Small business employs more than 60 percent of Vermont’s workers

first_imgWyoming66.2% WASHINGTON, D.C. Vermont’s economic recovery will depend on small business. That message is driven home in the newly updated Vermont Small Business Profile released today by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The most recent data show that the state has 18,937 small employers, and they employ 63.5% of the state s workforce, the third highest percentage in the country. Vermont depends on small business for jobs and economic growth, said Shawne McGibbon, Acting Chief Counsel for Advocacy. During this time of financial stress and economic instability, policymakers need to remember that the state s small businesses provide the economic base for its families and communities.To further highlight the importance of small business, the updated profile notes that small businesses created 51.7% of the state’s net new jobs from 2004 to 2005 (latest available data).Not only does the state s economy depend on the health of its small businesses, so too does the economy of the United States.The US has slightly more than 6 million small employers, or 99.7% of all employer firms, and they provide 50.4% of its private sector employment. These firms created 78.9% of the nation s net new jobs from 2004 to 2005, and they generated more than half of the private non-farm gross domestic product.The Office of Advocacy, the small business watchdog of the federal government, examines the role and status of small business in the economy and independently represents the views of small business to federal agencies, Congress, and the President. It is the source for small business statistics presented in user-friendly formats, and it funds research into small business issues.For more information and a complete copy of state and territory small business profiles, visit the Office of Advocacy website at is external).The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. The presidentially appointed Chief Counsel for Advocacy advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policymakers. For more information, visit is external), or call (202) 205-6533.State% Workforce Employed by Small BusinessesState% Workforce Employed by Small BusinessesAlabama49.7%Missouri49.7%Alaska55.6%Montana69.8% Arizona48.8%Nebraska51.4%Arkansas48.8%Nevada44.2% California52.1%New Hampshire54.9% Colorado51.7%New Jersey  51.1% Connecticut49.6%New Mexico57.0% Delaware48.3%New York51.7%  District of Columbia48.2%North Carolina48.6%  Florida44.0%North Dakota63.3% Georgia46.3%Ohio48.6%Hawaii56.1%Oklahoma54.0% Idaho58.6%Oregon57.2%Illinois49.2%Pennsylvania 49.9%Indiana48.6%Rhode Island57.1%Iowa   51.6%South Carolina50.0% Kansas 54.6%South Dakota 63.2% Kentucky50.0%Tennessee45.1%Louisiana54.1%Texas46.8%Maine60.6%Utah49.9% Maryland53.4%Vermont63.5%Massachusetts48.3%Virginia49.4% Michigan51.6%Washington 55.7% Minnesota51.0%  West Virginia 54.3% Mississippi50.1%Wisconsin    53.4%last_img read more

A Lesson in Gratitude and Why One Paddler is Thankful for Pain

first_imgThe word ‘gratitude’ is fairly common in our everyday vocabulary. It’s a word we use to describe feelings of appreciation or thanks. Its root, which stems from the Latin word ‘gratus,’ implies something pleasing or agreeable for which you are grateful.To me, that seems like a pretty flowery depiction of ‘gratitude.’ Sure, like most people, I’m grateful for my family and friends, for having clothes on my back, a roof (of sorts) over my head, food to eat, and money to pay those blasted student loans. But as backwards as it may sound, I’ve recently found myself also giving thanks for pain.Allow me to explain.The first time I remember wanting to kayak, I was an 18-year-old college freshman sitting in an inflatable duckie, waiting to put in on the upper section of the Russell Fork River.“You’ve got the beer, so we won’t let anything happen to you,” one of the guys on the trip said, slapping me on the back.I swallowed hard, looking at the cooler strapped down in my stern. The upper section is a mellow class II-III run, but for me, it would be my first taste of real whitewater. Just four months after that Russell Fork trip, I drove seven hours through the night to Indiana to buy my first kayak (a play boat and all the gear I’d need, found on BoaterTalk) for $500 cash.Never mind that I had never sat in a playboat before. Never mind that I still didn’t have a roll. The day I returned from Indiana I immediately hopped on a trip to Tennessee’s Nolichucky Gorge and experienced what I imagine it feels like to almost drown. I swam three times, one of which was the entire length of Quarter Mile, a class IV rapid named for its length. During that swim in particular, I remember reaching a point where my body, so physically taxed from fighting the current, simply gave up. As I floated downstream beneath the surface of the water, I remember looking up at the sky and thinking, this is it.Of course, that wasn’t it, for my life or my beatdowns. I’ve swum nearly every river I’ve ever paddled. I’ve had mild concussions, black eyes, gnarly bruises, and feelings of total defeat and despair. I’ve been green in the face and sick to my stomach with fear, at times wishing the takeout would magically appear downstream. But it’s all of that, and so much more, that draws me to the sport. It’s that discomfort for which I am grateful, but didn’t realize I was, until recently.“When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage,” says health psychologist Kelly McGonigal in her 2013 TED Talk on the subject of “How to make stress your friend.”I came across McGonigal’s TED Talk via a blog my friend shared, which spoke similarly on the benefits of discomfort. In her presentation, McGonigal proves that changing the way we think about stress can drastically affect our health – if we choose to believe that stress hurts us, it will. If, however, we decide to embrace that anxiety and recognize it as a tool by which our body has called upon to meet a challenge, then stress can actually do us a lot of good.In fact, that change in attitude can affect us so much so that our normal physical reaction to stress (which involves increased heart rate and constricted blood vessels) can actually be altered so that the heart still beats heavily but the blood vessels stay relaxed. This, McGonigal says, is characteristic of the body during times of joy and courage.“One thing we know for certain is that chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort,” McGonigal says at the conclusion of her talk, “and so I would say that’s really the best way to make decisions, is go after what it is that creates meaning in your life and then trust yourself to handle the stress that follows.”When I heard her say those final words, everything I had ever doubted about my passions suddenly fell into place. After every beatdown I took, before every rapid I’ve never seen, there was always a little voice in the back of my head asking the big question: why? Why do we sleep on the ground in the dead of winter when perfectly cozy beds sit empty? Why do we tape our bloodied fingers and blistered heels and press on? Why do we turn to peanut butter and jelly as sustenance, and the back of our cars as home, for a few days of climbing or paddling? Why do we put ourselves in these uncomfortable situations for no apparent reason?It’s because these are the things that matter, that give meaning to our lives. The river is where I find purpose. It’s one of the few places that allows me to experience that balance between incompetence and confidence. Every bad line, every swim, every boof gone bad, isn’t a failure; it’s an unmet challenge. It is through these moments of discomfort that we dig deep, gain grit, and find that we are capable of much more than we believe.And so, on that note, let’s allocate some of our gratitude this year to all of the freezing wet nights and broken bones, to the bear that found your food and the guidebook that leaped over the edge, to every time you found yourself in a pickle yet somehow still managed to find your way out.last_img read more

RegioJet trains on the Prague-Rijeka line transported more than 60.000 passengers in both directions

first_imgAll lines ran as planned, in July and August they ran every day, and in September three times a week. Average occupancy the train was higher than 90%, with a capacity of almost 600 passengers per line, while the trains carried more than 60.000 passengers in both directions. / / / A MUCH MORE FOCUS SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON THE CZECH AND POLISH MARKETS According to the CNTB, there was also great interest in package deals at sea with two nights and half board at a particularly low price, including transport and all services, which RegioJet sold about a thousand. “Demand is a record and the highest in the history of our company, which is why we decided to operate on this route every day until the end of August, and not just three times a week as originally planned. The line will remain in 2021. “, he pointed out Radima Jančure, CEO of RegioJet, on the arrival of the first train in Rijeka (July 01). Interestingly, this news was accompanied by  The New York Times / / / CARWIZ THROUGH THE FRANCHISE NETWORK IS NOW PRESENT IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC Due to the great interest in traveling by RegioJet trains to Croatia, this company has already started preparing the railway line for next year, and according to the current plan, the traffic will start again from May 2021. years. Also, the same line is a great solution for Austrians who want to go on holiday to Croatia because they can take a Regiojet bus from Vienna to Bratislava, as well as Germans from the vicinity of Dresden which can reach Prague and then by train to Croatia. Most of the lines from Prague to Rijeka were complete sold out, and about half of the passengers used it connecting buses in Rijeka, which transported passengers to about thirty of the most popular holiday destinations on the Adriatic coast. See more about the entire RegioJet offer towards Croatia HERE The said line has become the most successful new route RegioJeta which passed through five countries during its route. Thanks to the close cooperation with the carriers HŽ (Croatian Railways) and SŽ (Slovenian Railways) and thanks to the cooperation with the embassies of Croatia and Slovenia in Prague and with the Croatian Tourist Board, the train on the route Prague – Brno – Bratislava – Ljubljana – Rijeka and back is prepared for six weeks, they point out from the CNTB. Ticket prices they ranged from 22 euros for seats and from 30 euros for a place in a sleeping car, and the price includes reservation, coffee, breakfast and free WIFI. An interesting comparison with HŽ, in terms of service, price and comfort.  By the way, it is the leading company for long-distance railway connections in Central Europe, and annually records 20 million passengers, 11 million in rail and 9 million in bus transport.  As they pointed out from RegioJet, they are from Rijeka buses allow passengers to transfer to some of the following destinations: Opatija, Rabac, Medulin, Pula, Rovinj, Porec, Novigrad, Malinska, Silo, Vrbnik, Krk, Baska, Crikvenica, Novi Vinodolski, Zadar, Sukosan, Biograd, Pakostane, Omis, Brela, Baska Voda, Makarska, Podgora, Podaca, Gradac, Sibenik, Primosten, Trogir and Split. Most passengers traveled from the Czech Republic, while approximately 10 percent of tickets were sold in Slovakia The last run of the summer railway line starts from Rijeka railway station on Saturday (September 26) RegioJeta from Prague, Brno and Bratislava to Rijeka, which will complete the first season of the direct railway line from the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the Croatian coast.last_img read more

Matt Mitrione explains the backstories to some of his memorable Instagram posts

first_img29 months after she fell through a plate glass window, my little girl is a case study for ulnar nerve repair and transplant. She just turned 8, November 13th and piano is part of her rehab. My 🐞. My ❤️.A post shared by THAT guy (@mattmitrione) on Nov 19, 2018 at 7:17am PST”My ladybug (his daughter). Her cousin was coming to the house and there was a screen door, but there was an old-school glass window in it. She pushed on the handle and it didn’t hit all the way, so she pushed on the glass window. It wasn’t tempered glass, so it shattered. It was jagged and it stabbed her in the armpit and severed her ulnar nerve, which is the nerve that controls your pinky and ring finger. A lot of doctors said that she’ll never be the same, that she’ll never be able to do certain things and her hand will never be normal again. We did a tremendous amount of research and found a doctor in St. Louis, which was remarkably serendipitous because I was fighting in St. Louis for my first fight in Bellator and the doctor that’s the best nerve pediatrician and grafting pediatrician around was in St. Louis. (Getting choked up) Monday and Tuesday of fight week I was at the doctor’s office. It was a trip. She’s good now, though. She’s really good.” “He’s very, very good at what he does and he doesn’t make mistakes,” the 40-year-old Mitrione says.MORE: Join DAZN and watch Mitrione vs. Kharitonov at Bellator 215 on Feb. 15Coming off a loss to Ryan Bader in the Bellator heavyweight Grand Prix semifinal last October, scoring a convincing victory over Kharitonov would be just the thing Mitrione needs to get his 2019 trek off on a solid start.“Fighting and beating a legend like Kharitonov,” he said, “is a major accomplishment in anybody’s career.”As tough as Mitrione has been in the cage throughout his MMA career, the father of three has managed to keep his gregarious personality outside it. We mean the bio of his Instagram account does have Mitrione saying, “Happiest fella I know on a daily basis.” That’s precisely why Sporting News pulled Mitrione aside on Bellator’s media day Wednesday in New York’s Times Square and had him do a deep dive into his IG account, giving us the backstories to some of his more interesting posts. View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram Yeah, that’s me in the back being all sexy and stuff #StuSchweigart #Purdue @boilerfootballA post shared by THAT guy (@mattmitrione) on May 16, 2018 at 12:17pm PDT”That’s me with Drew Brees back in the day. That was a great time in football. Great experience, great time in my life, a lot of fun. Drew and I talk every once in a while. He’s a good dude, good friend. We both lead busy lives, but he’s doing good for himself for sure.” View this post on Instagramcenter_img A post shared by THAT guy (@mattmitrione) on May 24, 2018 at 7:09pm PDT”That’s me at Purdue. I still do a lot of drills there, a lot of footwork drills. I wrestle with the Purdue team, I train with the Purdue football team — the D-line and the linebackers. This is a very common thing we have going on. It’s an all-around athletic drill.” Not to be out done by @kjpesceartist, my good frenemy @drewl76 crafted up this gem. Thanks, Drew. Hope you ran out of gas on the way back to Chicago.A post shared by THAT guy (@mattmitrione) on Nov 18, 2018 at 10:27am PST”I had some fan art done and my buddy Drew, he drew this one. He was like, ‘This, here is a great self-portrait of you.’ He’s like, ‘Please don’t think I can’t draw you out of respect, either.’ This actually really tickled me. He’s a really funny, funny dude. He gave me chicken legs and little baby kneecaps.” Matt Mitrione has recorded plenty of memorable knockouts, including against the likes of the late Kimbo Slice, Derrick Lewis and Fedor Emelianenko, to name a few.The former NFL defensive tackle-turned mixed martial artist knows that he’s going to be hard-pressed to accomplish the same against Sergei Kharitonov at Bellator 215 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and live on DAZN, on Friday night, but he’s going to try. View this post on Instagram Y’all already know that @wingstop and I have a thing going on. I might be their new #PrinceOfPoultry. As always, thanks for the love!A post shared by THAT guy (@mattmitrione) on Dec 13, 2018 at 8:15am PST”Wingstop, they’re a sponsor of mine. So we go out there and smash food. We go there and get crazy. Wingstop has really been good to me. We go there — like the whole team — eat, sit around and have a good time. I’ll be a 20-wing guy [when really hungry].”last_img read more