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Proud Flower announces partnership and expansion of services

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 2:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Waterbury flower shop, Proud Flower, is excited to announce the launch of Proud Flower Studio – a branch of the business that will focus on weddings. Nina Towne, founder and owner of Proud Flower, has partnered with Jasmine Bigelow, who will be the owner-manager of Proud Flower Studio. Jasmine will provide all wedding flower services on behalf of Proud Flower, and also offer event design and specialty rentals, as Proud Flower Studio.

Northern Power announces board resignations

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 2:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Northern Power Systems Corp, a distributed wind company based in Barre, announced Thursday that John Simon and Kevin Kopczynski, each a member of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Northern Power Systems Corp., provided the Board with a notice of his resignation from the Board, effective February 23, 2019. The Board has initiated a process to identify new directors to fill recent vacancies on the Board. NP has suffered financially over the last year and was recently de-listed by the Toronto Stock Exchange.

General Fund tax revenues disappoint in February

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 12:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine General Fund tax revenues fell below expectations for February and are now behind targets for the fiscal year. The vital personal income tax, after a strong January, was off by -11.25 percent, or -$3.02 million. A whopping increase in the corporate tax was undermined by a poor month in the insurance premium tax. February marks the eighth month of Fiscal Year 2019.

Scott and Sununu release information from insurers on family leave plan

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 11:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott’s and Governor Chris Sununu’s administrations have released the responses Vermont and New Hampshire received to their joint request for information (RFI) on administering and insuring the Twin State Voluntary Leave Plan, a bi-state voluntary paid family and medical leave program. The Legislature is currently working on a mandatory family leave plan.

State to get $3.8 million in MTBE settlement

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 10:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan announced today that his office has resolved Vermont’s lawsuit against more than two dozen of the nation’s largest refiners of gasoline. The State’s case, filed in June of 2014, alleged that these refiners caused widespread pollution of Vermont’s groundwater with the gasoline additive [Anchor] methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE). As a part of the settlement between the state and the gas companies, the state will receive a payment of $3.8 million. In return, the state has dismissed its remaining claims against the gasoline companies.

Where to, Doc? 4th-year UVM med students navigate to next phase of career on match day

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 3:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Often touted as the single-most important day in a medical student’s medical school career, Match Day is the day when graduating medical students learn where they’ll spend the next three to seven years for specialty training. On Friday, March 15, 2019 beginning at noon EDT, fourth-year students at the University of Vermont’s (UVM) Larner College of Medicine and soon-to-be-doctors across the US and world will learn the location of their US residency program.

Wells Fargo donated $225,000 to support Vermont nonprofits in 2018

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 3:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Wells Fargo today announced the company donated $225,000 to local nonprofits, schools and community organizations in 2018 to help the communities and people of Vermont in need. Wells Fargo’s philanthropic contributions build on a long history of collaboration with local nonprofits and community leaders to make a positive impact by addressing urgent community issues such as affordable housing, out-of-school time education for middle school students and job training for young adults.

Senate passes bill to help Vermonters harmed by toxic contamination

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 4:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vermont Senate passed a bill (S.37) that helps Vermonters who have been harmed by toxic chemical contamination and face increased medical expenses, reduced property value, and other harms as a result of chemical contamination.  Last year, the Senate passed a similar bill and part of the bill was passed by the House but then vetoed by Governor Phil Scott.

Welch, Leahy introduce bipartisan bill to stop the labeling of non-dairy products as ‘Milk’

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 4:46pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) and Rep Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) today re-introduced bipartisan legislation in the House that requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take enforcement action against manufacturers labeling non-dairy products as dairy. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) cosponsored the Senate version of the bill introduced today by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc) and Sen James Risch (R-Idaho).

Get your taxes done for free through the VITA program

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 4:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine If your household income is less than $54,000 annually, then you probably qualify to have your taxes done for free through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)Program at Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO). Check the CVOEO Website at to confirm eligibility, and to learn what to bring to your tax appointment. Then all one has to do is call 211 and choose Option 5 to make an appointment.