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The Intervale Center Has New Farm Business Planning Capacity in Southern Vermont

Mon, 07/25/2022 - 5:53am -- tim

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets The Intervale Center has been delivering business planning and coaching services to farmers statewide for over 15 years. They provide free, in-depth, personalized support to farmers and value-added food business owners. This service helps them develop the business management skills necessary to meet their personal and financial goals. Working with farmers in any stage of business development, the Intervale Center strives to understand the farmer's financials, help develop their business management systems, and achieve long-term goals.

Vermont Dairy Farming: A Proud Way of Life

Mon, 07/25/2022 - 4:59am -- tim

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) Being a dairy farmer in Vermont is not an easy life. The work is hard, the hours are long, and cows don't take weekends off. It's a seven day a week operation.
For Vermont farmers, milking cows is not only a source of income. It's a way of life. It's a love of the land. It's an attachment to a farm that, in many cases, has been handed down generation after generation. We thank Vermont farmers not only for providing us with high-quality, locally produced milk, but for helping us keep Vermont as one of the most beautiful states in the country. Agriculture not only remains a very important part of the Vermont economy, but it is also a key component to tourism, another economic engine for the state.

Broadband projects get $47.8M in construction grants

Mon, 07/25/2022 - 3:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Friday afternoon, July 22, 2022, Governor Scott joined the Vermont Congressional Delegation, the Vermont Community Broadband Board (VCBB), and several CUDs to announce an additional $48.8M in broadband construction grant awards. This will bring the total investment in broadband buildout in Vermont to nearly $100M since the launch of the VCBB in August 2021. 

Candy Moot: Responsibly sited wind projects?

Mon, 07/25/2022 - 2:36am -- tim

by Candy Moot Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) is promoting more wind energy to be built in Vermont.  They are calling for “responsibly sited wind projects.”  What does that mean? When residents of Morgan learned that industrial wind developer David Blittersdorf bought land on a ridgeline overlooking Seymour Lake, some of us wanted to learn more about what happened in other areas of the state where wind projects were built.

SAVU sauna experience begins in a Vermont forest

Sun, 07/24/2022 - 3:51pm -- tim

by Christine McGowan, Vermont Forest Industry Network Dave Nelson is on a mission to bring sauna culture to the United States. With his partner, Nicole Sweeney, Nelson founded SAVU in Cambridge, Vermont with the construction of a contemporary sauna nestled in the woods overlooking Smugglers’ Notch. Saunas, also known as sweat baths, have been used for centuries to promote healing—a practice Nelson began to explore as a competitive athlete. But, he says, most sauna experiences are culturally specific, with nods to Turkish, Russian, and Japanese roots, and typically communal, which can be intimidating to the uninitiated.

AOT Road Construction Report Week of July 25

Sun, 07/24/2022 - 11:16am -- tim

Vermont Agency of Transportation This weekly report is a list of planned construction activities that will have traffic impacts on state highways throughout Vermont. Please remember to drive safely in all work zones. Lives depend on it. 


I-89 Brookfield – Montpelier – A resurfacing project continues in the southbound lanes between Exits 5 and 8. Nightwork and ramp closures at the Exit 6 on and off ramps will occur 07/24 – 07/25. 

Democratic candidates for Congress to discuss climate change, justice reform at VLGS

Sun, 07/24/2022 - 11:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Two of the most pressing issues of the day – climate change and justice reform – will be discussed when Vermont Law and Graduate School (VLGS) hosts a US House Democratic Primary candidate forum on Monday, July 25. The in-person event is open to the public and will take place at the school’s Chase Center from 6 to 7:30 pm. It will be livestreamed at Candidates Becca Balint and Molly Gray are expected to participate.

French: Building a better foundation for our PreK-12 education system

Sun, 07/24/2022 - 3:34am -- tim

by Daniel M French, Vermont Secretary of Education For the last two years, we have endured an incredibly challenging time with the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has impacted all aspects of our society including our PreK-12 education system. During the pandemic, Vermont’s education system was asked to do things it was never designed to do, like providing childcare, using school buses to deliver student meals, toggling between in-person and remote learning, and managing complex public health mitigation strategies like vaccination clinics and rapid testing programs. And throughout the pandemic, our education system rose to the occasion and kept our schools open and safe. The work of our school employees has been heroic, inspiring, and in the highest tradition of public service. They deserve our gratitude and our respect for stepping up in a very challenging moment.

News in Brief: Roundup of news from June

Sat, 07/23/2022 - 1:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine State tax revenues exceed targets again; State drops charges against Alex Choi, fourth man in EB-5 fraud case; Vermont’s ski Industry reports 6.5% rebound; Vermont employers to see unemployment insurance tax relief; Scott outlines new workforce initiatives to fill available jobs; Record high maple syrup production in Vermont in 2022; VLS to change name, become graduate institution, gets $8 million gift; Champlain College receives $1 million donation; UVM gets $5.5 million to launch integrative health center; Governor Scott appoints Susanne Young Attorney General of Vermont.

Vermont’s new MagicStone launches with a breakthrough cannabis instrument

Sat, 07/23/2022 - 12:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The innovative MagicStone brand is the result of a combined effort of two iconic Vermont companies: The Imagination Company and Vermont Soapstone. Developed and patented by CEO Jim Giberti, the new MagicStone Odyssey is a completely unique approach to using cannabis, in both design and experience. Each Odyssey is handcrafted and precision tooled from a single block of soapstone and delivers the benefits of a vaporizer with the simplicity of use of a traditional pipe – no batteries, no pre-heating, and virtually no maintenance. The magic began when Jim, Creative Director of The Imagination Company, got a call from Glenn Bowman, owner of Vermont Soapstone, who was looking for a firm to rebrand his historic company.

VT Commercial second quarter commercial real estate transactions

Sat, 07/23/2022 - 11:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine VT Commercial of Burlington has released its second quarter commercial real estate transactions report.

The Crystal Cottage of Vermont relocated its retail store to 176 Battery Street, Burlington.  Yves Bradley and Linda Letourneau of V/T Commercial assisted both the landlord, Stern Property LLC, and the tenant.

Slate Quarry Park grand opening in Poultney July 29

Sat, 07/23/2022 - 11:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Slate Quarry Park Group, Inc. and the Town and Village of Poultney are pleased to announce a Grand Opening of the Slate Quarry Park located at 76 Main Street in Poultney on Friday, July 29, 2022, at 5 PM. A cordial invitation is extended to the public. Speakers at the Grand Opening will include Larry Sullivan, Co-Executive Director of The Slate Quarry Park Group; Paul Donaldson, Poultney Town and Village Manager; and Representative Patricia McCoy, Minority Leader of the Vermont House of Representatives. Carolyn Stellatella, member artist of Stone Valley Arts, will recite her original poem “Poultney Rises” and a performance by the Hermit Hollow String Band will take place at 6 pm.