VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF FEBRUARY 25, 2019

Architects Offer Pro-Bono Input to
Vermont Communities
Burlington, Vt — The American Institute of Architects, Vermont Chapter (AIAVT) is partnering with the Constructions Specifications Institute, Vermont Chapter (CSI VT) to offer a new format for their annual ACX conference this year, (continue)

Future-Oriented Small Business
Development Initiative Launched
Ever larger public corporations supported by an ever-growing financial sector for the purposes of “making money” has been the logical outcome of the industrial revolution and the “economies of size” that made possible this outcome. The result is a business model now increasingly becoming a social liability. (continue)

Ski Vermont Among Trade Groups United in
Support of National Climate Partnership
MONTPELIER – Ski Vermont joined six other state ski trade associations from across the country Wednesday to express united support for the formation of the Outdoor Business Climate Partnership to provide leadership on climate change. (continue)

Marlboro College Recognized
by Princeton Review
MARLBORO, VT – “The ‘academic freedom’ at Marlboro is its greatest gift,” according to the recently published Princeton Review book, The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF FEBRUARY 18, 2019

Vermont’s First Cryptocurrency
Transaction on the Blockchain
A 12-foot strip of land in the City of Burlington provided the opportunity to close an innovative real estate transaction this month. Dozens of homes in Burlington’s South End, including one along Lyman Avenue, back up to a 12-foot strip of land that was historically owned by a public utility but is no longer used in that capacity. (continue)

Heritage Aviation Converts to
Benefit Corporation
Burlington, Vt.—The employee-owners of Heritage Aviation have formalized their commitment to using business as a force for good by converting to a Vermont Benefit Corporation, a decision that requires the company to consider not only financial responsibility to shareholders, but also social responsibility to employees, the environment, and their communities. (continue)

State Awards $400,000 to Install Electric
Vehicle Charging Stations
Governor Phil Scott today announced $400,000 in Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Grant Program awards to nine towns and organizations across Vermont to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. (continue)

Vermont Announces
2019 Stay to Stay Weekends
MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM) announced its schedule of 2019 Stay to Stay Weekends, exploratory vacations for people who are interested in moving to Vermont. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF FEBRUARY 11, 2019

Hill Farmstead Brewery
Named Best in the World
Greensboro Bend, Vt.– Hill Farmstead Brewery has been named Best Brewery in the World for the year 2018, as well as Best Brewery in the United States and Vermont, by RateBeer, the world’s largest, most popular beer review and rating website. Awards were announced January 28. (continue)

Vermont Care Partners and Netsmart to
Deploy Technology Platform
Four-member agencies of Vermont Care Partners (VCP) have come together to reshape the delivery and coordination of care through a partnership with Netsmart to deploy a unified technology platform. As value-based care quickly becomes reality, Lamoille County Mental Health Services, Northwestern Counseling and Support Services, (continue)

Learning Through
Failure in Business
We don’t talk about failure in business enough even though talking about it and the reasons why it happens can help us learn valuable lessons. I want to bring attention to those entrepreneurs who put their whole heart into their business, who care deeply about their employees and support their communities, but end up needing to close. (continue)

U.S. Small Business Administration Seeks
Entrepreneurs for Free Business Course
The Small Business Administration is seeking 20 entrepreneurs throughout Vermont to participate in a free business course starting in April. Emerging Leaders is a free executive-level training program for established business owners poised for growth. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF FEBRUARY 4, 2019

Burton Announces Acclaimed
Snowboarder Break
Burlington, VT – Kelly Clark is proud to announce that after a historic 20-year career, the winningest athlete in snowboarding history and first American Olympic Gold Medalist in the sport will be moving on from competitive snowboarding. As her longtime sponsor, Burton is honored to celebrate Clark’s historic career and continued partnership with the development and limited-edition release of the RISE, a new women’s snowboard designed by Clark. (continue)

Northeast Organic Farming Association
of Vermont to Host Winter Conference
Burlington, VT – The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is pleased to invite farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, food activists, and enthusiastic eaters to our annual Winter Conference. During a time when the future of food and organic farming faces many uncertainties, we invite you to come together around hope and momentum toward building the food system that you want to be a part of. NOFA-VT’s hope is that this conference will inspire us to think and talk together about the key role food and agriculture play as a tool for social change, as well as spend time honoring all of our agricultural roots as a critical piece of working together toward a just food system. (continue)

Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community
Development Announces Historic Preservation Grants
MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 State Historic Preservation Grants. (continue)

Community College of Vermont Awarded
Funding for Inmate Education Program
MONTPELIER, Vt. — Community College of Vermont (CCV) has been awarded $17,750 from the Vermont Community Foundation to support ReSET VT, a prison-to-career initiative that offers college classes to male inmates at the Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) in Newport. The funding includes a $15,000 Regional & Local Impact (RALI) grant from the Community Foundation alongside $2,750 in support from donor advised funds at the Foundation. This is in addition to $25,000 awarded each year for the past two years by the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation—a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation. (continue)