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 »

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 »

Car dealerships host pet adoption event this Sunday

Heritage Toyota and Heritage Ford of South Burlington will host a “More Love Pet Adoption Expo” on Sunday, at the Heritage Toyota service department from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Working with three different pet adoption agencies from three different counties, the event will be an opportunity to visit with many different animals in need… Read More »

Online auction of Valentine bear benefits Make-A-Wish Vermont

Online auction of Valentine bear benefits Make-A-Wish Vermont

For the third year, Vermont Teddy Bear Company has created a special Valentine gift to raise money for Make-A-Wish Vermont: the One-of-a-Kind Masquerade Bear. Custom-made and hand-stitched, the bear is being auctioned online over a 10-day period leading up to Valentine’s Day. “We are so proud of this bear and passionate about her purpose,” said… 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 »

Shelburne firm invests in 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 »

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

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 »

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 »

Phoenix Books makes 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 »