Archive for the 'Spring' Category

Pete Johnson of Pete’s Greens is named Small Business Person of the Year

Per Vermontbiz.com, the Small Business Administration announced the 2013 Vermont small business award winners April 15.The premier accolade, 2013 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year, is awarded to Pete Johnson, Pete’s Greens owner. Johnson was selected as the SBPY for his outstanding leadership related to his company’s staying power, employee growth, sales increase, innovative ingenuity and contributions to the community.

Aprexis Health Solutions Secures $4 Million Grant

Merritt & Merritt & Moulton client and Vermont based entrepreneur, Aprexis Health Solutions, recently announced that their pilot program in Wisconsin was instrumental in securing a CMS Innovation Grant Award for $4million over 3 years. This project is the result of a collaborative partnership between Aprexis, the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (and their sub-group WPQC) and the United Way.

It is a truly innovative initiative program aimed at leveraging the value of the pharmacist-patient relationship to increase patient care at the pharmacy level.  This innovation has now been recognized and rewarded via this grant from CMS that will allow the program to expand across the state of Wisconsin.

Aprexis is the technology partner that built the clinical platform that enables pharmacists to engage with patients for increased medication therapy management.

Rob Squire, Founder of Aprexis was quoted as saying “We are honored to be selected in this highly competitive competition. We believe it is an important endorsement that CMS shares our vision that better health outcomes and savings can be achieved through medication therapy management and that the Aprexis MTM system is a best-in-class platform to achieve these results.”

This is just one of many recent milestones  at Aprexis, including:

•   An expanding sales pipeline that includes: RxAlly, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, Cigna, and Walgreens

•   New management team members, including: Michael Negrete, Chief Pharmacy Officer  (Former CEO, CA Pharmacy Foundation)

•   New partnerships, including: CA Pharmacists Association

•   v2.0 of our platform is scheduled for release to coincide with the expansion of their programs in WI in October, 2012

•   The launch of their new round of financing to expand operations

Vermont Technology Alliance – Lunch & Learn

The Vermont Technology Alliance (VtTA) announced a special “Lunch & Learn” taking place on June 20th, 2012 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.  The topic will be called “Building a Culture of Strategy Execution” and will be held by Logic Supply in their South Burlington Office.  This session is critical for senior leadership and key employees responsible for establishing company vision, strategy and propelling your organization towards successful goal achievement.

Seats are limited to 30, so RSVP to the VtTA today!

StartupVT Conference – June 19, 2012

Startup Vermont Partnership Conference: Connecting Business. Sharing Experience. Growing Vermont’s Economy.
June 19 (Tuesday) 2012 IBM Campus, Essex Junction, Vermont http://goo.gl/maps/INjj
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Merritt & Merritt & Moulton is a proud sponsor of the Startup Vermont Partnership Conference that was developed to bring small business owners together with Vermont’s leading business success stories, to share experience and learning, and ultimately contribute to economic growth in the Green Mountain State.  To read the coverage about the conference and the speakers, please click here: Startup Vermont Partnership Conference. Please click here for conference registration and get the latest conference agenda

Because the IBM campus in Essex Junction is a secure facility,  you must preregister by June 15 for this event and you will need to bring a picture ID to be admitted to the IBM site. Map & Directions to IBM campus in Essex Junction http://goo.gl/maps/INjj

 

Phoenix Books Celebrates Opening of Burlington Store

Merritt & Merritt & Moulton client, Phoenix Books, has opened a new location in Burlington.  This new store, intended to give back to Burlington, Vermont its own independent, locally-owned front-list bookstore dedicated to selling new books in a fabulous retail location with approximately 5000 square feet of selling space. The site at 191 Bank Street is a high-visibility location, conveniently next to public parking, across the street from the popular City Market Co-op and easily seen from the Church Street Marketplace.

Mayor Miro Weinberger will officially welcome them to town, with the requisite scissors and ribbon on June 8, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.  We hope you will join us in wishing them many years of great success.

SEC offers FAQs for JOBS Act

Check out the post by the Securities Exchange Commission regarding the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act.  They are providing answers to our most frequently asked questions – http://www.sec.gov/divisions/marketreg/tmjobsact-crowdfundingintermediariesfaq.htm

 

Congratulations to Our Client Ascension Technology Corporation

Merritt & Merritt & Moulton client, Ascension Technology Corporation, has been in the press lately revealing their amazing work in the medical technology field.  Check out their story recently printed in the Burlington Free Press!

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20120503/BUSINESS08/120502042/Vermont-made-technology-ushers-end-open-surgery?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cp

Vermont Smoke and Cure Opens New Facility

Merritt & Merritt & Moulton’s client, Vermont Smoke and Cure, is opening a new facility in Hinesburg, Vermont.  They will be celebrating their new digs with a private Ribbon Cutting Ceremony as well as a Public Open House on Saturday May 19, 2012 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to tour the facility and the Creamery.  There will be plenty of their outstanding products to sample and try.  We look forward to watching their company grow and have continued success.  If you are interested in attending and would like to know more information – contact Chris Bailey at chris@vtsmokeandcure.com.  Hope to see you there!

Slow Living Summit 2012

Slow Living Summit

Want to be part of a national convening of cross-sector intelligence, ideas and action for sustainable living? Please join us in Brattleboro, Vermont, May 30-June 1, 2012. Engaged citizens, entrepreneurs, journalists, students, civic, foundation and non-profit leaders will gather to invent and implement cross-sector solutions for sustainable communities in a post-carbon, new-economy world.  We’ll explore common interests and common solutions for the common good.  The second-annual U.S. Slow Living Summit is co-organized by two graduate schools in management and international development. It boasts at least 50 sessions on topics like food, agriculture, spirit, happiness, investing, energy, health, education, management, policy, technology, entrepreneurship, communities, media and sustainability — plus theater, video and music. For more information click to: http://www.slowlivingsummit.org  or http://newshare.com/invite or http://newshare.com/sls2012/announcement.pdf

Vermont EPSCoR has Two Funding Opportunities Available

Two funding opportunities for private sector projects are currently open:
SBIR Phase (0) – deadline May 1, 2012
Private Sector Use of Facilities – deadline May 8, 2012

SBIR Phase (0) (due May 1, 2012): Awards up to $15,000 each.
Use of Facilities for Private Sector (due May 8, 2012): Awards up to $5,000 each.

Please check each individual RFP for full requirements and more detailed information.
Electronic Submission forms are available on the web at the above links.
Questions? Contact Lillian Gamache at epscor@uvm.edu