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Will Raap investor as Terra Vera raises $2 million in seed funding round

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 4:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Terra Vera, an Albuquerque-based agtech company specializing in non-toxic, sustainable crop management solutions for cannabis and other industries, is fueling its expansion around the country with a newly announced $2 million in seed funding. One of their key investors include Will Raap, Vermont’s renowned environmental entrepreneur, founder and Chairman of Gardener’s Supply Company, which is one of the world’s largest online gardening retailers and has also been recognized for its socially responsible business initiatives. Raap is also the founder of the Intervale Center, a nonprofit developing farm- and land-based enterprises that generate economic and social opportunity while protecting natural resources.

VGS’ renewable natural gas, efficiency programs help local distillery

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 3:53am -- tim
Appalachian Gap Distillery making big changes to reduce carbon footprint
Vermont Business Magazine VGS and Appalachian Gap Distillery announced today the distillery has committed to offset half of its natural gas usage with VGS’s first-in-the-nation renewable natural gas (RNG) to produce its quality craft spirits. This announcement is another step in the Company’s progress towards becoming certified by Climate Neutral, a trusted NetZero certification for consumer brands through a non-profit organization whose mission is to decrease global carbon emissions.

VDH COVID-19 Update: More vaccine and testing sites

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 5:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is reporting 115 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death for a statewide total of 207. The Department of Corrections is reporting a major outbreak at the prison in Newport, with 100 new cases for a total of 127 positive incarcerated cases and 10 positive staff cases at the facility. Meanwhile, the VA Medical Center will be holding a one-day only vaccine clinic for veterans of any age on Friday at the Essex Fairgrounds. The VDH separately has expanded its vaccination and testing sites.

VT Department of Labor reminds claimants of 1099 reissue guidance

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 4:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As claimants begin to receive their new 1099-G forms, the Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) is reminding Vermonters of the following guidance issued by the Department last week. Many Vermonters will receive more than one 1099-G, reflecting the different benefit programs available in 2020. Claimants can identify the program their 1099-G is for by using the code in the bottom left-hand corner of the tax document. All claimants fall into one of two base programs, which are either Unemployment Insurance (UI) or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). From there, many claimants also received additional benefits from a variety of supplemental programs.

Veterans of all ages with existing medical conditions can get vaccine March 5

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 3:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The White River Junction VA Medical Center announced today that it will be hosting a COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-In Clinic for VA enrolled veterans of all ages with existing medical conditions. The clinic will take place at the Champlain Valley Exposition – Gate B, 105 Pearl Street, in Essex Junction, on Friday, March 5 from 9 am to 1 pm.

Hub International acquires Finn & Stone insurance agency

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 3:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Hub International Limited, a leading global insurance brokerage, announced today that it has acquired the assets of Finn & Stone, Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Finn & Stone is a full-service independent insurance agency with locations in Manchester and Springfield, Vermont. They have been providing personal and business insurance solutions to the Southern Vermont community for 60 years. Chip and Jonathan Ams, the Principals of Finn & Stone, and the Finn & Stone team will join Hub New England.

Welcome to Montpelier Program aims to draw new businesses

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 3:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Montpelier Alive and the Montpelier Development Corporation today announced the launch of the Welcome to Montpelier Program, aimed at attracting new businesses to Montpelier. The Welcome to Montpelier Program offers wraparound business support and grant opportunities for new businesses who open in Montpelier. Three $5,000 grants will be awarded to eligible businesses. The Welcome to Montpelier Program provides support for new businesses, including technical assistance from a trained business counselor, promotional opportunities, a business mentor, and special funding opportunities.

NVRH now equipped to run COVID-19 tests in-house

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 1:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) has announced that the DiaSorin Simplexa Analyzer, which analyzes lab specimens for COVID-19, is now up and running. This analyzer helps patients who are receiving care within the hospital and those who have scheduled appointments by decreasing their wait times to as little as three hours.

National Guard members aid vaccination efforts

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 11:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine  The Vermont National Guard will expand the state's vaccination capacity by providing vaccines starting today through March 7. Task Force Coyote, a unit that has served Vermont from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic nearly one year ago will administer the vaccines at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Burlington. Locations in Barre, White River Junction and Springfield will be added over the next two weeks. 

Newport prison COVID-19 outbreak growing

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 11:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Department of Corrections (Vermont DOC) reported Tuesday night that 100 new cases of Covid-19 among incarcerated individuals and eight new staff cases in the outbreak at Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) in Newport. The cases were detected in testing conducted March 1. The outbreak began after one staff member and 21 incarcerated individuals tested positive for the virus. The 22 total cases were detected in testing conducted February 23, 2021. There are currently 127 positive incarcerated cases and ten positive staff cases at the facility.

New wood heat rebates and incentives now available

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 10:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Is your home or business ready for a heating update in 2021? Ready to opt out of oil and do your part to help the state meet its goal of 90 percent renewable energy by 2050? Many rebates and incentives are available to Vermonters interested in switching to wood heat this year. Heating homes or businesses with locally sourced wood fuel displaces fossil fuels, keeps dollars in Vermont, and keeps woodlands intact through sustainable local forest markets and management.

Rockingham looks to ‘Incremental Development’ for neighborhood revitalization

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 10:36am -- tim
BDCC Supports Rockingham’s Work with Local Development Experts
Vermont Business Magazine Restoring downtown buildings was identified as a top priority during last year’s Rockingham community visit, led by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD). To sustain this momentum and address the need for small-scale development in downtown Bellows Falls, the Town of Rockingham sought help through BDCC’s Southern Vermont Economy Project (SVEP). BDCC identified the Incremental Development Alliance (IncDev) which provides technical assistance to transform development plans into tangible action.