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PPP exclusive to SmallBiz with fewer than 20 employees

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 3:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In order to reach the smallest businesses, SBA is solely offering Paycheck Protection Program loans to businesses with fewer than 20 employees and sole proprietors from February 24 to March 10. Already, between the 2020 and 2021 PPP financing, almost 17,000 Vermont businesses have received nearly $1.6 billion in loans and grants. The Paycheck Protection Program provides forgivable loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis, including the owner which can be an employer with employees or a self-employed business owner without employees.

Lisa Miller returns to the US to face parental kidnapping charges

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 3:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine United States Attorneys James P. Kennedy, Jr, of the Western District of New York, and Christina E. Nolan, of the District of Vermont, announced today that Lisa Miller, 52, formerly of Virginia, has been returned to the United States from Nicaragua and will be arraigned in the Western District of New York on charges of conspiracy and international parental kidnapping.

Rebates on electric motorcycles and residential yard care equipment begin March 1

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 2:22pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) is making it easy for you to save money and reduce your carbon footprint and get excited this spring with a whole lot more rebate options that will get you outside. GMP customers can get ready for the green grass and open roads by saving on electric motorcycles and residential yard care equipment like hedge trimmers, chainsaws, leaf blowers and garden tractors.

Moody’s affirms Burlington International Airport’s 'Baa2' credit rating

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 1:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This week, Moody’s Investors Service released a rating action that affirms Burlington International Airport’s “Baa2” credit rating with a stable outlook. The rating action is particularly notable as airports around the country are grappling with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. In its credit report, Moody’s states that the Burlington International Airport (BTV) is “well-positioned to address challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic,” and notes that BTV’s core financial metrics are sound, including its stable liquidity and debt service coverage, strengthened cost recovery framework, minimum of 200 days of cash on hand, relatively low debt burden, and manageable planned capital investment program.

Pattie McCoy: Protecting our school employees and taxpayers

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 4:08am -- tim

by ​Representative Pattie McCoy How often does an education reform bill pass on a voice vote in the Vermont Legislature? From experience, I can tell you it is about as rare as the same type of legislation passing unanimously. That is, very rare indeed. Yet, when the Vermont Legislature contemplated a statewide commission to determine the arrangements of public school employee health benefits, it passed the House on a voice vote and the Senate unanimously. In short, the measure was quite popular, and for good reason.

Welch introduces bill to prioritize invasive species prevention

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 3:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Representative Peter Welch on Thursday reintroduced legislation that would provide federal funding to revitalize forests being destroyed by invasive species and help stem the future infestations of invasive pests. “Invasive species are devastating to forests which are a central part of Vermont’s economy and our way of life,” said Welch. “This bill will fund efforts to revitalize damaged forests and highlight the need for making this a priority within the federal government.”

UVM to require two COVID tests a week thru mid-March

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 9:13pm -- tim

University of Vermont Beginning March 1, all students who are required to test will now be required to complete a COVID-19 test two times per week with three days between each test. The testing center is expanding operations (offering additional testing slots and Saturday hours) to accommodate you. More frequent testing will enable us to identify positive cases and close contacts earlier—and that will help everyone. 

VDH COVID-19 Update: More vaccine doses, Walgreens sign up for 65+ starts today

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 5:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Health Department announced that Vermonters age 65 and older can make an appointment at Walgreens to get their COVID-19 vaccination starting today, in advance of the statewide clinics for this age group that begin on March 1. There were early delays in Walgreens updating its systems to accommodate the new age group, but those issues have now been resolved. The Vermont Department of Health also is reporting two more deaths from COVID-19 for a statewide total of 203. They reported 66 new cases.

Vermont gets nearly $13 million from HUD for range of housing programs

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 5:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced almost $13 million in funding to local Vermont programs that provide affordable housing, community development and economic opportunity, and support to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. This funding is part of more than $5.5 billion in funding being awarded nationally. As part of the housing support, Vermont will be getting over $8 million in CDBG funds and over $3 million for the HOME investment program.

Connor Cyrus, Mikaela Lefrak to join VPR as co-hosts of Vermont Edition

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 5:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Public Radio has hired journalists Connor Cyrus and Mikaela Lefrak as the new co-hosts and senior producers of Vermont Edition, the station announced today. Cyrus and Lefrak will take over for Jane Lindholm, who is stepping down from the program after 14 years to focus full time on VPR’s children’s program But Why and special news projects. Her final show is March 25, although listeners will continue to hear her voice on the air as a contributor to VPR special news coverage.

Walgreens offering vaccine for people Age 65 and older starting today

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 5:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Starting today, Vermonters age 65 and older can make an appointment at Walgreens to get their COVID-19 vaccination. This is in advance of the statewide clinics for this age group that begin on March 1. Anyone age 65 and older can go online to or call 1-800-Walgreens (1-800-925-4733) to make an appointment to be vaccinated. There are no walk-ins, appointments must be scheduled.