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Published: November 9, 2023
Episode 83: Tino & Weiwei / VT PoC

The BIPOC community is the fastest-growing demographic in the state, with a 112% increase over the last decade. Tino and Weiwei are actively working to build generational wealth for BIPOC-identifying […]

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Published: November 2, 2023
Vermont BIPOC community identifies business challenges

Members of Vermont’s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, or BIPOC, business community participated in a series of forums and listening sessions from April to October. Several common challenges have […]

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Published: October 24, 2023
New study identifies ongoing challenges for people of color aspiring to open businesses

BURLINGTON, Vt. — A new study is revealing some of the challenges facing many businesses owned by people of color in Vermont, and the difficulties they are facing in remaining […]

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Published: October 23, 2023
Support network gives boost to BIPOC business owners

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – From access to capital to business basics, Vermont’s BIPOC small business owners face a range of barriers to growth, but there are resources available to help. […]

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Published: October 17, 2023
VT PoC: State’s BIPOC small business owners face range of hurdles

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) small business owners face a range of challenging barriers to growth, according to the just released results of extensive focus […]

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Published: September 21, 2023
After facing racism at a Middlebury middle school, a departing dean calls for stronger protections

Less than a year after taking a job as Middlebury Union Middle School’s first dean of climate and culture, Esther Charlestin has left the position. Hired last fall, Charlestin, 33, […]

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Published: September 6, 2023
Saint Johnsbury’s Mimi Duong: Where is she now?

“I’m here, you can keep me!” Following up with one of Vermont’s most enthusiastic new employees

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Published: August 23, 2023
How you can help Vermont’s Black-owned businesses succeed

August is National Black Business Month, and the Vermont Professionals of Color Network is offering resources and advice on how to support our state’s BIPOC-owned businesses. The organization says one simple but […]

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Published: August 2, 2023
Vermont network helps advance BIPOC economic recovery

BIPOC lead networks are supporting Vermont farms and businesses through collaboration and relief funds. The Vermont Professionals of Color Network and Vermont Releaf Collective are just two of many organizations […]

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Published: July 27, 2023
Company spotlight: The VT PoC

The Vermont Professionals of Color Network (VT PoC) wears many hats.  It’s hard to describe the organization’s contributions in a sentence, or even a paragraph. But understanding their most recent efforts to […]

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Published: May 22, 2023
How a new program aims to help BIPOC business owners in Vermont

A new program announced by the Department of Economic Development and the Vermont Professionals of Color Network will help BIPOC-owned businesses throughout Vermont. The BIPOC Workforce and Business Development Program […]

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Published: May 11, 2023
New collaboration to assist businesses owned by Black, Indigenous and people of color

Businesses owned by Black, Indigenous and people of color are eligible to receive technical assistance and development services through a new collaboration between Gov. Phil Scott’s office, the Vermont Department […]

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Published: May 10, 2023
BIPOC business owners in Vermont to receive state support

BIPOC businesses in Vermont are getting a boost from the Scott administration. A new partnership between the Department of Economic Development and the Vermont Professionals of Color Network will provide assistance to […]

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Published: January 12, 2023
Sullivan-Rutanhira-Stoddard: This housing obstruction has to stop

This commentary is by Megan Sullivan, vice president of government affairs for the Vermont Chamber of Commerce; Tino Rutanhira, co-founder and board chair for the Vermont Professionals of Color Network; […]

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Published: December 7, 2022
Giving local: What are your favorite ‘Made in Vermont’ gifts?

Finding the perfect holiday gift can be a challenge, especially one that captures the spirit of Vermont. This hour, we’re highlighting unique “Made in Vermont” gifts with artisans, cultivators, retailers […]

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Published: November 28, 2022
New effort to help more people of color land leadership roles in Vermont

A Vermont nonprofit is trying to increase the number of people of color on boards and in leadership positions. The organization behind this push is the Vermont Professionals of Color […]

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Published: November 14, 2022
‘People crossing paths’: How Vermonters maintain social connectedness in unequal times

For people of color in Vermont, sometimes making connections means building each other up outside of majority-white workplaces. Belan Antensaye, a board member of the Vermont Professionals of Color Network, […]

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Published: August 26, 2022
Champlain College honors Weiwei Wang as 2022 Distinguished Citizen

Vermont Business Magazine On Thursday, August 25th, Champlain College awarded its 2022 Distinguished Citizen Award to Weiwei Wang, co-founder, and director of operations and development of the Vermont Professionals of Color […]

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Published: April 7, 2022
Vermont Professionals of Color Network launches BIPOC Small Business Assessment Survey

Vermont Professionals of Color Network (VT PoC) announced the launch of their new survey to assess the needs of small businesses owned by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) […]

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Published: March 21, 2022
This is Why BIPOC Professionals Should Live and Work in Vermont, with Tino Rutanhira

“Vermont Professionals of Color advocates on behalf of 40,000 BIPOC Vermonters” VT PoC Founder, Tinotenda Rutanhira, talks career and professional development, supporting entrepreneurship and making VT an attractive place to live […]

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Published: February 25, 2022
US and Vermont’s top court picks could make history

On Friday, Governor Phil Scott said Waples will make an “exceptional justice”. Waples is the daughter of Chinese immigrants who fled the communist revolution in China. Some Vermonters dedicated to […]

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Published: February 3, 2022
VTPOC/BIPOC BUSINESSES, CALDECOTT MEDAL, WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES

We open the show learning about the Vermont Professionals of Color and the innovative BIPOC Business Directory that the organization has created. Next, we meet children’s book author and illustrator Jason Chin, recent winner […]

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Published: November 14, 2021
New website launched to support BIPOC professionals

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – The Vermont Professionals of Color Network is hoping to eliminate the economic and professional gap between white and BIPOC entrepreneurs, and increase visibility of BIPOC-owned businesses, […]

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Published: November 8, 2021
Vermont Professionals of Color Network launches redesigned website

A community-based network for BIPOC Vermonters has redesigned their website to increase access for business owners and others statewide. New additions to the Vermont Professionals of Color Network website include a directory […]

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Published: November 5, 2021
Check out this website highlighting minority business owners in Vermont

The Vermont Professionals of Color Network has redesigned its website in a bid to raise the profile of black, indigenous and minority business owners and others statewide. “Our primary goal during the redesign […]

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Published: October 28, 2021
Vermont Professionals of Color Network debuts new website

Vermont Professionals of Color Network (VT PoC) announced the launch of their redesigned website with the goal of increasing visibility of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) statewide, and […]

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Published: October 28, 2021
Vermont Professionals of Color Network’s new website redefines resource accessibility for BIPOC statewide

Burlington, Vermont: Vermont Professionals of Color Network (VT PoC) announced today the launch of their redesigned website with the goal of increasing visibility of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color […]

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Published: July 4, 2021
Burlington Mayor Honors ‘Heroes’ of COVID Emergency

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – Mayor Miro Weinberger has awarded 10 people or community organizations for their service to Burlington during the COVID-19 emergency. Some of those recipients included the Association […]

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Published: May 21, 2021
New BIPOC health equity group to tackle Covid-19 and larger health disparities

The leaders behind Vermont’s effort to vaccinate Black, Indigenous and people of color are launching a new organization to centralize the state’s effort to lessen vaccine disparities. It’s called the […]

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Published: May 13, 2021
New Initiative Created To Increase BIPOC Vaccinations In Burlington Area

A new initiative has been launched in Vermont’s most populous county to get people of color vaccinated against COVID-19. On Wednesday board members of the Vermont Professionals of Color Network […]

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Published: May 12, 2021
Vermont Health Equity Initiative to provide vaccination clinics for BIPOC through July

The Vermont Health Equity Initiative, a community partner organization managed by The Vermont Professionals of Color Network, announces a commitment to providing COVID-19 vaccination clinics for Black, Indigenous, People of […]

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Published: May 12, 2021
‘Building The Plane While We Fly It’: BIPOC Community Organizers Shrink The Gap On Vaccine Equity

Vermont has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country. But in early April, the vaccination rate for BIPOC – people who identify as Black, Indigenous or people of […]

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Published: September 25, 2019
Vermont Professionals Of Color: ‘We’re Not Alone’ VPR Interview

Two Vermonters have started a group for professionals of color across the state to connect, mentor and recognize one another. And they’re holding their second-ever event on Thursday, Sept. 26 […]

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