Source: CVEDC The Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation (CVEDC) was presented with two grants from the USDA Rural Development office on September 29th at a press conference held at the Shops at Millstone Hills in Websterville.“CVEDC is pleased to have written and been awarded these two grants on behalf of Central Vermont businesses. Our mission is to maintain and grow the economic vitality of our region and we believe that these two initiatives will contribute to that vitality”, said Executive Vice President, Sam Matthews.The two grants awarded to CVEDC, a non-profit regional development corporation will directly assist one Northfield business and one e-commerce business initiative with over 50 local artisans participating. Job retention, creation and expansion are at the forefront of the grant awards.Executive Vice President, Sam Matthews, and President Steve Gurin attended and accepted the grant awards from USDA Rural Development Acting Director, Rhonda Shippee, on behalf of the organization.Partnering with John Wall of Wall Goldfinger a Northfield furniture maker, a $50,000 RBOG (Rural Business Opportunity Grant) will assist the business with a feasibility and design study to develop and implement a new line of value-added wood products. CVEDC was one of four organizations in the State that received an RBOG. Nationally, $2.2 million was awarded to help 35 rural businesses, Native American tribes and economic development groups create and retain jobs.Wall Goldfinger will use 100% of this grant to design, develop, market and implement a new standardized product line of furniture, including new conference table lines that will incorporate the special custom solutions they have engineered and designed for their custom clients over the last 30 years.An RBEG (Rural Business Enterprise Grant) in the amount of $73,725.00 was awarded to CVEDC to partner with Greg Banse of 7th Pixel in Montpelier to create a Market Vermont website for artisan manufacturers. 7th Pixel is a web strategies, website design and development / consulting firm owned and operated by Greg Banse.The Market Vermont concept was the result of several e-commerce forums held by CVEDC and the VTSBDC this past year. Market Vermont will be an e-commerce engine for Central Vermont artisans to display products made in Vermont. 7th Pixel will manage the site and shopping cart as well as market the website.For more information on CVEDC or either of these projects, please contact the CVEDC office at 802-223-4654 or e-mail [email protected](link sends e-mail)CVEDC is a non-profit, citizen-oriented organization whose objectives are to provide impetus for the region’s economic development activity by 1) Promoting Central Vermont and its resources to businesses contemplating new facilities, 2) assisting the area’s existing business planning expansion, 3) providing advisory service, education and information to small businesses, and 4) improving the infra-structure necessary for economic growth. Our primary goal is to create jobs for the citizens living in Central Vermont. CVEDC also offers the services of a Small Business Specialist from its affiliation with the Small Business Development Center. CVEDC is an equal opportunity employer.
“It was simple. We just agreed that no player should be paid more than me. “We agreed in less time than it takes to read the previous sentence.” In the book Ferguson speaks candidly about the leadership techniques that served him so well during his trophy-laden 26-year spell at Old Trafford. The Scot also details a number of mistakes he made during his stewardship of the Red Devils. Ferguson admits the handover to successor David Moyes, who was sacked less than a year into a six-year contract, could have been handled better. “I understand why critics, particularly in light of the 2013-14 season, say we should have handled the transition better,” Ferguson said. The 73-year-old insists he was never tempted to return to the dugout following Moyes’ dismissal. “There were some who wanted me to return to the sidelines. But I was not tempted,” he said. Ferguson’s first encounter with Moyes in 1998 when he interviewed him for the assistant manager’s job at Old Trafford did not end well for the then Preston boss, who was overlooked and Steve McClaren took the position instead. Moyes, Ferguson writes, was “very tense” during his interview with him following Brian Kidd’s departure from United to Blackburn. “Steve McClaren was the opposite of David,” Ferguson added. “He was bright, breezy, and enthusiastic. “At that point Steve had a lot more experience in the top flight of football than David and that swung my decision.” Ferguson says he looked at Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho – “a spectacular manager” – as potential successors, but they had all committed to other projects by the time the Scot had decided to retire. Ferguson insists he always gave Moyes his support following his appointment, and is fully behind current boss Van Gaal. “I just wanted David and United to win – just as I do these days with Louis van Gaal,” said Ferguson, who claimed TV cameras are now trained on him in the directors box at every United match. “I think they hoped they would catch me acting like Statler or Waldorf, the two curmudgeons in the Muppets, who are always criticising what is happening on the stage.” The man who Van Gaal has anointed as his successor, Ryan Giggs, gets a glowing reference from Ferguson in the book. “Ryan Giggs is eventually going to be a great manager – he has intelligence, presence and knowledge,” said Ferguson, who describes Giggs, Paul Scholes, Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only four truly world-class players he managed at United. And despite criticism from outside United, Ferguson is sure the club will continue to be a success so long as the Glazers run it. “From my perspective as manager they have been very good owners,” Ferguson said. There is also an admission of regret from Ferguson that he did not win more Champions League trophies during his time at United. The Scot won Europe’s top club competition twice, but the fact that figure left United two short of their great rivals Liverpool “still stings”, he said. Ferguson reveals he rejected the opportunity to sign Sergio Aguero shortly before he decided to move to City in 2011 because United were unwilling to pay the £35million fee Atletico Madrid were demanding. The Scot admits he considered signing controversial striker Mario Balotelli in 2010, but was put off after speaking to a number of his Italian contacts. Ferguson also speaks about another one of the failures of his reign – his inability to keep hold of Paul Pogba, who left United for Juventus on a free in 2012 and is now considered one of the best midfielders in the world. Ferguson points the finger at the midfielder’s agent Mino Raiola. “He and I were like oil and water,” Ferguson said. Another person Ferguson found difficult to deal with was Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, who proved particularly troublesome to the Scot during deadline day negotiations in 2008 for Dimitar Berbatov “That whole experience was more painful than my hip replacement,” Ferguson said. S ir Alex Ferguson signed a contract with Manchester United in 2010 that ensured he would receive a higher salary than any of his players, the Scot has revealed in his latest book. Press Association In his new publication ‘Leading’, which is published on Tuesday, Ferguson claims owners the Glazer family and then chief executive David Gill asked him how he felt about the fact that Wayne Rooney was about to get a big pay rise by signing a new deal following protracted negotiations that took place while he was also linked with other clubs in the media. The former United manager recalls: “I told them I did not think it fair that Rooney should earn twice what I made and (joint-chairman) Joel Glazer immediately said: ‘I totally agree with you but what should we do’?”