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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 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.

Goddard College launches future-focused $4 million campaign

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 2:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Goddard College announced today its largest fundraising effort to date, the Together for Goddard campaign to raise $4 million by the end of June 2020. At a time when many are questioning the future and viability of New England colleges, Goddard believes that its greatest innovations and academic experiments are yet to come.

Kniffin: UVM Health Network affiliation boosting Porter

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 1:00pm -- tim

by Dr Fred Kniffin, former president of Porter Medical Center In late November, I was interviewed by a reporter who asked for my perspective regarding the topic of hospital “consolidations,” and to discuss some national studies that indicate that hospitals coming together means higher prices for patients. The reporter wanted to hear about Porter’s experience as an affiliate of the UVM Health Network since we joined the Network in early 2017.

Dock Doctors putting it all together

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 12:47pm -- tim

by Bruce Edwards, Vermont Business Magazine The boating season in Vermont and in New England for that matter is pretty short. But that didn’t discourage Jeff Provost from taking his dream and turn it into a successful business. Located in Ferrisburgh, a hop, skip and a jump from Lake Champlain, Provost set up shop in the 1980s and named his business Dock Doctors. Dock Doctors is an appropriate name. The company manufactures and sells a variety of galvanized steel and aluminum docks, boat lifts, paddle boat racks, trailers and launch systems, waterfront access stairs and floating walkways, and accessories.

VT100+: Ivy Computer ranks #1 over 20 years

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 12:46pm -- katie

Health Department offering free kits to test your home for radon

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 12:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Radon is colorless, odorless and can invade your home. But you won’t know if this naturally occurring, radioactive gas is present at unsafe levels in your home – unless you test for it. That’s why the Health Department is making it easy for Vermonters to find out if their homes have high levels of radon – by offering free test kits. Breathing air with radon can increase your risk of getting lung cancer. Radon decays into radioactive particles that damage lung tissue and can lead to lung cancer over the course of a person’s lifetime. If you smoke and your home has high levels of radon, your risk of getting lung cancer is especially high.

Vermont Airbnb hosts earned $15.1 million during biggest weekends of 2019

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 11:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Airbnb, the world’s leading community driven hospitality company, announced today that its Vermont host community earned a combined $15.1 million in supplemental income while welcoming approximately 69,800 guest arrivals to the State for the five biggest guest arrival weekends in 2019, including Columbus Day Weekend, President’s Day and Valentine’s Day Weekend, and the holiday season.

Vermont House advances proposal for constitutional amendment regarding slavery

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 11:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Tuesday, the Vermont House advanced the proposal of a constitutional amendment to clarify the prohibition on slavery and indentured servitude (PR.2) on a vote of 145-0. The proposal of amendment passed the Senate in April and in May, the House held a public hearing on the proposal as part of the process to consider an amendment to the constitution. Chapter I, Article 1 of the Vermont Constitution is historically significant in that it is the source of the anti-slavery provision that made the Vermont Constitution of 1777 the first state constitution to outlaw slavery; however, the proposed amendment would eliminate part of this article and replace it with the statement, “slavery and indentured servitude in any form are prohibited,” as the current article does not protect those under the age of 21.

Bennington College awarded $290,000 to launch new environmental fellowship program

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 11:06am -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine Bennington College has been awarded a four-year $290,000 grant from the New York-based The Endeavor Foundation to launch The Endeavor Foundation Environmental Changemaker Fellowship Program, which includes funded internships for Bennington students to work in nonprofits with a focus on environmental justice. The fellowship will start with a pilot cohort to be selected in Summer 2020, and launch formally in January 2021 over Field Work Term, the College’s annual six week internship experience.