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Enter the 2023 Good Food Awards!

Mon, 06/13/2022 - 7:07am -- tim

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets Makers of good food & drink, it's your time to shine: entries for the 2023 Good Food Awards are now open! From farmstead cheeses to world-class kimchi, the Good Food Awards recognize craftsmanship and flavor alongside environmental and social responsibility. Over 2,000 entries from all 50 states are submitted each year and a blind tasting decides nearly 200 winners. Many winners have reported increased sales and publicity tied to the Awards, in addition to receiving access to a community of like-minded crafters to connect with. In 2022 the state of Vermont had 22 winners across all categories!

Ambitious restaurateurs forge ahead with plans in Southeast Vermont during COVID

Sun, 06/12/2022 - 5:09pm -- tim

What Were You Thinking?

by Maia Segura, Vermont Business Magazine Running a restaurant is a risky business at any time, but during the pandemic the challenges have been compounded and restaurants in Vermont have struggled to hang on. Some did not make it, and others had to reinvent themselves to survive. Meanwhile, defying conventional wisdom to avoid risk in challenging times, a few intrepid entrepreneurs in Southeast Vermont identified and chose to pursue opportunities to open new upscale venues. The Hermitage Inn in West Dover, the White House Inn in Wilmington, and River Garden Marketplace in Brattleboro have faced a host of harrowing challenges from supply chain to labor issues but push on undeterred.

CVTA formally dedicates new Winooski Bridge in East Montpelier and Berlin

Sun, 06/12/2022 - 11:53am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The Cross Vermont Trail Association (CVTA) formally opened and dedicated the new Winooski Bridge in East Montpelier and Berlin on Saturday June 4. The new bridge is keystone link in a growing regional trail network. On June 4 one and half miles of new trail on either side of the bridge were also officially opened, extending the Montpelier Bike Path from Gallison Hill Road east along the old Montpelier & Wells River railroad bed for one mile, then across the new bridge and further on an additional half mile of newly constructed trail upstream along the Winooski River to a new trailhead parking lot on Route 2.

Walmart names 10 finalists from Vermont to pitch at 2022 Open Call event

Sat, 06/11/2022 - 4:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Walmart has made its selections for the ninth annual Open Call event. With nearly 1,200 small and mid-sized business owners receiving official invitations—including 10 entrepreneurs headquartered in Vermont—this year’s registrants mark the largest group ever selected to participate in the two-day event. Finalists represent all fifty (50) states, including the District of Columbia, with nearly sixty percent (60%) of them self-identifying as a diverse-owned business.

rk MILES dedicates newly completed showroom to Noel Coniglio

Sat, 06/11/2022 - 3:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine rk MILES dedicated its newly renovated Doors & Windows showroom in Manchester Center on Wednesday, June 8th to the company’s first Door & Window Showroom Manager Noel Coniglio who passed away in November of 2021. Coniglio saw the potential to grow the business and created the millwork department in the late ‘80s which he managed until his retirement in 2008. Now the rk MILES Doors & Windows department company-wide makes up 20% of the total sales for the company.  

NVRH loosens COVID-related restrictions

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 3:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) in St Johnsbury has begun transitioning toward post-COVID operations and now welcomes the community back into much of the hospital’s public facing spaces. The hospital anticipates implementing several changes. They include extending visiting hours, opening the Courtyard Café and the Charles M. and Hannah Gray Gallery to the public, and allowing individuals to drop off expired or unwanted medication in the Drug Deposit Box. Patients may also resume in-person interactions with the NVRH Business Center, Medical Records, and Information Services. Waiting areas are open across NVRH as well.

Record high maple syrup production in Vermont in 2022

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 2:34pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The 2022 Vermont maple syrup production totaled a record high 2.55 million gallons, up 46% from the previous year, according to Pam Hird, state statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New England Field Office. Vermont remains the top producing state in the nation, with more than double the US total (5.03 million gallons). Weather conditions hurt last year's maple production, which came in at 1.5 million gallons, which was down 21 percent from 2020.

Environmental and racial justice groups join lawsuit against Champlain Parkway

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 2:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Environmental Justice Clinic at Vermont Law School and Vermont’s Racial Justice Alliance (VRJA) challenged the Burlington "Champlain Parkway project.” The lawsuit supports residents of neighborhoods in the South End of Burlington through which part of the parkway will pass. The plaintiffs argue the $47 million dollar project relies on a legally insufficient traffic analysis, violates public participation requirements related to federal projects of this size in environmental justice communities, and fails to acknowledge changing demographics in the area. 

First wave of grants set to support housing, arts, accommodations and food sectors

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 1:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) today announced the first wave of approved grant applications to support community recovery and revitalization through the Capital Investment Program (CIP). The program aims to strengthen communities by reversing the harm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic through assistance with capital investments that will help businesses to recover, retain existing jobs and spur economic growth.

Attorney General Donovan to step down for private job

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 1:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan today announced that he is stepping down from the office of Attorney General effective Monday, June 20, 2022, at 5 pm in order to accept the position of Director of Public Policy and US State Strategies for the company Roblox. Roblox is a California-based online gaming firm. Donovan will be based in Vermont. Donovan announced in early May that he would not seek reelection. Rumors circulated shortly after that he would not serve out the rest of his term.

State adds $10 million to UVM appropriation

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 11:51am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont General Assembly’s Omnibus Appropriations bill, signed into law late yesterday by Governor Phil Scott, appropriates an additional $10 million to the University of Vermont. The additional investment—together with UVM President Suresh Garimella’s commitment to keeping tuition frozen for a fourth consecutive year—bolsters efforts to keep UVM affordable to families in Vermont.

Governor Scott signs historic $8.1 billion state budget into law

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 7:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott Thursday signed into law the state budget, H.740, an Act Relating to making appropriations for the support of government. H.740 appropriates $8.126 billion across all funds, and with $178 million allocated in related bills, state appropriations for Fiscal Year 2023, which begins on July 1, total $8.304 billion. This is the first time total appropriation has surpassed $8 billion.