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VGS partners with Energy Co-op to offer comprehensive solutions

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 1:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As part of its commitment to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, VGS announced today it will partner with Energy Co-Op of Vermont, a member-owned cooperative, to offer its customers comprehensive energy solutions. VGS and Energy Co-Op of Vermont will work together to help customers find the right low-cost, low-carbon solution for their energy needs, including non-gas alternatives such as electric cold climate heat pumps, advanced wood heat systems, and other options in support of the state’s 90% renewable by 2050 plan.

Vermont State Police offers tips for snowmobile safety

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 1:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As part of the ongoing and continual efforts in keeping Vermont snowmobiling a safe and enjoyable recreational sport for all, the Vermont State Police would like to send the following snowmobile safety reminders: Vermont law requires those born after July 1, 1983, who are 12 years of age and older to take and pass an approved snowmobile safety course before operating on the State Snowmobile Trail System (SSTS.) “Today’s Snowmobile Rider in Vermont” snowmobile safety course is available in both a classroom setting and an approved online snowmobile safety course.

NEFCU awards $1 million gift to COTS

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 11:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine New England Federal Credit Union has awarded a $1 million grant to COTS to increase housing options for families who are experiencing homelessness in Vermont. The public announcement was made Monday morning at COTS’ Main Street Family Shelter in Burlington. Nearly 1 in 4 people staying in a state-funded emergency shelter in Vermont is a child. In response to this, one of COTS’ strategic goals is to meet the emergency needs of those children, as well as invest in long-term strategies to end homelessness among families.

Wilder company and Irene rebuilder reaches milestone

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 11:49am -- tim

by Danny Monahan, Small Business Administration A small business in Wilder is putting the final touches on one of its most significant projects. Soon Vermod will finish construction of its 100th home. After Tropical Storm Irene struck Vermont in 2011, it was determined about 130 mobile homes were destroyed and more than 400 were damaged. During the aftermath, state and local officials recommended several proposals to assist Vermont mobile homeowners. One of the more ambitious plans was when several non-profit organizations teamed up to create the Modular Housing Innovation Project in 2013. It was a pilot program to construct 10 well-insulated and energy efficient modular homes to replace mobile homes.

Kimmich & Mayer: It’s time to walk the walk, let’s launch paid family leave

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 7:22am -- tim

by Jen Kimmich, Co-founder & CEO, The Alchemist and Sascha Mayer, Co-founder & CEO, Mamava  We’re at a pivotal point in Vermont on paid family leave. We have a bill that has passed both chambers of the Legislature and today it is sitting on Governor Scott’s desk. As we wait to see what the Governor will do, it’s time to really reflect what this bill will accomplish, and what our future looks like once it becomes law.

Addison County Chamber provides business education to the community

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 5:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Addison County Chamber of Commerce announces their seminar schedule for 2020. The Addison County Chamber provides monthly seminars for members and the community each year focused around the challenges faced by small and medium sized businesses and non-profits. Typically, they include topics around marketing, human resources and organizational issues. This year’s schedule includes four seminars to support non-profits, in partnership with United Way of Addison County and non-profit consultant Sarah Audet.

Fuse named one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont for tenth consecutive year

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 5:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Fuse, a marketing agency specializing in reaching teens and young adults, has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont for the tenth consecutive year. The annual program is designed to identify and celebrate places of employment that benefit the state's economy, workforce and businesses. Fuse is based in Burlington.

Barre man sentenced to 52 months on gun offense

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 2:16am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that, on January 27, 2020, Roland Alston, age 35, was sentenced to 52 months in jail by Chief Judge Geoffrey Crawford in United States District Court in Rutland, Vermont. Alston had previously pleaded guilty to possessing a handgun as a convicted felon in December 2018. At the time of the plea, Alston also admitted that he possessed the firearm in connection with his drug trafficking.

Green Mountain Transit, BED unveil first two electric buses

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 4:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Transit (GMT) and Burlington Electric Department (BED), joined by Governor Phil Scott, Mayor Miro Weinberger, and other federal, state, and local leaders, today unveiled for the public GMT’s first two electric-powered transit buses (E-buses). The new E-buses, which cost a total of over $2 million including infrastructure, are scheduled to be in service this March. They are the first electric transit buses in Vermont and will help reduce carbon emissions in Burlington and Chittenden County while providing clean, quiet transit along GMT service area routes.

AG joins multistate brief challenging restrictive abortion laws

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 3:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General Donovan today joined a multistate coalition in filing an amicus brief, in Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region v. Parson, challenging the constitutionality of several recently enacted abortion bans in Missouri. As the only remaining abortion clinic in Missouri, Planned Parenthood of St Louis is seeking to overturn two state laws that would create barriers to safe and legal abortion. The coalition’s amicus brief, filed in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, argues that these laws are unconstitutional restrictions on women’s right to choose.

Richards Group one of the 2020 Best Places to Work in Vermont

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 2:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Richards Group was recently named one of the 2020 Best Places to Work in Vermont, an award created by Vermont Business Magazine, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Department of Economic Development, the Vermont Department of Labor, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – Vermont State Council and Best Companies Group.