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VDH COVID-19 Update: Cases exceed 9000 total

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 5:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today reported that since Friday there have been 459 cases of COVID 19 for a total of 9,078 and one death for a total of 156. Vermont is the only state with under 23,000 cases and fewer than 200 deaths. While Vermont is still in the early stages of the vaccine rollout, the VDH said we must keep up our prevention practices, including physical distancing, mask-wearing, handwashing and staying home when we’re sick. This is still the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.

Finally, Ben & Jerry's euphoria for Fido!

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 4:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Ben & Jerry's has gone to the dogs. For the first time in the ice cream company's history, Ben & Jerry's is unveiling two new flavors designed exclusively for canines. Doggie Desserts by Ben & Jerry's are tasty frozen treats that are paws-itively perfect for your pet, specifically formulated for dogs with a sunflower butter base. The frozen fun of peanut butter & pretzel swirls in "Pontch's Mix" or the cool creaminess of pumpkin and mini cookies in "Rosie's Batch" is just what a good dog needs after a raucous puppy playdate or a long walk with their human. All of the high-quality ingredients used in Doggie Desserts can be found in current Ben & Jerry's ice cream recipes.

Vermont Ag Agency launches Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 4:21pm -- tim

Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center Strives to Make a Mark on the Region’s Dairy Industry

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) announces the full launch of the Vermont-based Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) funded by the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) and strongly supported by incoming Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and a leading member of the Agriculture Committee Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. 

New COVID relief federal stimulus & Vermont's creative sector

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 3:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the CAA or new CARES Act), signed into US law on December 27, 2020, provides $900 billion in new COVID-19 relief funding. It includes several provisions related to individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations in Vermont’s creative sector. Read on for summaries of some of the key components of the bill as well as related resources. The CAA includes a new $15 billion grant program called Save Our Stages (SOS Grants) through which the US Small Business Administration will provide aid to struggling live venue operators and related businesses.

Common Good VT becomes program of United Way of Northwest Vermont

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 3:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Common Good Vermont has joined forces with United Way of Northwest Vermont, becoming a program of the organization that works to improve the quality of life for Vermonters. Joined together under one roof, the two organizations will continue their respective missions and work as one to advance the common good for all by strengthening the nonprofit sector throughout Vermont. Common Good Vermont will retain operation of its notable programs which include several nonprofit certificate programs, Vermont Nonprofit Summer Camp, the Nonprofit New England Wage and Benefits Report (Vermont Edition), Vermont Nonprofit Advocacy & Legislative Day, Vermont Nonprofit News, job postings for Vermont mission-driven organizations and nonprofit professional training.

Leahy, Sanders demand Trump address significant COVID-19 vaccine distribution failures

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 3:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Monday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Patty Murray (D-WA), Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee Bernard Sanders (D-VT) and 41 Senate Democrats wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar demanding the Trump administration take immediate action to fix the significant failures of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution as coronavirus cases continue to climb. In the letter, the senators call out the administration’s failure to develop and implement a comprehensive national vaccine plan, despite having months to do so.

Walmart to go 'bagless' February 15

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 3:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The State of Vermont last July implemented a “paper bag only” requirement as it banned plastic shopping bags. The decision was well-received, as retailers and customers look to lower their use of plastics. Last summer, Walmart joined other major retailers in an effort to reduce use of limited-use shopping bags. Now, following a positive response and support from its customers, Walmart is converting all Vermont stores to bagless, effective February 15.

Vermont’s Gardener’s Supply names Cindy Turcot CEO

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 12:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Gardener’s Supply Company, one of the nation’s largest multi-channel marketers of gardening products and accessories, has announced that Jim Feinson, CEO, has stepped down as of the end of 2020. The current President, Cindy Turcot, will be promoted to President and CEO. Feinson joined Gardener’s Supply Company in February 1988 and became President in 1999 and CEO in 2008. Under his leadership, the company transformed their catalog marketing business to online marketing, increased new product development and expanded to four retail garden centers in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Norwich receives $1.12 million on two contracts from the US Army Engineer R&D Center

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 12:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) announced today that it has successfully secured two contracts received under the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Broad Agency Announcement process totaling $1.12 million. Regarding the Arctic Microgrid program, worth $625K, work in this initial effort will identify the necessary requirements to characterize, design, simulate and develop plans to prototype and test the cold regions microgrids. These systems will be built upon an open architecture to allow modular construction and operation in response to location and operational issues. Consideration for remote monitoring and operations and cybersecurity constraints will be integrated into the program with oversight from the ERDC Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory (CRREL).

KeyBank survey reveals how the pandemic is changing financial habits

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 12:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The KeyBank 2020 Financial Resiliency Survey, released today, finds that many Americans are now reporting greater financial confidence, increased emergency savings, and more financial awareness, compared to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic—an inspiring discovery considering the significant hardships faced by many over the past year. The 2020 Financial Resiliency Survey polled more than 1,200 Americans on their financial feelings after nearly a year of living through a pandemic, finding that 53% felt more financially confident approaching the end of 2020, compared to the beginning of the year; 51% would be able to immediately have $2,000 available in an emergency, up from 42% in 2019; and 48% felt more financially aware.

Four property management firms settle EPA claims of lead paint violations

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 11:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Four Vermont-based property management entities have settled claims by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that they violated federal lead paint laws. EPA recently filed a consent agreement and final order both initiating and resolving an enforcement action against Vanderbilt Development Corporation and Manchester Commons Associates, property management companies based in Manchester. Vanderbilt and Manchester Commons agreed to pay a penalty of $13,493.

Tieman: We must remain optimistic

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 10:59am -- tim

by Jeff Tieman, VAHHS President and CEO After living in DC for 15 years, I have many fond memories at the US Capitol. Being in the gallery when the Affordable Care Act passed the House of Representatives. Sitting on a Capitol Hill train with Senator John McCain. Walking the flower-strewn grounds in springtime. Last week, those images gave way to TV footage that was so startling I had trouble believing it was real. I texted a friend who works in the Senate and was glad to find him in his home office.