On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web

Culture comes first for precision metal fab shop Laystrom Manufacturing.  The Fabricator 2/8 “Laystrom Manufacturing Co. is in the middle of a Chicago neighborhood, just blocks from the city’s hipster hangout in Bucktown. While the location is unique when compared to hundreds of competitors in the metropolitan area and the Midwest, the inside of the Laystrom facility looks like […]

New Legislation of Interest to Vermont Employers

The following are bills recently introduced that might be of interest to Vermont employers.  Text and other information about a bill’s status are available by clicking on the linked bill number.  Note that official statements of purpose might not fully reflect the purpose or effect of the bill.  If “SHORT FORM” is noted, the text […]

Free Business Course for Vermont Entrepreneurs

The Small Business Administration is accepting applications for the 2021 Vermont Emerging Leaders Program which will be held virtually and is slated to begin in the spring. Emerging Leaders is an intensive executive-level series intended to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses in America’s underserved cities and rural areas. During the course, small business […]

New Legislation of Interest to Vermont Employers

The following are bills recently introduced that might be of interest to Vermont employers.  Text and other information about a bill’s status are available by clicking on the linked bill number.  Note that official statements of purpose might not fully reflect the purpose or effect of the bill.  If “SHORT FORM” is noted, the text […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web

US durable goods orders show modest 0.2% December gain.  AP 1/26 “Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose a modest 0.2% in December, held back by a big drop in the volatile aircraft sector. A key category that tracks business investment decisions slowed. . . .” Labor market trends show emphasis on digital […]

Governor Scott Delivers Budget Address

Governor Scott today delivered his fifth budget address to the General Assembly, presenting a budget that, with the help of federal stimulus, includes $210 million in new investments to strengthen the economy, create more and better paying jobs, and address priorities like downtown revitalization, infrastructure, broadband, and climate change without raising taxes or existing fees […]

Upcoming Webinars

AIV’s national allies and partners at NAM, the Manufacturing Leadership Council, and the Manufacturing Institute are hosting the following webinars that might be of interest to Vermont manufacturers and other employers: Making Zero Defects Possible: A Quest for Manufacturing. January 27 at 11:00 am.  Click here. The Way Forward: The State of Manufacturing in 2021 […]

Webinar on Veterans Business Training

The Small Business Administration is hosting a two-day webinar from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm February 24 to 25 for veterans wanting to learn about the fundamentals of starting a small business. Boots to Business is a free SBA training program for transitioning service members, veterans, and family members to assist understanding the steps, stages, […]

Webinar | Building Psychological Safety and Wellness at Work

Vermont Department of Health Webinar February 11 9:00 to 10:00 am This webinar will address the importance to organizational wellness and business success of increasing the level of employee engagement within their organizations. It will look at a critical factor in employee engagement, better performing teams, and increased retention rates: Psychological Safety & Wellness. Learn […]