Champlain College’s BYOBiz Program receives grant from The Coleman Foundation

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt. — Champlain College’s BYOBiz (Bring Your Own Business) Program has received a $90,000 grant from The Coleman Foundation, Inc. in Chicago to further enhance its entrepreneurial education programming.The grant will help to enhance Champlain’s entrepreneurship curriculum, formalize the integration of student business development into courses, augment the entrepreneurial collection in the library, and provide seed funding for the creation of a dedicated BYOBiz facility called the Champlain Business Hatchery.As a dedicated BYOBiz facility, the Champlain Business Hatchery will provide working office space for up to 22 students starting in the 2008-2009 academic year. Through an application process, students will be awarded space for a set term. In return, students will be expected to meet pre-negotiated deliverables to advance their businesses. The Hatchery will become the epicenter of entrepreneurship on the Champlain campus.The grant will also help enhance entrepreneurship curriculum with the formal integration of student business development into courses. New courses will be added and two existing courses will be enhanced to better suit entrepreneurial students. Additionally, BYOBiz faculty will look across the majors at Champlain to identify courses that can be “BYOBiz Enabled.” That is, in these courses students will address issues associated with their developing business as the basis for project work. For example, BYOBiz students in the Financial & Economic Modeling course might develop product pricing models for their business or students might use an internship course to develop their marketing plan to earn course credits. The Coleman Foundation, Inc. is a private, independent grantmaking foundation established in Illinois in 1951. The Foundation funds “unique education institutions with a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship education and awareness,” according to its Web site. The Foundation has asked Champlain to use the grant as an opportunity to challenge supporters of the College and entrepreneurship education in Vermont to contribute funds to make BYOBiz a sustainable initiative.”We’re thrilled that the Coleman Foundation is backing our vision to redefine entrepreneurial education,” said Champlain College President David F. Finney. Champlain’s BYOBiz Program is a groundbreaking program for student entrepreneurs to bring the business theyve started — or the business they’re thinking about starting — to college with them. “BYOBiz encourages and supports emerging entrepreneurs with educational and real-world business resources,” Finney said. “We anticipate that many of these highly motivated students will create businesses that stay in Vermont and create Vermont jobs.”The BYOBiz Program was unveiled in 2006 and has earned national recognition in Entrepreneur magazine, USA Today, and the Marketplace business report heard on public radio stations across the country.# # #last_img read more

Governor signs bill to encourage biomass energy production

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today signed into law H. 152, An Act Relating to Encouraging Biomass Energy Production.  The Biomass bill creates a biomass energy development working group to investigate and recommend fiscal and regulatory incentives for biomass energy, as well as guidelines and standards for maintaining forest health, procurement standards and other policy considerations for biomass development in Vermont. H. 152 will help keep Vermont at the head of the pack when it comes to the development and use of renewable energy, Governor Douglas said.  Vermont has the cleanest energy portfolio in the nation thanks to an array of renewable sources like biomass energy and we will continue to do all we can to promote clean, local sources of energy, he added.    While grants and loans are currently available through the Clean Energy Development Fund to encourage biomass energy development in Vermont, H. 152 will hopefully lead to additional incentives for this growing industry. Vermonters are overwhelmingly in favor of using renewable, in-state sources for energy. Given that 78% of Vermont is forested, using low- grade wood from our forests to generate more of our own heat and electricity makes good sense, said Representative Chris Bray, the lead sponsor of the bill.  H. 152 will help promote the wise, sustainable use of our forests, and keep more landowners, loggers, truckers, mills, and foresters at work managing this great Vermont resource for generations to come. This is another important step Vermont is taking to protect our environment and maintain our greenest state ranking, Douglas continued.In addition to the biomass energy production bill and the recently enacted wetlands protection bill, Governor Douglas as also signed on to a multi-state climate coalition to address climate change at the national level.  The coalition will be a national voice in our efforts to assist the federal government as it builds out a national energy policy that creates jobs and protects consumers and the environment, the Governor concludedThe biomass energy development working group will report to the House and Senate Committee on Agriculture and the House and Senate Committees on Natural Resources on or before November 15, 2009 and, again, by November 15, 2010.Source: Governor’s officelast_img read more

Vermont agency awarded $1 million grant to assist older workers find good jobs

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Labor today awarded $10 million in funding to organizations that connect older Americans to career opportunities. Included is $1 million to Vermont Associates for Training & Development, Inc. The Aging Worker Initiative: Strategies for Regional Talent Development is designed to train workers age 55 and older for jobs in high-growth, high-demand industries, and increase the public workforce system’s capacity to effectively serve an aging worker population. The department also has launched a unique private-public partnership with the Atlantic Philanthropies, which will invest an additional $3.6 million in this effort. “Older Americans are an important part of the workforce, and their skills and experience are of tremendous value to our nation,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “With expanded education and training opportunities, such as those made possible through this grant, older workers can broaden their own career opportunities and further contribute to the growth of industries across the United States.” Ten awards of approximately $1 million each have been made to organizations in Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Washington state and Wisconsin. The grants awarded today target older individuals who have been laid off and are seeking re-employment; need to stay in the workforce beyond the traditional retirement age but need training to increase their skills; and face other barriers to employment such as disabilities or low levels of English proficiency. As part of its investment in the Aging Workforce Initiative, the Atlantic Philanthropies has funded the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the Council on Competitiveness to provide assistance to the grantees, and document and disseminate effective strategies to promote career opportunities for older workers. The ability to develop, attract and retain a well-educated and skilled workforce is a key factor in economic growth. Successful applicants recognized that older workers are a valuable, though often underutilized, labor pool that can meet the workforce needs of regional economies. Currently, 22.6 percent of the U.S. population is over the age of 55. “In the wake of the economic downturn, the impact of the Aging Worker Initiative is all the more important,” said Marcia Smith, senior vice president of the Atlantic Philanthropies. “This effort will create opportunities for older adults to work, support themselves and their families, and contribute to the reinvigoration of their local economies.” To access a fact sheet on the Aging Worker Initiative and information about the individual grantees, visit is external). For information on the range of Department of Labor employment and training programs, visit is external). Editors Note: A complete list of award-winning organizations follows this news release.  U.S. Department of Labor Grants to Connect Older Workers to Career Opportunities Organization State Industry/Sector Amount Tecumseh Area Indiana Health care, Advanced $1,000,000 Partnership Manufacturing, Inc. Information Technology and Transportation Quad Area Louisiana Health care/Science, $1,000,000 Community Construction/Skilled Action Agency Labor, Energy, Inc. Transportation, Architecture/Engineering, and Financial and Administrative Office Support Coastal Counties Maine Health care and $1,000,000 Workforce Inc. Energy/Green Construction Baltimore Maryland Health care $967,005 Country Office of Workforce Development Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Demand occupations in $979,400 Workforce multiple industries Development Board Inc. South Central Pennsylvania Health care, $971,000 Workforce Information Investment Technology and Board Advanced Manufacturing Goodwill Texas Accounting and $999,949 Industries of Financial Services, Houston Inc. Health care, Computer Technology, and Specialized Construction Vermont Vermont Information $1,000,000 Associates for Technology, Finance Training and and Administrative Development Support Services, Inc. and Health care Seattle-King Washington Health care, $1,000,000 County Information Workforce Technology and Green Development Jobs Council Fox Valley Wisconsin Health care, $1,000,000 Workforce Telecommunications Development and Manufacturing BoardU.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at is external). The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office upon request. Please specify which news release when placing your request at 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755. The Labor Department is committed to providing America’s employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations. For more information, please visit is external).Source:  US Dept of Labor.  WASHINGTON, July 30, 2009 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

Chris Francis named 2010 Vermont Travel Person of the Year

first_imgOn Wednesday, April 7,  Chris Francis, owner of Ye Olde England Inn, was named the 2010 Vermont Travel Person of the Year at the Vermont Travel Industry Conference held at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont. Francis began his career in the travel industry the summer of 1983, when he purchased the Ye Olde England Inn while on vacation with his wife Lynn. They had traveled to the states from England to catch the Americas Cup Races in Newport, Rhode Island. After, Chris and Lynn made their way up to Stowe, Vermont. It was during this visit that Chris decided he would like to own an inn and pub there, was interested in the lodging property San Souci and made an offer using his credit card. On the way back to England, he was notified that the offer was accepted and on November 4th, 1983 the Ye Olde England Inn officially opened.Francis’ devotion and dedication to both Stowe and Vermont has kept him actively involved in the community. He has been on the board of the Stowe Area Association for 25 years and its president for 8 of those years. Francis is also the force behind many of Stowe’s car shows including The British Invasion. This event attracts hundreds of British cars and thousands of visitors to Stowe and to the state of Vermont each summer. Francis is known for his wit, negotiating skills and peacemaking and most importantly his strong advocacy for Vermont and the town of Stowe.The Vermont Travel Person of the Year exemplifies an ongoing dedication to what makes Vermont such a special place to visit. The award is presented to an individual who contributes significantly to Vermont’s travel and tourism Industry.Source: Stowe, VT (April 9, 2009)- Stowe Area Association###last_img read more