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Bennington College approved for prison education initiative

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 1:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bennington College has received accreditation from the New England Commissions of Higher Education (NECHE) to award a Bennington College Associate of Art degree to incarcerated students through its Prison Education Initiative (PEI). Now in its fifth year, PEI brings Bennington College faculty to Great Meadow Correctional Facility, a maximum-security men’s prison in Comstock, NY, to provide a quality liberal arts education to incarcerated students. PEI will graduate its first class of Associate of Arts candidates in a Commencement ceremony that will take place at Great Meadow on June 13, 2020.

Harbour Industries cables approved for use on F-35

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 10:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Harbour Industries LLC, a Marmon|Berkshire Hathaway company based in Shelburne, announced Tuesday it is now an approved manufacturer for a number of low-loss coax and high-speed data cables used on Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lighting II 5th generation fighter aircraft. Harbour's data and coaxial cables were chosen based on the use of a composite fluoropolymer insulation ensuring light-weight and high-speed transmission. Harbour is known as a supplier that has product and process engineering expertise that ensures the highest quality cables will be manufactured in exact accordance with Lockheed's demanding physical and electrical requirements.

HRC scores Vermont company LGBTQ-inclusive workplace policies in new corporate equality index

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 7:30am -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine America’s leading companies and law firms, including Vermont company Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., are stepping up in record numbers to adopt increasingly forward-looking policies and practices to meet the needs of their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workers in the U.S. and abroad, according to the 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) released today by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.

Chroma breaks down the light barriers

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 6:44am -- tim

by C.B. Hall, Vermont Business Magazine Established in 1991, Bellows Falls-based Chroma Technology Corp is an employee-owned C-corporation that designs and manufactures precision optical filters, optical coatings, light sources, and imaging systems. With its 126 employees, the Bellows Falls plant serves as the hub for a business with global reach. Chroma employs three representatives elsewhere in the country and maintains sales offices with a total of ten employees in China, Japan and Germany.

VT100+: Ivy Computer ranks #1 over 25 years

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 6:42am -- katie

Call for nominations for Vermont Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 5:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum is seeking nominations for the 2020 Vermont Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and First Tracks Awards. Each year, the Vermont Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame honors athletes, special contributors, and pioneers of Vermont skiing and snowboarding who have promoted and/or contributed to the sport of skiing or riding in Vermont. The First Tracks Award honors a skier or rider under 35. The Museum is also seeking nominations for the Paul Robbins Award for excellence in skiing and snowboarding journalism.

Burton ski gloves get RAVE review

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 3:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine It's ski season. Before heading up the mountain, make sure you have a good pair of ski gloves. Second-rate ski gloves can turn your next ski run into no fun. To make the choice easier, RAVE Reviews ranked 2020's 10 best ski gloves. Burton's GORE-TEX Glove ranked number 9.

Scheu: Paid family leave supports Vermont families

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 3:07am -- tim

by Representative Robin Scheu, D-Middlebury Democrats have long been the champions of working families, women, and children. We believe in a Vermont where our families and communities can thrive and where the Vermont dream is accessible to everyone - not just a select few. When we rewrite the rules so that families can care for and support themselves, we boost the economy and build stronger, healthier communities. 

PLOWZ & MOWZ Expands its Markets to Burlington

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 5:45pm --

PLOWZ & MOWZ, the nation’s first and largest on-demand outdoor home services app, is announcing the expansion of its markets to Burlington, VT. Plowz & Mowz will be hosting a meet and greet event with locally, insured landscapers to introduce technology through the apps platform which aids in streamlining outdoor services from plowing to lawn care. This event will bring together landscaping professionals with the Plowz & Mowz team in an exuberant atmosphere to supply them with the help needed to grow their local business.

Governor Phil Scott’s Budget Address, January 2020

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 4:41pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today delivered his fourth budget address. He once again emphasized affordability and demographic challenges. As his predecessors have done for the last 30 years, he presented a $6.3 billion balanced budget, but one that limits spending growth to a total of just 2 percent across all funds. Scott acknowledged that even with such a frugal spending plan, the budget shortfall was still around $70 million. This has been the typical case in recent years as fundamental costs for things such as health care keep increasing, with little ability for the state to control. There were no protests in the Well of the House, as there were by environmental activists two weeks ago for the governor’s State of the State Address. Also, unlike the State of the State, the governor received a standing ovation, when he spoke about welcoming New Americans to Vermont.

Vermont ski areas enjoy record MLK holiday weekend

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 3:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Ski areas across Vermont saw record levels of business over the Martin Luther King, Jr, holiday weekend, thanks to timely snowstorms that resulted in prime conditions for skiing and snowboarding. Sugarbush Resort enjoyed the “biggest day” in its 61-year history on Sunday. Meanwhile, Jay Peak welcomed the largest number of skiers and riders it has seen in three seasons. A sizeable snowstorm midweek was followed by another powder dump from Saturday into Sunday – setting Vermont ski areas up with ideal conditions for the second leg of the ski industry “triple crown” between the Christmas holiday period and President’s Week.

State awards $11 million to nonprofits working to restore water quality

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 3:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) awarded nearly $11 million in water infrastructure financing to fund conservation and restoration projects that will protect and restore Vermont’s water quality. These projects will reduce water pollution and protect water quality by conserving key forests, lakes, rivers, and wetlands throughout the state.