Finalists for Lever's Bennington County Intrapreneur Challenge

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Representatives from five Bennington County companies will compete for a $25,000 award as finalists in the Bennington County Intrapreneur Challenge. 
 
"I'm excited to work with these five very different, and very interesting, Bennington companies," said Lever Executive Director Jeffrey Thomas. "By supporting these teams' innovations through Lever's Challenge program, we hope to see business success that leads to jobs, revenue, and economic development for Bennington County."
 
This new program from Lever is designed to help existing companies use the tools of entrepreneurship to create new, innovative products and services that will grow revenues and create jobs. 
 
Grateful Dog Training, Star Wind Turbines, Old Mill Road Media, Authentic Designs, and MSK Engineers will participate in Lever's program. These companies will be supported by research by Bennington College students, through a series of workshops on applying methods that startups use, and by a group of expert mentors. 
 
Mentors are John Antonucci of LaunchVT; Michael Cushman, formerly at St. Gobain and now retired; Michael Marchinetti of OC&C Strategy Consultants, Shari Siegel of Ranieri Partners; and Jeffrey Thomas, Lever's executive director. The Challenge will culminate with a final pitch event in March 2022. 
 
 
About the Finalists
 
 
Authentic Designs, West Rupert, Vt.
Authentic Designs is a 50+ year-old manufacturing company specializing in the reproduction of 18th- and 19th-century lighting. Authentic Designs is developing a new line of early 20th-century reproduction lighting and developing a method to use solar energy or other renewable energy to power period-specific light fixtures. 
 
Grateful Dog Training, Manchester, Vt. 
Grateful Dog provides hands-on dog training services with a focus on positive reinforcement. The company is currently working to develop an online platform with video tutorials to support personalized learning plans for dog/handler teams as well as a "Rescue Dog Detox and Development" program with online support.
 
MSK Engineers
MSK is a team of civil engineers working on innovations in the identification and replacement of lead drinking water service lines. Through MSK's work with the Town of Bennington, the company implemented a novel approach to identify lead drinking water pipes, which it plans to bring to other municipalities in the region and beyond.
 
Old Mill Road Media
Old Mill Road is a media company that publishes Vermont Magazine, Vermont News Guide, Berkshire Magazine, Stratton Magazine, and Manchester Life. Old Mill Road is developing a new regional magazine and specialty guide to launch in 2022.
 
Star Wind Turbines
Star Wind Turbines is developing a new small wind turbine design that would have the capability to power and heat a single home. This product would also be able to connect to single or three-phase power grids or combine with solar panels, creating an energy solution that combines sustainable sources.
 

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Cleveland Clinic's Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Michael Roizen, MD, chief wellness officer emeritus at the Cleveland Clinic and leading health and wellness communicator, is the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly. 
 
Viewers are invited to tune in at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29. The show will address the power of everyday choices in preventing disease and prolonging productive and enjoyable lives.
 
The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see the show on facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available to view or download as a podcast on svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.
 
Dr. Roizen began his career with a tour of duty in the Public Health Service. After nine years on the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, he chaired the top-10-rated Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago. He then became dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for Biomedical Sciences at SUNY Upstate. After serving as CEO of the Biotechnology Research Corporation of Central New York, he accepted a position as chair of the Anesthesiology Institute at Cleveland Clinic, responsible for over 180 operatories, 124 critical care beds, and 28 pain therapy-intervention units. In 2007, Dr. Roizen was named chief wellness officer at Cleveland Clinic, the first such position in a major healthcare institution in the United States. Dr. Roizen also served as founding chair of the Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic from 2007 to 2017.
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