WBON Names New Chapter Coordinator

first_imgThe Women Business Owners Network (WBON) announces that Brooke Hauge Trottier, Attorney at Law, is the new chapter coordinator for the Upper Valley chapter.Brooke is a graduate of Vermont Law School has a law practice in South Royalton, Vermont. Her specialties include real estate transactions and estate planning, purchase and sales contracts, title searches, title insurance, deeds and other documents of transfer, last will and testaments, durable powers of attorney for health care, living will and terminal care documents, general or durable powers of attorney, and trusts. She can be reached at (802) 889-9401 or by email at [email protected](link sends e-mail).The Womens Business Owners Network (WBON) is a Vermont-based association of over 170 women business owners who support one another in the pursuit of business and personal success. WBON has monthly chapter meetings in Burlington, Brattleboro, Norwich, Rutland, Montpelier, and Malone, NY as well as conferences throughout the year.For more information, go to www.wbon.org(link is external) or call 802-363-WBON.###last_img read more

Dutch Utility Changes the Game by Showing Customers How to Buy Less Power

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享New York Times: When Eneco, a major Dutch utility, tested a promising energy monitor in several dozen homes, things could not have gone much worse. The company making the devices failed to deliver enough of them, and some of those provided did not work.But when Eneco sent workers to recover the monitors, something strange happened — a tenth of customers refused to open their doors. “They wanted to keep it,” said Tako in ’t Veld, a former Eneco executive who now leads the “smart energy” unit at Quby, the company that makes the energy meter. “They were so happy with the energy insight.”The test in 2010 was part of Eneco’s efforts to adapt to upheaval in the energy market. In recent years, large volumes of wind and solar-generated electricity have undermined the economics of traditional power plants and provided the outlines of a future in which conventional power plants no longer supply the bulk of a home’s electricity.Through acquisitions (including of Quby), by nurturing a cluster of start-ups and with other initiatives, Eneco has sought to provide new services to customers — and, in doing so, to enter new sectors, like the charging of electric vehicles and the repair of solar panels. “We said ‘we have to create an increasing customer loyalty by doing something different,’” said Hans Valk, chief executive of Quby and formerly the leader of Eneco’s consumer business. “What we are trying to do is switch from selling a pure commodity to selling energy as a service.”For instance, Eneco owns Jedlix, an electric vehicle charging unit, which has partnerships with Tesla and BMW and allows car owners to recharge their vehicles inexpensively when there are large supplies of renewable energy on the grid. Jedlix sometimes even pays them to do so.Eneco is also starting a business called CrowdNett which, unusually, pays customers for some of their power. Eneco looks for people who already have solar panels at home and tries to sell them a large home battery, like a Tesla Powerwall. Surplus power generated by the solar panels is stored in the battery and Eneco taps into a portion of that storage to help balance the electricity grid. Customers will receive 450 euros, or $530, a year for allowing use of their batteries.Eneco’s leaders concede that they are proceeding more by trial and error than following a grand plan. Still, these efforts may, over time, aid the company’s survival and contribute to creating ways to help consumers shift to cleaner energy.“They are very forward-looking in terms of strategy and mind-set,” said Roberta Bigliani, a vice president at IDC, a market research firm. If Eneco’s experiments flop, though, “they definitely will not be in operation in the future,” she said.So far, the experiment with its wall-mounted energy monitor, known as Toon, has been among its more successful.When Eneco first considered the test, the utility was locked in a profit-zapping battle with competitors, cutting prices for electric power and natural gas while giving customers gifts for signing up. Seeing the danger signs, Eneco’s management decided that a radical change was necessary.The Toon offered Eneco an opportunity to shift course and, despite early teething problems, Eneco expanded the rollout. The meters allow customers to control their domestic heating settings through a smartphone app, and they have displays that show electricity and natural gas consumption in detail, along with other information like weather forecasts.Full Story:  Dutch Utility Bets Its Future on an Unusual Strategy: Selling Less Power Dutch Utility Changes the Game by Showing Customers How to Buy Less Powerlast_img read more

How can credit unions come out ahead in a tie breaker?

first_imgMy brother jokes that there’s no such thing as bad pizza.That might be too strong a statement, but he’s not far off, if at all.So pizza is pizza, right? I’m not so sure.We do like pizza in the Demangone household. And living in Arlington, we have plenty of choices.We choose Lost Dog pizza.  Why?They deliver.They take plastic.You can order online and via mobile.The pizza is…really good.And, here’s the kicker – when you order their pizza and subs – you help find homes for lost dogs.And that last part is key.  If you know my family, you know how much we love animals. I can get pizza just about anywhere. But pizza that helps dogs? That’s harder to come by. (And again, it is great pizza.)People like buying things that matter. As long as it is good and convenient, the tie goes to the company you like more. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com/partner/nafcu Detailslast_img read more

Mesut Ozil ‘a totally changed player’ during Mikel Arteta’s training sessions at Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Mesut Ozil has responded well to Mikel Arteta’s arrival at Arsenal (Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has already made a major impact on Mesut Ozil as the midfielder’s performances during Arsenal’s training sessions have significantly improved, according to reports.Ozil’s future at Arsenal appeared to be under threat during Unai Emery’s reign as the midfielder was used sparingly during the first half of the season.But the 31-year-old has started in all three games since Arteta took charge of the team and is set to play a key role in the second half of the Gunners’ campaign.According to ESPN, Ozil has been revitalised by the faith shown in him by Arteta and has displayed a marked improvement during training sessions.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe report claims that sources inside the club describe Ozil as ‘a totally changed player’ since Arteta’s appointment and have been impressed with the midfielder’s performances in training. Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 5 Jan 2020 12:14 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.7kShares Mesut Ozil ‘a totally changed player’ during Mikel Arteta’s training sessions at Arsenal Advertisement Mikel Arteta views Mesut Ozil as a key part of Arsenal’s attack (AFP via Getty Images)It’s also claimed that Arteta has been quick to give Ozil specific instructions, urging the midfielder to take up ‘half spaces’ on the right side of Arsenal’s attack when they are in possession.Speaking earlier this week, Arteta made it clear that he views Ozil as a vital figure in Arsenal’s attack.‘I haven’t been surprised by Mesut’s performances because I know him well and his ability,’ said the Arsenal boss.‘But the structure has to be there to help him bring out everything he has inside.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He can’t do it all on his own. Nowadays, there are only two or three players in the world who can do that.‘I try to prepare the team with the strengths and weaknesses we have in mind. In these kind of positions Mesut can be very effective.‘Now I am hoping that he can sustain this level every three or four days and he’s putting in everything he has to try to do that.‘His physical numbers have improved so much and he’s willing every day in training.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

Mark Hughes sacked as Stoke manager after Cup exit

first_img“The fact we’ve gone out, even if it’s a little bit raw at the moment, might help us,” he said.“Has it changed anything (his future) markedly from this afternoon? Is it any different from the situation after the Newcastle game? I don’t think it is. It just highlights we need to do better.“But in the long term, certainly until the end of the season, it might be a blessing for us.”But Stoke’s hierarchy have decided they must act to avoid the club plunging into the Championship.Hughes looked to be on borrowed time when he rested all his established players for a 5-0 defeat at Chelsea in a bid to keep them fresh for a match against Newcastle.However, Stoke lost to Newcastle, despite Hughes restoring the key players to his starting line-up, in a damaging result that triggered an avalanche of criticism for the former Manchester United striker.Hughes, who was appointed as the replacement for Tony Pulis in 2013, leaves with Stoke in the bottom three on goal difference after winning only one of their last seven league games. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Mark Hughes was sacked as Stoke manager just hours after his struggling side’s shock FA Cup third round defeat at minnows Coventry on Saturday.Hughes was already on the brink of being dismissed prior to the 2-1 loss at fourth-tier Coventry following a miserable run that left the team languishing in the Premier League relegation zone.The limp nature of Stoke’s FA Cup exit proved the final straw as Hughes was axed three hours after the final whistle at the Ricoh Arena.“Stoke City can confirm that the contract of manager Mark Hughes has been terminated with immediate effect,” a statement on the club’s Twitter account read.“We would like to thank Mark for all he has achieved for the club over the last four and a half years, notably in guiding us to three successive ninth places finishes in the Premier League, and we wish him every success for the future.“The club will look to appoint a new manager as soon as possible and will be making no further comment at this time.”Hughes’ 200th game in charge of Stoke proved to be his last after Jack Grimmer’s second half strike gave Coventry the biggest upset of the third round so far.Charlie Adam had equalised with a 54th-minute penalty after Jordan Willis opened the scoring for Coventry.Speaking immediately after the match, former Manchester City manager Hughes was hopeful he would be given more time to lift Stoke out of the relegation zone. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more