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Catamount Solar offers free car-charging stations

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 9:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Randolph-based Catamount Solar is offering a new program for electric vehicle owners. Catamount will include a Level 2 Car-Charging Station free with any 7kW or larger system purchased from them. The new program supports Catamount Solar’s mission to help Vermonters lower their carbon footprint and achieve the state’s renewable energy goals.

Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer ranked among 'Best Law Firms'

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 5:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US News & World Report and Best Lawyers announced today that Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC has been ranked in the 2019 US News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" list and regionally in 25 practice areas. Firms included in the 2019 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

Dan French: Let’s move past the education politics of the past

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 3:31am -- tim

by Daniel M. French, EdD, Secretary of Education In the final weeks of the election cycle, supporters of the Vermont State College System and early education proponents made their pitch for additional funding in a challenging fiscal environment. Their ideas are constructive, their tone civil and they’re making a good faith effort to add to the policy conversation. My predecessor also weighed in to rehash last year’s debates.

International culinary trail traversing Champlain Valley makes headway

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 3:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In the spring of 2017, early in his tenure as director of UVM Extension, Chuck Ross got a long voicemail message from a farmer and culinary tourism advocate in Pontiac, Quebec named David Gillespie. Did Vermont have any interest, Gillespie wanted to know, in being part of an international culinary trail he was helping create that connected Quebec, Ontario and the Adirondack region of New York State?

“I didn’t know David from Adam,” Ross said, “but I returned the call.”

DRM to establish Vermont’s first government enforcement and white collar defense group

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 1:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney Tristram J Coffin of the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC has announced the formation of Vermont’s first dedicated practice group to focus on government enforcement actions and the defense of white collar criminal and civil fraud allegations. The practice will be headed by Coffin, a director and the former United States Attorney for the District of Vermont from 2009 to 2014. Other attorneys will contribute to the practice from their own areas of focus.

ValleyNet seeks new managing director as Monroe to retire

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 12:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Carole Monroe, ValleyNet’s CEO has announced her retirement in early 2019. ValleyNet’s board is undertaking a search for a new Managing Director/CEO. The board thanks Carole for her exemplary management of the organization and the further development of its employees and capabilities. Since 2008, ValleyNet, a Vermont non-profit organization, has been assisting the East Central Vermont Telecommunications District (ECFiber) in financing, building and operating its fiber-to-the-home network in 24 Vermont municipalities.

Thanksgiving dinner preparations start on Vermont’s farms

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 12:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As the Thanksgiving holiday season approaches, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets and the Vermont Fresh Network wish to remind those planning for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner that Vermont’s local turkey growers are ready to help. The time to order your local bird is now! Vermont is home to more than a dozen turkey farms across the state, raising and producing local turkeys ready just in time for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.  According to the National Turkey Federation, nearly 88 percent of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving. The average weight of turkeys purchased for Thanksgiving is 16 pounds, meaning that approximately 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the United States during Thanksgiving in 2016.  In Vermont, nearly 48,000 turkeys and chickens were produced in 2016. 

Marketers should know: Halloween has become Millennials’ favorite holiday

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 11:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Trends happen across a wide spectrum, from the culturally important to the frivolous. Fuse in Burlington did a survey in October of 2,000 Millennials is about Halloween - which counts as both frivolous and important to marketers. The National Retail Federation is predicting an increase in spending for Halloween this year reaching a record-breaking $9.1 billion. Americans are going to spend more than ever and its Millennials who are leading the way, having made Halloween their favorite holiday.

Bloomer: Revitalizing a value chain, transforming our energy

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 6:00am -- tim

by Ansley Bloomer, Assistant Director, Renewable Energy Vermont For every dollar we spend on fossil fuel heating in Vermont, $0.78 is sent out of state. What if, instead of sending 131 million dollars out of state a year on these fuels, we spent even just half of that on locally and sustainably produced fuels where every penny of every dollar stays here, locally? This is less of a hypothetical question, and more of reality, as innovative and resilient working Vermonters are doing just that.

Dorset's Grassroots Solar earns Brilliance Award

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 3:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Grassroots Solar, Inc of Dorset was recently named one of the recipients of the 2018 “Brilliance Awards” by Sonnen Batterie, the global leader in intelligent residential energy storage based in Germany. These new awards are bestowed upon thought leaders and innovators who, in partnership with Sonnen, have demonstrated a tireless commitment to creating a cleaner and more reliable energy future for all through innovation, collaboration and customer education.

Commonwealth Dairy receives Vermont workforce development grants

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 3:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Commonwealth Dairy today received $57,207 in Vermont Training Program (VTP) grants from the Agency of Commerce & Community Development’s (ACCD) Department of Economic Development to up-skill 147 of its employees. The workforce development grants will support production skills training for current workers, increasing the capacity of Commonwealth’s Brattleboro facility while maintaining quality production of the company’s high-quality Greek yogurt. The training will strengthen employees’ knowledge and ability, helping Commonwealth thrive in the highly-competitive Greek yogurt industry.

LEDC celebrates 50 years, awardees honored

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 2:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On October 25th the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation celebrated its 50th anniversary at is annual luncheon meeting held in the Community Center at Green Mountain Technology and Career Center.  In addition to a spectacular lunch catered by Black Diamond BBQ in Morrisville there were several highlights that kept the audience of 104 engaged.

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