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Vermont Lowers Barriers to Small Local Investments

August 20, 2014

2007 was an eventful year for both Clean Yield Asset Management and the Slow Money movement. Clean Yield made its first alternative investment in food and agriculture that year, buying preferred shares in Organic Valley, the Wisconsin-based cooperative whose farmer-owners stretched all the way to Vermont. Our first direct-placement investment in a Vermont company happened that year, too. In October, Tom Stearns of High Mowing Seeds cold-called Rian Fried, our late founder, about investing in his Wolcott company. Rian was intrigued. “I felt that this was a rather perfect investment for many of our clients,” he noted, “particularly since I could keep a very close eye on it. I also felt that it was the kind of investment that would appeal to our clients’ desire to support and invest in securities that supported local communities and sustainability.” Read more »

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Save the Dates for Launch of Slow Money Vermont & Slow Money’s National Conference

August 20, 2014

Clean Yield is excited about the long-anticipated launch of the Slow Money Vermont network this fall. The inaugural event will take place September 16 at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. Slow Money founder and author Woody Tasch and Green Mountain Organic Creamery’s Cheryl DeVos will be guest speakers.

The launch of Slow Money Vermont was several years in the making. Clean Yield’s Chief Investment Officer Eric Becker recalls, “I discussed the idea with Janice St. Onge, ­deputy director of the Vermont Sustainable Job Funds as far back as 2009. I was then helping to launch Slow Money Boston, which got off the ground in June 2010, but Janice and I continued to talk off and on about a Vermont chapter. It wasn’t until last year’s national Slow Money gathering in Boulder that we felt there was enough momentum and interest to catalyze the development of a Vermont network.” Read more »

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Company Profiles

The Puppy Bowl & More: Discovery Communications (DISCA)

May 28, 2014

The Puppy Bowl, broadcast opposite the Super Bowl on Animal Planet, is television’s annual event “in which cuteness blankets the gridiron.” Puppies face off with chew toys and score an occasional, accidental touchdown.

Animal Planet is one of Discovery Communications’ signature networks. Discovery Communications is the largest “nonfiction” media company in the world. A leader in documentary programming, the company broadcasts in 224 countries in 45 languages. Its primary U.S. networks are the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery, and a joint venture with Oprah Winfrey, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Genres include science, exploration, survival, natural history, sustainability of the environment, technology, anthropology, health and wellness, engineering, adventure, lifestyles, and current events. The company’s strategy is to leverage programming content across distribution channels and geographic regions. Read more »

Women and Babies First: Utah Medical Products (UTMD)

May 27, 2014

Utah Medical Products has been in the business of health care for women and babies since 1978. Its products are designed to improve patient safety, clinical outcomes, and cost effectiveness. Its medical devices are used in critical care areas of neonatal intensive care, labor and delivery, and women’s health centers in hospitals, and they’re sold to outpatient clinics and physicians’ offices.  

UTMD’s four main products areas are 1) gynecology/electrosurgery/urology tools for procedures associated primarily with cervical/uterine disease; 2) obstetrics, labor, and delivery tools for monitoring fetal and maternal well-being and for reducing risk in performing difficult delivery procedures; 3) neonatal critical care devices for providing care to the most critically ill babies; and 4) blood pressure monitoring devices. The company’s international operations in Ireland, the UK, and Australia now exceed those in the U.S. Read more »

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