Merchants Bank wins ‘Best of Show’ for VermontMatters.com Website

first_imgA key ingredient to success – in banking and in business – is building personal, face-to-face relationships with people. And the goal of the VermontMatters.com Website has always been to celebrate some of the many meaningful banking relationships Vermont’s only statewide independent bank has nurtured over the years.Apparently, this approach rings true with more than just Vermonters. It has struck a chord with the leading financial marketers in America. At the 16th Annual FCS Annual Portfolio Awards, held on Thursday, May 13, the Financial Communications Society (FCS) recognized 28 financial services providers for excellence in their marketing.From the hundreds and hundreds of entries, the winners list included an impressive array of the largest and most successful financial organizations in America. Fidelity Investments, MetLife, Allstate and American Express were among those recognized.Standing out from the crowd of nationally recognized firms was Merchants Bank.The VermontMatters.com Website was recognized with two prestigious awards at this black-tie affair attended by over 400 industry experts.VermontMatters.com was awarded a Gold in the category of Website in the Corporate Image category.And then, the big surprise of the night was unveiled. VermontMatters.com was awarded “Best of Show” in the Interactive Media category.Thomas S. Leavitt, Merchants Bank Executive Vice President commented, “These two awards are another piece of validation for our efforts here in Vermont. As a bank, we strive to provide products, service and delivery that rival any offered in the country. We believe these two awards reinforce the fact that we can compete, and win, against anyone.”VermontMatters.com was conceived and developed by Hinesburg-based Cottage 10. Cottage 10 has been working with Merchants Bank since early 2009 on a number of strategic marketing initiatives.Vermont Matters®. Merchants Bank strives to fulfill its role as the state’s leading independent community bank through a wide range of initiatives. The bank supports organizations throughout Vermont in addressing essential needs, sustaining community programs, providing small business and job start capital, funding financial literacy education and delivering enrichment through local sports activities.  Merchants Bank was established in 1849 in Burlington. Its continuing mission is to provide Vermonters with a statewide community bank that combines a strong technology platform with a genuine appreciation for local markets. Merchants Bank delivers this commitment through a branch-based system that includes: 34 community bank offices and 42 ATMs throughout Vermont; local branch presidents and personal bankers dedicated to high-quality customer service; free online banking, phone banking, and electronic bill payment services; high-value depositing programs that feature Free Checking for Life®, Cash Rewards Checking, Rewards Checking for Business, business cash management, money market accounts, health savings accounts, certificates of deposit, Flexible CD, IRAs, and overdraft assurance; feature-rich loan programs including mortgages, home equity credit, vehicle loans, personal and small business loans and lines of credit; and merchant card processing. Merchants Bank offers a strong set of commercial and government banking solutions, delivered by experienced banking officers in markets throughout the state; these teams provide customized financing for medium-to-large companies, non-profits, cities, towns and school districts. Merchants Trust Company, a division of Merchants Bank, provides investment management, financial planning and trustee services. Please visit www.mbvt.com(link is external) for access to Merchants Bank information, programs and services. Merchants’ stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market system under the symbol MBVT. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. Source: Merchants. 5.25.2010last_img read more

Seedy brothel moves on after public backlash

first_imgChristchurch Press 25 April 2012A Merivale brothel has moved out of the suburb after a public backlash. Residents near the the Capri Lounge in Papanui Rd believed it was not complying with regulations for home-operated businesses and some complained of hearing “audible noises of climax” at night. At a public meeting in February, Families and Brothels Don’t Mix spokeswoman Amanda Cooper-Davies said the brothel had turned the neighbourhood into a “seedy” and “intimidating” place. “We have seen some pretty scary people … Some very threatening people come out of the property,” she said. At the meeting, the property owner said the brothel would be moved in response to the concerns. Cooper-Davies said yesterday that the brothel had moved into an industrial area elsewhere in the city. Residents had noticed an improvement after the brothel’s departure, she said. “There’s a far more relaxed feeling when you walk out your gate. It’s made an immediate difference.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/6802338/Seedy-brothel-moves-onlast_img read more

Clippers’ Marreese Speights happy to earn more opportunities

first_imgAnd a Mo Speights with confidence is a Mo Speights ready to get buckets.He hit three 3-point shots in the Clippers’ comeback, scoring 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. And, in a surprise, Rivers elected to reward Speights by closing out the Bulls with him on the floor instead of All-NBA center DeAndre Jordan.“He was huge,” Rivers said.Sacramento coach Dave Joerger used that word – “huge” – to describe the impact Speights would have on the Clippers. And, as he sat between Blake Griffin and Chris Paul postgame, those players seemed to know it too, with Paul smiling and snapping pictures as Speights answered questions.“On nights like tonight where things may not be going your way offensively, you need something to get you going, and his offensive energy and offensive bursts are what I think brought us back and eventually gave us the lead,” J.J. Redick said. “He‘s going to win us some games this year.”And, Saturday was one of them. LOS ANGELES >> Marreese Speights, the player fans and teammates lovingly call “Mo Buckets,” wasn’t sure he was going to get any mo’ minutes.Doc Rivers had seen enough in 4 minutes and 11 seconds to decide that it wasn’t going to be Speights’ half, and as the reserve big man walked to the Clipper bench, it was clear that he wasn’t happy.This, Speights thought, is the opposite of the reason why he was so excited to join the Clippers this offseason. The plan, he said on media day back in October, was to make Mo Buckets even bigger in Los Angeles.“It’s a bigger market, an opportunity to come to a team with a chance to be great,” he said Saturday. “…I understood coming here, I’m going to have a consistent role. I get to do what I do, not look over my back, and just hoop.” And, now, here he was, sitting on the bench, looking over his back.“It felt bad. I kind of went back to (that place),” Speights said. “But, I had to understand and put that aside, that I was going to have another chance to come in.”And, that chance came as a result of a seemingly inconsequential decision late in the first half. The move won back Speights’ confidence and, probably, won the Clippers their 12th game this season.With 9 seconds left in the first half, the Clippers forced a shot-clock violation, allowing Rivers to call a timeout to try and get a score on the final possession of the half. And, in that timeout, he put Speights back in the game.“Believe it or not, the last (nine) seconds when Coach put me in at the end of the first half, that felt great,” Speights said. “I was like, ‘oh yeah, I’ll get another chance.’ Little stuff like that helped my confidence and really helped me.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more