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VMEC: Process improvement and quality fundamentals

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 3:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For an organization to pursue excellence and control costs, there must be internal capability for effective and sustainable process improvement. VMEC is preparing to present a multi-week course later this summer where participants will learn the tools, techniques and necessary planning to improve a business process and achieve better outcomes with increased efficiency.  This course will enable participants to contribute to process improvement initiatives, while getting a comprehensive understanding of how quality management has and continues to evolve in all business sectors. 

Vermont Federal wins Forbes best-in-state credit union award for third year

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 3:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Federal Credit Union has once again earned the prestigious 2020 best-in-state credit union award from Forbes Magazine. Vermont Federal is the only credit union in the state to receive the award for three consecutive years. Forbes identified America’s Best-In-State Credit Unions 2020 based on an independent survey of more than 25,000 US consumers who were asked to rate credit unions at which they have or previously have had checking accounts.

Bennington brewer takes bronze in global brewing magazine label design contest

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 3:00am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Will Gardner has been home brewing for nearly a decade and was the Head Brewer at a popular Bennington, Vermont Brew Pub for 5 years. He has won awards for what goes inside the bottle/can, 2018 Great International Beer Competition 1st Place & 2nd Place awards and 2 Silver Medals at the Beer Wars 2018 competition, but this is a first for what goes on the outside.

Working Lands invests $1.4 million in Vermont agriculture and forestry

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 4:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a year when Vermont business has been faced with unique and difficult challenges, the Working Lands Enterprise Board has continued to facilitate financial investments to support agricultural businesses across the State.  Along with $250,000 dollars of funding for COVID-19 related business development grants recently announced, the Board also deployed another $1.4 million in grants and contracts, to (35) Agriculture and Forestry businesses and service providers around the State in 2020.

VSP: Fatal motorcycle crash in Waterbury

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 4:22pm -- tim

Vermont State Police On the attached date and time, Troopers from the Middlesex State Police barracks were notified of a single vehicle motorcycle crash, on Interstate 89 Northbound, at Mile Marker 64.4, in the town of Waterbury, VT. Upon arrival it was discovered that the operator and only occupant of the motorcycle, Karen Crossett (42) for unknown reasons left the roadway, struck the guardrail and suffered fatal injuries during the crash. Crossett was declared deceased by rescue personnel on scene.

Ridin’ High proprietor sentenced to 5 years for distributing marijuana

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 4:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont has announced that John Van Hazinga, aka “Big John,” 42 years old, was sentenced today by US District Judge Christina Reiss to 5 years of probation following his felony conviction for distributing marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance. Van Hazinga agreed in his plea agreement to the forfeiture of $67,189 of drug proceeds seized from three of his properties, and also agreed to file amended tax returns for this undeclared income.

Governor expands trusted travel policy all the way to VA and OH

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 3:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As state data and expanded testing and tracing capacity continue to support reopening, Governor Phil Scott today announced he will expand the number of states covered under Vermont’s county-by-county quarantine-free travel policy, which allows direct travel from designated counties without a 14-day quarantine requirement. Effective July 1, this policy will be expanded to counties below this threshold in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.

OpEd: Vermont should use the pandemic to reshape child care and women’s work for good

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 1:57pm -- tim

Change The Story Vermont After closing down to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Campus Children’s School at the University of Vermont announced it would shut its doors permanently. St Michael’s College Early Learning Center did the same. The closures of two high-quality academic child care centers in Chittenden County are canaries in the coal mine. The pandemic is pushing an industry that was already operating on razor thin margins over the edge.

Telemedicine on the rise in Vermont, survey results show

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 10:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Telemedicine is on the rise in Vermont communities. In a recent statewide survey conducted by OneCare Vermont, healthcare providers overwhelmingly responded that they are providing telemedicine services to patients during the public health emergency. OneCare Medical Director Dr. Susan Shane presented the findings of the survey at the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care Telehealth Virtual Office Hours. 92% of respondents said they had utilized audio/video services in the past 60 days, and over 80% responded that they had provided audio-only services to patients. 

CVMC launches advanced tech in COVID-19 screening process

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 10:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Central Vermont Medical Center announced today that patients, visitors, and staff entering its main hospital will now have their body temperature read by a thermal imaging camera. Since March 21, anybody entering a CVMC facility is required to pass a temperature screening due to COVID-19 concerns, but most methods of taking temperatures are time consuming, uncomfortable or invasive – creating lines as the hospital has returned to normal patient volumes.