GCS Marketing: New Marketing Firm with Decades of Experience

first_imgGloria Salvanelli, a 22-year veteran of the marketing business, has opened her own marketing firm, GCS Marketing in Burlington, Vermont, specializing in public relations, advertising, strategic marketing plans, and special events, and servicing the New England/New York area.Salvanelli spent the bulk of her marketing career with small to medium-sized companies, making GCS Marketing a perfect fit to handle the marketing needs of many of the businesses in this region.As a former Marketing Director for Deck House, Communications Manager for Vermont Castings, and Director of Account Services for Evergreen Direct, Salvanelli has planned, budgeted and bought local, regional, and national advertising in TV, radio, magazines, and newspapers.As Public Relations Manager with Serono Pharmaceuticals in Boston, Dow Chemical in Europe, and both Stratton Mountain and Sugarbush Resort in Vermont, Salvanelli placed articles with national papers such as The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The Burlington Free Press, Newsday and The New York Times. She has also had four segments with the NBC Today Show, along with segments on CNN, ESPN and CBS, to list a few.GCS Marketing opened its doors August 4 as a full-service marketing firm specializing in these four areas of marketing: public relations, advertising, strategic marketing plans, and special events.Salvanelli has also authored articles in national magazines in both Canada and the United States, nominated and included in Who’s Who in American Women, and worked with sports legends such as Bobby Orr and Mike Eruzione for the U.S.O.C.last_img read more

Vermont unemployment rate moves up three-tenths to 5.2%

first_imgMontpelier — The Vermont Department of Labor announced October 21, 2008, that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September 2008 was 5.2% percent, up three-tenths of a point from the revised August rate of 4.9% and up 1.3 points from a year ago.”The nation’s housing and financial services crisis continues to impact Vermont’s labor market,” said Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. “Seasonally adjusted employment improved a bit in September, but the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.2%.”Before adjustment, Total Non-Farm jobs grew by 7,250 or 2.4% from August to September. Despite this growth, Total Non-Farm jobs remains down by 0.1%, or about 400 jobs, over the year. The Leisure and Hospitality sector showed its expected seasonal decline of 2,550 jobs or -7.3%. The Manufacturing and Construction sectors have contracted by 800 and 750 jobs respectively over the year.A large monthly seasonal gain came from state and local government as school support staffs return to work. And the Healthcare and Social Assistance sectors showed significant annual gains, growing by 950 jobs or 2.1% over the year.When seasonally adjusted, job levels increased slightly by 100 jobs over August, but still lag a year ago by 700 or -0.2%. Job losses were spread over most industry sectors with only Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities, (+300 / +3.5%), Health Care & Social Assistance, (+200 / +0.3%), and Other Services, (+100 / +0.6%) showing measurable growth in seasonally adjusted private sector jobs.Vermont’s observed seasonally adjusted monthly changes in employment, unemployment and unemployment rate are not statistically different from August values. For comparison purposes, the US seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 6.1 percent, unchanged from August 2008. Unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 3.0 percent in Hartford to 6.3 percent in Newport. Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 4.9 percent, up seven-tenths of a point from August 2008 and up 1.3 points from a year ago. Job counts decline slightly in September. Unemployment moves up three – tenths to 5.2%October 21, 2008 “The nation’s housing and financial services crisis continues to impact Vermont’s labor market.  Seasonally adjusted employment improved a bit in September, but the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.2%.” Patricia Moulton PowdenCommissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor September2008 August2008 September2007 Total Labor Force 353,300 351,100 352,600   Employment 334,900 333,800 339,000   Unemployment 18,300 17,300 13,600   Rate 5.2% 4.9% 3.9% Vermont Labor Force Statistics Seasonally Adjustedlast_img read more

Vermont Electric Power Company Honored with Distinguished Project Award

first_imgVermont Electric Power Company Honoredwith theProject Management Institute’s 2008 Distinguished Project AwardDenver, Colorado, USA (Oct 30, 2008) Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO), the nation’s first ever “transmission only” company, has been honored by Project Management Institute (PMI) for earning “The PMI Distinguished Project Award”, in recognition of VELCOs project management approach for the first project executed under VELCOs larger reliability program, the Northwest Vermont Reliability Project (NRP), a coordinated series of initiatives designed to provide reliable electrical transmission service to the state of Vermont and the New England Region. The PMI Distinguished Project Award rewards successful projects that have advanced project management concepts, techniques, practices or theories through the effective application of project management principles.VELCO and its Vermont distribution utility owners had determined that electricity load growth was beginning to overload an aging electrical infrastructure and so sought approval for the NRP as its solution. From the project’s inception, VELCO team members identified that this initiative would require the creation of a project management organization (PMO) to increase the level of project management capability across the organization. The value of this foresight is readily visible: instituting the PMO decreased costs by 35% even as the companys overall project work doubled.The project team collaborated with executive management to create an innovative process to engage stakeholders gain their expertise and inspire their continued participation throughout the project life-cycle. By completing this project, VELCO has created the foundation for efficiently organizing and structuring future projects and challenges.”The Northwest Vermont Reliability Project created an opportunity to apply the project management methodology,” said John Donleavy, president and CEO of VELCO. “This award is a great honor and VELCO thanks all of our Associates and Contractors who earned it by making the NRP’s 370 line project from West Rutland to New Haven a success. Their heartfelt commitment to continuous learning and hard work produces VELCO projects that conserve Vermont’s picturesque landscape, save precious customer dollars and maintain essential electric system reliability.””The success of an organization today depends on the ability of all of its parts to work cohesively to bring a return on investment,” said Mark Langley, executive vice president and chief operating officer of PMI. “VELCO’s PMO employed key project management processes to streamline operations within the company.”The PMI Distinguished Project Award was presented on 18 October during the PMI Awards Ceremony at PMI Global Congress 2008North America in Denver, Colorado.* * *About Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO)Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) was formed in 1956 when local utilities joined together to create the nation’s first statewide, “transmission only” company in order to share access to clean hydro power and maintain the states transmission grid. VELCO’s current system includes 650 miles of transmission lines, 34 substations, equipment that enables interconnected operations with Hydro-Quebec, and fiber optic communication networks that monitor and control the electric system, as well as provide the backbone for most Vermonters’ high-speed data internet access. Today, the company is the country’s fastest growing transmission company with 144 associates that work every day to ensure continued access to reliable, climate friendly power technology. Their commitment allows VELCO to serve as Vermonts transmission reliability resource. VELCO: moving power, moving forward.About Project Management Institute (PMI)Project Management Institute (pmi.org) is the leading advocate for the project management profession globally. Founded in 1969, PMI has more than 400,000 members and credential holders in 174 countries. PMIs Project Management Professional (PMP) credential is recognized as the only globally transferable credential in project management.# # #last_img read more

HUD awards $250,000 to Vermont to build green housing

first_imgThe US Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that the State of Vermont is being awarded a $250,000 grant to produce new affordable, energy efficient, green housing. Vermont will use its grant to support a local community-based affordable housing developer to create these new homes which will feature a sustainable site design, water-conserving fixtures, energy-efficient appliances/lighting, and environmentally friendly building materials.The funding announced today is awarded through HUD’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), the nation’s largest block grant program to support the production of affordable housing.”This grant will help to create a new generation of housing that will offer residents more than just an affordable home,” said Mercedes Márquez, HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development. “Working with our partners at the local level, our goal is to produce more, smarter, and certainly greener affordable housing for future generations of families.”The State of Vermont, through the Vermont Housing Conservation Board (VHCB), will use its grant award to fund a local Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) to construct ENERGY STAR-qualified affordable housing. Upon completion, all assisted units will be certified by an independent HOME Energy Rater (HER) as meeting the ENERGY STAR criteria. VHCB will ensure that its CHDO uses a sustainable site design; installs water conserving fixtures, energy-efficient appliances and lighting; uses a renewable energy source; uses environmentally beneficial materials and practices; implements a construction waste-management plan; uses low VOC paints and sealants and formaldehyde-free composite wood; uses mold prevention techniques; and gives residents an instruction manual that provides information on how to maintain the Green features of their homes.Source: HUD. 4.6.2010###HUD is the nation’s housing agency committed to sustaining homeownership; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development ad enforces the nation’s fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet atwww.hud.gov(link is external) and espanol.hud.gov.last_img read more

Cigarettes cost Vermont $652 million a year

first_imgIn Vermont the annual direct costs to the economy attributable to smoking were in excess of $652 million, including workplace productivity losses of $138 million, premature death losses of approximately $221 million, and direct medical expenditures of $293 million, according to a new study by the American Lung Association.While the retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Vermont is on average $6.54 ($5.60 New Hampshire; $7.89 New York; $7.23 Massachusetts), the combined medical costs and productivity losses attributable to each pack of cigarettes sold are approximately $24.52 per pack of cigarettes. The ratio of benefits to cost varies from $0.90 to $2.62 saved per dollar spent on smoking cessation programs, depending upon the type of intervention. Nicotine replacement therapies, generic bupropion and varenicline showed substantial benefits to costs from the societal perspective across the sensitivity ranges used for treatment effectiveness. Only brand name bupropion did not have a positive benefits to cost ratio at the low end of the range.The American Lung Association concludes that for most smoking cessation treatments, the benefits of smoking cessation programs statewide greatly outweigh the cost to implement them. The study was conducted by Pennsylvania State University. The report’s Executive Summary says in part:”Cigarette smoking is the single leading cause of preventable disease and preventable death in the United States (US), leading to more than 400,000 deaths annually. The CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have both issued guidelines on smoking cessation to help people to quit smoking that include: access to counseling, access to all FDA-approved over-the-counter and prescription medications; multiple quit attempts; and reduced or eliminated co-pays. However, access to these aids is limited since many payers do not cover these treatments. The objective of this study was to determine whether the cost of making such smoking cessation programs available at the state level could be justified by the benefits.”We performed a cost-benefit analysis of access to smoking cessation programs using a societal perspective using state specific data. Smoking cessation programs based on three treatment alternatives were studied: nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), bupropion, and varenicline. Each approach was evaluated with and without individual counseling. Benefits were estimated as reductions in medical expenditures, premature deaths and increased workplace productivity. Costs were estimated as direct cost of the smoking cessation programs, the lost tax revenue to the public sector and the lost revenue to retailers and distributors, since smokers who quit will no longer purchase cigarettes. Other model parameters included how many smokers take advantage of the programs and the programs’ effectiveness in helping smokers to quit. The cost-benefit model was parameterized using data from CDC, and various national surveys, including the Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance Survey and the Current Population Survey.”Source: American Lung Association. 9.16.2010 Detailed results and the full report can be found here: REPORT.last_img read more

General Dynamics Vermont to do program management on $35 million Army contract

first_imgGeneral Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems,The U.S. Army Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command, Picatinny, N.J., awarded General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products an order valued at approximately $35 million to manufacture M2A1 quick change barrel (QCB) conversion kits. The QCB conversion kits feature several direct-replacement parts to modify existing M2 heavy barrel (M2HB) machine guns to the M2A1 configuration. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in January 2011 and will continue through December 2012. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).”With the QCB conversion kits, the U.S. warfighter can change the machine gun barrel in a few seconds. The M2A1 features fixed headspace and timing, which eliminates the need to manually calibrate the weapon after each barrel change and reduces exposure time to enemy fire,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president and general manager of gun systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. “The M2A1 is an efficient and reliable tool for American warfighters in combat.”Production work will be completed by the existing workforce at the General Dynamics facility in Saco, Maine, which employs approximately 420 people and has manufactured the M2 machine gun since 1979. Program management will be performed at General Dynamics’ Burlington Technology Center in Vermont.General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, located in Charlotte, N.C., provides a broad range of system solutions for military and commercial applications. The company designs, develops and produces high-performance weapon and armament systems, defensive armor, countermeasure systems and aerospace composite solutions, as well as off-road axle and suspension systems. It is also a leading U.S. producer of biological and chemical detection systems. More information about General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products can be found on the Internet at www.gdatp.com(link is external).General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,000 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at www.generaldynamics.com(link is external).SOURCE General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/last_img read more

SBA kicks off National Small Business Week 2011

first_img7:30 pm ‘ 11:00 pm      Champion Award Winners GalaMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Visa and AvayaSpeakers: Deputy Administrator Johns, Cathy Hughes Media Contacts:         Dennis Byrne                    Cecelia Taylor                                                 dennis.byrne@sba.gov(link sends e-mail)            cecelia.taylor@sba.gov(link sends e-mail)                                                  (202) 205-6567                  (202) 401-3059 Small Business Week 2011 sponsors and cosponsors include: Association of Small Business Development Companies, AT&T, AVAYA, CareerBuilder, Dun & Bradstreet, Google, International Franchise Association, Intuit, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, National Association of Development Companies,  National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, National Association of Small Business Investment Companies, National Association for the Self-Employed, National Small Business Association, Nomadic Display, Northrop Grumman, Office Depot, Raytheon, Sam’s Club, SCORE, The Neat Company, Verio, Visa, the Wall Street Journal, and Women Impacting Public Policy. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s participation in this cosponsored activity does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any cosponsor’s, donor’s, grantee’s, contractor’s or participant’s opinions, products, or services. All SBA programs and cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance, by contacting sbw@sba.gov(link sends e-mail). Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2011.# # # 10:00 am ‘ 12:00 pm     Forum #3: Exporting Tools for SuccessMandarin Oriental, Oriental Ballroom 12:30 pm ‘ 2:30 pm      National Awards Luncheon Honoring State Small Business WinnersMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Sam’s ClubSpeakers: SBA Administrator Mills, Valerie B. Jarrett 2:30 pm ‘ 4:00 pm       Networking Time ‘ Visit Sponsor Tables, SBA Officials and the Cyber CaféMandarin Oriental Exhibit Areas The nation’s top entrepreneurs will gather this week to be recognized for their entrepreneurship, growth and success during the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week celebration, May 18-20, 2011, in Washington, DC.  Under the theme Empowering Entrepreneurs,’ the three-day event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Conference Center will highlight business owners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, whose business achievements have contributed to job creation, the economy and to the nation’s recovery.  The National Small Business Person of the Year will be named from this group on Friday, May 20.Awards will also be presented for notable achievements in disaster recovery, government procurement, small business advocacy, and to top-performing SBA resource and lending partners.Featured Speakers at National Small Business Week will include:Administrator Karen Mills, U.S. Small Business AdministrationDeputy Administrator Marie Johns, U.S. Small Business AdministrationValerie B. Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and Chair of theWhite House Council on Women and GirlsU.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island)U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-Louisiana)Gail McGovern, President and CEO, American Red CrossCathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Radio One Inc., and Chair ofSBA’s Advisory Council on Underserved CommunitiesSteve Case, Co-founder of AOL and Chair of Startup America PartnershipBill Rancic, Reality Show Star, Executive Producer and AuthorSeth Goldman, President and TeaEO, Honest Tea National Small Business Week will also feature a series of small business forums that are open to the public.  The forums address real-world topics that affect small businesses, including Growing Your Business While on the Go, Social Media, Exporting Tools for Success and Strategies for High Growth, High Impact Firms. The public can register for the free forums onsite starting at 1:00 p.m. EDT Wednesday, May 18.  Events during National Small Business Week can be viewed virtually through SBA’s free, live webcasting accessible online at www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com/webcast.php(link is external).  Visit www.NationalSmallBusinessWeek.com(link is external) to register for forums, and for the full Small Business Week schedule.  A list of the 2011 state winners can be found online athttp://nationalsmallbusinessweek.com/index.php?page=winners(link is external). Nation Small Business Week 2011 Schedule of Events(Subject to Change)Wednesday, May 181:00 pm ‘ 6:00 pm       Registration OpenMandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function AreaSponsored by Microsoft2:30 pm ‘ 4:30 pm       Growing Your Business While on the Go – A Road Warrior’s PerspectiveMandarin Oriental, Oriental BallroomSponsored by AT&T and SCORESpeaker: Bill Rancic Thursday, May 198:00 am ‘ 5:00 pm       Registration OpenMandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function AreaSponsored by Microsoft8:00 am ‘ 5:00 pm       Cyber Café OpenMandarin Oriental, Hillwood RoomSponsored by Google8:30 am ‘ 9:45 am       National Awards Breakfast Honoring Procurement Award WinnersMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Raytheon10:00 am ‘ 11:15 am      Forum #1: Social Media: Get Your Business Connected Mandarin Oriental, Oriental BallroomSponsored by Intuit11:30 am ‘12:45 pm      Forum #2:  Strategies for High Growth, High Impact FirmsMandarin Oriental, Oriental BallroomSponsored by CareerbuilderSpeaker: Seth Goldman1:00 pm ‘ 2:30 pm       Phoenix Awards LuncheonMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Sam’s ClubSpeaker: Sen. Jack Reed 2:30 pm ‘ 5:00 pm       Networking Time ‘ Visit Sponsor Tables, SBA Officials and the Cyber CafeMandarin Oriental Exhibit Areas6:00 pm ‘ 8:00 pm       Congressional Reception Hart Senate Office Building, Room SH-902Speaker: Sen. Mary L. Landrieu Friday, May 208:00 am ‘ 2:00 pm       Registration OpenMandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function AreaSponsored by Microsoft8:00 am ‘ 5:00 pm       Cyber Café OpenMandarin Oriental, Hillwood RoomSponsored by Google 8:30 am ‘ 9:45 am       Breakfast Honoring the Entrepreneurial Development and Lender Award WinnersMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Northrop GrummanSpeaker: Steve Case last_img read more