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Funding available for South Lake Champlain projects from VCF

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 10:41am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Grants are now available to support projects through the South Lake Champlain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. The South Lake Champlain Fund supports projects focused on education and research concerning the cultural and ecological history and heritage of southern Lake Champlain. Projects must be located on the southern portion of Lake Champlain (the area of Lake Champlain south of Crown Point in both Vermont and New York) with a preference for projects directly on the lake or in close proximity. School-based projects are encouraged. The fund also aims to support projects that involve experts and others living in the southern Lake Champlain region. Matching funds are encouraged but not required.

For Entrepreneurs with questions, UVM’s Mentoring Network makes the grade

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 10:11am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine About six months before he graduated from the University of Vermont in May, Eric Grunfeld launched his startup company and began developing what he believes is a first-of-its-kind product. Since then, he has worked on a patent application for the technology that he hopes eventually to sell to automobile insurance companies to prevent distracted driving. At every step, Grunfeld grappled with numerous questions but knew no one who could answer them. A UVM friend told him about the new UVM Mentoring Network. Grunfeld searched its database for insurance industry experts who could help him hone his concept. Among them, he found fellow UVM alum Christine Landon.

BCBS of Vermont partners with Civica Rx to reduce drug costs

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 9:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont today announced a new partnership with a non-profit organization Civica Rx. Civica was formed in 2018 by three philanthropies and numerous health care organizations to develop inpatient generic medications. This new partnership, in conjunction with 18 Blue Cross Blue Shield companies across the nation, as well as other key partners, is to address generic medications outside of the hospital setting. Through this relationship, Vermonters will have greater access to essential medications at more affordable prices and will ensure access to lifesaving drugs.

Most Vermonters like 2020 food waste ban (but don’t want to pay)

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 9:00am -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine While Vermonters support banning food waste from landfills – and a whopping 72 percent already compost or feed food scraps to their pets or livestock – few say they are willing to pay for curbside composting pick-up, new University of Vermont research shows. The study, published today in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, comes as Vermont prepares to implement a mandatory law that makes it illegal to throw food items in the trash beginning July 1, 2020. Several large cities including San Francisco and Seattle have implemented similar policies, but Vermont is the first state to ban household food waste from landfills. The policy is the last phase of a universal state recycling law passed in 2012 that bans all food waste, “blue bin” recyclables and yard debris from landfills statewide by 2020.

Convenience a big draw for VEC’s Community Solar Program

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 6:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Besides reducing their environmental impact and saving money, members who have enrolled in Vermont Electric Co-op’s Co-op Community Solar Program often cite convenience and lack of equipment maintenance as major reasons they participate. Candice Campbell and her husband Richard didn’t have a good site at their Derby home for panels, and for a long time they felt stymied in their efforts to green up their energy use. But as soon as VEC’s Co-op Community Solar was launched, they enrolled. “Instead of everyone putting up panels, roof-by-roof, you sponsor panels in an existing solar farm,” Candice Campbell said. “This program takes the burden off the homeowner, which is great.”

VT100+: Cabot Creamery ranks #1 over 30 years

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 6:49am -- katie

Isham family to host Williston farmers market

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 4:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Isham name is synonymous with the working land in Williston, and fifth generation farmer Mike Isham is making plans to add a weekly farmers market to the family’s Oak Hill Road activities. Isham, with his name recognition and leadership in Vermont agricultural circles and the family’s success selling products like maple syrup, berries, pumpkins and Christmas trees at the farm, Mike believes he has the foundation for a successful farmers market.

Ag Agency and partners release a Vermont Agriculture Economic Plan

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 3:01am -- tim
Agriculture and Forestry Joint Committee Hear Ideas to Stimulate Agriculture Economy
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) and the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund/Vermont Farm to Plate today outlined to legislators on shifts happening within Vermont’s agricultural and food sector. The plan lays out a strategy to stimulate more rural economic development and bring Vermont products to people throughout Vermont and beyond. 

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Receives $50K Donation from SeaComm

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 5:25pm --

Burlington, VT – January 22, 2020 – SeaComm Federal Credit Union presented a check for $50,000 to support the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge program in Burlington. The credit union will open its seventh branch location in South Burlington, in January 2020.

Sometimes, the best treatment is far from home. For some cancer patients living in the North Country, that treatment is in Burlington. The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge program makes it an affordable option by providing a free place for cancer patients and their caregiver to stay, in a supportive environment.

Killington parent signs deal with Mammut

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 4:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The owner of Killington and Pico ski resorts, POWDR, announced today a new long-term partnership with Mammut, the leading Swiss-born premium outdoors brand, with more than a century of experience in producing mountain safety equipment, technical apparel, and accessories for outdoor activities. The partnership makes Mammut the official uniform and apparel provider for more than 8,000 mountain professionals working at ten of POWDR’s mountain resort locations: Boreal Mountain Resort, CA; Copper Mountain, CO; Eldora, CO; Killington, VT; Lee Canyon, NV; Mt. Bachelor, OR; Pico Mountain, VT; SilverStar, BC; Snowbird, UT; and Soda Springs, CA. The partnership begins with the 2020-2021 season, continues through 2026, and also includes POWDR’s heli-skiing operation, Powderbird, located at Snowbird, UT.