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VDH: COVID cases at 136 with another death

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 4:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health on Wednesday reported 136 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death, which now stand at 292 statewide. There are 39 people hospitalized (down 4 from yesterday) and 10 in the ICU. State officials are urging local school districts to their guidance in order to keep kids in school, with mask wearing and an increased level of surveillance testing and contact tracing.

Vermont AG joins coalition supporting DOJ's lawsuit against Texas abortion ban

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 1:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General Donovan today joined 24 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) challenge to Texas’ new unconstitutional six-week ban on abortions. The brief specifically supports DOJ’s motion for a preliminary injunction of the law, which went into effect earlier this month.

Sigrist: Forced innovation helps small businesses survive & thrive

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 1:17pm -- tim

by Erin Sigrist This week is National Small Business Week! Even though we are fortunate in Vermont to hold small businesses in high esteem most every day, I believe this year it’s even more important to shine a light on these businesses and celebrate their hard work to sustain Vermonters throughout this pandemic. After all, some were shut down for 14 to 18 months. As a result, some have been forced to alter their operations and sadly we have lost some to permanent shut down. Those that remain today continue to find great challenge in hiring staff to operate the business to meet customer expectations, and yet other businesses have grown and expanded. How? Creativity. Grit. Forced Innovation.

DPS announces hiring of director of mental health programs

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 1:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling and Vermont State Police Director Col. Matthew T Birmingham are pleased to announce the hiring of the first director of mental health programs for the department. Mourning Fox, who has more than 25 years of experience in the mental-health field, including over four years as deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Mental Health, will help coordinate and oversee efforts at the 10 state police barracks throughout Vermont regarding the delivery of mental health services to people who come into contact with VSP. 

SBA increases COVID-19 EIDL cap to $2 million

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 12:37pm -- tim


Vermont Business Magazine On September 9, 2021, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced major enhancements to the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Also, The SBA Vermont District Office hosts a free webinar at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays about changes made to the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Topics include the increase from $500,000 to $2 million, deferred payments, expansion of eligible use of funds and more.


Austin-Hawley appointed board chair for one-year term

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 12:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Donna Austin-Hawley is the new president of the United Way of Northwest Vermont board of directors. Austin-Hawley assumed her new responsibilities on Tuesday, replacing Chris Lyon, who is stepping down after six years on the board, one as chair. Lyon, a longtime executive at Seventh Generation, has accepted a new professional position in Maine.

UVM president plans to freeze tuition for fourth consecutive year

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 11:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine University of Vermont President Suresh Garimella today announced that he intends to continue helping students and families by proposing that tuition remain frozen at the same amount for a fourth consecutive year. Garimella’s 2022-23 budget also proposes that the undergraduate student comprehensive fee remain frozen and that the graduate student comprehensive fee be reduced by $250. Room and board charges will remain flat for the third consecutive year under the plan. Room and board costs had been rising an average of 3.2% before Garimella froze them two years ago.

2021 Vermont Arts Awards recipients announced

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 9:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Art Council has announced the recipients of the 2021 Vermont Arts Awards recognizing outstanding individual and organizational contributions to the arts. Awards honor educators, artists, performers, advocates, administrators, volunteers, and scholars. Vermonters will be recognized for their contributions in five categories. 

Little Seed Coffee Roasters to open October 2 in Middlebury

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 9:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine New life is coming to 24 Merchants Row this October 2nd in the form of little seed COFFEE ROASTERS, a new member of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce. Founders Maggie and Anthony Gerakos work with green coffee buyers who source excellent quality coffee and negotiate better-than fair trade prices with farmers and producers. The couple will rotate their coffee selections quarterly, and roast right inside their Middlebury shop and roastery. At any given time, they will have 5 single-origin offerings and one espresso blend available.

VSP: Fatal motorcycle crash in New Haven

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 9:19am -- tim

Vermont State Police On September 14, 2021, Troopers from the New Haven Barracks were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Vermont Route 7 and River Rd. in the Town of New Haven. Upon the arrival of the Troopers, the operator of the motorcycle (Tucker)  was found to be deceased. The operator of the Honda Odyssey (Delphia) was removed from the vehicle and transported to Porter Medical Center for significant injuries sustained during the crash.

Vermont Dept of Taxes issues refunds to unemployment benefit recipients

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 6:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Taxes has begun issuing refunds to eligible taxpayers who received unemployment insurance benefits last year and electronically filed their 2020 Vermont Individual Income Tax Returns prior to the federal unemployment tax exclusion passed earlier this year. These taxpayers can expect to see direct deposits or paper checks in the coming days or weeks without the need to file an amended return.

Weinberger announces $1,795,000 of immediate ARPA investment

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 6:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Last night, the Burlington City Council unanimously approved the Administration’s proposal for the immediate release of $1,795,000 from the City’s outstanding $27 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation. The $1.795 million in funds are urgently needed to support a variety of eligible expenses to address ongoing public health response, water resources investments, and economic impacts of the citywide reappraisal on some homeowners.