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    February 26,2013
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    Bennington marketing firm rebrands itself

    Bennington-based Green Mountain Information Technology, Inc, a full-service digital agency, has rebranded itself as Eight Oh Two Marketing to emphasize its renewed focus on Web commerce.

    The company is launching a new Web site, which will feature a detailed list of services, staff biographies, and a blog with the latest news and company views of what’s happening in the digital-marketing arena.

    Its Vermont clients include Orvis, the Vermont State Employees Credit Union, and Nutragenesis. It also works with national and global companies including Colin Cowie Lifestyle, DeBeers, Crazy Shirts, and a host of mid-sized businesses from Hawaii to Maine. The firm’s expanding client base and service offerings coincide with its rebranding.

    Eight Oh Two Marketing specializes in all facets of digital marketing including search-engine optimization, social-media optimization, paid searches, e-mail, Web site development and more. The firm, founded in 2003 as a North Carolina corporation, moved to Vermont in 2005, when it shifted its core focus to online marketing.


    Hunter Park begins capital campaign

    Manchester’s Hunter Park, the home of Riley Rink, has embarked on a $500,000 capital campaign to underwrite the construction of three professional-grade athletic fields.

    The new fields are planned for seven acres to the northwest of its existing ice facility, and will be made available to the community’s youth and adult sports organizations.

    The aim is to create a premier venue for athletic tournaments, with teams competing throughout New England. Revenue from the new fields and the existing events field will be used to offset a portion of the operating costs of running Riley Rink. Construction of the fields will begin when the campaign goals are met.


    Chester-Andover Family Center receives donation from People’s United Bank

    The Chester-Andover Family Center in Chester, VT has received a $500 donation from People’s United Bank.

    The funding will be used to provide more then 60 monthly food packages to families and individuals in need, and to support programs that provide financial assistance for utilities, rent and transportation.

    Founded in 1842, People’s United Bank is a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc., (NASDAQ: PBCT), a diversified financial services company with $29 billion in assets. It has branches in Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Maine.


    Manchester chamber raises cash for food banks

    The Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce has distributed a total of $2,300 to seven regional food cupboards.

    The cash was raised through Manchester Merriment events, including inn tours, wine tastings, and horse and wagon rides. The contributions were presented to the respective food cupboards in Arlington, Danby, Jamaica, Londonderry, Manchester, Pawlet and Rupert at the chamber’s December mixer.


    Bennington business joins state’s specialty food group

    Benninton-based Vermont Container Coporation has joined the Vermont Specialty Food Association.

    The company is part of the Unicorr Packaging Group. This multi-plant business, which has been family owned and operated since 1946, is among the largest converters of corrugated packaging products and protective packaging in the Northeast.

    The Vermont Specialty Food Association is a statewide organization representing more than 130 food producers and 20 suppliers to the industry.


    Vermont Tech to launch advanced machinist apprenticeship program

    An in-kind software donation worth more than $12 million from Siemens PLM Software and a $36,960 grant from the Vermont Department of Labor are supporting a new, four-year registered certificate/apprenticeship program in advanced manufacturing at Vermont Technical College.

    The program is the result of GW Plastics, North Hartland Tool Corporation, and Concepts NREC joining forces with the Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation and Vermont Technical College’s Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

    The advanced machinist apprenticeship program will allow individuals to take college courses at a convenient time and location while working full-time. The program provides the opportunity for career advancement and meets a growing work-force need for advanced manufacturers in Vermont.

    Students in the program will study design communications, manufacturing processes, metrology and inspection, tool geometry and metal cutting, computer-aided technology, and more.

    Vermont Technical College, one of the five Vermont State Colleges, serves students at its two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington and at six other nursing campuses located throughout the state.


    Bromley schedules fundraiser to fight breast cancer

    Bromley Mountain is scheduled to hold its 11th annual “Mom’s Day Off” fundraiser February 8.

    The event, which allows mothers to ski or ride for the discounted price of $15 when they show the ticket seller a snapshot of their children, will benefit the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center (SVRCC) at the Southwestern Vermont Health Center in Bennington. The entire $15 ticket price will be donated to the SVRCC.

    During the day, participants will be able to meet some of the physicians and staff of the cancer center, whether on the slopes or in the lodge.

    Bromley Mountain is located at 3984 Vermont Route 11 in Peru, six miles east of Manchester. Visit bromley.com for details.

    Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center is part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, providing care for patients in Bennington and Windham counties in Vermont, Rensselaer and Washington counties in New York, and Berkshire County in Massachusetts.


    Casting for Recovery kicks off annual fundraiser to benefit breast-cancer survivors

    The first “Win, Set & Match Against Breast Cancer” fundraiser for Casting for Recovery, a national nonprofit organization that provides quality-of-life retreats for survivors of breast cancer, was held last month at the Bennington Tennis Center.

    Sponsors included Carbone Auto Plaza, Bennington College, Finn & Stone Insurance, Wills Insurance, Timothy D. Smith & Associates PC, the Dorr Company, Hannaford in Bennington, and the Bagel Works of Manchester. In addition, members of the men’s and women’s teams from Williams College in Williamstown, MA volunteered their time for the day.

    Casting for Recovery supports women recovering from breast cancer through a program that combines fly-fishing, counseling, and medical information. Its two-and-a-half day retreats are offered at no cost to women at any age or stage of treatment or recovery from breast cancer. Visit www.castingforrecovery.org or phone 802.362.9181 for details. v
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