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GMEDC Names New Executive Director

first_imgJoan Goldstein has been named the new Executive Director of Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation (GMEDC). Goldstein comes to the position after several years as a Business and Technology Advisor for the Vermont Small Business Development Center and as an adjunct accounting, economics, and small business management instructor for Community College of Vermont and the Vermont Technical College.  Joan previously conducted business for herself as an eBay selling consultant and she also brings a wide perspective from her 20 plus years in the financial services industry with international sales, marketing, client and project management experience. She has an MBA in Finance and an undergraduate degree in Economics.Her predecessor, Neal Fox, has left to pursue his many other interests, including serving on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of GMEDC.GMEDC is a nonprofit corporation committed to the development of businesses and communities of the 33 town region of the Upper Valley of Vermont. This area entails Orange and Northern Windsor Counties. If you want to hear more about the services and programs of GMEDC, please call 802-295-3710 or visit out website at www.gmedc.com(link is external).last_img read more

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Secrets to successful social business campaigns with Navy Federal Credit Union’s Michael Toner

first_img 54SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In the finicky world of social media, selling is a big “no-no.” If you try to sell anything on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the like, your followers will leave you faster than moviegoers emptying the seats after the first five minutes of Meatballs 2. That was a bad movie.But the folks at Navy Federal Credit Union have become immune to this social selling repugnancy. In fact, they’ve become pretty darn good at generating revenue in the social media realm. If you recall, we had Navy Fed’s Jennifer Sadler on the show (episode #233) last year sharing how the credit union generated over $200 million in loans from its Facebook page. continue reading »last_img read more

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13-year-old charged with first-degree murder in FL shooting

first_imgA 13-year-old boy is facing first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of a Florida man.The boy, identified as Vamari Bostic, is accused of fatally shooting 25-year-old James Anthony Bacon following an ongoing dispute, early Thursday.Winter Garden police say the suspect turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest.Authorities previously released a photo of the boy, saying he was “armed and dangerous.”The victim’s mother says that she forgives the young murder suspect.He is expected to face a judge on Friday around 1:30 p.m.This story is developing.last_img read more

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Scotsbet: Shambolic orders show SNP is disconnected from retail realities

first_img BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020 Submit The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has published a personal statement from Andy Bennett, a betting shop manager of regional bookmaker Scotsbet.Bennett, a shop manager of Scotsbet Selkirk located in the constituency of Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, has branded the Scottish government’s bookmaker reopening requirements as both ludicrous and out of touch.Scotland’s 900 betting shops were allowed to reopen as of Monday 29 June. However, SNP ministers sanctioned last-minute demands which placed severe restrictions on venues.“To people who do not use them, betting shops are shrouded in mystery, and misinformation. Betting is enjoyed by over two-thirds of the adult population in Scotland, and all but a tiny number do so in a responsible manner,” Bennett wrote in his letter. “Times have moved on massively from the days when opening a betting shop door would result in large plumes of smoke billowing out, along with language that would turn the air blue.”Requirements placed by the SNP demanded that bookmakers remove all venue seating, in addition to switching off all machines and being prohibited from broadcasting live sports. The SNP stated that the urgent actions had been taken to ensure ‘no clustering of people gathering within betting shops’ – a ruling the BGC lambasted for directly placing 4,500 staff at risk of losing their jobs.Detailing the consequences of the government’s actions, Bennett said: “My own shop has seen a greater than 60% drop in business, meaning we have had to keep willing workers furloughed.“These are colleagues who want to get back to contributing to the economy, not receiving payments from the Government, but we literally have no choice. This has to change, but as yet, we haven’t had even the slightest indication of when that will be.”In his statement, Bennett also underlined that Scottish bookmakers had fully pre-prepared their venues to ‘Scottish Stage 2’ social distancing and hygiene requirements as dictated by the Holyrood.Bennett also stated that the government appears unaware of all the commitments and initiatives undertaken by betting shop managers and staff to improve one-to-one customer care and the reputation of betting shops within their local communities.  Labelling SNP measures as irresponsible and draconian, the BGC has demanded that the Scottish government lift its requirements immediately, letting betting shops return to a semblance of normal trade.  Closing his statement, Bennett said: “It is shambolic for the Scottish government to expect our industry to trade in such a way. They seem hellbent on the destruction of an industry that employs thousands and pays millions in tax, and I cannot understand why. “I can’t comprehend why we have been treated so differently to our colleagues elsewhere in the UK, and why our customers are thought of so poorly. I plead with the Scottish government to respect Scottish bookmakers and their customers and ease these ludicrous restrictions before it is too late.” UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share Share Related Articles BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more