Lawyers recognized

Shelburne lawyer Stephen A. Unsworth and law partner Ellen B. LaPlante, of Williston, have been named Top Business Lawyers in Vermont by Vermont Business Magazine. The list is comprised of Vermont lawyers designated by peer-reviewed rating firms, including or The firm, Unsworth LaPlante, PLLC, has its office in Essex Junction.

New pet doc in the house

New pet doc in the house

Ark Veterinary Hospital in Shelburne announces the addition of a new veterinarian to its practice, Dr. Sarah Smets. A member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association and the Greater Burlington Veterinary Association, Dr. Smets has an interest in internal medicine and hopes to apply her knowledge to help chronically ill… Read More »

Community Bank N.A. matches $17,500 WARMTH Challenge Grant

Community Bank N.A. matches  $17,500 WARMTH Challenge Grant

Community Bank N.A. recently presented Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity with a $17,500 donation as part of a challenge grant pledged in December. The bank partnered with CVOEO to raise money for the organization’s WARMTH program by matching WARMTH donations dollar for dollar during December, up to $17,500. Statewide, donations totaled more than $100,000… Read More »

14th annual Peak Pitch offers entrepreneurs a lift

Registration is open now for both investors and entrepreneurs wishing to take part in the 14th annual Peak Pitch by FreshTracks Capital. The Shelburne-based venture capital firm will coordinate matching investors with business representatives at Sugarbush ski area on March 15. At Peak Pitch, shared chairlift rides give entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch and tune… Read More »

Masquerade Bear nets nearly $2,800 for Make-A-Wish Vermont

Bidding in an online auction of a unique Vermont Teddy Bear Valentine’s bear topped out at $4,050 last week, netting $2,775 for Make-A-Wish Vermont, according to the bear manufacturer. That’s the remainder after the company deducts its production costs for the special high-end bear, explained Bear Brand Manager Abigail Temeles. This was the third year… Read More »

Vermont Electric Co-op seeks local candidates for board of directors

Vermont Electric Co-op is seeking candidates for three soon-to-be-open seats on the board of directors from several districts, including the one that contains Shelburne and Hinesburg. The 12-member board of directors is responsible for setting policy and determining the direction of the co-op in providing safe, reliable power in the least expensive way possible, and… Read More »

Business Notes

Hinesburg jewelry consultant renews gem society certification Phillip Bosen, of Bosen Associates LLC in Hinesburg, recently completed his annual American Gem Society recertification. This mandatory exam was developed to maintain a standard of professional credentials, demonstrating a commitment to the society’s mission of consumer protection and ethical standards. The exam covers new developments in the… Read More »

Phoenix Books has a New Year’s resolution: no more plastic bags

Michael DeSanto’s New Year’s resolution for Phoenix Books is to make the business a plastic bag-free zone. As of Jan. 1, the Vermont-based independent bookstore chain – with locations in Essex, Burlington, Rutland and Chester – has quit handing out plastic bags at their checkout counters.  The alternatives are recycled/recyclable paper bags or reusable totes… Read More »

Local pet food entrepreneur gets national recognition for freeze-dried dog meals

A South Burlington entrepreneur has been recognized by Pet Business magazine for the development of freeze-dried bland diet pet products. Kyla Sternlieb is founder and president of Under the Weather. She said her efforts were recognized by the trade publication, which highlights a handful of innovative new products each year. “We are honored to be… Read More »

Tax reform spurs Citizens Financial Group to give out $1,000 bonuses

In the wake of new federal tax-reform legislation, Citizens Financial Group recently announced that it will distribute year-end $1,000 cash bonuses to approximately 12,500 employees. Based in Providence, R.I., the parent company to Citizens Bank said the investment will cost the company $12.5 million and will cover more than 70 percent of its workforce. Company… Read More »