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

Governor Wolf: New State Funding Will Take Learning from the Classroom to the Workplace in the Johnstown Area

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 10, 2020 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center (GJCTC) was approved for $200,000 in funding to continue supporting Phase two of its innovative workforce teaching model, Learn Where You Will Earn, which helps students supplement classroom learning with skills obtained in a business setting.“My administration is thrilled to support the continued success of GJCTC’s efforts to bring career opportunities to students through innovative programs that allow them to obtain knowledge and skills both inside and outside of the classroom,” said Gov. Wolf. “This training offers a pathway to the required certification for employment and potential job placement for graduates and will help fill critical job openings in the skilled trades.”Funded by the Wolf Administration, GJCTC started the program in July 2018 at its satellite campus located in Mission Critical Solutions (MCS), a local business that hires welders. Since then, three 720-hour program classes have been hosted for cohorts consisting of eight students each. Phase one saw 20 students receive their American Welding Society (AWS) certifications and 16 students offered employment in the welding field.Phase two will allow for GJCTC to host three more class sessions throughout December 2021. The new funding will support equipment costs for a 15-ton strap bender with pneumatic pump for use as a teaching tool and to provide financial assistance to students and recruitment efforts.“GJCTC is excited to be included in this important initiative for our region for a second time. Phase two of Learn Where You Will Earn will allow the school to maintain a presence in Bedford County and continue to build on the successes of the past two years,” said GJCTC Supervisor of Adult Education Tricia Rummel. “The continued funding will allow GJCTC to offer training programs that will not only benefit individuals seeking to improve their skills and find employment, but the local businesses and community as a whole will also benefit.”The funding supports Governor Wolf’s commitment to enhancing the growth and competitiveness of Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry by identifying and training a skilled workforce.Additionally, last year the Wolf Administration awarded $200,000 in Manufacturing PA Training to Career funding for the AMPED Business Education Partnership with JWF Industries and MCS. Students in the program learn advanced manufacturing processes including, CNC g-code programming, robotic welding programming, and the latest technology advancement in coordinate measuring machine instruction, and can earn a NIMS CNC Operator certification and an American Welding Society certification in MIG process, which are both nationally recognized.Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative was launched in October 2017, and since then has funded 35 projects and invested more than $9 million through the Training-to-Career program. Training-to-Career grants support projects that result in short-term work-readiness, job placement, or the advancement of manufacturing. The Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career program works collaboratively with local manufacturers to identify and teach missing essential skills for entry level applicants seeking manufacturing employment, engage youth or those with barriers to career opportunities in manufacturing, and advance capacity for local or regional manufacturers.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.center_img Governor Wolf: New State Funding Will Take Learning from the Classroom to the Workplace in the Johnstown Arealast_img read more