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AG warns Vermonters of tech support scam

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 12:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Tech support scams are back on the rise. Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan is alerting Vermonters about a tech support scam as part of a nationwide crackdown on fraudsters who try to trick consumers into buying fake tech support and repair services. The tech support scam is the third most common scam reported to the AG’s Consumer Assistance Program (CAP). The scam uses fake pop-up ads purporting to be Microsoft, or another legitimate company, to lure consumers to send money for virus protection or other tech support.

BBA names Citizen Cider, Larry Williams, UVM award winners

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 11:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Business Association has announced the 2019 BBA Award Winners. These awards honor innovative business practices, individual contributions, and architectural achievements. Award winners will be honored 41st BBA Annual Dinner on April 4, 2019, at the Hilton Burlington. Citizen Cider is the 2019 Business of the Year; Business Person of the Year is Larry Williams; Architectural Excellence Award is the University of Vermont Alumni House.

GMP puts charge into electric vehicle purchase with new rebate

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 11:21am -- tim

Comprehensive Plan Includes Up to $2,500 in Incentives for New Electric Vehicles, Plug-In Hybrids, Pre-owned Electric Vehicles, and Enhanced Rebate for Low-and Moderate-Income Customers with Free Home Charger  

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power is launching a new way for Vermonters to cut carbon and fight climate change by driving electric.  All GMP customers buying or leasing a new all-electric vehicle can now get a $1,500 rebate, new plug in hybrid customers can get $1,000, and customers getting pre-owned EVs can get a $750 rebate. Low and moderate income GMP customers can qualify for an extra $1,000 on all-electric vehicles for up to $2,500 in rebates. These are among the largest electric vehicle rebates offered to customers by any utility in the country. The GMP savings can be used in addition to dealer discounts already being offered plus up to $7,500 in federal tax credits.

Vermont churches awarded grants for energy efficiency

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 11:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Interfaith Power and Light (www.vtipl.org) has announced that through the Katy Gerke Memorial Program, five (5) Vermont churches received matching grants that helped them to implement energy efficiency projects during 2018; and, year-to-date in 2019, three (3) additional matching grants have been awarded.  These grants have helped churches to obtain professional energy audits, install insulation, energy efficient HVAC equipment, energy efficient lighting and weatherization t

Annual Hospitality Awards: Chef, restaurateur, innkeeper, and tourism partner of the year to be honored

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 10:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Chamber of Commerce will honor all the Hospitality Award Winners at the 36th Annual Vermont Tourism Summit on April 4th, 2019 at the Doubletree by Hilton, Burlington. Chef of the Year is Chef-Owner Sarah Natvig of The Black Krim Tavern in Randolph. Restaurateur of the Year is Brian and Karen Zecchinelli of the Wayside Restaurant, Bakery & Creamery in Montpelier. Innkeeper of the Year is Peter MacLaren of the West Hill House B&B in Warren.

PC Construction awarded Vermont Training Program grant

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 10:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine PC Construction, an employee-owned company headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont, has been awarded $88,511 in Department of Economic Development, Vermont Training Program grant monies. Funding will be used to supplement PC Construction’s overall training initiatives, which target technical, business, management and leadership skills for the company’s employee-owners. Specific areas of training include construction contracting, financial management, and leadership competency development. 

Citibank fully releases Burlington from $33.5 million BT lawsuit

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 5:01pm -- tim

Burlington Telecom finally transferred to Schurz Communications

Vermont Business Magazine Over the last two days, the City of Burlington closed on the transfer of Burlington Telecom to Schurz Communications, marking the final step in the resolution of the city’s years-long financial crisis. The closing was announced Wednesday afternoon by Mayor Miro Weinberger. The closing follows the City Council’s 2014 unanimous decision to transfer Burlington Telecom to Blue Water LLC as part of the settlement agreement with Citibank; the Vermont Public Utility Commission’s February 19, 2019, order to grant certificates of public good and approve the sale; and Monday’s City Council 11-1 vote to authorize the final transaction between Blue Water LLC and Champlain Broadband, which is the local affiliate of Schurz Communications. Schurz is based in South Bend, Indiana. Despite the ownership change, it will still go by Burlington Telecom.

Senate gives initial OK to bill regulating entities handling health insurance payments

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 4:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Senate today gave preliminary approval of a measure that would for the first time regulate so-called third-party administrators, the firms that handle Vermonters’ health reimbursement arrangements, health spending accounts and flexible spending accounts. The measure, supported by Vermont-NEA as well as the administration of Gov. Phil Scott, emerged a year after thousands of educators’ medical claims and spending accounts were mishandled in the wake of new health insurance plans that went into effect on January 1, 2018. 

Vermont joins lawsuit challenging Trump 'emergency' declaration

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 4:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General Donovan and attorneys general from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Wisconsin today joined the coalition challenging President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency and his attempt to divert funding appropriated by Congress for other purposes. With these additional states, the coalition challenging the declaration includes 20 attorneys general. The coalition alleges that the Trump Administration’s emergency declaration and diversion of funds is unconstitutional and otherwise unlawful. The group seeks to block the Trump Administration’s emergency declaration, the unauthorized construction of the border wall, and any illegal diversion of Congressionallyappropriated funds.

Auditor urges state to become more transparent

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 1:13pm -- tim

by Doug Hoffer, Vermont Auditor of Accounts State government is a large and complicated enterprise. People understand the basic mission (i.e., public safety, health & well-being, infrastructure, etc.), but, for most, the inner workings are largely obscure. Some Vermonters try to learn about state government by seeking the documents that describe the mission, funding, and performance of state agencies. These documents include: budgets, performance reports, strategic plans, and information about contracts with vendors, among others.

Moulton: Being clean brings home the Gr$$n!

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 4:49am -- tim

by Patricia Moulton, President of Vermont Technical College Vermont’s clean and “green” reputation is alive and well. Yes, Vermont is the Green Mountain State, but it is also a leader in clean energy initiatives that boosts the other “green”- our economy. The current statewide pledge of 90 percent renewable energy by 2050 is an important initiative to keep Vermont green and bring home the gr$$n to its economy!

Treasurer Beth Pearce awards 1st place Vermont Treasury Cup trophy to Essex High students

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 4:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Students from Essex High School demonstrated their mastery of financial concepts by beating out eight other teams to win the 2019 Vermont Treasury Cup Challenge, a daylong financial education tournament hosted by Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce. High schoolers from across Vermont traveled to the State House on March 8th to test their knowledge of personal finance, economics, and consumer affairs. Second place was won by students from South Burlington High School organized by teacher Jim Shields.

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