Business Briefs (7/16/09)

Davis & Hodgdon wins cash, services

Intuit Inc. announced last month that Davis & Hodgdon Associates Inc. of Williston was one of 10 nationwide winners in Intuit’s Power to Get More Done Stimulus Grant competition.

Davis & Hodgdon Associates, a certified public accountant firm whose services include tax planning and compliance, accounting, auditing and planning and entrepreneur service planning, will receive $10,000 in cash and up to $10,000 in Intuit products and services to help expand the business, according to a press release.

Founder John Davis said in the press release, “(This grant) gives us the opportunity to expand business, which allows us to better serve our clients throughout Vermont.”

The Power to Get More Done initiative was designed by Intuit, which provides business and financial management solutions, to help tax and accounting professionals expand an existing firm or start a new one. More than 700 businesses applied for the grant and were judged on the quality of business strategy, need for the grant, the expected return on investment from the use of the grant funds and the applicant’s ability to implement its business plan.

Awards for MicroStrain

MicroStrain was recently awarded for excellence on two separate occasions.

The Williston company, which produces small sensors for automotive controls and health monitoring systems, won the gold and silver “Best of Sensors Expo” awards at the Sensors Expo and Conference, held in Rosemont, Ill. June 8-10. The gold and silver awards were for MicroStrain’s HS-Link™ and 3DM-GX3™-25 AHRS, respectively. The awards honor the most exciting new products that were on display at the expo and were judged on the basis of potential impact, application, distinctiveness, timeliness and availability.

The HS-LINK™ is a high-speed wireless data acquisition node that finds immediate applications in helicopter and wind turbine gearbox monitoring. The 3DM-GX3™-25 is a so-called Miniature Attitude Heading Reference System that enables the newest micro-unmanned vehicles and wearable tracking devices.

MicroStrain also won the Innovative Mastery Award at the fifth annual Progressive Manufacturing 100 Awards. The event took place at the Progressive Manufacturing Awards Gala in Sarasota, Fla. June 9-11. MicroStrain won for its deployment of an Omnify product lifecycle management system and its integration with Made2Manage, an Enterprise Resource Planning software system from the software company Consona. This integration enabled MicroStrain to double sales revenues without adding administrative staff.

Accountant chosen for Leadership Academy

Nicole Morris, a Williston resident and assistant professor of Accounting at Champlain College, was one of 28 certified public accountants from across the country to attend the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant’s Leadership Academy.

Held in Chicago July 7-9, the goal of the Leadership Academy, according to AICPA Chairman Ernie Almote, was to “identify and develop people who not only have superior technical skills, but also have the ability to shape our future.”

Deb Riley, executive director of the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants, attributed Morris’ selection to her achievements in the public and private sectors.

“Being chosen as one of only 28 attendees is remarkable,” Riley said.

Morris has an undergraduate degree from Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. and a master’s of business administration from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Prior to joining Champlain College, Morris was an auditor for KPMG, a global network of member firms offering audit, tax and advisory services. She was also a controller for Vermont Federal Credit Union and held several finance positions at GE Healthcare.

Carnival for kids

On Saturday, July 18, The RehabGYM will host a summer carnival at its Colchester location to raise money for scholarships given to families in need for Kids’ RehabGYM programs.

The carnival will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its site located at 905 Roosevelt Highway in Colchester and will include games, prizes, face painting, music, barbecue, a moon bounce and free ice cream. Tickets for games and events can be purchased at the carnival for 50 cents a ticket.

The RehabGYM also has a Williston location, and offers traditional physical therapy and proactive care. For more information, call 861-0111.

Friendly efforts to entice blood donors

In the American Red Cross’ efforts to ensure there is an ample supply of blood throughout the summer, the organization has teamed up with Friendly’s Ice Cream to encourage those with summertime tunnel vision to donate blood.

Through July and August, people who donate blood at American Red Cross blood drives in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Northeastern Pennsylvania and parts of New York will receive a coupon for a free carton of Friendly’s ice cream.

Summer can be a difficult time for blood donations, as schools are out of session and people are away on vacation. Yet there is always a need for blood, according to the Red Cross. Eligible donors can give blood at the Burlington Red Cross Donor Center, located at 32 North Prospect St., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information or for a list of local Red Cross blood drives, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit