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Vaccinations for every adult begin Monday, college students April 30

Sun, 04/18/2021 - 4:34pm -- tim

Agency of Commerce & Community Development Governor Scott announced Friday that people aged 16, 17 or 18 will be eligible for vaccine sign up on Saturday, April 17th at 10 am. The full 16+ age band will then be eligible to make their vaccination appointments on Monday, April 19th at 6 am. On April 30th, Vermont expects to open vaccine registration to college students who are residents of another state and do not intend to stay in Vermont for the summer, as well as to those who live part of the year in Vermont. This will be based on the vaccine supply received from the federal government.

Building a true Vermont life: Grant Spates

Sun, 04/18/2021 - 3:45pm -- tim

by Joyce Marcel, Vermont Business Magazine People say it's hard to make a living in Vermont, but it's even harder to make a living in the Northeast Kingdom. The north country has always been the state's economic stepchild, rich in natural resources but poor in population and almost everything else. You have to be stubborn and determined to make your business thrive there. And general contractor Grant Spates, the owner of Spates Construction, Inc, is making it work, and on his own terms, too.

NEFCU Spring Shred Fest May 8

Sun, 04/18/2021 - 10:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) will hold its Spring Shred Fest of 2021 on Saturday, May 8th from 9 am to 1 pm at the Credit Union’s 141 Harvest Lane branch in Williston. All NEFCU Shred Fests are free and open to the public, with ample free parking. To help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, those coming to the event should stay in their cars, wear masks, and maintain social distance from staff and others attending.

Clauss: Startups and small businesses, employment laws matter

Sun, 04/18/2021 - 4:50am -- tim

by Alexandra Clauss Running a business is not for the faint of heart. Startups are often faced with too much to do and too little time, but it is a mistake for your organization’s human resources strategy to be an afterthought. All businesses, regardless of size, must be proactive in complying with state and federal employment laws. This area of the law has evolved rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and, as remote and hybrid work arrangements continue and will possibly become the new normal, businesses must invest time to stay apprised of the latest changes in state and federal employment laws and regulations.

Governor lets controversial H315 become law without his signature

Sat, 04/17/2021 - 10:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott announced Saturday evening that he will allow H315 to become law without his signature. While the bill includes several important measures related to economic recovery from the pandemic, it also includes several points the governor said he cannot support. For instance, both for-profit and nonprofit organizations opposed the last-second inclusion of taxing Paycheck Protection Program grants as taxable income in next year's (2021) tax return.

Leonine: Lawmakers ponder what to do with $1 billion

Sat, 04/17/2021 - 4:31pm -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs The Senate Appropriations committee spent the week working through H.439, the FY2022 state budget bill. At the beginning of the week the committee had a goal of finalizing the budget and sending it to the Senate floor by April 20. By the end of the week the committee’s target for approving H.439 was pushed back to April 23. This is in part because the committee needs to determine how to allocate the $1 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and in part because the budget process is more decentralized than previous years.

Local ski publication receives top honors from NE Press Association

Sat, 04/17/2021 - 9:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Ski + Ride Magazine has won the top award from the New England Newspaper and Press Association, General Excellence, for specialty publications. The awards were announced at the organization’s annual meeting last Friday. It is the second year in a row the publication has won. Vermont Ski + Ride was also named the Best Niche Publication in New England by the group, which represents more than 340 newspapers and media outlets in New England’s six states.

AO Glass launches line for the wedding, beverage, real estate, corporate industries

Sat, 04/17/2021 - 3:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine AO Glass announces its first line of products for the Wedding, Beverage, Real Estate, and Corporate Industries. AO Glass has grown to a team of 20 with greatly increased capacity, anchoring the creative economy in the South End Arts District in Burlington. Building upon the success of our contract lighting business, AO Glass is launching a new line of organizational gifts and products directed to serving other Vermont, and National, entities. 

Kinney Pike Insurance earns Diamond Achiever Award in Vermont

Sat, 04/17/2021 - 3:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Kinney Pike Insurance has been named Vermont’s 2020 Diamond Achiever by Patriot Insurance Company. The annual award is presented to the highest performing agency based on set criteria including length of appointment, profitability, growth, and policy retention. Each year, the top Patriot Insurance Company agencies receive the “Diamond Achiever” award in recognition of their outstanding accomplishment.