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Women’s heart health talk draws 120

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 2:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A talk about women’s heart health by Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Dr Bina Ahmed, an interventional cardiologist, drew 120 people to the Taconic Hotel on Wednesday evening. During the talk, Dr Ahmed revealed differences in heart disease in men and women, including the ways it is commonly treated. She revealed three heart diagnoses that occur mostly or only in women.

Vermont to award $4 million in school safety grants

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 4:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine More than 250 Vermont schools have applied for funding to make security upgrades to their facilities. The state will award $4 million in grants by this fall to help schools strengthen security, using guidance from a statewide safety assessment conducted earlier this year. Governor Phil Scott ordered the assessments after an alleged school shooting plot was uncovered and averted in Fair Haven in February.

Janette Bombardier joins Chroma as Chief Engineering Officer

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 2:42pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine In a dramatic restructuring that will allow employee-owned Chroma Technology Corp in Bellows Falls to take advantage of rapidly expanding international markets, the company announced today that former IBM-GlobalFoundries leader Janette Bombardier has accepted the newly created position of Chief Engineering Officer.

GMP among top utilities for customer satisfaction

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 2:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power is excited to announce that customers ranked GMP second highest for mid-sized utilities in the East Region in J.D. Power’s 2018 electric utility residential customer satisfaction study. GMP has achieved a high-ranking three years in a row, demonstrating a strong record of continued excellence. GMP’s results have risen every year over the past six years, showing a 20-percent increase in customer satisfaction.

Sanders: CEOs vs workers town hall

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) will host a live streamed town hall tonight in Washington at 7 pm to address the enormous disparity between the wealth of corporate executives and the wages and treatment of the companies’ workers. Sanders will be joined by workers from Amazon, Disney, McDonald’s, American Airlines and Walmart, and he has invited the CEO of each company to attend.

AG: No criminal misconduct in Brattleboro Retreat investigation

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 11:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Office of the Attorney General announced today that it has concluded its investigation of the Brattleboro Retreat related to allegations of improper Medicaid claims, finding no criminal misconduct. Other investigating agencies, including the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO), reached the same conclusion. The AGO’s investigation was conducted by its Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit after receiving a referral from the Vermont State Auditor.

Jen and John Kimmich: 9/11, The Alchemist, Irene and Heady Topper

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 3:10pm -- tim

by Joyce Marcel There are beers. There are unicorns. There are unicorn beers. Less well known are unicorn breweries — they make the unicorn beers. Perhaps the best-known is Vermont's own The Alchemist, which makes Heady Topper, an unfiltered double India pale ale (IPA) with an 8 percent alcoholic kick and enough hops to make the inside of your mouth feel like someone's been playing a bass drum back there. (It has a sister IPA named Focal Banger that tastes like the whole marching band went through your mouth. On horseback.)

There’s beer, and then there’s Vermont beer

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 3:09pm -- tim

by CB Hall How much can malted grain, hops, water and a bit of yeast do for a little state's economy? Vermont's breweries numbered 58 at press time, by VBM's count, and the growth in Green Mountain State brewing continues at its almost frantic pace. It makes one wonder if beer has supplanted maple syrup as the state's trademark liquid, but it also makes one ask: How long can the boom keep booming?

Why teens play sports and why they don’t

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 5:13am -- tim

Fuse, Burlington, Vermont In the past decade, there have been frequent reports about the decline in sports participation. But in a reverse of that trend, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) recently revealed sport participation is growing again. While the SFIA study details what participants are playing, we thought it important to understand why the growth is occurring, so in June 2018 Fuse surveyed 2,000 US teens to find out.

Nurses set to resume work Saturday morning

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 6:09pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center is preparing to get back to a regular work schedule Saturday morning after a nursing strike sent about 1,700 union members to the picket line for 48 hours starting Thursday at 7 am. This is the first nurses strike in the hospital's history.

Nurses were scheduled to strike during what would be their usual shifts. Of the 1,800 unionized nurses, 93 elected to go to work on Friday, a few more than the hospital reported came to work on the first day of the strike.