Business ownership succession workshop set; Commission on Women appointee; forum on climate change and winter business

An introduction to business ownership succession planning will be offered from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Howard Dean VtSBDC logoEducation Center, 307 South St. in Springfield. There is no cost for this event. Attendees will receive a copy of “An Owner’s Guide to Business Succession Planning,” and lunch will be served.

Participants will learn the basics of how to choose a path for ownership succession for your business. There will be a close look at four different ways of selling a business: to an outsider, to family members, to managers and to the larger group of employees. While there will be some technical details, the focus will be on stories about each path, told by owners who have been involved in the sale of businesses. John P. Murphy, president of Atlantic Management Co., will give an overview of the mechanics of the most common ownership transition models. Owners and former owners of Vermont businesses will tell their stories of ownership succession, live and via video.

Attendance is limited to business owners and key managers. Sponsors of the event are the Springfield Regional Development Corp., the Vermont Small Business Development Center and the Vermont Employee Ownership Center, with funding provided by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

The seminar is free of charge. To register, please call SRDC at 802-885-3061.

Dr. Felicia Kornbluh has been appointed to the Vermont Commission on Women. Photo from the Commission on Women.

Dr. Felicia Kornbluh. Photo from the Commission on Women.

Kornbluh reappointed to Vermont Commission on Women

Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives Shap Smith has reappointed Dr. Felicia Kornbluh of Williston to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women. Dr. Kornbluh is director of the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program and associate professor of history at the University of Vermont. A historian of social welfare, law and grassroots politics in the 20th‐century United States, her first book The Battle for Welfare Rights: Politics and Poverty in Modern America was published in 2007.

Her most recent efforts have involved the economic stimulus package of the Obama administration and its impact on women, and resulted in the creation early in 2009 of a national coalition of historians, economists, and other social scientists. She contributes both her rich academic background and abundant skills and expertise to the Vermont Commission on Women’s meetings.

Kornbluh worked in partnership with the commission to gather a diverse group of professionals for a panel discussion concerning paid sick days for Vermont workers last spring at UVM.

VCW is a non-partisan state agency working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. VCW offers many services to the public, including a toll-free information and referral service at 800-881-1561 and many publicationst. For more information, visit, write Vermont Commission on Women, 126 State St., Montpelier, VT 05633-6801 or call 802-828-2841 or 800-881-1561.

Vermont Law panel to discuss climate change and winter industriesVermont Law School logo copy

On the eve of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Vermont Law School will host a panel discussion about how climate change continues to jeopardize the winter sports industry both globally and in New England. The symposium on “Brown Slopes, Bare Trails” will be held from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at VLS campus Chase Center, 164 Chelsea St., South Royalton, VT. Presented by the VLS Sports Law Institute and Environmental Law Center, the event is free and open to the public.

This year, the impact of rising temperatures on winter sports has already been felt in Vermont, where some ski areas have been forced to temporarily close due to lack of snow, turning away skiers and snow boarders who annually spend upward of $700 million in the state.

The panel discussion will include Elizabeth Burakowski, Ph.D.; Parker Riehle, president of the Vermont Ski Areas Association; Ian Jarrett, vice president of HKD Snowmakers, a Massachusetts company that manufactures and supplies energy-efficient snow-making technology; and Michael Hussey, director of Rikert Nordic Center at Middlebury College.

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