Business identity theft website launched
Secretary of State Jim Condos recently announced the development of www.BusinessIDTheft.org, a site designed to serve as a critical resource to help business owners understand and protect their businesses from identity theft.
The Identity Theft Protection Association created and launched the website with input from the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), which convened a national business identity theft task force in October 2011.
The BusinessIDTheft.org website is the first site dedicated to business identity theft. It provides expert information on the multitude of ways that business identity theft can occur, risk management and prevention information, victim assistance and comprehensive local resources for each U.S. state and territory. Fraud prevention tips and the latest tools for credit protection are also featured.
“Getting good information to the public in an easy-to-understand way is at the heart of catching Business ID theft at the filing level,” said Condos. “This website will be a great resource.”
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont groups win worksite wellness awards
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont recently announced that 16 of its employer groups were awarded Worksite Wellness Awards at the 2012 Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Worksite Wellness Conference held on March 28 in Burlington.
The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports gives awards to employer programs that support staff access to physical fitness activities and promote good health at work and beyond. Governor Peter Shumlin and Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen presented awards on behalf of the council to 79 employers.
Employer groups who won worksite wellness awards included:
Chittenden Solid Waste District
Rutland Mental Health Services
Village of Derby Center
Vermont League of Cities and Towns
Heritage Family Credit Union
City of Burlington
Village of Derby Line
Town of Killington
Hickok and Boardman Group Benefits
Engelberth Construction, Inc.
Town of Marshfield
Town of Castleton
Dwight Asset Management
Central Vermont Medical Center
Digital Future Conference May 8
The e-Vermont Community Broadband Partnership is hosting the Vermont Digital Future Conference on May 8 at Champlain College in Burlington. Vermonters will join digital leaders to set a path that will increase Internet adoption and utilization in the state. The resulting strategies will have a common goal of improving digital literacy, business opportunities, local government practices, innovation in education and connecting communities.
Nicco Mele, known for his pioneering use of technology during Governor Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, will be the keynote speaker.
For more information, contact Joanna Cummings, Conference Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-859-3090.
DRM attorneys recognized by Chambers USA
David J. Sylvester and Bruce C. Palmer are new this year to the roster of 22 attorneys at the law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC who are recognized in Chambers USA 2012: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
Sylvester is based in DRM’s Burlington office and Palmer is based in DRM’s St. Johnsbury office.
Chambers and Partners is a global organization that has been researching and ranking U.S. law firms on criteria that include technical expertise, business acumen, prompt delivery and value since 1999. According to Chambers, selections are based on extensive research that includes peer and client evaluations.
For more information, visit www.drm.com.
SBA Says: Tell Us Your Story!
Do you have a small business story to tell? Every business has one. Tell your story to the SBA and your video may appear at National Small Business Week, SBA’s marquee event that attracts hundreds of small business owners, Fortune 500 company executives, members of Congress and Obama Administration officials.
In celebration of National Small Business Week 2012, SBA is looking for creative videos from small businesses that show how they have been helped by an SBA program or service. Three winning videos will also be shown during a Google+ Hangout hosted by the SBA and the White House with SBA Administrator Karen Mills on May 24. The winners can also participate in the event with Administrator Mills, while she answers questions from small businesses around the country. All qualifying videos will be showcased on SBA’s YouTube page.
Contestants can enter the contest by producing an original video, two minutes or less, that shares their stories. Videos will feature small business owners from across the country discussing the SBA assistance the company received, the most rewarding aspects of starting a business and how the SBA assistance benefited the business and the local community.
The videos can be submitted through www.Challenge.gov through 5 p.m. on May 11. For more information on the Small Business Week Video Contest, visit http://smallbizvid.challenge.gov.
NBT Bank hires Roy
NBT Bank has hired Robert A. Roy as vice president and senior commercial banking relationship manager.
Roy is responsible for developing and managing business relationships with the bank’s commercial customers throughout western Vermont. He is based at the NBT Bank’s Vermont Regional Office in Burlington.
Roy has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Vermont. He is also a graduate of the New England School of Banking at William College. Roy serves as vice president and treasurer for the Chittenden County Court Diversion Program, is head of the finance committee of St. Francis Xavier Parish and treasurer for Cub Scout Pack 658.
NE Air hires two
New England Air Systems, a full service mechanical contractor in Williston, has announced the addition of two new employees.
Melanie Atwood has been hired as Accounts Payable Administrator. She has over 20 years experience in business management, including the creation of two successful businesses.
Sue Shea joins NEAS as Payroll Administrator. Shea formerly worked at Autumn Harp and has nearly 30 years experience in accounting and payroll.
NEFCU wins service award
Greg Hahr, Mortgage Manager for New England Federal Credit Union, recently announced that the credit union has won the CMG Mortgage Insurance Company 2011 Outstanding Servicing Performance Award.
In a ceremony held at NEFCU’s offices on March 22, CMG MI account executive Kevin M. Keegan presented the award to NEFCU staffers Pearl Hall and Katharine Whalen.
“Our staff did a stellar job in 2011,” noted NEFCU’s Hahr. “We are extremely pleased to see their outstanding work recognized with this important award.”
Schooner Company sold
Whistling Man Schooner Company, a Burlington-based Lake Champlain sailing tour company, has been acquired by Crowsnest Sailing Solutions of Hinesburg.
The business will continue to operate on the waterfront in Burlington and service the many tourists who visit Burlington during the summer months.
Stern Center offers writing help for adults
The Stern Center is expanding its individualized, one-on-one instruction for adults by offering “writing for the real world.” This service is tailored to adults seeking help with creating clear, logical, persuasive text organized for its audience and purpose. This new service is now available at the Stern Center’s Williston location and is offered during extended evening hours to accommodate the business community. Visit www.sterncenter.org for more information.
Sullivan appointed to Board
Lori B. Sullivan MS, OT of Burlington, Director of Hearts, Hands & Horses, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Hippotherapy Association. Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational or speech and language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement. Hearts, Hands & Horses provides equine-assisted occupational therapy services for children ages 2-12 at Destiny Morgan Farm in Colchester. Sullivan specializes in treating children with autism spectrum disorders and sensory processing disorders. Visit www.vthippotherapy.com for more information.
Stackpole wins VNA Cares for Children Award
The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) hosted its popular Spring Blooms! Fashion Show and Luncheon on April 4 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in support of the Janet S. Munt Family Room, the VNA’s parent-child center housed in Burlington’s Old North End.
Church Hindes, VNA’s CEO and President, announced the creation of a new award, the VNA Cares for Children Award. The award honors an individual whose efforts have enabled a vital aspect of the VNA’s work, caring for our communities’ children. The inaugural recipient of the VNA Cares for Children Award was Janet Stackpole of Burlington.
Stackpole has raised over $280,000 for the VNA Family Room through her years of coordinating the Spring Blooms! Fashion Show. She was a longstanding member of the VNA board of directors and is now on the VNA honorary board.