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Risk for coronavirus in Vermont continues to be low

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 2:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor people who have returned from travel in China for symptoms of a novel coronavirus, now called COVID-19. The monitoring effort is for people who have returned from China in the past 14 days and who had no symptoms of respiratory illness when screened upon returning to the U.S.

Vermont Ski + Ride wins major award

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 1:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On February 8, in the final hours of an awards ceremony recognizing the best journalism and publications in the region, the New England Newspaper and Press Association awarded Vermont Ski + Ride its highest honor, naming the magazine the winner of General Excellence in Specialty Publications.

2020 Farm to School Program awards $110,000 in grants

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 11:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) hosted a celebration of the Vermont Farm to School and Childcare Grant Program at the Vermont State House Wednesday, recognizing 7 Vermont school communities and 2 early childcare organizations with $110,000 in important grants to support their local food programming.

Burlington: Full steam ahead for district energy system

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 10:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Creating a DES in Burlington would meet the long-held goal of recovering waste heat and additional steam from BED’s McNeil Generating Station, and using those sources to provide thermal energy to UVMMC via steam pipe. This system would reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions in Burlington, and mark a significant step toward Burlington’s goal to become a Net Zero Energy city. DES also has the potential to make McNeil more efficient and to modestly diversify the market for the energy produced at the station.

Leahy: The coronavirus and Trump's budget

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 10:31am -- tim

Patrick Patrick Leahy Since first emerging in Wuhan, China on December 31st, the outbreak of a new coronavirus, COVID-19 (“novel coronavirus”), has spread to 25 countries, infected more than 44,000 people, caused at least 1,100 deaths, forced entire cities into lockdown, triggered hundreds of international flight cancelations, restricted hundreds of Americans to US military bases in a federal government quarantine, and caused significant economic harm to countries and businesses around the globe. All this in only six weeks, with no end in sight. So why is the White House proposing to cut funding for programs and agencies working to control the pandemic and protect the health of Americans?

Farmers To You is changing the food system

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 5:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On a cold Tuesday, music plays from a radio and workers wheel shopping bags around in a circle lined with incredible looking food items fresh from a farm or local producer, including meat, eggs, cheeses, milk, yogurt, baked goods, fresh bread, fruits and vegetables. The workers are like busy bees buzzing away in their hive. They take a list, grab a bag, and spin around the circle, grabbing items off the list and packing them into a reusable Farmers To You branded shopping bag.

Wood: Transportation Climate Initiative before Rainy Day Funds

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 3:57am -- tim

by Jenn Wood “There’s nothing like 40+ degrees and raining to say Happy Holidays in New England!” Sadly, it has been a recurring family greeting of late. As someone who loves the outdoors in all seasons with a special affinity (some say obsession) to snow and skiing, this weather makes me cringe, and honestly, fight back tears of sorrow.  

Davis: Jovita Carranza brings hope and opportunity

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 3:49am -- tim

by Wendell G Davis, New England Regional Administrator, US Small Business Administration Transition and change are often accompanied with hope and opportunity.  Here at the US Small Business Administration we just had a big transition and change. Recently Jovita Carranza was named the 26th Administrator. This is Administrator Carranza’s second tenure at the SBA. She served as Deputy Administrator from 2006-2009.  Although she is new to the position, she already knows the ins and outs of how to help American entrepreneurs achieve their dreams of small business ownership.  She was nominated to lead the SBA while serving as the 44th Treasurer of the United States.

Dealer.com celebrates environmental benchmark in Burlington area

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 3:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As Dealer.com strives to achieve Cox Enterprise’s company-wide “Zero Waste to Landfill” by 2024 goal, the company proudly celebrates a best-in-class recognition on an internal  ranking system analysis of waste diversion. Measured at 82% by Cox Conserves, the company’s sustainability division, Dealer.com’s diversion rate is an exemplary model representing the Burlington business community among Vermont’s own sustainability goals.

VT Green Mountain Conservation Camp has openings

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 2:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Conservation Camp (GMCC) offers hands-on learning experiences about fish, wildlife, ecology, botany, forestry, hunter firearm safety, outdoor first aid, and so much more. GMCC offers opportunities for hiking, canoeing, fishing, archery, .22 rifle and shotgun shooting, orienteering, and other fun activities. Campers have a unique opportunity to meet Vermont State Game Wardens, foresters, fisheries and wildlife biologists, and others who work in the outdoors.

UVM and GlobalFoundries establish education partnership

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 4:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine GlobalFoundries and the University of Vermont today announced they have created a partnership program which offers Vermont-based GF employees the opportunity to further their education at UVM in undergraduate, graduate and graduate certificate programs at discounted tuition rates coupled with GF’s tuition reimbursement program. For UVM, partnering with one of the largest private manufacturing employers in the state enables the university to further its land grant mission of helping Vermont address its workforce development challenges. It also creates a new pipeline of students to the university and brings experienced professionals into UVM classrooms and labs, broadening and enriching the learning environment for current students.

VLS' volunteer assistance center offers free help with income taxes

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 4:41pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Law School’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Center is offering free help with tax return preparation and electronic filing help to qualified Vermonters from now through April 8 at the South Royalton campus. Available from 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, the VITA Center’s IRS-certified volunteers offer help to taxpayers who generally make $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Walk-ins are welcome.

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