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March 29th, 2015

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Downtown Barre Adds New Primary Care Presence in Blanchard Block Building

By Aaron Retherford Last Thursday, longtime Barre doctor, Mark Yorra, MD, finally cut the ribbon on his new clinic, commemorating his partnership with UVM Health Network—Central Vermont Medical Center. Located on the fourth floor in the newly-renovated Blanchard Block Building, the Granite City Primary Care office features six examination rooms and...

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Two Central Vermont hotels showcased on new Travel Channel series

By Aaron Retherford In the premiere episode of “Hotel Showdown” last week, Fireside Inn in Barre and Stowe Meadows Inn in Elmore went head-to-head with two other New England hotels for a chance to win a $25,000 prize. It was Captain’s House Inn in Chatham, Massachusetts that came away with the prize, but the owners of both Vermont hotels valued the...

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Commercial ventilation systems 101: What every restaurant kitchen needs

Running a restaurant or food service business is complex. Business owners need the right restaurant equipment to cool, cook and properly store food – but a safe and successful kitchen requires more than that. One of the most important pieces to keep a kitchen functioning smoothly, and the most necessary to obtain proper permits is having the...

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From battlefield to boardroom … jobs report suggests more positive employment environment for military veterans

Employment opportunities seem to be on the upswing for military veterans, which is encouraging for the hundreds of thousands of service members returning from duty and veterans who are looking for new civilian career opportunities. The unemployment rate for veterans dropped to 6.6 percent in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While...

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Addressing a new era in security: how to protect your business from the inside out

During the first 43 days of 2014, the Identity Theft Resource Center said 91 data breaches were reported by companies across the country, and the full list doesn’t just show household names of big brand retailers – many of these companies were small businesses, family medical practices or local restaurants that never thought they’...

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Smart ways for small business owners to spend their cash this spring

Tax season is a headache for most people, and small business owners are no exception. In fact, nearly six out of 10 small business owners in America say taxes are one of the top factors affecting their success, according to the Bank of America Small Business Owner Report. Yet the potential of a tax refund can be the light at the end of the tunnel....

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The places you’ll go: Tips for female graduates on how to lean in to your career

More females are graduating from college than ever before, but does gender still play a role in career success? Does the so-called glass ceiling still exist? The truth is females face unique considerations when it comes to growing and navigating a career. Rachel Thomas, president of LeanIn.Org, still remembers her first negotiation. Heart pounding...

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The new world of business computers

Choice is great, right? It sure is, except when the options leave your head spinning. Businesses have a lot to consider when purchasing computers these days with touch screen laptops, Chromebooks, Windows 8 vs. Windows 7, and choosing between desktop computers, laptops and even tablets. This may be the post-PC era, but if you’re running a bus...

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Building your professional brand

Personal branding is an elusive topic to most people, yet it is important for career success. Wise professionals with career success know it can mean the difference between landing that dream job and never getting noticed. So what do you think of when you hear the word “professional brand?” Simply stated, a brand is a promise of the val...

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Ice is nice: 5 simple steps to maintain your commercial ice machine

It’s easy for restaurants and other food service businesses to forget about one of the hardest working pieces of equipment in their kitchens: the commercial ice machine. But ice is critical to the storage, preparation and distribution of items on your menu, and must be treated like food when it comes to safety and sanitation. Just like any ot...

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