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Having trouble paying your utility bills due to pandemic?

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 4:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine If you need help with paying off your utility bill, you may be eligible for a grant from the Vermont COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program (VCAAP). The program is available to Vermont residential utility customers and small businesses. About $3 million of the $8 million available has been awarded. The funding came from federal CARES Act funding, which has provided monies to states to help pay for COVID-19–related costs incurred as of March 1, 2020, and through December 30, 2020. 

Condos encourages Vermonters to return their mail ballots now

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 3:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos encouraged Vermont voters to make their early voting plan, and to return their voted ballot using the safe, secure early voting option of their choice. If returning by mail, voters are encouraged to place their voted ballots in the mail no later than Saturday October 24th.

Recipients announced for Blue Cross of Vermont student wellness grants

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 10:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The recipients of the 2020 Wellness and Physical Activity Grants for Student Programs have been announced. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) Windham County Community Advisory Board has been inviting local schools and programs serving youth in Windham County to apply for these grants for the past seven years. The grants, totaling between $3,500-$5,000 each year, support innovative programming designed to encourage youth health and wellness programming. 

SaVida Health for outpatient opioid and alcohol addiction opens in St Albans

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 9:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine SaVida Health, a leader in outpatient medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder, is opening a new treatment center at 17 Catherine St., St Albans, VT on November 2, 2020. This is SaVida's seventh specialty medical practice in Vermont joining sites in Bennington, Springfield, Newport, Morrisville, Colchester, and Vergennes.  

Casella offers $131.6 million in Class A common stock

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 9:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Casella Waste Systems, Inc (NASDAQ:CWST), a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company, announced today the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 2,350,000 shares of its Class A common stock at a public offering price of $56.00 per share, before offering discounts. The offering will result in aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $131.6 million to Casella, before deducting underwriting discounts and offering expenses. The offering is expected to close on or about October 23, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.

Mack announces $15 million in 100th anniversary bonuses

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 5:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Don Kendall, President and CEO of Mack Group, announced $15 million worth of bonuses for all Mack co-workers in all US plants on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. The size of the bonus varies by length of employment and ranges from $5,000 to $15,000. Mack has been putting money aside for the last 25 years to fund this bonus.

Promoting Route 100 businesses in the Mad River Valley

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 4:48am -- tim
Vermont Business Magazine Three organizations team up to promote Route 100 region with Restart Vermont grant Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce, Revitalizing Waterbury and the Stowe Area Association have received $30,000 in Restart Vermont Regional Marketing and Stimulus Grants to promote the best of Route 100. The communities of Stowe, Waterbury, and the Mad River Valley are linked by the legendary Vermont Route 100.

Seven Days wins five first-place awards in national media competitions

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 3:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Seven Days, Vermont’s free, independent newsweekly, won four first-place awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia in a virtual ceremony on September 18. One of the winning entries, a joint project with Vermont Public Radio about Vermont’s state-licensed assisted living and residential care homes, received a national Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting from the Radio Television Digital News Association on October 10.

Governor announces next round of Economic Recovery Grants

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 5:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced an expansion of the state’s Economic Recovery Grants, utilizing an additional $76 million in funds from the $1.25 billion the state received from the Federal CARES Act. These funds are in addition to the $152 million in economic relief already delivered to Vermont businesses.Vermont businesses and nonprofits, including sole proprietors, that have seen a decline in total sales between March and September of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019, and who can demonstrate unmet need, may be eligible to receive an Expanded Economic Recovery Grant. Qualifying businesses may now receive up to $300,000 in total economic recovery grants.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Don't catch 'pandemic fatigue'

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 5:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Dr Levine acknowledged we are all facing pandemic fatigue — adjusting our routines, forgoing social and family activities, and being relentlessly reminded to wear a mask and keep a distance from one another. But we still have to wait a little longer for a COVID vaccine, and we are seeing cases increase — both nationwide and closer to home, he said.

VBSR: Front-line employees hazard pay and expanded Economic Recovery Grant programs info

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 5:28pm -- tim

VBSR As COVID-19 continues to impact our families, communities, and economy, we here at VBSR remain committed to providing our members with the resources needed to endure through this crisis. Please read on for key updates on a pair of relief programs that may be available to your and your employees.