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AG launches elder abuse help guide

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 6:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Attorney General’s Elder Protection Initiative (EPI) and the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) announced the release of a help guide for older Vermonters experiencing abuse or exploitation. The guide, “Finding Help: Abuse, Exploitation and Neglect in Later Life,” explains the different kinds of elder abuse and exploitation that can occur. It also describes the different kinds of nonprofit programs and services available in Vermont to support older individuals experiencing abuse/exploitation. Lastly, it provides a how-to on reporting elder abuse/exploitation for government investigation and response.

The Born to Run Foundation makes its 10th prosthesis donation

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 4:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Born to Run Foundation made its 10th prosthesis donation, a running blade, to amputee David Hiler of Brattleboro, Vermont, at the outdoor waterfront Bier Garten at Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery in Brattleboro on Thursday, November 5. At the event, Hiler also announced the creation of a special-label craft brew, RUN, that will support the Foundation’s mission of providing specialized athletic prostheses to amputees to help them lead active lives.

Maternal and infant health crisis, particularly devastating for moms and babies of color

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 4:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine March of Dimes, the nation's leader in the fight for the health of all moms and babies, has issued its new 2020 Report Card amid the coronavirus pandemic and calls for racial justice, shining a spotlight on factors that contribute to maternal and infant health. The U.S. remains among the most dangerous developed nations for childbirth and it's even more dire for women and babies of color. The Report Card shows that for the fifth year in a row, the U.S. preterm birth rate increased to 10.2% of births, earning the nation a "C-" grade compared to last year's "C" grade. Four states earned the highest grad, a "B+" (New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont, Washington).

VDH COVID-19 Update: Record 122 cases, Scott and Levine stress compliance with health guidance

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 5:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine With a record high cases of COVID-19 reported today (122) and spikes in Washington and Orange Counties, Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, said that Scott Administration will be holding meetings with town and elected officials in the two counties to organize and mobilize efforts to reduce the number of new cases in their communities, including by promoting greater compliance with state health requirements and the Governor’s Executive Orders. In addition, Dr. Levine is calling on all of us to join these stepped-up efforts by adapting our personal behaviors and actions to better protect ourselves and prevent the spread of the virus.

As cases rise in the state, UVM adjusts coronavirus policy

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 5:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Due to the recent increase in coronavirus infections in Chittenden County and throughout the region, the University of Vermont is making the following several adjustments, including offering an early departure option for undergraduate students. Students can now leave before the last day of in-person classes, which is on Tuesday, November 24. Students are being urged to get an additional coronavirus test 48 hours prior to their departure, and to wait to receive a negative result before heading home.

Officials organize stepped-up response to COVID-19 cases in Orange and Washington Counties

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 4:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine With Orange and Washington Counties accounting for nearly 40 percent of the COVID-19 cases in the state in the last two weeks, health officials are calling on residents to join stepped-up local efforts to stop the spread of the virus. The Department of Health on Monday reported 122 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily number since the start of the pandemic, and the latest in a run of record-breaking case reports in the state. There have been 789 cases reported in the last two weeks in Vermont. Of those, 68 are in Orange County for an incidence rate of 23.5 per 10,000 people – twice the state incidence rate of 12.6. In Washington County there are 233 cases for an incidence rate of nearly 40 cases per 10,000 people – over three times the state rate.

Vermont Department of Health to receive the 2020 Con Hogan Community Leadership Award

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 4:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a year when Vermonters’ lives have been dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vermont Community Foundation and the organizing committee for the Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership have announced that the 2020 award will go to the Vermont Department of Health (VDH). The award this year recognizes the department and its staff for their commitment to Vermonters’ safety in this perilous time; their steady, data-driven leadership; and their tenacity in the face of chaos.

Imerys sells Vermont talc assets to Magris Resources

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 4:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the North American Talc Subsidiaries of Imerys (Imerys Talc America, Imerys Talc Vermont, and Imerys Talc Canada or, collectively, the "Debtors") announced that the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has approved the sale of substantially all of the Debtors' assets, plus an agreement to assume certain Assumed Liabilities, to Magris Resources Canada Inc. Magris will acquire substantially all of the Debtors' assets for a purchase price of US$223 million, plus the assumption of certain Assumed Liabilities. 

VCLF launches new TRAILS loan program

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 3:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Community Loan Fund has announced the launch of TRAILS (Tourism & Recreation Adventure Infrastructure LoanS), a new loan program designed to meet the financing needs of Vermont’s outdoor recreation organizations and entrepreneurs. Eligible prospects for TRAILS loans include (but are not limited to) for- and nonprofit businesses and organizations that create opportunities for outdoor recreation; “adjacent” businesses or organizations serving participants in outdoor recreation; and outdoor rec-related manufacturers and retailers. Existing and start-up enterprises are eligible. Allowable uses for loans include real estate and land acquisition, facility construction or improvement, inventory, and general operating capital.

Vermont calls on local businesses to join holiday shopping campaign

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 3:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets in collaboration with the Department of Tourism will launch a holiday shopping promotional campaign to highlight Vermont producers and merchants. Supported via CARES Act funding, this campaign includes both statewide and regional components across an array of media. Statewide, the campaign will encourage online and brick-and-mortar shopping at Vermont-based merchants. Regionally, the campaign will support online sales of Vermont-made products.