VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF AUGUST 27, 2018

Horsepower Technologies Enlists
Mack Molding to Help Horses
ARLINGTON, Vt. Horsepower Technologies™ Inc. (Horsepower), a Massachusetts-based healthcare and technology company dedicated to combating equine lameness, has contracted Mack Molding to manufacture its groundbreaking product, FastTrack™, the first rehabilitative orthotic device for horses. Last month, Horsepower commercially launched FastTrack™, which is designed to significantly reduce both rehabilitation time and incidence of re-injury following tendon and ligament trauma. (continue)

New Lake Champlain Tasting Trail
Start of International Culinary Route
Montpelier, Vt.—Vermont’s agritourism officials have announced the creation of a new tasting trail in the Champlain Valley, which includes 50 Vermont producers, restaurants, farms, farmers’ markets, breweries, cideries, and wineries along Lake Champlain. The Lake Champlain Tasting Trail—developed by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development, the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, the Vermont Fresh Network, and University of Vermont Extension—is part of an initiative to develop an international culinary route between Vermont, New York, and Canada. (continue)

Green Lantern Solar recognized as a
2018 top solar contractor in US
Waterbury, VT – More than 10,600 megawatts of solar power were installed last year in the United States, and local Vermont solar developer and installer Green Lantern Solar has been recognized by Solar Power World magazine for its contributions to the industry. Green Lantern was highlighted as one of the nation’s top 20 solar developers and a top 100 solar contractor. (continue)

VSAC makes loan rebates
to borrowers – again
WINOOSKI, VT - Vermont Student Assistance Corp. is giving $2 million in interest rebates to borrowers this year, part of its “borrower benefits” program that has saved students $180 million in loan costs since 1995. “VSAC works to make college and career training more affordable for our students and families, because there is no question that Vermonters need to continue their education and career training after high school, if they want to be ready for Vermont’s economy,” said Scott Giles, VSAC president and CEO. “While education costs can seem daunting, VSAC is here to help students and families manage expenses, with grants, scholarships and lower interest rates on student and parent loans.”  (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF AUGUST 20, 2018

Efficiency Vermont and Sense conduct pilot study of
advanced home energy monitoring
Efficiency Vermont and Sense have launched a pilot program with more than 200 Vermont households to assess how an innovative smart home technology can inspire people to use less energy and make their homes more efficient. Sense offers a home energy and awareness monitor that, combined with Efficiency Vermont programs and services, can transform how customers understand their own energy use and continuously encourage them to beat their “personal best” in saving energy. (continue)

New Report Offers Insights into
Vermont Technology Industry
Montpelier, Vt. – Technology-related employment in Vermont held steady in 2017, according to Cyberstates™ 2018, the definitive annual analysis of the nation’s tech industry published today by CompTIA, the world’s leading technology industry association. (continue)

Vermont Futures Project Finds Internship Accessibility is
Excellent Job Conversion Needs Work
Montpelier, VT – A recent research initiative by the Vermont Futures Project finds that students attending Vermont’s colleges and universities have ample opportunity to participate in internships inside and outside the state. At the same time, there is a significant need to improve the state’s internship-to-job conversion rate. (continue)

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
17th Annual Awards Dinner to be held September 20th at Basin Harbor
Burlington, VT – Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is pleased to honor three outstanding individuals and organizations who are pushing new ideas and initiatives forward, leading by outstanding example, and developing successful socially responsible business models. Our 17th Annual Awards Ceremony and Dinner will recognize Jen Kimmich, Co-Founder of the Alchemist, with the Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF AUGUST 13, 2018

GW Plastics Grows Scientific Molding
Process Development Capabilities
Bethel, VT – Global plastics and silicone injection molder and contract manufacturer GW Plastics is proud to announce that it has expanded and upgraded its Process Development & Training Center in Royalton, VT to now develop and debug entire manufacturing cells in a dedicated non-production facility. This expansion comes during the 20th anniversary of the Process Development Center, for which GW Plastics achieved RJG certification as a Mold Tryout Facility in 2012 and is currently one of eight companies worldwide to have this certification. (continue)

Heady Vermont Hemp Fest 2018
Heady Vermont is proud to announce the second annual Vermont Hemp Fest, taking place September 8-9, 2018 at Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference Center in East Burke, Vermont. Already one of Vermont’s premiere cannabis events, Hemp Fest 2018 will feature two days of programming, including a keynote address from Oregon CBD’s Seth Crawford, Ph.D, agricultural, hemp and CBD exhibitors, an exclusive investors’ forum, food trucks, live music, yoga, and a hemp brunch on Sunday morning. This event will not include cannabis containing THC and is open to all ages. (continue)

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Achieves
Best-In-Nation Member Service for the Fourth Year in a Row
Berlin - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) achieved the highest possible ranking in member satisfaction and efficiency metrics for the fourth year in a row, retaining its distinction as the number one Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Plan in America in overall service to its members. (continue)

Vermont Department Of Economic Development Awards
GW Plastics With Workforce Development Grants
Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today announced the Agency of Commerce & Community Development’s Department of Economic Development awarded GW Plastics Inc. Vermont Training Program (VTP) grants of more than $80,000. Two distinct initiatives will be funded under the grant program. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF AUGUST 6, 2018

Construction Company named Vermont
Woman-Owned Business of the Year
MONTPELIER, Vt. – A construction management and consulting company has been named the 2018 Vermont Woman-Owned Business of the Year. Mel Baiser and Kate Stephenson, owners of HELM Construction Solutions, are being recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration for employment growth, financial success, expansion and community involvement. (continue)

Vermont Business Community
Backs Virtual Peaker
Vermont has become Kentucky-based Virtual Peaker’s home away from home. In early 2018, the company drew a substantial portion of its seed funding from the Vermont technology and clean energy communities. Virtual Peaker is a cloud-based energy management platform that is helping utilities build the grid of the future. (continue)

Vermont Community Loan Fund Announces
Two Million Investment from Bank of America
Burlington, Vt. – At press conference Thursday, Governor Phil Scott was joined by the Vermont Community Loan Fund, which announced a $2 million loan from Bank of America to enable flexible financing and other services to Vermont’s small businesses, nonprofits and community facilities, as well as affordable housing developers and early care and learning programs. (continue)

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont and Terry Bicycles
Team Up for Women’s Wellness Revolution
Burlington, VT – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) and Terry Bicycles (Terry) are back with the fifth running year of Wellness Revolution, a program designed to promote healthier lifestyles for Vermont women through cycling. (continue)