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  • December 10, 2015 4:30 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    Year end is the time to consider your payroll options with any Intuit Product. There are 7 payroll options available, and each are unique. Let's discuss and assist you in discovering the right product to integrate with your Online or Desktop QuickBooks Product. 

    Registration Required:

    Date: 12/10/15 4:30pm-6:00pm

    Cost: Free

    Seating Limited

  • November 24, 2015 3:13 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    Mary Claire Carroll,dba Carroll Photos, has developed a line of Vermont Scenic Notecards designed to revive the art of writing notes.  She is a big believer in sending a little beauty with your sentiment.  Vermont scenes are printed on linen stock, sized to 6 by 4 1/2 inches, with the inside left blank.  Boxed sets of cards make great client gifts.  Or give them to yourself to send to out-of-state friends and family.  The cards can be found at The Paper Peddler or Sweet Grass Gallery and Gifts, both in Williston.  For the boxed sets contact Mary Claire or order online at

  • November 12, 2015 5:30 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    Susan Stamberg of National Public Radio will speak about women who have inspired her.  Donations to the Women's Fund enable us to support programs all over Vermont that encourage young women to gain self-confidence, financial literacy, and job readiness, in order to boost the economic health of women in our beloved state.  A joyful gathering, always, and wonderful for meeting kindred spirits.  Here are the particulars: 

    Thursday, November 12, 2015
    5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    The Davis Center, UVM

    Tickets and information

    Tickets $50/$100

  • November 09, 2015 4:00 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    Mark your calendars! WBON’s Public Policy Committee will meet on the second Monday of each month, starting on November 9th at 4pm in the offices of Marketing Partners, 176 Battery St. Burlington. Call Pat Heffernan at 802-864-6710 or write for more information.

  • October 24, 2015 12:32 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    "The Networking Experience: Communication", Friday, October 24th, 10am-5pm at the Holiday Inn, Burlington.  

    **Join business professionals from all over Vermont for a coaching course on how to improve your communication skills while you are networking!  This course is being presented BNI Vermont, a featured trainer Markey Read of Career Networks by discussing your Myers-Briggs personality traits, how others interpret those traits, and how you can more appropriately use your skills and the understanding of others' skills to communicate more clearly and build your business through word-of-mouth!  The course includes lunch and afternoon snack, as well as all training materials.**

    LOCATION: Holiday Inn Burlington, Williston Rd, S Burlington

    COST: $125.00 (cash, check or credit card)

    SEATING: limited at the first 25 registrations


  • October 22, 2015 8:07 AM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    This meeting is more for bookkeepers and accountants but small business owners may wish to attend.

    October 22, 2016 2PM. What’s new in QuickBooks 2016 and QBO.

    Here is the link to register.

  • October 08, 2015 9:00 AM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    Mark your calendars! Come join the Vermont Commission on Women and Women’s Legislative Caucus at the Vermont Women’s Economic Security Summit on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at the Vermont State House.

    Women make up half of our state's workforce and are critical to Vermont’s economic future. The aim of this summit will be to generate a range of policy recommendations that better support women as essential contributors to their families’ economic security and to Vermont’s economy as a whole. From wages and benefits to work-family balance and caring for children, come hear state legislators, community leaders, and advocates discuss policies that will not only improve the economic well being of women and their families, but all Vermonters.  

  • October 06, 2015 3:54 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    UVM Outreach Blog: Why Professional Development Matters to Your Employees

    By Markey Read, Chief Consultant at Career Networks

    Yes, professional development matters. But what if I can’t accommodate employees’ professional goals? The challenge for a manager is to balance the employees’ desires with their actual talents and the company needs. So maybe the administrative assistant is not given the title of operations manager, but she could take leadership on redesigning the office space or locating a new office; and the financial analyst could assume administration of payroll and benefits instead of becoming the human resource manager.

    Click HERE for more about UVM’s online and on-campus health certificates and Graduate programs.

  • October 03, 2015 9:00 AM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)
    Join in an Avatar Resurfacing® Weekend Workshop.  October 3rd/4th or October 10th/11th 

    Are you ready to spend some time on you? Learn how your beliefs affect your experiences.  Participate in simple and powerful exercises to quiet your mind.  Discover your own beliefs.  Increase your ability to control your attention, have true compassion, and create inspiring goals.   

    LOCATION: October 3/4 in Woodstock, VT or October 10/11 in Fairfield, CT

    COST: $295

    Call Jill Davies to find out more @ 203 919 6393

  • September 30, 2015 4:09 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)


    Grant Will Fund State Feasibility Study for Paid Family and Medical Leave

    (MONTPELIER, Vt., September 29, 2015) – The Vermont Commission on Women will receive a $173,794 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau to study the feasibility of developing a statewide paid family and medical leave program. Such a program would ensure all Vermont workers have access to paid time off to care for themselves, a new child, or a seriously ill family member, the Department of Labor announced today.

    These funds are to be used for planning purposes, including research and analysis, examining program design and eligibility guidelines. In addition to Vermont, the grants—totaling $1.55 million—were awarded to five other states: California, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Rhode Island and Washington; and to two municipalities: New York City and Montgomery County in Maryland.  Read the US DOL Women’s Bureau press release for more information.

    Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, D-VT., said: “I congratulate the Vermont Commission on Women on receiving this well-deserved grant. As more states move forward on paid family and medical leave, it is clear that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. This grant will help ensure that Vermont, led by the Commission’s efforts, will formulate a strategy that meets the needs of our working families and businesses alike.”

    Governor Peter Shumlin stated, “Most Vermonters agree that if you’re sick you shouldn’t be faced with the decision to either go to work and put others at risk or miss work, sacrifice your paycheck, and potentially lose your job. That’s why this study is vital in allowing us to better recognize needs of families, as well as costs and burdens to businesses so that we may move forward in a balanced and thoughtful way to bring this important benefit to working Vermonters. I am so proud of the good work being done by the Vermont Commission on Women and congratulate them on their successful application for a Paid Leave Analysis grant by the Department of Labor.”

    Responding to the grant announcement earlier today, Cary Brown, Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on Women, said, “This money comes at an opportune time, as public conversation, political will and legislative momentum in support of paid leave have intensified in Vermont. People are recognizing the reality that in 2015, most families have both parents in the workforce, and supporting working families is not only the right thing to do, it supports business and the state economy.  We want to applaud the Department of Labor for prioritizing the needs of all workers, and for investing in Vermont. The Commission has been working for 51 years to expand opportunities for women in the workforce and we look forward to exploring solutions that suit the needs of both employers and workers.” 

    "This is an exciting opportunity to explore how we can better support Vermont families.” remarked State Representative Jill Krowinski, Co-Chair of the Women's Caucus,  “I thank the Vermont Commission on Women for their leadership on this grant.  We know that access to paid family and medical leave can improve economic security for women.  On October 8th, the Commission and the Vermont Women's Legislative Caucus will be hosting a Women's Economic Security Summit at the State House and are thrilled to host Latifa Lyles, the Director of the Women’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor, as our guest speaker."

    The Vermont Commission on Women’s grant work will consist of analysis of potential administrative structures, including both public and private insurance models.  Grant work will also examine costs of a program: both employee-funded and combination employer/employee funded models; implementation costs; usage, cost and coverage for both male and female workers; and a cost-benefit analysis.  The study also will collect and analyze data regarding current practices of employers and employees; public opinion; the practical impact on employers; the need for access by both men and women; and the impact on children and families.  

    Read the full Press Release here...

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