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NEFCU Shred Fests destroy over 30 tons of documents and data
New England Federal Credit Union announced that its three Shred Fest events this year have destroyed a total of over 65,000 pounds of documents and 274 computer hard drives. The Williston-based credit union conducts three of the free events for the general public in an effort to help prevent identity theft. A commercial shredding company collects documents and computer hard drives to securely destroy them. The next Shred Fest events will be scheduled in May, July, and Sept. 2018.

Vermont unemployment rate declines to 3.0 percent in August
The Vermont Department of Labor announced that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for August was 3.0 percent. This reflects a decline of one-tenth of one percentage point from the revised July rate (3.1 percent).

The national rate in August was 4.4 percent. As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan New England City and Town Area was the 16th-lowest unemployment rate in the country for all metropolitan areas at 2.6 percent (not seasonally adjusted). Overall, Vermont’s unemployment rate was tied for the seventh lowest in the country for the same time period.

Women’s Business Owners Network hosts fall conference
Registration is open for the Women’s Business Owners Network of Vermont fall conference on Nov. 8 at Hotel Vermont.

The event will feature keynote speakers Janice Shade of Milk Money and Jovial King of Urban Moonshine. Attendees will also participate in roundtable discussions regarding political, economic, social, cultural, technological, and environmental issues.
Registration fees vary from new members at $60 to $115 to non-members; students pay $45.

Information: wbon.org/event-2410737

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