Business Briefs (6/25/09)

June 25, 2009

Health care in retirement

The New England Federal Credit Union hosts “Understanding Retirement Healthcare Expenses” on June 25. Janet Cooper and Roger Webster, registered representatives of Baystate, will speak at the free event.

The presentation takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at New England Federal Credit Union, 141 Harvest Lane in Williston. Seating is limited. To register, call 879-8790 or visit

Williston remodeler joins building committees

Remodeler Mike Gervais, president of Williston-based Prime Renovation Group and DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen of Northern Vermont, has been appointed to the State and Local Government Affairs Committee and the Environmental Issues Committee of the National Association of Home Builders.

The State and Local Government Affairs Committee works closely with NAHB’s 800 affiliated state and local homebuilder associations to advocate for the residential construction industry. The committee oversees NAHB’s efforts to give state and local government officials the building industry’s perspective on regulatory issues related to land development, insurance, taxes, fees and other concerns.

The Environmental Issues Committee monitors and analyzes environmental issues affecting the home building industry.

Prime Renovation Group, is a remodeling and renovation company.

Consultants get together

The Vermont Consultants Network will have its monthly meeting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 9 at Network Performance Inc. in South Burlington. Richard Munkelwitz of Chittenden Ventures will speak on “Planning in a Tsunami Economy.”

First time visitors can attend for free. For more information, contact Steve Silverman at 862-9488.

Vermont objects to GM bankruptcy provisions

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell is joining with attorneys general from nine other states to object to some provisions of General Motors’ bankruptcy plan.

Sorrell says the state opposes a provision that would relieve GM of liability for prior manufacturing problems, he told the Barre Montpelier Times Argus.

It also opposes a provision that would allow the post-bankruptcy GM to modify or terminate contracts with franchise owners, forcing them to take on new cars they don’t want and barring them from carrying other makes.

On Friday, Vermont and the other states filed the objections in a U.S. bankruptcy court, which plans a hearing at the end of the month on the proposed sale of GM to a new firm backed mostly by the U.S. Treasury.

— The Associated Press