Month: January 2021

  • Champlain College to host grant writing workshop

    first_imgWant to learn to write competitive grant proposals? From planning programs to researching funding sources to proposal writing, a five-day personalized and interactive program at Champlain College will take participants step-by-step through all stages of effective grant writing.The Grantsmanship Training Program, hosted by Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., will be offered August 2 – 6, 2004. Chuck Putney, a successful Bennington-based grant writer, will lead the workshop. He has taught grant writing workshops for many years at locations in Vermont and around the United States.To register, or to apply for a scholarship, please contact The Grantsmanship Center at (800) 421-9512 or visit their website at www.tgci.com(link is external). The fee is $825 for the five-day workshop.last_img read more

  • CSWD reinstitutes recycling fee for haulers

    first_imgCSWD reinstitutes recycling fee for haulersThe economic crisis has come to roost in, of all places, your recycling bin. Chittenden Solid Waste District’s Materials Recovery Facility – where most blue-bin recyclables are sorted – is funded in large part by the money it makes by selling recyclables on international commodities markets. Those markets have been shaken badly by the current economic crisis and the recent plunge in prices CSWD receives for those same commodities means that the District will have to resume charging haulers for the recyclables they bring to its Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). At this time, recycling will remain free at CSWD Drop-Off Centers, where quantities up to a cubic yard are accepted.Beginning January 2, 2009, CSWD will charge haulers $20 per ton for recyclables generated within the District and $25 per ton for out-of-District materials. For all of 2008, CSWD has paid haulers up to $7 per ton for in-District recyclables. Prior to that, CSWD charged for recyclables at $13 and $24 per ton respectively. Trash disposal fees remain at about $100 per ton, thus the economic incentives for recycling are still significant.”There isn’t a single commodity that hasn’t been affected by the economic situation we find ourselves in today, except for glass, which is used locally in the construction industry” comments CSWD General Manager Tom Moreau. “Our strategy has been to buffer haulers and consumers as much as possible from price swings but this latest dive has been so extreme that we had to respond with a fee increase.”As recently as this summer, blue-bin recyclables such as aluminum, steel, plastics, and paper commanded a combined average of $128 per ton. The use of recycled instead of virgin materials in manufacturing processes typically requires significantly less energy and generates less pollution. Spiking oil prices made manufacturers even hungrier for these materials because it became much cheaper to manufacture new products by using recyclables instead of virgin materials. Enter the banking crisis with the resulting credit crunch and global economic downturn, and you have a perfect storm for grinding manufacturing to a halt and sending those once-robust commodities markets for recyclables down to an average of $20 per ton-with the bottom not yet in sight. “The fee increase at the MRF will have a small impact on the average Chittenden County household,” notes Moreau. “The average household generates about a quarter of a ton of recyclables per year. The $20 per ton fee increase extrapolates to an increase of about $0.61 per month per household.”last_img read more

  • Dealer.com doubles 2009 R&D investment

    first_imgDealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external)), the leading provider of online marketing solutions for the automotive industry based in Burlington, Vermont, today announced that the company has increased research and development (R&D) spending by over 100% for 2009. In a time of great challenges for the industry, Dealer.com has increased the commitment to keeping their clients two to four years ahead of the competition by investing at this level, at this crucial time. As the rate of change in technology and Internet marketing best practices continues to accelerate, Dealer.com recognizes that continuously increasing R&D investment is the key to staying at the forefront of technology and helping their dealers achieve even more success.In the current year when the 2009 R&D Funding Forecast estimates that overall R&D spending in the U.S. will decrease by 1.6% when corrected for inflation, Dealer.com is investing more than ever before both in terms of percentages and actual dollars. The company holds strong in the belief that the focus on R&D will make the company and their clients emerge from the recession even further ahead. The 2009 increase in this investment includes people and technology. Dealer.com firmly believes that these areas are crucial for advanced R&D growth, and while the company has always had a strong focus on this area, the increase is strategically planned, at a time when many companies are losing money and decreasing their R&D spend. R&D has always been a key strategic focus, a true foundation of Dealer.com. And as the rate of technological change continues to speed up, investment in R&D is critical, commented Rick Gibbs, Dealer.com chief technology officer. Technology and automotive companies that do not have this strategy will lose ground and not be able to provide their clients leading-edge solutions. We re doubling our investment in R&D to help all of our dealers thrive while the industry is facing difficult conditions. As Dealer.com’s technology chief since day one, over ten years now, I continuously strive to keep our dealers at the forefront of the latest advancements and best practices.”About Dealer.comFounded in Burlington, VT in 1997, Dealer.com is the leading provider of online marketing solutions to the automotive industry. Dealer.com offers NADA award-winning SmartSites ¢ website design incorporating dynamic video; user-friendly lead management tools; the best in search engine advertising and unparalleled metrics and web analytics. Excellent customer service, innovative training and proven results are just a few of the reasons why more of the top 125 dealer groups use Dealer.com than any other vendor. Dealer.com was also the 2008 top rated web provider on Drivingsales.com, the industry s largest online dealer community.Dealer.com s suite of online marketing solutions is the only set of tools that effectively creates a 360° view of auto dealers online and traditional marketing investments and results. Dealers are easily able to track spending and determine which activities are leading to the highest return on investment, allowing them to streamline advertising and marketing efforts into targeted activities that increase sales and improve the bottom line.Source: Dealer.com. June 15, 2009 BURLINGTON, VTlast_img read more

  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters sets price of $67.25 for stock offer

    first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., (NASDAQ: GMCR) today announced that it has priced its public offering of 5,000,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $67.25 per share. Additionally, the Company has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 750,000 additional shares of common stock to cover overallotments, if any, at the price to the public less the underwriting discount. Subject to customary conditions, the offering is expected to close on or about August 12, 2009. The net proceeds to the Company, after deducting the underwriting discount and other estimated offering expenses, are expected to be approximately $321.4 million (exclusive of the underwriters overallotment option). BofA Merrill Lynch is serving as sole book-running manager of the offering. Canaccord Adams is serving as co-lead manager of the offering. William Blair & Company, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and Janney Montgomery Scott are serving as co-managers of the offering.The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to repay debt, including part of the outstanding balance under its credit facility, and the remainder for general corporate purposes.To obtain a copy of the prospectus and the final prospectus supplement for this offering, please contact: BofA Merrill Lynch, 4 World Financial Center, New York, NY 10080, telephone 212-449-1000, attention: Prospectus Department; Canaccord Adams, 99 High Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA 02110, telephone 800-225-6201, attention: Syndicate Department; William Blair & Company, 222 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60606, telephone: 312-236-1600, attention: Syndicate; SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, 3333 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, telephone: 404-926-5463 or by e-mail at prospectus@rhco.com(link sends e-mail); or Janney Montgomery Scott, 60 State Street, 35th Floor, Boston, MA 02109, attention: Equity Syndicate Department or prospectus@jmsonline.com(link sends e-mail), telephone: 617-557-2971.This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements contained herein including the expected date of closing, the expected net proceeds and the expected use of net proceeds are not based on historical fact and are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual events or results could differ materially from those stated here. These forward-looking statements reflect management s expectations as of the date of this press release and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including that the proposed offering is subject to closing conditions. The Company does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments.Source: WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– 8/7/2009last_img read more

  • Vermont Community Foundation awards more than $280,000 to Vermont nonprofits

    first_imgThe Vermont Community Foundation awarded a total of $10.6 million in grants in 2009, including $281,250 made at the end of the year to 60 organizations as part of the Foundation’s Community Fund grant program. The program awards grants to organizations that support Basic Human Needs (children, elderly and family services, housing, food and shelter, health); Successful Communities (civic engagement, diversity and equity, education); and Sustainable Communities (arts, humanities and cultural heritage, environment, economic development).All grants were made for general operating support.StatewideGreen Mountain Library Consortium was awarded $1,000.Northeast Organic Farming Association was awarded $6,000.Northern Grain Grower’s Association was awarded $5,000.Preservation Trust of Vermont was awarded $6,000.Sustainable Energy Resource Group was awarded $5,000.Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition was awarded $5,000.Vermont Energy Education Program was awarded $5,000.Vermont MIDI Project was awarded $5,000.Vermont Partnership for Fairness & Diversity was awarded $7,500.Vermont People with AIDS Coalition was awarded $2,000.Vermont River Conservancy was awarded $2,000.Vermont Teacher Diversity Scholarship Program was awarded $5,000.VSA Arts of Vermont was awarded $6,000.Multi-RegionAIDS Project of Southern Vermont was awarded $3,750.Green Mountain RSVP & Volunteer Center was awarded $5,000.Local Motion was awarded $5,000.Resource: A Nonprofit Community Enterprise was awarded $5,000.Addison CountyBristol Downtown Community Partnership was awarded $5,000.The Hub Teen Center & Skatepark was awarded $5,000.The Town Hall Theatre was awarded $5,000.Bennington CountyBennington Area Habitat for Humanity was awarded $5,000.First Baptist Church of Bennington was awarded $6,000.Sage City Symphony Orchestra was awarded $1,500.Caledonia CountyFairbanks Museum and Planetarium was awarded $5,000.St. Johnsbury Athenaeum was awarded $5,000.Umbrella was awarded $5,000.Chittenden CountyBurlington Community Justice Center was awarded $4,000.Committee on Temporary Shelter was awarded $5,000.Intervale Center was awarded $7,500.King Street Youth Center was awarded $5,000.Mercy Connections was awarded $7,500.Uncommon Alliance was awarded $5,000.Vermont Stage Company was awarded $5,000.Vermont Youth Orchestra was awarded $5,000.Winooski Department of Recreation and Community Wellness was awarded $5,000.Women Helping Battered Women was awarded $5,000.Essex CountyTown of Canaan Historical Society was awarded $2,500.Franklin CountyFranklin and Grand Isle United Way was awarded $5,000.Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County was awarded $10,000.Orange CountyNorthern Stage was awarded $2,000.Randolph Area Community Development Corporation was awarded $5,000.Safeline was awarded $5,000.Orleans CountyHaskell Free Library was awarded $5,000.NorthWoods Stewardship Center was awarded $6,000.Rutland CountyBROC – Community Action in Southwestern Vermont was awarded $1,000.Castleton Community Seniors was awarded $5,000.Washington CountyCentral Vermont Reading to End Racism was awarded $1,500.Local Agricultural Community Exchange was awarded $2,000.Windham CountyBrattleboro Area Drop In Center was awarded $5,000.New England Youth Theatre was awarded $5,000.Parks Place Community Center was awarded $5,000.Post Oil Solutions was awarded $5,000.ReNew Building Materials and Salvage was awarded $6,000.Sojourns Community Clinic was awarded $5,000.Windham Childcare Association was awarded $2,500.Windsor CountyCOVER Home Repair was awarded $5,000.Opera Theatre of Weston was awarded $3,000.Second Wind Foundation was awarded $5,000.Upper Valley Business and Education Partnership was awarded $5,000.Upper Valley Farm to School Network was awarded $5,000.The Vermont Community Foundation has been helping donors give to the causes and organizations they care about since 1986. We are Vermont’s largest and leading homegrown grantmaker. Together, our family of over 570 funds provides more than $10 million in grants per year. In addition, we help keep Vermont’s nonprofit community vital by offering endowment management and planned giving services, and providing leadership in charitable giving of all kinds. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.vermontcf.org(link is external) or call 802-388-3355.Source: VCF. 3.30.2010# # #last_img read more

  • Vermont Chamber of Commerce announces hospitality awards

    first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce has chosen the winners of the five highly anticipated 2010 Vermont Hospitality Awards. These awards honor individuals in the hospitality industry who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the industry and who exemplify standards of professionalism. The awards will be given at the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Gala on September 21 at Sugarbush Resort in Warren.Borden E. Avery Innkeeper of the Year: Jim Glanville, The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa – Essex. This is the Vermont hospitality industry’s flagship award, designed for individuals who have held longtime, high-profile leadership positions in the state’s tourism industry. While creating a new Vermont visitor destination, Glanville has led the renaissance of The Essex through a comprehensive rebranding project and the development of a broad range of upscale activities and amenities, all the while maintaining a commitment to hands-on management of a team of 180 professionals. Glanville also is a community leader, and advocates on behalf of Vermont tourism as a whole.B&B Innkeepers of the Year: David Kanal and George A. DeFina, Deer Brook Inn – Woodstock. This award is designed for individuals who continue to demonstrate excellence in the operation and management of a smaller Vermont bed & breakfast or inn. Kanal and DeFina’s emphasis on encouraging all employees to give extraordinary customer service make the inn exceptional. Their principles of putting forth a warm welcome, providing information and being accessible as owners, offering top-notch housekeeping, and phenomenal breakfasts make the Deer Brook Inn an award-winning destination.Chef of the Year: Chef Amy Chamberlain, The Perfect Wife – Manchester. This award is designed for an individual with a proven history of supporting Vermont’s agricultural economy through the use of local food and products, and who also donates time or services to the community at large. Chef Amy Chamberlain celebrates local and organic products with her culinary creations, hosts events to promote local agricultural partnerships, and serves and identifies local foods with integrity and excitement. Chef Amy also hosts community fundraisers, and facilitates composting on local farms through the donation of restaurant food scraps.Restaurateur of the Year: Eric Warnstedt, Hen of the Wood – Waterbury. Designed for an individual who continues to demonstrate excellence in the operation and management of a restaurant in Vermont, Warnstedt created in the Hen of the Woods a warm, inviting atmosphere, a historic and visually appealing setting, and seamless service. The Hen of the Wood is a culinary destination, featuring outstanding wine and beautiful food created with products from many Vermont farms.Allied Member of the Year: John Crabbe, Vermont Tent Company – South Burlington. This award is designed for an individual who goes above and beyond in offering a service that supports the Vermont hospitality industry. Crabbe’s recognition of employees as a critical element of the company’s success, ‘team training’ approach, and personal leadership both within and outside the company create an atmosphere of loyalty and support. His dedication to service, respect for people, interest in legislative affairs, and responsiveness to the needs of the community make the Vermont Tent Company an exceptional business.Source: Vermont Chamber of Commerce. 8.31.2010For more information or to register for the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Gala to celebrate the achievements of the award winners and Vermont’s hospitality industry as a whole, please contact Antonia Opitz (aopitz@vtchamber.com(link sends e-mail), 802-223-0603).The Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest statewide private, not-for-profit business organization represents nearly every sector of the state’s business community. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life.###last_img read more

  • SymQuest golf tournament raises $5,000 for Spectrum Youth and Family Services

    first_imgFor more than a decade, SymQuest Group, Inc., headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont, (with additional offices located in Rutland, Vermont; Keene and West Lebanon, New Hampshire; Plattsburgh, New York; and Portland, Maine) has upheld its reputation as an affordable and accessible network infrastructure and document solutions technology services company; working extensively with small businesses, as well as larger enterprises. SymQuest Group, Inc. focuses on highly-customized and accessible customer service, innovative document solution programs, and the crafting of high-availability infrastructure solutions. United by the pursuit of excellence in information management, service and corporate responsibility, SymQuest’s experienced people, refined processes and best of technology keep its clients out front. SymQuest,Larry Sudbay, President and Chief Executive Officer of SymQuest Group, Inc, announced today that SymQuest’s fifteenth annual golf tournament raised $5,000 for Spectrum Youth and Family Services. The tournament was held at the Vermont National Country Club, South Burlington, Vermont, on Monday, October 4.‘Support like this is so critical to our mission of offering innovative best practice programs and services for youth and their families in need in this area,’ said Mark Redmond, Executive Director, Spectrum Youth and Family Services. ‘We are very grateful for SymQuest’s recognition of the work that we perform and for the funding generated from this memorable event.’Spectrum Youth and Family Services has 40 years of experience providing housing and support services to homeless, foster and at-risk youth in Vermont. Their mission is to empower teenagers, young adults, people with a history of violence and their families, to make and sustain positive changes through prevention, intervention and life skills services.‘This event is a perennial favorite. Attendees enjoy themselves, and the dollars raised benefit a worthy cause,’ said Sudbay. ‘We are especially pleased this year, as the 130 golfers birdied and eagled their way to a substantial donation for Spectrum.’ Source: SymQuest Group, Inc à        Computer-network design and installationà        Network support and performance monitoringà        Canon and Kyocera copier sales, service and suppliesà        Hewlett Packard and Kyocera printer sales, service and suppliesà        Digital document storage and retrievalcenter_img For more information about Spectrum, visit: www.spectrumvt.org(link is external).For more information about SymQuest®, visit www.SymQuest.com(link is external) or call (800) 374-9900.The SymQuest Group, Inc. maximizes the potential of technology in the business place, and offers networking and document management solutions with:last_img read more

  • Official Vermont election results released

    first_imgVermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz released the official 2010 election results today. In statewide races, state Senator Peter Shumlin was elected governor, state Senator Phil Scott was elected lieutenant governor, and state Senator Jim Condos was elected secretary of state.  Because neither Shumlin nor Scott received 50 percent of the vote, the Legislature must vote to confirm their elections. This is a formality since their opponents have already conceded.Also, US Senator Patrick Leahy, US Representative Peter Welch, Attorney General William Sorrell, Treasurer Jeb Spaulding and Auditor of Accounts Tom Salmon were all re-elected. Spaulding led all vote getters with 204,048 votes or 90 percent of the vote. A total of 243,617 votes were cast, or 54 percent of registered voters. In the 2008 general election, 72 percent of those registered voted.Meanwhile, in the state House and Senate, the Democrats will hold on to their significant majorities, despite recounts in several House races.In addition to the individual races, voters approved a constitutional amendment that if ratified would allow individuals to vote in the primary who would be 18 by the time of the general election.last_img read more

  • Blasting at Route 2 Checkered House Bridge project in Richmond continues into Wednesday

    first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has issued a traffic alert to motorists that blasting at the Route 2 Checkered House Bridge over the Winooski River in Richmond will continue into Wednesday, May 25.  This will again require temporary road closings, including Interstate 89, for brief periods.  Two blasts a day will occur ‘ at 11 am and 3 pm.  The blasting is related to preparation for construction of the temporary detour that will be installed so that traffic can be maintained while the bridge is widened. During the blast, no traffic will be allowed into the blast zone.  Flaggers will stop traffic from entering the zone. The State Police will manage a rolling roadblock on the highway. It is anticipated that traffic stoppages will last a maximum of 10 minutes during this period. The following roads will be affected:â ¢             Route 2â ¢             Johnnie Brook Roadâ ¢             Kenyon Roadâ ¢             Route 117 (at junction of Route 2)â ¢             Interstate 89 between Exit 11 (Richmond) and Exit 12 (Williston) The blasting is needed to complete the temporary road detour in the vicinity of Johnnie Brook Road. Work on assembling a temporary bridge over the Winooski River continues. The blasting will not affect the anticipated mid-June opening of the temporary bridge. Work on the project to widen the Checkered House Bridge, including the reconstruction and realignment of Route 2, Kenyon Road and Johnnie Brook Road, began in March and is expected to take approximately three years to complete.  The project is being built by the design/build team of Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors Inc. and CHA. The Federal Highway Administration will pay for 80% of the $13.9 million project, with 20% being funded by the State of Vermont. Throughout the project there will be timely communication with the public about conditions that may affect travel.  In addition, VTrans will use www.511vt.com(link is external), its On the Road program and a project website, www.checkeredhousebridge.com(link is external), to post traffic alerts. Source: VTrans. 5.24.2011last_img read more