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Nominate the Vermont Chamber of Commerce “Citizen of the Year”

first_imgDo you know someone who continuously steps forward to help advance and strengthen our Vermont communities? Your ideal civic leader could be the next person to be honored with the statewide Vermont Chamber Citizen of the Year Award.Presented annually for nearly four decades, the Citizen of the Year award is given to a person who: 1) Has made major contributions to the betterment of Vermont; 2) Has distinguished himself or herself through outstanding service to the community; and 3) Typifies the true spirit of service and self-sacrifice in representing the finest ideal of Vermont Citizenship.The 2003 Citizen of the Year will be honored with a special recognition banquet in the fall. The application includes a nomination form, a brief biographical sketch of the nominee, and supporting testimonials. A Selection Committee comprised of Vermont Chamber Board Members and past award winners will select the winner.Last year’s Vermont Chamber Citizen of the Year was The Honorable Barbara W. Snelling. Other past winners include Judge Sterry Waterman (1983), Martha H. O’Connor (1994), Sister Elizabeth Candon (1985), Governor Thomas P. Salmon (1996), Francis G.W. Voigt (2000), and Diane P. Mueller (2001).Please contact Vicky Tebbetts, Vermont Chamber Vice President of Communications, with any questions or to receive a nomination form. (vtebbetts@vtchamber.com(link sends e-mail), 802-223-3443 ext 123). The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2003.last_img read more

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Companies in VOSHA’s Green Mountain Voluntary Protection Programs perform better than national average

first_imgCompanies enrolled in the VOSHA Green Mountain Voluntary Protection Programs (GMVPP) have, once again, performed at a higher level than the national average of their peers in the area of reportable jobsite injuries and illnesses, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry and case types, 2008.In the latest 2008 BLS report, two important performance measures are tracked and compared to the North American Industrial Classification Code System (NAICS) for each industry type. The first is the industry Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR). This rate is a reflection of the worksite s total recordable cases in a calendar year. The second is the Days Away Restricted and/or Transferred rate (DART). This rate reflects the number of recordable cases in a calendar year that result in an employee missing time from work or having to perform duties which are not their normal jobsite duties due to the injury or illness. These rates are reflected in a percentage per 1000 employees in a particular NAICS industry type.For the 2009 calendar year all of the employers recognized by the GMVPP have outperformed the latest injury and illness statistics. The following are the performance numbers listed as a percentage below the related BLS average for their respective industries.Ben and Jerry s Homemade, Saint Albans Manufacturing FacilityTCIR 64% DART 52%United Water NACO, Saint Johnsbury Waste Water Treatment FacilityTCIR 100%, No recordable cases DART 100%, No recordable casesEnergizer Battery, Bennington Manufacturing FacilityTCIR 61% DART 88%Energizer Battery, Saint Albans Manufacturing FacilityTCIR 30% DART 16%G.E. Aviation, Rutland ManufacturingTCIR 31% DART 42%IBM, Essex JunctionTCIR 31% DART 17%Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, VernonTCIR 60% DART 100%, No recordable casesVermont Agency of Transportation, District 7, Saint JohnsburyTCIR 58% DART 100%, No recordable casesThe GMVPP is a VOSHA partnership program that recognizes worksites with exemplary safety and health management systems in place. Those systems are based on four core values: 1) Management Commitment and Employee Involvement; 2) Worksite Hazard Assessment; 3) Hazard Prevention and Control; and 4) Employee Safety and Health Training.last_img read more

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‘Heartbleed,’ ‘Shellshock,’ and ‘Poodle’—Oh my!

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions can expect continued exposure to cyber attacks.by: Jay McLaughlinLast year will be remembered as the year that left its mark on the state of computer security across the industry.From massive retail data breaches to cyber attacks waged by nation states against organizations, the widespread impacts led to unprecedented repercussions such as brand damage, increased audit scrutiny, and loss of market share.We witnessed a barrage of new malware variants and revamped sophisticated banking Trojans with even more capabilities.And how could we possibly forget the creative names bestowed upon the high-profile vulnerabilities disclosed: “Heartbleed,” “Shellshock,” and “Poodle” (you could cleverly add “oh my”).So what does 2015 have in store? Not surprisingly, we should probably hedge our bets toward more of the same.Protecting your membersThink credit unions and other community financial institutions aren’t in the cross-hairs? Think again.Account takeover fraud continued to rise in 2014, topping the $6 billion mark.Skilled fraudsters will continue to focus their attention on high-value targets—and no financial institution should think it’s excluded. continue reading »last_img read more

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THINK 17 attendees head back to the office. What now?

first_imgThis week, attendees of the most transformative THINK conference ever are heading back to the office. What actionable steps to digital transformation explored in New York City at THINK 17 will these credit union leaders, inspired by engaging speakers, exclusive research and their own peers, begin to put into practice?Digital is not just a technology. It’s a shift in mindset. That was the storyline of this year’s event. The digital mindset requires an entirely new way of thinking and working. Yet, as we learned through video case studies from The Scott’s Company, Broadway HD and Reebok, legacy companies can get there.According to exclusive research gathered exclusively for THINK 17 attendees, credit union executives believe in digital transformation and are pushing hard for it. Yet, more than half of those polled also believe they are in an inferior position as compared to purely digital brands like Venmo and SoFi. Changing that position, however, has to come from all levels of the organization, said experts from Google, Disney and the NFL. Each shared that the “how” of digital transformation is an enterprise-wide initiative. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Credit union marketing in the digital age

first_img continue reading » Have you ever sat down at your desk and thought about your marketing strategies? Is your credit union still relying that someone will drive past, see your sign, and just decide they want to come in and bank with you?You know your marketing strategy can use a revamp, but where do you start? The first steps might feel daunting, but don’t get discouraged! It’s actually pretty easy to incorporate new marketing techniques into your overall strategy.A New Credit Union Marketing StrategyYou may have heard about content marketing. In the world of marketing and advertisement, it’s still pretty new. After all, it’s a direct result of the internet (and how people behave on it).Content marketing is a type of marketing that relies on the creation and sharing of online media, such as blogs or articles, videos, infographics, or even social media posts. Content marketing doesn’t necessarily promote any products or brands, but it does increase interest in the company’s offerings. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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How to build a customer experience management strategy

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » When you make an effort to treat your bank customers or credit union members well, they’ll return the favor. In fact, 73% of consumers say high-quality customer experience is key to whether or not they’ll stay loyal to a company.What’s more, companies that provide a superior customer experience outperform their competitors by nearly 80%.So how can you tap into this powerful — and critical — aspect of your banking business?Here are three key components of building a world-class customer experience management strategy.Focus on the human at the other end of the interaction It’s important to remember the customer experience stretches beyond direct interactions between your employees and members. It’s about the entire journey, which could include dozens or even hundreds of touch points.last_img read more

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New edition of Istra Gourmet 2019-2020 presented

first_imgEXCELLENT NEW PROMOTIONAL VIDEO OF ISTRIA / LIFE AS IT SHOULD BE IN ISTRIA! THE STORY BEHIND THE NEW DESTINATION PORTAL OF ISTRIAN TOURISM And the new 23rd edition of this popular publication has just been published. In this way, Istra Gourmet combines several key projects aimed at promoting indigenous Istrian cuisine and excellent delicacies, through the selection of the best restaurants in Istria, projects within wine tourism and olive oil tourism, and an additional aspect is the promotion of typical local products. truffles, prosciutto, cheese and honey. RELATED NEWS: The publication Istra Gourmet, one of the most sought after and most popular tourist promotional materials in Istria issued by the Istria County Tourist Board, contains almost 500 useful addresses where it is possible to arrange tastings of the best wines, extra virgin olive oils, prosciutto, cheese, truffles and all kinds of specialties in restaurants. , taverns or agrotourism.  The guide is designed in Croatian, Italian, German and English, is printed in a circulation of 300.000 copies and can be downloaded at all info points of tourist boards throughout Istria or downloaded in pdf format at www.istra.com or attached The guide through the gourmet offer of the peninsula brings detailed information about the richness of the eno-gastronomic offer, and in addition to an overview of the most important Istrian gastronomic products, it contains an exhaustive and precise list of restaurants and taverns. Attachment: Istria Gourmet 2019-2020 ISTRIA GOT ITS TIME OUT GUIDE – TIME OUT ISTRIA 2019last_img read more

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A new Catalog of investment opportunities has been published, most projects from the tourism sector

first_imgThe list of projects is accompanied by a brief description of the project, locations and contacts. More attached. Find out more about investment opportunities in Croatia HERE It is a publication that promotes and presents public and private projects in the Republic of Croatia, intended for investors who want to invest in the Republic of Croatia. The latest edition contains the most investment projects from the tourism sector, 34 to be precise, with 4 projects in nautical tourism. Attachment: Catalog of investment opportunities Thus, the catalog of potential investments in tourism includes the projects Aquapark Zelina, Hotel Klis, Projekt Muzil, Marlera Golf, Inspirit fantasy Park and many others. center_img The Ministry of the Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts has published the latest, redesigned edition of the Catalog of Investment Opportunities. In addition to investments in the tourism sector, the catalog also includes investment projects related to energy, infrastructure, industry, social welfare, real estate and high technology.last_img read more

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Amazon Explore as a new attempt by Amazon to enter the tourism sector?

first_imgThe question is what is Amazon’s plan with the new service. Of course Amazon is a global leader and one of the strongest digital players with a large user base and daily page views, so it enters a sector relatively easily and can dominate quickly. It is enough to insert one category on their website, such as virtual tourist tours, and at the beginning it attracts a lot of attention and traffic. At least in the short term. Amazon points out that the new platform provides more opportunities for small business owners who want to generate extra income, including store owners, local guides, chefs, stylists, artists and craftsmen. The coronavirus pandemic has, of course, affected many of these companies, which Amazon hopes could encourage them to use the Explore platform. In fact, it is about selling experiences, and that is the word that is most repeated in the description and promotion of a new service. The platform is terribly reminiscent of a platform Airbnb Experiences, however, Amazon is more open to various other sectors, including trade. Of course, everything is connected to the Amazon account, through which the financial transaction is performed, as well as delivery in case of purchasing a product. In any case, time will show, and until then we are following the development and new steps of Amazon. / / / AIRBNB ONLINE EXPERIENCES – GAME CHANGER TO OPENING A TOTALLY NEW MARKET AND A NICHE TO HOSTS IN PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION / / / AIRBNB EMPLOYS FORMER DISNEYLAND DIRECTOR IN SEARCH TO EXPAND EXPERIENCE SERVICEcenter_img But it’s not just the tourism sector, through personalized city tours with tour guides, but the platform is open to everyone, such as an online cooking course, online stores, etc.… Interestingly, two-way live communication (Livestream) is only through sound, while video the image is seen only by the buyer and not by the service seller. So, the main question is whether Amazon seriously wants to jump into the tourism sector, since the current focus is on the digitalization of the entire sector and to position itself in the OTA segment or purely as a retailer with a new added service. Probably more like a merchant, knowing core business Amazon as well as the current segmentation of new service categories. Amazon recently launched a new service in beta – Amazon Explore, through which it tries to capture consumer demand for virtual tours and activities in tourist destinations. So, we have direct and personalized interaction between the customer / guest and the service provider, without pre-recorded videos, which is the main advantage and differentiation of Amazon Explore.last_img read more

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China’s economy to return fast to potential growth, PBOC says

first_imgChina’s economy will swiftly return to its potential growth rate and there’ll be significant improvement in the coming three months, a senior central bank official said Sunday.“Economic indicators will likely show significant improvement in the second quarter and the Chinese economy will return to potential output level rather swiftly,” People’s Bank of China Deputy Governor Chen Yulu told reporters in Beijing.Chen repeated earlier pledges to keep credit growth stable and make good use of the central bank’s targeted easing approach, and did not announce any new stimulus measures. China’s surveyed unemployment rate jumped in March to 6.2 percent, indicating headwinds for local consumption ahead.The stock market has been more resilient than other global markets, with risks low and the impact of the virus being absorbed, said Li Chao, vice chairman of China’s securities regulator, who spoke at the same briefing.The currency will continue to stay at around 7 per dollar with movement on either side of that level, according to Chen.While the virus’ impact on supplies and inflation will likely to continue for a while, price hikes will start to moderate as economy resumes, and inflation growth will slow from the second quarter and continue that way in the rest of the year, Chen said.Topics : China was hit hard in February by the virus and the measures taken to stop its spread, with a historic slump seen across all economic indicators as quarantines and shutdowns stopped the movement of goods and people.Read also: Chinese economic growth hits three-decade lowAlthough activity has restarted it’s still not back at normal levels, with many services business struggling and the outlook for exporters grim as the outbreak covers the rest of the world.“Based on payments, deposits and loan data since March, China’s real economy is improving somewhat due to earlier targeted monetary policies,” Chen said. The PBOC will continue to direct funding to private and small firms as well as those critical to the supply chain, he said.last_img read more