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). Preceding the conference, Secretary Condos and staff members joined with Secretaries, election officials, federal agency staff, and private sector vendors from across the country to participate in an elections security tabletop exercise held by the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

Union Mutual triples Penguin Plunge fundraising record with over $131,500

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 11:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Union Mutual was represented by over 60 employees, independent agency partners, vendors, friends, and family members in the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Vermont on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Burlington Waterfront. With the widespread support of hundreds of donors, the “Union Mutual Popsicles” were able to set yet another new high-water mark for the event’s fundraising with a grand total of over $131,500. The previous team fundraising record was $44,932, set by Union Mutual in 2019.

Vermont Mutual Insurance implements Guidewire InsuranceNow

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 9:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Mutual Insurance Group, based in Montpelier, and Guidewire Software, Inc (NYSE: GWRE) of California have announced that Vermont Mutual has successfully implemented Guidewire InsuranceNow to increase business agility by eliminating unnecessary complexity and enabling faster speed-to-market for new products and rate changes.

Vermod’s zero-energy, affordable modular home wins BEST OF THE BEST AWARD

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 5:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermod, a zero-energy, modular and affordable home builder based in Wilder, Vermont won the Best of the Best Innovation Award at Efficiency Vermont’s Better Building by Design Conference Thursday. Vermod was bestowed the 2020 Best of the Best Innovation Award for a 700-square foot home in White River Junction. The two-bedroom home features an innovative two-box “T” configuration.

Welch bill would boost federal funding for Vermont trails

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 4:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Representative Peter Welch today introduced bipartisan legislation that will more than double funding for the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Since 1991, RTP has provided funding to states to develop and maintain outdoor recreational trails, allowing millions of Americans and their families to enjoy activities such as hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and 4-wheel driving. In 2019, Vermont received $1,028,010 in RTP funds.