The application is available online at www.vermontbiz.com/dcd, or on the Vermont Chamber Business EXPO website (www.vtexpo.com(link is external)). The application deadline for the Deane C. Davis Award is March 13, 2009.Nominations may come from the business itself, another business, a government agency, or an interested individual. Named for former Governor Deane C. Davis (1900 1990), the Award annually honors a Vermont business that demonstrates an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of Vermont s unique qualities.The award criteria for this Award are as follows:· Growth in sales or employment· Commitment of company resources for participation in community projects· Encouragement of employees to be involved in community events· Recognition of the importance of the environment to the state as a natural and economic resource· Addressing employee concerns/needs to create a positive work environment for all employees· Major accomplishment(s) in the past year in any or all of the criteria· Nominated businesses must have been based in Vermont for at least 10 yearsA Selection Committee nominates the three finalists and then quietly selects the recipient. Even the finalists themselves do not know who the winner is until it is announced by Governor James Douglas at the EXPO opening ceremonies. Antonia Opitz, Vermont Chamber Events Director, noted, The process leading up to this award makes it even more prestigious, in light of the added suspense and excitement in anticipation of the announcement.Award winners from past years include Symquest Group, Inc., (2007); Cabot Creamery (1999); and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (1994).Please contact Antonia Opitz at the Vermont Chamber of Commerce with any questions ([email protected](link sends e-mail) or (802) 223-0603). ###In business since 1912, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit business organization with 1,500 members, collectively employing 45,000 people, representing all sectors of the state s economy. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and preservation of the Vermont quality of life.Vermont Business Magazine, published since 1972, is the state’s first and only statewide business to business publication. It is also the publisher of the Vermont Manufacturers Directory & Guide to Major Businesses, the Book of Lists and the annual glossy magazine for all high school students, NextUp, Your Guide to Life after High School in VT. Nominations are now being accepted for the 19th Annual Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award, co-sponsored by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine. The winner will be unveiled during the May 20, 2009, opening ceremony of the region s largest business-to-business trade show, the annual Vermont Chamber of Commerce Business and Industry EXPO. Three award finalists will be profiled in the May issue of Vermont Business Magazine.
Hoosier teens and their parents can stay on top of college preparations through “Trip to College Alerts.” Photo provided by the Indiana Youth Institute.With 83 percent of teens having cell phones and more than half of them texting daily, what better way to keep them informed about what’s necessary to get into college than with texts? According to Kate Coffman, project director for College and Career Counseling at the Indiana Youth Institute, that’s what “Trip to College Alerts” are all about.“For instance, a 10th-grader this month was reminded about the upcoming PSAT and that they needed to register for that,” she cited. “A junior might be reminded about SAT or ACT deadlines. But younger students, we talk to them about the classes they need to take in high school to be prepared.”There is no charge for the service, unless a cell phone plan doesn’t cover texting. Coffman said that to sign up for the alerts, text the word “grad” and the 4-digit year of graduation to 69979.Coffman noted that the “Trip to College Alerts” also are helpful for parents to receive.“Their biggest fear is that they’re going to miss something and that mistake is going to cost their student either the chance to be admitted or the chance to get the financial aid they need to make it possible,” she said.The college prep counselor added that the texts are also a way to help kids who don’t believe they can get to college, to give them inspiration and useful information to make it happen.Coffman said feedback from the pupils in their pilot program was dramatic.“One hundred percent of them would recommend it to a friend and 70 percent of them had clicked through to the different links we provided,” she said. “We even had some of the parents sign up and the parents’ feedback was really positive.”Coffman said more information about the texting service and staying on pace for college is available at TripToCollege.org.
QPR have abandoned their Harlington training ground because of the wintry weather conditions.The squad are instead training at Loftus Road ahead of this weekend’s vital game against fellow strugglers Blackburn.They hope DJ Campbell and Jay Bothroyd will resume full training later this week and be available for the trip to Ewood Park.AdChoices广告Both strikers have been troubled by hamstring injuries and could be called upon as Djibril Cisse is suspended and Heidar Helguson has been nursing a groin problem.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook