Vermont Business Magazine The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (LCRCC) will once again have access to a variety of health insurance plans through the Vermont Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (VACE). BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont will provide three plans to businesses with 100 employees or fewer: the VACE Advantage 100 percent Health Savings Account, the VACE Advantage Copay, and the VACE Advantage Copay HSA.
Vermont Business Magazine On December 5, from 5-7 pm, Magic Hat is set to debut two new wine-beer hybrids and a special barrel-aged collaboration at a release party at their brewery. Throughout 2018, the brewer has been busy traveling Vermont, making “accidental friends” by meeting local growers and tippling local wines, seeking varietals that would pair perfectly with a beer base.
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Peterson Quality Malt and the owners of Hotel Vermont in Burlington have purchased Nordic Farm. The historic, long-time dairy with its famous red roof stands above Route 7 just before the highway dips down into Charlotte village. The dairy farm, like many others in Vermont, financially failed last year. Until 2014 it was owned by the Hinsdale family. This new endeavor enables Monkton maltster Andrew Peterson to expand capacity and supply Vermont breweries with local malt and keep the iconic 583-acre farm in agriculture.
Vermont Business Magazine On November 14, over 150 community members joined with Howard Center to celebrate Gretchen Morse as the 2018 Help is Here Award honoree. Now in its third year, the award recognizes an individual or organization whose contributions personify the agency’s mission and demonstrate a passion for helping the people served by Howard Center. Past award recipients include Lisa Steele (2016) and Whit Smith (2017).
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and members of his Cabinet will be in Lamoille County on Wednesday, December 5 for its tenth Capitol for a Day visit. The initiative has brought the governor and members of his cabinet and extended cabinet to Rutland, Caledonia, Windsor, Franklin, Bennington, Addison, Chittenden, Orleans and Windham counties since the start of the summer.
by Julie Lowell, Public Assets Instutute Vermont has a fairer tax system than most states, but we still have work to do. That’s the message from “Who Pays?” released by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) in October. The report looks at how well states distribute taxes based on family incomes. In most states lower-income families pay a higher percentage of their income in state and local taxes than those at the top. That’s the definition of a regressive tax system.
Vermont Business Magazine Community National Bank and Community Bancorp President and Chief Executive Officer Kathryn M Austin has announced the appointment of Jeffrey Moore to the Boards of Directors of Community Bancorp and Community National Bank. Moore was appointed to the Boards on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, to be effective January 1, 2019. He will serve on the Corporate Governance/Nominating Committee of the Company’s Board and the Risk Management Committee of the Bank’s Board.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announces a new partnership with Business Resource Services (BRS) that allows VBSR members access to BRS’s new association health insurance plans. VBSR members located in Vermont with fewer than 100 FTEs can now access BRS health insurance plans to provide healthcare insurance for employees. VBSR members will automatically become BRS members, and they will be able to choose from four BRS Blue Cross Blue Shield association health plans, some which are HRA & HSA compatible. VBSR/BRS members can take advantage of these plans during open enrollment, November 1st through December 15, 2018, with the help of their own broker or through BRS.
by John McClaughry On November 23 the U.S Government ‘s Global Climate Research Program delivered a Congressionally-mandated “National Climate Assessment” report. “Grim” is too weak an adjective for the terrors that the Report describes. Here’s an attempt to summarize the document: The earth is steadily getting hotter. “Human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed climate changes in the industrial era, especially over the last six decades.
Vermont Business Magazine On Saturday, November 17, Vermont Federal Credit Union was the presenting sponsor of the Feed Your Neighbor Food Drive to benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Vermont Federal Credit Union once again joined radio stations 99.9 The Buzz and 106.7 WIZN at Costco in Colchester to support the Feed Your Neighbor Food Drive. Credit Union staff spent the day collecting non-perishable food items as well as cash donations to benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Staff volunteers provided suggested items to donate and those who contributed received reusable grocery and wine totes provided by the Credit Union as a thank you.
Vermont Business Magazine Two members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) leadership team are among 18 women from 16 health organizations nationwide chosen for the prestigious Carol Emmott Fellowship. Vice President for Financial Planning Wendy Fielding and Vice President of Regional and System Integration Mary Oseid were chosen for the Emmott Fellowship, for “their ability to deliver results within their organizations and potential to advance to senior executive roles in health.”
Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) in Rutland has announced its 2018 service results in conjunction with the release of its 2018 annual report. “Our fiscal year wrapped up earlier this fall and we’re now able and excited to share some of the key results of our various programs and services from the past year,” said Chris Adams, development and communications director with SVCOA. “These results illustrate not only the impact that SVCOA has on the communities it serves in southwestern Vermont, but also the tremendous efforts of our dedicated staff and supporting community partners to make it all happen.”