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 »

Vermont Natural Resources Council seeks applicants for smart growth grants

The Vermont Natural Resources Council is seeking applications for its 2018 Small Grants for Smart Growth Program that provides seed money for community-based, local initiatives. Grants are targeted to projects that include advocacy for better land use through municipal planning, regulations, or advocacy in the permit process. They also fund initiatives in the following areas… Read More »

Vermont Maple Conferences set for Jan. 20 and 27

Vermont’s maple producers will have an opportunity to hear the latest from industry and university maple experts at this year’s Vermont Maple Conference, to be held in Brattleboro and Hyde Park Jan. 20 and 27. The annual conference is a collaboration between the University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association and… Read More »

Vermont Gas goes solar

Vermont Gas goes solar

Nearly 100 solar panels were installed on the roof of Vermont Gas’s South Burlington offices this month by Randolph-based company Catamount Solar as part of Vermont Gas efforts to make their company more sustainable. The panels are expected to save the $6,500 every year on electricity costs, as well as contribute to Vermont’s efforts to… Read More »

Unemployment rate unchanged for November

The Vermont Department of Labor announced that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for November was 2.9 percent, reflecting no change from the revised October rate. The national rate in November was 4.1 percent. Overall, Vermont’s unemployment rate was tied for the sixth-lowest in the country for the time period. And as of the prior month’s… Read More »

Shelburne firm invests in craft spirits

Shelburne-based venture capital fund FreshTracks Capital announced recently that it will be invest in Caledonia Spirits, a rapidly growing Vermont distillery that produces Barr Hill Gin, Tom Cat Gin, and Barr Hill Vodka. “The craft spirits trend is still early in its development, similar to where craft beer was 10 or 20 years ago,” said… Read More »

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