Vermont Business Magazine Gifford will distribute meals for Upper Valley Everyone Eats this month on Tuesday, September 27 between 5 – 5:30 p.m. at Gifford’s South Parking lot. The frozen meals, provided by Global Village Foods, are available by reservation. Upper Valley Everyone Eats is the local hub of Vermont’s coronavirus relief program, Vermont Everyone Eats (VEE). VEE provides nutritious meals to Vermonters in need of food assistance, as well as a stabilizing source of income for Vermont restaurants, farmers, and food producers. This program is open to all Vermonters looking to stretch their food budget as a result of the pandemic or otherwise.
Vermont Business Magazine The next guest on Medical Matters Weekly is Marc David, the founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. The show airs on Facebook Live at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21. Marc David, MA, is the bestselling author of the books, Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being and The Slow Down Diet: Eating for Pleasure, Energy, and Weight Loss, a frequent speaker and consultant, and host of the celebrated Psychology of Eating Podcast. David is also the Founder of The Institute for the Psychology of Eating, the world’s only health coaching program devoted to teaching the principles of Dynamic Eating Psychology and Mind Body Nutrition. With students in well over 100 countries, the Institute champions an uplifting, inclusive approach to food and body that honors each individual’s unique physiology and psychology and that sees eating challenges as a doorway to personal growth and self-actualization.
Vermont Business Magazine In continuation of its efforts to provide opportunities for connection between employers and jobseekers, the Vermont Department of Labor will host the first of two Fall Job Fest hiring events in southwest Vermont this week. Nearly 50 employers will take part in the job fair in Bennington, the fifteenth job fair organized by the Department since April 2022. The Department will host another event on Thursday (9/22) in Rutland. The event will be held Tuesday, September 20.
Vermont Business Magazine The latest housing data from RE/MAX for Burlington indicates that prices are way up from last year but have fallen over the last month. The current median home price is $410,000, up nearly 11 percent from last year but down 2.5 percent for the month. The National Housing Report for August 2022 found that home sellers, on average, accepted offers below their listing prices last month – a further indication of rebalancing in the housing market. Mortgage interest rates have doubled since The Fed first raised rates last March and three times since for a total of 2.25%. Today, the 30-year fixed rate at New England Federal Credit Union is 6.162%. According to Freddie Mac, the average 30-year rate was 2.96 in 2021 and has averaged 7.76% since 1971.
Vermont Business Magazine Funding is now available through the Laurance & Mary Rockefeller Fund for organizations and projects that preserve and enhance the physical, cultural, spiritual, and wellness environment of the people in the town of Woodstock and surrounding communities. The fund awards grants ranging from $1,000-$7,500. Applications will be accepted from organizations and projects serving the towns of Barnard, Bridgewater, Hartland, Pomfret, Reading, and/or Woodstock. Applicants must be serving one or more of these communities to be eligible to apply.
Vermont Business Magazine Today Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos encouraged Vermonters to register to vote for National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) on September 20th. NVRD is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating democracy, held annually in September. While across the country new voter restrictions are making it harder to register and vote in some states, in Vermont we have worked to make it easier for eligible voters to get registered, and we have given voters more options for how to make their voice heard in our elections.
Vermont Business Magazine The 17th annual Kelly Brush Ride powered by VBT Bicycling Vacations raised more than $1 million for the first time ever, and as a result the Kelly Brush Foundation will achieve another major milestone—awarding, for the first time, $1 million in adaptive sports equipment grants this year. On September 10, in Middlebury, Vermont, more than 900 riders on 77 teams along with 40 adaptive riders participated in the Kelly Brush Ride, raising $1,024,043. Funds raised from the event provide direct support to people with spinal cord injuries to afford cost-prohibitive adaptive sports equipment like handcycles, mono-skis, sports wheelchairs and more.
Vermont Business Magazine Relocation tech company moveBuddha is shining a light on move trends in 2022. Their new report released in August reveals the most popular (and least popular) states to move to this 2022. Vermont is the #10 state for inflow in 2022. In fact, the state is one of the few that has maintained consistently high inflow since 2020, landing in the list of top 10 year after year. Northern New England has faired better than anywhere else in the Northeast in this report, with Maine ranked 5th and New Hampshire just outside the plus side, where it resided the previous two years.
Vermont Business Magazine On September 14, Ivy Computer hosted a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the anticipated construction of a new 22,000-square-foot office building on their current campus. Representatives from several state agencies, including Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic Development Joan Goldstein and Jamie Stewart, Executive Director of the Vermont Economic Development Corporation, were on hand for the celebration. Founded in 1986, Ivy Computer is the producer of software tools specific to the trash hauling industry, most prominently a business management product (Trash Flow) and a money processing platform (Trash Billing). Ivy’s continuing robust growth has allowed the company to steadily increase hiring, and staff increases dictate a need for more space to accommodate that growth.
Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets The Big E is now open! From now through October 2nd, visit the Avenue of the States during the Big E, the only fair in the U.S. where more than one state participates. On this educational thoroughfare you'll see impressive replicas of each New England state's original statehouse sitting on land actually owned by that state. The Vermont Building will be filled with a long list of Vermont vendors including Eden Specialty Ciders, Halladay’s Harvest Barn, Bergamot + Amor, Treeline Terrains, Nomadic Kitchen, KIS Kombucha, and many more. Come support local businesses who make the Vermont Building so special! Vermont Day is Saturday, September 24th.
Vermont Business Magazine On Friday, the US Environmental Protection Agency awarded over $63 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to Vermont for water infrastructure improvements. Planned projects in Vermont that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will fund include lead line replacement projects in Springfield and Northfield, as well as projects to address PFAS contamination in Killington and Bennington. A host of other projects are slated for funding in the state through this new increase in funding, which will significantly increase the ability of towns and cities to meet their infrastructure needs.
by Joyce Marcel, Vermont Business Magazine Who is Frank Cioffi, and what does he do for Vermont? Well, it’s complicated. Cioffi (pronounced “coffee”), 67, is the long-time president of the nonprofit Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, but that’s just his day job. He also swims in a full tide of acronyms — VTC, CCETB, VCET, EPSCoR, UVM, to name a few. Somehow, he seems to have had a hand in almost every significant economic development in Vermont over the past three decades. “There are few people as committed to making Vermont an even better place to live and work than Frank Cioffi."