Pollard to manage Barre branch of Westaff Workforce

Keisha Pollard has been promoted from personnel supervisor to branch manager of the Barre location of Westaff, according to the Mount Family Group, the Williston-based franchisee of Westaff Workforce Solutions and Remedy Intelligent Staffing. Pollard joined the company in August 2015 and has been instrumental in the growth and success of the Barre branch. In her new position, Pollard is responsible for recruiting, client relations, branch management and growth in the Central Vermont market, which ranges from Morrisville to Bethel. She was born and raised in Vermont and enjoys spending her free time with her son and two cats. Westaff Workforce Solutions is a provider of temporary staffing and employment services in the U.S.

Young central Vermont professionals get connected

BARRE — The Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce recently hosted the inaugural meeting of the Central Vermont Young Professionals Group — a coalition of people under the age of 40 who want to share their entrepreneurial energy and ideas
The group started as a Facebook entity under the auspices of Mark Browning and Reuben Stone from Stone and Browning, a property management company in Barre. Browning and Stone were aware of robust young professionals groups in Rutland and Burlington, but no similar organization existed for central Vermont. Rutland Young Professionals, for instance, was founded in 2013, charges a minimal yearly fee of $25 to belong and is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an active membership and a brick-and-mortar address on Cottage Street. With old fashioned commitment and hard work, the Central Vermont Young Professionals Group looks forward to a similar vibrant future. Earlier this year they formed a steering committee to gauge interest in a potential network geared to smaller businesses, microbusinesses and new startups.

Don’t let your investments take a ‘vacation’

It’s summer again. Time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won’t want your investments to do the same — in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to work hard for you all year long? Here are a few suggestions:
— Avoid owning too many “low growth” investments.

Residential home changes name to Gary Residence

MONTPELIER — In an effort to provide clarity to its mission and level of care, the board of trustees of OM Fisher Home, a local nonprofit charitable organization, approved changing the name of the Gary Home to the Gary Residence. The name change became effective on April 1, 2017. The structure, located at 149 Main St. in Montpelier, was built in 1941, providing lifetime skilled nursing care. Over the years, and with new state regulations in play, the Gary Residence became a licensed Level III Residential Care Home.

C2’s Bruce Thomas promoted to vice president

C2 (Competitive Computing), a Vermont-based technology consulting firm specializing in ebusiness and enterprise technology infrastructure, announced the promotion of Bruce Thomas to vice president of finance and operations. Thomas has been with the company since 1999, serving in roles including IT manager and operations manager, and was formerly with Digital Equipment Corp. Thomas lives in Shelburne and works at C2 headquarters in Colchester.

Aspiring farmers and UVM Extension staff learn from the owners of Darby Farm in Alburgh in July 2013. They study agriculture and money management in the yearlong, hands-on program. Photo: UVM Extension

Program gives aspiring farmers a leg up

In order for the next generation of farmers to be successful, young farmers must be trained in both agriculture and business. The Youth Agriculture Individual Development Account Program is a UVM Extension program that offers just this type of training, as well as a leg up on saving money. Individuals ages 14 to 21 with at least one year of experience managing income from a farm or food business are eligible for the year-long experience. “It’s about financial education, forming a cohort of young farmers, connecting the farmers with technical resources: people, or funding, or information,” said Liz Kenton, Youth Agriculture Project coordinator at UVM Extension. Originally funded by a USDA grant when it began in 2012, the program, which can accept eight to 20 participants from Vermont, is now supported by many Vermont businesses and families.