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Steve Cannon: ‘Great leaders are present’

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 10:14am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine It makes sense that a business CEO who graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point would think the best place for leaders to be is in the trenches with their troops. And that's precisely the philosophy Steve Cannon espouses.

"Great leaders are present; they are there on the field, not sitting in a corner office trying to absorb data through spreadsheets," said Cannon, who is CEO of AMB Group, which operates Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, Major League Soccer's Atlanta United and the PGA Superstore retail chain. Instead, Cannon said, great leaders "are absorbing data through observation, through contact, and I find that model of leadership... is very, very powerful."

Change The Story Vt partnership launches free pay equity resource

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 10:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Tuesday over the lunch hour, over 250 people gathered virtually for the launch of the new Leaders for Equity and Equal Pay (LEEP) Toolkit. The Toolkit is a unique and powerful DIY resource, containing an excel-based Equity Management Tool and a companion Playbook, that provides Vermont’s small to midsize employers with information and methodology needed to conduct in-house, ongoing gender and racial pay equity reviews.

State, SVHC promote walk-in vaccine opportunities

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 9:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As of today, the Vermont department of health is reporting five new cases of COVID-19, with no new deaths, which remain at 256. Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) will administer COVID vaccines 8 am – 6 pm every day at SVMC ExpressCare and 9 am – 3 pm on Saturday, June 12, at the gymnasium on the former Southern Vermont College campus. Also below is the state and pharmacy vaccine availability. Also, most pharmacies and supermarkets with pharmacies, including Walmart and Costco, have walk-in vaccination clinics. Governor Scott will drop all COVID-19 restrictions once 80 percent of all eligible Vermonters get vaccinated. As of June 8, 79.6 percent of eligible Vermonters were vaccinated.

Champlain Valley Fair grandstand line-up announced

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 3:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The staff at the Champlain Valley Exposition are busy preparing for the 99th Annual Champlain Valley Fair. The “ten best days of summer” runs from August 27 through September 5, 2021. In anticipation of Vermont’s largest annual event, Jeff Bartley issued the following statement with regards to the Grandstand line-up.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Just 1,000 a day to reach goal by Friday

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 5:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine An additional 3,139 individuals remain to be vaccinated. On June 7, 2021, an additional 1,058 individuals were vaccinated. If Vermont can vaccinate 1,000 at day, Governor Scott will remove all COVID mitigation restrictions by Friday. Some states like Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island have already fully reopened despite lower vaccination numbers without any health repercussions. Vermont ranks as the healthiest COVID state by any measure and number one in vaccinations. As for cases, the VDH reported today 13 new cases of COVID-19 and no deaths, which remain at 256. A statistical analyysis by the Department of Financial Regulation estimates that the vaccines have saved 260 lives in Vermont.

Gray: If we want to recover stronger, we have to listen to Vermonters

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 4:09pm -- tim

by Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray This past year has proven what we have long known to be true: Vermonters are resilient and know how to come together to get through tough times. While we should all be proud that our brave little state has led the nation in responding to COVID-19, the all too familiar stories of working families and small businesses hurt by the pandemic are devastating. While in some instances we know the toll this pandemic has had on our families, businesses and communities, in many other instances we are still learning. Now is the time to listen to Vermonters. 

Vermont delegation urges Biden to work with Canada to safely open border

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 1:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, and Representative Peter Welch sent a letter to the Biden administration late Monday urging him to work with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to allow additional travel between the United States and Canada. With increased vaccination rates in both the United States and Canada, and updated CDC guidance for fully vaccinated Americans, the delegation urged the Biden administration to work with Canada to add additional essential traveler classes and to continue working toward fully reopening the border.

Educational video conferencing platform InSpace raises $6M in seed funding

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 10:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine InSpace, a collaborative video conferencing platform that replicates personal interaction between students and teachers in virtual classrooms, today announced that the company has closed on $6 million in two rounds of seed funding. The funding is led by a $2.6 million investment from venture capital firm Boston Seed Capital and $1.5 million each from Gutbrain Ventures and PBJ Capital, in addition to other investors.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital names 2021 DAISY and P.E.T.A.L.S. Award winners

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 10:47am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center’s (MAHHC) celebration of its nursing staff during National Nurses Month in May includes DAISY Awards and P.E.T.A.L.S. Awards to deserving nurses, starting this year. Created by the DAISY Foundation in 1999, DAISY Awards honor Registered Nurses, while P.E.T.A.L.S. (Professional Extraordinaire Always Lends Support) Awards honor those who partner with nurses to provide exceptional care, including LPNs, LNAs, and CMAs.

In surprise, Wonder Bread owner to buy Koffee Kup, Vermont Bread but no plans to reopen

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 7:37am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine What sounded like a promising result for Koffee Kup Bakery in Burlington and Vermont Bread in Brattleboro is now in question. Flowers Foods, Inc (NYSE: FLO), producer of Nature's Own, Dave's Killer Bread, Wonder, Canyon Bakehouse, Tastykake, and other bakery foods, announced Monday that it has acquired the assets of Koffee Kup Bakery, Inc (KKB) from the court-appointed receiver of the assets. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Meanwhile, the presumed preferred buyers, the Hyslops from Sussex, New Brunswick, were set to re-start the business on Tuesday and were as surprised as everyone else, including Governor Scott, that a new buyer was announced in court Monday.

BSD’s Torrey named Director of the Year by School Nutrition Association of Vermont

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 4:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Heather Torrey, Assistant Director of Burlington School District’s Burlington School Food Project (BSFP), has been voted Director of the Year by the School Nutrition Association of Vermont (SNA-VT), for her “trail-blazing approach to a year fraught with challenges for Vermont school nutrition programs.” Facing unprecedented disruption over the past 12 months, Heather Torrey and the BSFP developed several innovative strategies for feeding communities during the pandemic, noted SNA-VT. Perhaps most notably, was their visionary Free Family Meal Kit program that provides children with seven days worth of meals in the form of both prepared foods and groceries. BSFP has built and distributed more than 20,000 meal kits since September 2020, representing 560,000 meals and snacks.

Schubart: Vermont health care, a vacuum of leadership

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 4:31am -- tim

by Bill Schubart As I’ve written in the past, we’ll never sort out the hot mess that health care’s become in Vermont and in the U.S. until we agree on the fundamental question of whether health care is a definable right or just a lucrative business. Our persistent ambivalence only extends its cost and complexity with second-class outcomes. With a total domestic cost of $3.8 trillion (17.7% of G.D.P. / $11,600 per American) and worse health outcomes than those of our peers abroad, we can no longer evade the question. Reduced to its simplest terms, today the health of Vermonters must compete with the privilege of those who makes billions out of misfortune.