VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF OCTOBER 29, 2018

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
Announces Canada Farm Tour
Vermont is clearing a path for a new tasting trail that will encompass two countries, two states, and two provinces. A collaborative effort among officials from Vermont, New York, Quebec, and Ontario will link authentic farms and food experiences across the region. (continue)

General Dynamics to Christen
Submarine Vermont
GROTON, Conn. – General Dynamics Electric Boat will christen Vermont (SSN 792), the U.S. Navy’s newest and most advanced nuclear attack submarine, at a ceremony at its shipyard here Saturday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). (continue)

University of Vermont Ranked #3
Green School by Princeton Review
The University of Vermont has again been named a Top 50 Green School by the Princeton Review, climbing to the #3 spot this year, up from #4 last year. “UVM’s commitment to the environment, both in academics and in our sustainable practices, is at the heart of the University’s identity. (continue)

New Small Business Health Plan
Options in Vermont
Berlin, VT – Association Health Plans (AHPs) offer Vermont small businesses more health plan choices for 2019, many at a lower cost. Two Vermont-based associations, both working with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT), will provide options to improve the health and wellness of Vermont employees, connect more people to essential health benefits, and save small businesses and Vermonters money. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF OCTOBER 22, 2018

Mi9 Retail Announces Intent to Acquire MyWebGrocer
Mi9 Retail, a leading provider of end-to-end software solutions for retailers, wholesalers, and brands, announced that it has signed a contract to acquire MyWebGrocer (MWG), a leading software and digital media company to the grocery and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industries. (continue)

Whetstone Station Brewery Expands
Brattleboro, VT – The Windham County Economic Development Program (WCEDP) is helping Whetstone Station Brewery proceed with an expansion in Brattleboro. A WCEDP loan will provide a portion of the funding, in addition to support form People’s United Bank, to purchase real estate at 39-45 Frost Street in Brattleboro. (continue)

Vermont Innovation Commons Acquires Milk Money
BURLINGTON, VT — Vermont Works Management Co., an independent alternative investment firm focusing on delivering both competitive financial returns and social impact in support of Vermont’s job creation and economic development, announces the Vermont Innovation Commons’ acquisition of Milk Money L3C, a Vermont based third-party equity crowdfunding portal. (continue)

Exit 4 Farmland Conserved and Sold to
Ayers Brook Goat Dairy
Randolph—Miles Hooper, farm manager and co-owner of Ayers Brook Goat Dairy in Randolph, is the new owner of 150 acres of scenic farmland near the Exit 4 interchange of I-89. Miles was able to buy the land—once the subject of a large development proposal—at its agricultural value by selling a conservation easement to the Vermont Land Trust. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF OCTOBER 15, 2018

Vermont Investors Summit
Vermont Works is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Vermont Investors Summit, curated to promote greater visibility to our state's business and innovation ecosystems. As the keystone event of Innovation Week, powered by BTV Ignite, (continue)

Vermont Wellness Festival
The Vermont Wellness Festival on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 will bring together a wide array of Vermont companies and organizations in the areas of health, fitness, nutrition, wellness and more to help Vermonters connect with wellness experts. (continue)

Efficiency Vermont
Burlington, VT – Handy Vermonters who want to take steps to make their homes warmer and more affordable this winter have a new tool they can reach for; up to $100 in rebates from Efficiency Vermont for do-it-yourselfers to lower the cost of weatherization materials. (continue)

Small Business Administration
MONTPELIER, VT—The Small Business Administration supported $44,780,792 in loans to Vermont small businesses from Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, the U.S. federal government’s fiscal year. Vermont increased its loan amount by 11 percent compared to fiscal year 2017 when it guaranteed $40,341,365 million in loans. “An upward trend is always a good sign. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF OCTOBER 08, 2018

Governor Phil Scott Announces $2.4 million in
Grants for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Middlebury, Vt. – While the electric vehicle (EV) was invented nearly 50 years before the gas-powered automobile came onto the scene in 1885, widespread adoption of EVs has been slow. Part of the reason for the sluggish transition from gas-powered cars to EVs in recent years has been an insufficient number of EV charging stations. (continue)

Saxtons River Distillery Receives $350,000 Loan
BRATTLEBORO, VT – The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) has provided $350,000 in financing through the Windham County Economic Development Program (WCEDP) to Saxtons River Distillery. (continue)

New Blockchain Law Passed in Vermont
Vermont Governor Phil Scott ceremonially signed into law bill S.269 (Act 205), legislation supporting the development of blockchain businesses in Vermont. The new law mandates the review of blockchain technology usage for the recording of land records and other public records. (continue)

Grassroots Solar Donates Solar
Panels to Puerto Rico
Dorset, VT Grassroots Solar, Inc. of Dorset, VT, is excited to announce the donation of more than 220 solar panels—an array capable of providing 46 kW—to their solar project in Puerto Rico. The donation of the panels, given by Green Street Power Partners in Massachusetts, was facilitated by Bill Laberge of Grassroots Solar. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF OCTOBER 01, 2018

Green Lantern Solar recognized as a
2018 top solar contractor in United States
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. (continue)

State of Vermont to Host Vermont Film and
Television Industry Summit in Manchester
Vermont are invited to attend a networking and exploratory gathering hosted by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development at stART Space, located at 263 Depot Street, Manchester Center, Vt. on Thursday, October 11th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (continue)

University of Vermont announces SPARK-VT grant recipients
Three innovative projects spanning the fields of regenerative medicine, electrophysiology, and infectious diseases were selected to receive SPARK-VT research funding following a June 22 proposal presentation meeting at which University of Vermont faculty applicants pitched ideas to a panel of consultants from the biomedical and biotech arena. (continue)

Appropriations Vice Chair Leahy Wins Significant Increase In
Funding For Economic Development In Vermont Border Counties
WASHINGTON — Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Thursday that a package of appropriations bills approved by the Senate includes $20 million in Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) grant funding, a $5 million increase over the previous year. (continue)