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BioTek awarded Vermont Training Program grant of $97K

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 1:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine BioTek, a Winooski-based life science instrumentation firm has been granted $96,887 from the State‘s Vermont Training Program. BioTek will work with the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) to develop and deliver the Lean Fundamentals (Lean 101) and Improving Workplace Communication curriculum.  The first training will incorporate classroom, simulation, and selection of real opportunities faced by those diverse teams from BioTek.

Vermont Research News: Housing, maps, ticks

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:45am -- tim

Vermont Research News Vermont has the lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. at 2.4 percent (tied with three other states), according to new data from the Public Assets Institute.  The report also found that Vermont wages grew faster than any state in New England, except New Hampshire in the last quarter. Yet the state still has the second lowest average wage in New England, at $19.70. Half of workers earn more than the median wage and half earn less.

20 VT entrepreneurs selected for executive-level training class

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Twenty Vermont entrepreneurs have been selected to participate in an executive-level training program starting April 19 at Vermont Technical College in Williston. Emerging Leaders is a free training program for entrepreneurs wanting to expand their small businesses. During the seven-month course, the 20 students work with their instructor and a network of industry experts to create a three-year strategic growth plan. 

UVM launches new Online degree completion program

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Opportunities to learn and excel shouldn’t be limited by age, income, distance, or any other factor that can adversely influence the trajectory of an individual’s personal and career ambitions. That’s why the College of Arts and Sciences and Continuing and Distance Education at the University of Vermont have combined efforts to launch a new Online Degree Completion program. Starting this fall, students will have access to a 60-credit online degree program that provides a flexible, affordable and convenient pathway to a B.A. with a major in Anthropology and a minor in English or Writing.

Scheuermann: Tourism Day success, paid family leave, fuel tax

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 7:37am -- tim

by Representative Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe For the first time - in recent memory anyway - our state's tourism and hospitality industry came to Montpelier en masse two weeks ago for our First Annual Tourism Day at the State House. Through my years in the House, I have seen far too often that many legislators and other state leaders simply don't understand the industry itself, or the incredible impact the industry has on our state as a whole. As such, investments made into the marketing of Vermont as a tourist destination have fallen further and further behind our competition - throughout the region, nationally, and globally. 

Sanders responds after Trump vetoes Yemen resolution

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 4:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump vetoed the resolution to end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen: "I am disappointed, but not surprised, that Trump has rejected the bi-partisan resolution to end U.S. involvement in the horrific war in Yemen...

Sullivan: Subversion of H-2B visa program damages Vermont tourism industry

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 3:29am -- tim

by Brian J Sullivan, Esq, MSK Attorneys, Burlington For many years, employers in the travel and tourism sector of the Vermont economy have encountered difficulties in finding American workers to do important work to keep that industry functioning. Although important, that work is often menial in nature and requires performance of repetitive tasks. Finding local residents to empty the trash, clean floors and windows, wash dishes and bus tables has proven extremely challenging.

16 nabbed in sweeping drug raid in Brattleboro area

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 8:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On April 16, 2019, the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional law enforcement effort that focused on drug trafficking in the Brattleboro area. During the three-day operation conducted last week by federal, state, local, and county officers, and federal and state prosecutors, law enforcement arrested or charged 16 individuals, searched 3 residences and 1 hotel room, and seized approximately 1,000 bags of heroin and 70 grams of cocaine base.  Twelve individuals have been charged in federal co

Vermont State Police issue update on trooper who experienced serious medical event

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 4:51pm -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine Following continued investigation and laboratory analysis, the substance Trooper Flansburg encountered has been identified as heroin. The results of any medical tests must remain confidential due to Trooper Flansburg’s personal privacy rights. The ultimate cause of the incident in March is inconclusive.

New peer support network for women business owners in Vermont

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 3:07pm -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine Women Business Owners Network (WBON) is pleased to announce the launch of WBON+, a new small group program to help women business owners succeed. Combining the value of collective knowledge and experience with the support of community, WBON+ matches women business owners with peers who commit to meeting monthly in a structured fashion to explore challenges and provide encouragement.

Leahy, Sanders And Welch announce more than $20 million in affordable housing and community development funds for Vermont

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 2:37pm -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Welch (D-Vt.) announced Tuesday that Vermont will receive $21 million in new affordable housing and community development funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and NeighborWorks America.  These new funds will help reduce and end homelessness by investing in rental assistance, construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of affordable housing and community development projects.

PAI: Is now the time to raise Vermont’s minimum wage?

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:25pm -- Brandon

by the Public Assets Institute The purpose of the minimum wage is to provide a floor for most workers’ hourly pay.

Policymakers already agree that Vermont should continue to set a minimum. The question is whether now is the time to raise it. An assessment of economic indicators shows that low-wage workers, especially those making minimum wage, have lost ground compared with higher-wage workers and compared to the cost of living.