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Champlain Survey: Almost half of US workforce feels financially insecure

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 9:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new survey from Burlington-based Champlain College Online finds that while 48 percent of respondents describe themselves as “somewhat” or “very” financially insecure and one in four (25 percent) feel their current job is at risk of becoming extinct, most are willing to invest in continued training and education to advance their career prospects.

Scott proclaims October as Employee Ownership Month in Vermont

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 6:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott declared October as Employee Ownership Month in Vermont in a proclamation dated October 1, 2019. The proclamation recognizes the value of employee ownership to Vermont’s economy and in creating opportunities for Vermont workers: “[t]he sale of businesses to the employees offers fair compensation to retiring business owners, while also rooting companies in Vermont and providing their employee-owners with the opportunity to earn a secure and prosperous retirement.”

Brattleboro Retreat appoints Gaurav Chawla as Chief Medical Officer

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 5:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Brattleboro Retreat has announced the appointment of Gaurav Chawla, MD, as the hospital’s new chief medical officer (CMO). Dr. Chawla served as CMO at Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke, MA, where he has worked since 2012 in various roles including Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Services. He began his official duties at the Retreat on September 30th.

MVP to launch support programs for seniors

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 3:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine MVP Health Care today announced that beginning on January 1, 2020, its Medicare Advantage members in New York and Vermont will be eligible for unique support programs that will work to improve their overall health and well-being. At the start of the new year, MVP’s Medicare Advantage members will be eligible for free meal delivery after an inpatient hospital admission, free telemedicine visits, free exercise classes, and up to a $100 reimbursement for completing health and wellness activities.

Howard Center honors Leahy with 2019 Help is Here award

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 2:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Howard Center will present the 2019 Help is Here Award to Senator Patrick Leahy at its annual Help is Here Award Celebration on October 11. The award honors an individual whose contributions personify Howard Center’s mission and demonstrate a passion for those served by the organization. As a distinguished statesman, Senator Leahy’s over forty years of service in the US Senate has always focused on improving the lives of Vermonters, the cornerstone of Howard Center’s mission.

SVHC Foundation’s 2019 Jingle Bell announced

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 2:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine One of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation’s most anticipated events of the year is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the Mount Snow Grand Summit Resort Hotel in West Dover, Vermont. The Jingle Bell reflects the giving spirit of the season and provides local businesses and community members the opportunity to demonstrate their support for SVHC in a fun and festive way. Highlights of the Jingle Bell include dinner, dancing, and a live auction featuring an exceptional selection of donated items.

Over $305k in grants to benefit Vermont specialty crop producers

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 3:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announces grants totaling $305,929 for eight projects to benefit Vermont fruit, vegetable, and value-added producers and increase consumer access to locally produced food. These grants, funded through the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP), were awarded to seven agricultural organizations to undertake a range of technology development, research, education, marketing, and program-building projects. The grants will leverage an additional $203,468 in matching funds.

Hidden gems found during demolition at Putnam Block redevelopment

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 3:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The $31 million Phase I Putnam Block Redevelopment Project that received funding from over 17 different public and private funding sources in addition to over 20 local investors, broke ground officially on August 7. Earlier this summer, and shortly after the financial closing that took place on June 14, the construction manager, Breadloaf, commenced selective interior and exterior demolition. Derelict and add-on buildings were torn down to reveal historic original buildings.