Green Mountain Power Engages Deloitte & Touche LLP

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corporation (NYSE: GMP)announced that effective immediately it has engaged Deloitte & Touche LLP as its independent auditor for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2002, replacing Arthur Andersen LLP.The decision to engage Deloitte & Touche was made after careful consideration by the Green Mountain Power Corporation Board of Directors and senior management. The decision was not the result of any disagreement between Green Mountain Power and Arthur Andersen on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure.”Arthur Andersen’s current difficulties and uncertain future convinced Green Mountain Power that this change was in the best interest of the Company’s customers and shareholders,” said Stephen C. Terry, Senior Vice President of Corporate and Legal Affairs. “We look forward to working with Deloitte & Touche in its new role as our independent auditor,” Mr. Terry added.last_img read more

Jon Isaacson joins Caleidoscope Communications

first_imgJon Isaacson joined Caleidoscope Communications as the company Controller. Isaacson was previously employed locally by RingMaster Software and lived and worked in Oregon where he was the Controller for the Mandala Agency for ten years. Jon graduated from the University of Connecticut, lives in South Burlington, and serves as a soccer referee for northern Vermont youth leagueslast_img

Burton makes Fast Magazine’s fast list

first_imgFAST COMPANY RANKS THE WORLD’S 50 MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES:EIGHT OF THE 50 ARE BASED IN THE NORTHEAST(FAIRFIELD, CT, NEW YORK, NY, STRATHAM, NH, ARMONK, NY,BURLINGTON, MA, BURLINGTON, VT, CORNING, NY)NEW YORK, February 20, 2008 Fast Company magazine has announcedits “Fast 50” list of the world’s most innovative companies. Eight of the 50firms named to the 2008 list are based in and around the Northeast (Fairfield,CT, New York, NY, Stratham, NH, Armonk, NY, Burlington, MA, Burlington, VT,and Corning, NY). The Fast 50 firms in the Northeast that made the list are:No. 4 GE (Fairfield, CT)No. 12 News Corp. (New York, NY)No. 21 Timberland (Stratham, NH)No. 22 IBM (Armonk, NY)No. 24 Anomaly (New York, NY)No. 31 IRobot (Burlington, MA)No. 35 Burton (Burlington, VT)No. 38 Coring (Corning, NY)Expanded profiles of theses companies can be found athttp://tinyurl.com/3catzj(link is external).The list also highlights how innovation can drive economic growth. From greenconsumer-products phenomenon Method to 100-year-old Corning, whichspends $2 million each workday on R&D, the list celebrates companies thatare redefining the rules of business through new ideas.Other notable 2008 Fast 50 firms include:No. 1 Google (Mountain View, CA)No. 2 Apple (Cupertino, CA)No. 3 Facebook (Palo Alto, CA)No. 4 GE (Fairfield, CT)No. 5 Ideo (Palo Alto, CA)The complete list and related stories appear in the March 2008 issue of FastCompany magazine (available on newsstands February 19 – March 25).Expanded profiles can be found at http://tinyurl.com/3catzj(link is external), where users canalso nominate their own Fast 50 Reader Favorite.Fast Company Editors are available to discuss the most innovative companiesand how new ideas and fresh initiatives can lead the U.S. to economic growth.About Fast Company magazine:Founded in 1995 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, LLC, award- winning Fast Company magazine (www.FastCompany.com(link is external)) covers the ideas,trends and visionaries that are sparking change and creating the future ofbusiness. With a total paid circulation of 746,161, Fast Company explores theprofound innovation, creative breakthroughs, best and “next” practices thatare driving the business world. # # #last_img read more

Vermont Small Business Development Center names Linda Rossi State Star

first_imgVermont Small Business Development Center names Linda Rossi State StarVtSBDC State Director, Lenae Quillen-Blume, announced that Linda Rossi has been selected as the 2008 State Star of Vermont Small Business Development Center.Linda Rossi, is the Assistant State Director for VtSBDC and responsible for state-wide marketing and public relations as well as strategic projects.”I am pleased to make this announcement and to recognize Linda for extraordinary contributions throughout Vermont”. Linda was chosen for her passion for the organization, her professional presence, and her unsurpassed respect and support for all of her VtSBDC associates. She has a strong commitment to VtSBDC and its strategic plan, execution and as well as branding of the organization as we move into the future. “It is an honor to accept this award, and to have the opportunity and pleasure to interact and support today’s business owners, tomorrow’s leaders, while collaborating with other champions of economic development.”Linda will be recognized for this honor at the national ASBDC conference in Chicago, IL in September. America’s Small Business Development Center Network is a partnership uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local nonprofit economic development organizations. It is the Small Business Administration’s largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their own businesses. With about 1,000 centers across the nation, the SBDC network assists approximately 725,000 small businesses every year in face-to-face counseling and training, in addition to assisting hundreds of thousands more small businesses through fax-on-demand and e-mail.last_img read more

Employer health care costs and employee waistlines to be trimmed by Vermont firms

first_imgVtrim, an online behavioral weight management program developed at the University of Vermont, and Vermont based HRSentry have partnered to offer the Vtrim Online program to employers nationwide.“The goal of Vtrim is sustainable, long-term weight loss.” noted Beth Casey Gold, M.S., R.D., Vtrim’s Director of Corporate Programming.  “Vtrim teaches participants how to manage what they eat; versus food restriction…weight loss follows naturally.”HRSentry’s CEO, Dean Haller said, “Health care costs are a major drain on business revenues…Vtrim’s clinically proven approach supports our mission to provide employers with HR programs that cut risk, enhance productivity and build the bottom line long-term.”The Vtrim interactive, online model is based on 18 years of research by Jean Harvey-Berino, Ph.D., R.D., an obesity researcher at the University of Vermont.  Participants typically lose an average of 1-2 pounds per week over the course of the program.A number of Vermont firms, including Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Green Mountain Power, Fletcher Allen Health Care, NRG Systems and Seventh Generation have incorporated Vtrim Online into their HR programming.“The results of Vtrim have had a profound effect on my work life. I have more energy and am more productive.” said Jan Blittersdorf, CEO at NRG Systems. “As I want my employees to reap the same rewards, NRG Systems now offers Vtrim to our employees. They benefit personally and our company benefits. Healthier lifestyles are integral to our corporate culture.”“By the way”, notes Haller, “HRSentry clients receive a 10 percent discount off Vtrim’s standard pricing.”About HRSentryHRSentry, a Vermont-based company, was founded by Dean E. Haller, who has more than 35 years of experience in Human Resources administration. HRSentry’s mission is to create, deliver, and support services and training that enhance an organization’s administration and management of Human Resource policies, practices, and procedures. HRSentry’s web-based HR Made Simple System provides human resource forms, policies, and procedures; links to federal and state laws, regulations, and resources.  All system content is kept in a “current” condition and updated as regulatory and other changes occur.  A subscription to the HRSentry HR made Simple System includes ongoing webinars, e-newsletters and alerts.About Vtrim OnlineThe Vtrim  Online Weight Management Program was developed by Jean Harvey-Berino, Ph.D., R.D., a nationally recognized weight-loss researcher at the University of Vermont. Dr. Harvey-Berino’s concept is based on behavior changes: a systematic shaping of daily habits to help people move more and eat less. A dynamic team of health professionals and experts in the weight management field leads Vtrim.  All of Vtrim’s certified facilitators are highly trained professionals with health-related credentials and experience.Source: VTrim. 2.23.2010. Burlington. VTlast_img read more

Ben & Jerry’s Global Free Cone Day on Tuesday, April 12

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– 5.6.2011 Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc,You don’t need to search for it online. It’s true. Ben & Jerry’s gives away free ice cream. The annual event is a way to say thanks to those who have supported the company since the beginning. To continue the tradition, Ben & Jerry’s outlets across the globe will open their doors from noon ‘ 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 to serve up the newest, super-premium quality and values-led flavors featuring even more Fair Trade certified ingredients than ever before.This year’s newest flavors being offered in Scoop Shops include:Late Night Snack inspired by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon ‘ Vanilla Bean Ice Cream made with Fair Trade certified vanilla, a Salty Caramel Swirl & Fudge Covered Potato Chip Clusters (the fudge uses Fair Trade certified cocoa, too)!Bonnaroo Buzz – Light Coffee & Malt ice creams with Whiskey Caramel swirls & English Toffee pieces. This flavor, inspired by the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, is back by popular demand in Scoop Shops and now available in pints!Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream – Vanilla ice cream with fudge covered waffle cone pieces & a caramel swirl. A long time pint favorite, so popular we made it a scoop shop flavor for the first time this year!And even a top secret flavor for Peanut Butter fans: Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Caramel Cluster Pieces, and Peanut Buttery & Marshmallow Swirls!Long before there were crazy chunks and swirls, the two cofounders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield challenged the notion that business had to exploit somebody else to make a profit. In supporting Fair Trade, Ben & Jerry’s appeals to savvy consumers who are very well aware that they support businesses with their purchases. The Fair Trade program works to pay farmers a fair wage, helps support and develop safe working conditions for the farm laborers, works cooperatively to address community needs resulting in schools and health care facilities while it encourages proper environment care and stewardship of the land. That’s what the program is about in a Fair Trade nutshell.Not only is Ben & Jerry’s involving its values via the Fair Trade commitment, but it’s also echoing the company’s philosophy of incorporating fun into everything it does. This year’s modern spin on Free Cone Day means the company will introduce a new, downloadable application for iPhones and Droid users that will add some interactive fun on the go, help provide directions to the closest Ben & Jerry’s free cone location, and even provide a Free Cone Day frame for visitors to send photos to friends and loved ones to see what fun they’re missing.Over the past year Ben & Jerry’s added more specific flavors that use Fair Trade certified ingredients. The company has taken a pledge to transition to use fully Fair Traded fruits, nuts, vanilla and cocoa in all of Ben & Jerry’s products globally by 2013.Get it in your calendar and map out your closest Scoop Shop using the new app or at www.benjerry.com(link is external) for a visit on Tuesday, April 12!About Ben & Jerry’sBen & Jerry’s produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream novelties, using high-quality ingredients including milk and cream from family farmers who do not treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH. The company states its position on rBGH* on its labels. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Contributions made via the employee-led Ben & Jerry’s Foundation in 2010 totaled over $1.8 million. Additionally, the company makes significant product donations to community groups and nonprofits both in Vermont and across the nation. The purpose of Ben & Jerry’s philanthropy is to support the founding values of the company: economic and social justice, environmental restoration and peace through understanding, and to support our Vermont communities. For the full scoop on all Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop locations and fabulous flavors, visit www.benjerry.com(link is external).* The FDA has said no significant difference has been shown and no test can now distinguish between milk from rBGH treated cows and untreated cows. Not all the suppliers of our other ingredients can promise that the milk they use comes from untreated cows. last_img read more

Historic damage spurs innovative response

first_imgWhen Hurricane Irene unleashed a torrent of water into creeks, streams and rivers across central and southern Vermont, it also spurred the largest recovery effort in the history of Central Vermont Public Service.  But the recovery effort actually began days earlier. Long before Hurricane Irene dumped up to 9 inches of rain across CVPS’s service territory, Central Scheduling Manager Scott Massie and his team were making calls for help.  With private forecasts raising the possibility of historic devastation, CVPS was on edge and preparing for the worst.  But virtually every utility on the East Coast was gearing up for the storm, and outside contractors were in short supply. Massie reached far to the west ‘ to Missouri, Texas and Illinois, and north to Ontario ‘ contacting utilities and contractors that might be available to come east.  Before the storm struck, he lined up hundreds of outside contractors and mutual aide workers, a feat that paid dividends as CVPS recovered from the worst flooding to hit Vermont since 1927. CVPS spokesman Steve Costello jokingly introduced Massie to one reporter on Monday as the ‘most important man in Vermont.’  But Massie, a former lineman who now heads CVPS’s field schedulers, pooh-poohed the introduction, saying he was just one cog in the wheels.  ‘Getting the resources and managing them is important, but it’s the people in the field who are the real heroes,’ Massie said. While orchestrating CVPS’s overall storm response, Massie lent a hand to the entire region, leading daily calls of the New England Mutual Assistance Group, the utility organization that orchestrates the sharing of crews during major storm recovery efforts.  As of 9 a.m. Friday, NEMAG members in other states were still looking for 700 line crews to help restore service to more than 300,000 customers without service. A CVPS operations supervisor is being hailed as a hero for a decision that may have saved several lives near the start of the storm. Hundreds of workers were scattered around rural towns, working on the earliest outages on Sunday, when the rain began to fall hard in the south.  Brattleboro Operations Supervisor Dave Miller, who joined CVPS as an apprentice line worker 40 years ago, decided to call in his local crews, because he thought conditions were becoming unsafe. His decision led minutes later to a call to bring in all CVPS field personnel, unless they were dealing with critical emergencies, until conditions improved. Within an hour, hundreds of roads across the state began to wash away ‘ along with power lines CVPS crews had been working on prior to Miller’s call. ‘If Dave hadn’t decided to pull in his crews when he did, there’s no doubt in my mind that we would have had several fatalities,’ said co-worker Chris Gandin.  ‘I think Dave Miller is a hero.  His decision saved some lives.’ For his part, Miller said he was just doing his job.  ‘Safety has to be the first item on the list when we plan storm recovery,’ Miller said.  ‘That starts with good training and good people.’ When entire towns and dozens of neighborhoods became isolated, employees looked for new ways to get in to see the damage so recovery plans could be made. CVPS routinely uses helicopters to assess high-voltage transmission lines following storms, but employees used whatever they had to get past washouts and bridges to survey smaller lines and road damage. Chief Engineer Greg White hiked five miles to get into Rochester so he could evaluate the damage to a key substation long before roads reopened, while Royalton Operations Supervisor Ben Bemis rode his off-road motorcycle to look at damage.  A fixed-wing plane was used to take a look at road damage in some areas, while other employees set out on bicycles to do assessment where no other vehicles could go. Forestry Manager Duane Dickinson and meter readers Tim Madore and Charlie Daigneault rode mountain bikes into the backside of Wardsboro, West Jamaica and East Dover after all usual access routes were washed out. ‘We had to actually fjord the rivers,’ Dickinson said.  ‘We carried the bikes over our shoulders and got back in wherever we could.  The local folks were really helpful, pointing out alternate access routes like ATV trails.’ Still, there remain places that are simply inaccessible thanks to washouts, landslides and debris.CVPS. 9.2.2011last_img read more

FairPoint, governor to honor exceptional service to Vermont following Irene

first_imgConsolidated Communications,Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and other state officials will join FairPoint’s leadership team to honor the extraordinary dedication and service to Vermont and their fellow Vermonters following Tropical Storm Irene. Tropical Storm Irene tested all Vermonters, and the FairPoint Vermont State President’s Awards were created to honor those who went way beyond the call-of-duty to keep Vermonters, and their towns and villages, connected. 2011 has been a tough year for Vermont. In addition to rebuilding Vermont telecommunications infrastructure post-Tropical Storm Irene, FairPoint helped communities recover from historic spring floods in Chittenden and Franklin counties. Wedged in between and during these 100-year events, FairPoint successfully completed the largest broadband buildout Vermont has ever seen with almost 1,100 miles of new fiber and nearly 90 percent of FairPoint’s Vermont customers now having broadband access. Following remarks from FairPoint Vermont State President Mike Smith, Gov. Shumlin and FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu, the 70 FairPoint award recipients ‘ chosen from many different roles and locations around the state ‘ will be presented with special commemorative plaques. Who:         ·         Peter Shumlin, governor, State of Vermont·         Paul Sunu, CEO, FairPoint Communications·         Mike Smith, state president, FairPoint Vermont·         70 FairPoint employees to be honored for exceptional service to Vermont Where:      FairPoint Communications800 Hinesburg RoadSouth Burlington, VT When:·         Monday, December 12, 2011·         2 p.m.last_img read more