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Castleton University STEAM Academy set for fall launch

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 5:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine High school students with a passion for mathematics and science will have an exciting new opportunity starting in the fall of 2019 thanks to an innovative new program at Castleton University. The Castleton University STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Academy is designed to provide students an immersive experience that further develops their critical thinking skills and stimulates their passions while opening their minds to careers in these high-demand areas.

'Shop Your Values' this holiday season

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 4:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This holiday season, Main Street Alliance of Vermont is making it easier for shoppers to identify local businesses that share their values. An initiative called ‘Shop Your Values’ helps shoppers locate businesses that are serving their communities by advocating for policies that support working families and foster a thriving small business economy. Businesses on the list have rallied behind policies like paid leave and high-quality, affordable health care and child care. Shoppers who wish to locate these businesses and others around the country can search on the organization’s site,

NorthCountry Federal CU supports Vermonters facing hunger

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 3:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine NorthCountry Federal Credit Union on Wednesday presented the Vermont Foodbank with a donation of $50,000 to help feed people in the state struggling with hunger. This gift will support the Foodbank’s work of providing nutritious food and promoting health through their statewide network of community partners, working to end hunger for the 153,000 Vermonters who struggle to afford food. 

Funding available for programs that support career pathways for women and girls

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 2:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Funding is now available from the Vermont Women’s Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation for growth-stage efforts and programs that support viable career pathways and career prospects for Vermont women and girls. The Vermont Women’s Fund was established in 1994 as an enduring resource to support women and girls in the state. The Fund remains the largest philanthropic resource dedicated exclusively to this mission.

FASTSIGNS opens first Vermont store

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 2:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine FASTSIGNS of Burlington, a local sign and visual graphics company has recently opened under the direction of franchise owners, Geoff Poulin and Dan Emmons. After working together for over 20 years, Poulin and Emmons decided to go into business and open the first FASTSIGNS location in the state of Vermont.

Attorney general’s office issues guidance on data broker regulations

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 4:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has released a guidance to assist Data Brokers in complying with Vermont’s new Data Broker Regulations, Act 171 of 2018. These regulations go into effect on January 1, 2019. The new law requires Data Brokers to register with the Secretary of State annually and maintain certain minimum data security standards.

MENTOR Vermont names recipients of 2018-2019 Vermont Mentoring Grants

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 4:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This fall, through the 2018-2019 Vermont Mentoring Grants, MENTOR Vermont (formerly known as Mobius) has awarded 29 grants, totaling $310,300 to support adult-to-youth mentoring programs throughout the state. This funding will support more than 100 new and existing program sites, and nearly 1,800 adult-to-youth mentor pairs in communities across Vermont.

GMP energy storage plan helped keep the lights on during storm

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 4:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine While winter storm Bruce packed a punch with severe winds and heavy wet snow knocking out power to more than 116,000 customers, those in GMP’s Powerwall program were able to keep the lights on through outages. There are more than 1,000 Powerwalls providing backup power in customers’ homes as part of this innovative pilot program and installations continue, with all 2000 Powerwalls fully subscribed.

UVM’s Ricketts, Cushman, Tracy, Page named to List of world’s most influential researchers

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Four University of Vermont faculty, including a dean at the university, have been named to a list of the world’s most impactful researchers, based on the number of times their published studies have been cited by other researchers over the past decade. Researchers on the list are in the top 1 percent of all scholars whose work has been cited by others. The prestigious Highly Cited Researchers list is compiled and published annually by Clarivate Analytics.

NEA union says Future Planning Associates committed consumer fraud and breach of contract

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The firm responsible for causing thousands of Vermont educators’ medical bills to be unpaid was fraudulent when it pitched its services to the state’s school districts, according to a lawsuit filed today by the state’s largest union. In its filing on behalf of the Burlington Education Association and others in Vermont Superior Court, Vermont-NEA accused Williston-based Future Planning Associates of consumer fraud and breach of contract. The suit seeks unspecified damages.

Vermont Dems sign union contract

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Democratic Party has reached an agreement with their staff union, an affiliate of the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 4. The three-year contract includes a 3% COLA, 100% employer paid healthcare and a vehicle to join the Green Mountain Secure retirement plan. “The USW applauds the Vermont Democratic Party for its leadership by example in recognizing its campaign staff’s desire to organize and bargain collectively as members of our union through card check recognition,” said John Shinn, Director of USW District 4.

Lamoille Housing Partnership names new board members

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 10:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Lamoille Housing Partnership (LHP) announces the appointment of two new members to its Board of Trustees. Joining LHP’s Board of Trustees is Brian Story of Johnson, and Graham Mink of Stowe. “We are always on the lookout for caring, thoughtful individuals to help LHP continue moving forward to meet our mission,” said Lamoille Housing Partnership Executive Director, Jim Lovinsky. “Brian and Graham bring a wealth of municipal and private development expertise and experience to our board, along with their interest and energy. Welcome!”