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Boulder Outdoor Specialty Group taps Waitsfield's Pale Morning Media as public relations Agency of Record

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 9:32am -- tim

The Boulder Outdoor Specialty Group, a collection of six of the best known and best loved brands in the outdoor world, will retain Pale Morning Media of Waitsfield as their public relations Agency of Record.
Effective January 1, 2009, Pale Morning Media will be the official representative of Kelty, Kelty K.I.D.S., Sierra Designs, Ultimate Direction, Slumberjack and Wenger.

Sales Increase for 19th Consecutive Quarter at Bruegger's

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 9:20am -- tim

Marking 19 consecutive quarters of growth, Bruegger's Enterprises, Inc. has announced revenue for comparable sales grew 6.6 percent at company locations and 6.9 percent system-wide for the fourth quarter ending December 30, 2008. For the 2008 fiscal year, same store sales increased 4.2 percent for the company and 3.9 percent for the system, aided by one extra week versus 2007. Bruegger's gross sales reached $198.9 million system wide in 2008; an 11.3 percent rise over the same period in 2007.

Booth registration for the 25th Annual Vermont Business and Industry EXPO is open

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 8:58am -- tim

Booth registration for the 25th Annual Vermont Business and Industry EXPO is open and booths are selling quickly! The trade show is scheduled for May 20 & 21, at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont. In today's economy, your company cannot afford to hide in the shadows. Get in front of the business community and use EXPO as your key marketing vehicle for 2009.

Vermont revenue figures fall 10 percent below target

Wed, 02/04/2009 - 3:48pm -- admin

Secretary of Administration Neale F. Lunderville has released General Fund revenue results for the month of January, the seventh month of Fiscal Year 2009. General Fund revenues were well below target for the month as compared to the consensus revenue target revised in mid-January. The General Fund revenues of $119.20 million for the month of January 2009 were -$14.05 million or -10.54% below the $133.25 million consensus revenue forecast for the month. Year-to-date, General Fund revenues were $674.91 million or -$14.05 million (-2.04%) below the consensus revenue forecast for FY 2009.

State wants to increase UI tax, cut benefits

Wed, 02/04/2009 - 9:14am -- tim

The Vermont Department of Labor is proposing that the state increase the tax charged to businesses to support the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and should also decrease the benefits paid to unemployed workers in order to head off a deficit in the trust fund.
Labor Commissioner Patricia Moulton Powden presented her department s Unemployment Insurance Reform Proposal ( to the Government Affairs Committee of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce yesterday.

"Vermont in Transition: Social, Economic and Environmental Trends" released today

Wed, 02/04/2009 - 8:54am -- tim

As Vermont is poised to make major financial decisions with far reaching policy implications, new research may prove instrumental in shaping the discussions. The Council on the Future of Vermont and St. Michael s College just published Vermont in Transition: Social, Economic and Environmental Trends, a comprehensive study of the major trends that are impacting life in the state.

Vermont heating fuel dealer testifies in Congress

Wed, 02/04/2009 - 8:48am -- intern

Washington, D.C.--Today Sean Cota, co-owner of Cota & Cota in Bellows Falls Vermont testified before the House Agriculture Committee. The committee asked for insight on how the Derivative Markets Transparency and Accountability Act could help heating fuel dealers and consumers. The goal of the legislation is to end the abusive practices by paper oil speculators that has created wild volatility in the energy markets.

Growth of unemployment claims slows for the week

Wed, 02/04/2009 - 8:47am -- tim

Week Ending January 31, 2009. There were 1,339 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 33 from the week before. Altogether 16,248 new and continuing claims were filed, 343 more than a week ago and 5,780 more than a year earlier. In addition, the Department processed 1,816 claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008, an increase of 8 from last week.