Is an amicable divorce possible?

By Christina Ubl
Your marriage isn’t working. You respect each other but have drifted apart over the years, for whatever reason. Now you and your spouse have decided to divorce and close this chapter of your lives. You’ve heard the stories and perhaps witnessed a few horrors through friends or family who have divorced. That doesn’t mean you need to have the same experience.

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‘Ray & Joan’ hints at mystery behind power couple

By Terri Schlichenmeyer
“Ray & Joan” by Lisa Napoli, Dutton, 353 pages, $27. To go. Whoever put those two delicious words together really knew what they were doing: Order your food, ask for it “to go,” save yourself time and eat wherever you want. You might not even have to get out of the car. Yes, “to go” are magic words but, as in the new book “Ray and Joan” by Lisa Napoli, there are still things you can’t take with you when you do.

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Leadership tips from the Peanuts gang

Sometimes, you just have to laugh.
That’s how it is with business: you have to laugh because if you didn’t, you’d cry. It’s been that way for the past few years. Up and down, good and bad, and there’s always room for improvement. So, why not find that help and laugh a little more by reading “You’re a Leader, Charlie Brown” by Charles Schulz and Carla Curtsinger?

From left, Debbie Lang of the Barns at Lang Farm shows off healing jewelry from Marsya Ancker of Marsya Mind Body Spirit.

Businesses flock to chamber’s annual holiday party

BURLINGTON — As it has for decades, KeyBank played host to the annual Holiday Party in downtown Burlington in December. The event served as a networking event of Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (LCRCC), with Farrell Distributing, Lake Champlain Chocolates, and Cheese & Wine Traders joining as sponsors. Several local businesses celebrated both the season and strong economic years, and that included the hosts. Don Baker, Vermont market president at KeyBank, said, “We’re coming off maybe our strongest year ever. The economy is gradually getting better, and there’s lots of optimism, post-election, for growth.

Matt Dion, the plant manager of Adams North Barre, shows Efficiency Vermont’s Liz Gamache and Josh Kelman around the granite shed.

Rock-solid partnership forms with granite manufacturer

It seems simple, but it bears repeating: Keeping costs down helps Vermont businesses succeed, and energy is one of those costs. We can help business owners reduce that cost with energy efficiency solutions, and strengthen storied Vermont industries like granite manufacturing in Barre. The granite industry in Barre reaches as far back as the early 1800s, and it expanded in 1875, when the central railroad reached Vermont. As the granite industry grew, so did the city of Barre. Yet the granite industry is not thriving as it once was.

From left, the Vermont Lake Monsters were represented by Adam Matth, Joe Doud and Meg Patrick at the Burlington Business Association’s recent event.

BBA Winter Social helps UVM Alumni House shine

BURLINGTON — Burlington Business Association (BBA) held its Winter Social on Dec. 1 at the new Alumni House at the University of Vermont (UVM). Farmhouse Provisions catered the event, and music from pianist Paul Webb added an additional touch of elegance. Kelly Devine, executive director at BBA, said, “Some of our events are educationally based, but every once in awhile we like to have a little fun, too. Tonight is really about getting folks together and celebrating the season.

From left, Dave Saraceno of Union Street Media, Cari Kelley of United Way of Northwest Vermont and Suzanne Johnson of HealingWindsVermont and RE/MAX North Professionals pose for a photo at the chamber’s recent Annual Dinner.

Networking is appetizer for Chamber’s Annual Dinner

BURLINGTON — The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (LCRCC) held its 106th Annual Dinner on Nov. 10 at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington. The dinner was preceded by a Networking After Hours cocktail reception. Event sponsors included Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, FairPoint Communications, KeyBank, New England Federal Credit Union, People’s United Bank, REM Development, and David Seaver Photography. During its Annual Dinner, LCRCC welcomed Tom Clavelle as the incoming chair of its board of directors.

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Healthy employees are happier, more focused

There’s something going around the office this month. It appears to be a cold; half the staff is sniffling, the other half is coughing, everybody’s sluggish, and you’re not feeling so well yourself. Will this affect your business? Maybe, but in “The Healthy Workplace” by Leigh Stringer, you’ll find ways to minimize it next time.

This the interior of the King Street Center, a Burlington-based community center serving over 500 low-income children and families with a variety of programs.

Financing a vision: Building in sustainability

Planning for a new facility is doubly daunting for a nonprofit community organization. In addition to the fundraising and financing necessary for the construction, the nonprofit must create a plan to sustain operating costs for the new facility, knowing it cannot rely on increasing revenue or fees from low-income clients.

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Is your money invested where your values are?

If you have ever recycled at home, avoided products made overseas by sweatshop labor, grown your own vegetables, supported gender and racial diversity, or owned a fuel-efficient car, then you may be surprised to discover your investments can be working against your values. Do you know what’s in your portfolio? How can you find out what your money is supporting? Old and new values investing
Evaluating your portfolio using traditional socially responsible investing or SRI analysis has been around for a long time. The process involves an investment style that includes or excludes companies in a portfolio based on screens using social, moral, ethical and religious criteria.