This winter, college-bound students applied for scholarships administered by Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, including the Nordic Educational Scholarship of the Vermont Business Roundtable. This year, one hundred and thirty nine applications were received with forty five finalists making it to our selection committee. These scholarships support students seeking a certificate or two-year technical degree. Continue reading “Ventriss VPR Commentary on College The Honest Way [3.25.19]”→
1st Quarter 2019 Business Conditions Survey and Index
Results Show Continuing Neutral Outlook
(South Burlington, Vt.) Today, Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) and Jeffrey Carr, President, Economic & Policy Resources (EPR), announced the Q1 of 2019 outlook results of their joint initiative, the VBR/EPR Business Conditions Survey and Index.
(South Burlington, Vt.) At its 32nd Annual Membership Meeting held January 17th at The Essex Resort and Spa, the Vermont Business Roundtable elected new officers: Chair Mark Foley, Foley Services; Vice-Chair Judith O’Connell, Champlain Investment Partners; Treasurer Scott Giles, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation; Secretary Stephanie Mapes, Paul Frank + Collins; Immediate Past Chair Michael Seaver, Peoples United Bank; and, President Lisa Ventriss. Continue reading “Business Roundtable Elects New Leadership for 2019 [1.28.19]”→
Today, Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) and Jeffrey Carr, President, Economic & Policy Resources (EPR), announced the Q4 of 2018 outlook results of their joint initiative, the VBR/EPR Business Conditions Survey and Index.
The latest survey, which was conducted during October and November of 2018, achieved a response rate of 65 percent overall. Survey results show that:
More than 80 percent of respondents shared negative outlooks specifically with ease of hiring for available positions (83%); an increase from the previous survey (77%);
Today, Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) and Jeffrey Carr, President, Economic & Policy Resources (EPR), announced the Q3 of 2018 outlook results of their joint initiative, the VBR/EPR Business Conditions Survey and Index.
This commentary originally aired on Vermont Public Radio on August 15, 2018 Click Here to Hear Audio Version
It’s well accepted that a picture is worth a thousand words, as any visual learner or marketer will attest. But, how does one visualize something as enormous as the U.S. economy – the largest in the world at $19 trillion – and how do we view Vermont’s economy in comparison?
Recently, I’ve been fascinated with a comparison of each state’s GDP from 2017, with that of equivalent countries. California, Texas, and New York are the top three state economies, which align closely with the GDPs of the U.K., Canada, and South Korea, respectively.
(South Burlington, Vt.) At its 31st Summer Membership Meeting held at Sugarbush Resort, the Vermont Business Roundtable elected five new members to the organization including: Dan Bennett, CEO of Gifford Health Care; Phelan Fretz, Executive Director of ECHO Leahy Center; Sarah Morris, Fifth Generation Host at Basin Harbor Resort & Boat Club; Premila Peters, President and CEO of Data Innovations; and Dawn Terrill, President of Jani-Tech. Also at the meeting, the members installed Pennie Beach, Founding Director of Vermont Business Roundtable and Fourth Generation Host of Basin Harbor Resort & Boat Club, as Honorary Member.
The Roundtable also welcomes newly installed CEOs of existing member companies including: Joanne M. Conroy, MD, President and CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Jay Fayette, CEO of PC Construction; Scott Finn, President and CEO of Vermont Public Radio; Peter Kunin, Managing Partner of Downs Rachlin Martin; Ralphine O’Rourke, Shareholder of Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer P.C., and Associate Members, Jody Cole, Regional Manager of Commercial Banking at People’s United Bank; Sandy Mayotte, COA and Senior Vice President of A.N. Deringer, Inc.; Cassie Polhemus, Chief Operating Officer of the Vermont Economic Development Authority; Gregory Woodworth, SVP and General Counsel of National Life Group.
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by Lisa Ventriss, President Exclusive for Vermont Business Magazine
While disappointing, the recent announcement that Revision Military had decided to move its official US headquarters to Portsmouth, New Hampshire was not shocking. As a worldwide leader in the manufacture of protective military and law enforcement gear, Revision’s demand for its products means it needs access to a larger talent pool. So proximity to Boston and Pease AFB’s cluster of military tech businesses made great business sense. And there are other examples of companies that have found they cannot expand in Vermont for lack of human capital, and are considering expanding into other regional markets.
A few times a year I take the plunge and buy a handful of lottery tickets, especially when the prize money catches my attention.
I absolutely understand the statistical probability of my winning, but as the adman says, “You just never know!” And that’s enough to motivate my occasional purchase and fuel my imaginings for a posh retirement.