On May 23 and 24, business leaders from across Vermont, New England, New York and Canada will congregate at Northern New England’s largest business-to-business trade show, the Vermont Business & Industry EXPO. This 23rd annual exposition of business resources and networking opportunities will take place at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington, VT.One of the new events this year is the KPMG / Northfield Savings Bank Business Breakfast, kicking off the two-day festivities. The event this year will feature Mr. Alex Wolff, senior writer for Sports Illustrated and President and General Manager of the ABA’s Vermont Frost Heaves. Mr. Wolff will share his business experience of bringing pro basketball to the Green Mountains. The Vermont Frost Heaves have quickly gained a loyal following in Barre and Burlington with their competitive and entertaining team.Tom Pelletier, President of Northfield Savings Bank, stated, “We are delighted to have Alex Wolff kick off the inaugural KPMG / Northfield Savings Bank Business Breakfast, and look forward to learning about the business side of professional sports.”Ken Deon, Managing Partner of KPMG, added, “The Vermont Business and Industry EXPO continues to play a significant role in promoting Vermont’s business economy. Our partnership with Northfield Savings Bank will enable EXPO to start off strong.”The EXPO Tradeshow will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 24. The show features nearly 200 exhibitors on the EXPO Tradeshow floor and 3,000 business professionals from Vermont, New York, Quebec, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.A full schedule of events, and more information about speakers, seminars and awards, is available online at www.vtexpo.com(link is external).The Vermont Business & Industry EXPO is organized by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. EXPO is Northern New England’s largest business-to-business tradeshow featuring nearly 200 exhibitors and hosting 3,000 attendees. The EXPO Platinum Sponsors include IBM, Unicel and Vermont Business Magazine. Information about the show is available at www.vtexpo.com(link is external).
Marvin Billman, of Sunman, was born April 16, 1939, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Herbert and Mary Happ Billman. After spending time in the United States Army, on June 11, 1966, he married his beloved Viola L. Niese, setting the foundation for the most important part of his life: their family. Marvin retired from Batesville Casket Company after 47 years of employment. A known prankster, famous for his great one-liners, he was a “professional” volunteer, freely giving his time to St. Nicholas Church, Sunman Fish & Game, and the Kenneth L. Diver Post 337 Sunman American Legion, all of which Marvin was a member. In his spare time, he enjoyed turtle hunting, cooking, fishing, gardening, and butchering. On July 20, 2016, Marvin passed away at his home in Sunman. He will long be remembered as a wonderful example of a loving and giving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.Those surviving who honor Marvin’s memory include his wife Viola, children Diane (Pablo) Quiroz, Josie (Steve) Hornberger, and David (Cindy) Billman, all of Sunman; and John (Carrie) Billman of Brookville; fourteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his twin brother Melvin Billman of Batesville, and a sister, Darleen (Bud) Ritzi of Sunman. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents.Friends and relatives may visit with Marvin’s family on Friday, July 22, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman. Praying of the holy rosary will begin at 3:30 pm. The Requiem Mass, officiated by Father Shaun Whittington, will be celebrated at St. Nicholas Church, Sunman, on Saturday beginning at 11:00 am. Burial, with graveside military honors, will follow in the church cemetery.Memorial donations may be directed to St. Nicholas School, the Sunman Life Squad, the Sunman Volunteer Fire Department, or to a local food pantry. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Marvin Billman.
President Trump says his administration will resume talks with Mexico over tariffs and immigration Thursday after discussions ended without a deal Wednesday.Trump claimed via Twitter that the negotiations between Vice President Mike Pence and Mexico’s foreign minister made some progress, but not nearly enough.….talks with Mexico will resume tomorrow with the understanding that, if no agreement is reached, Tariffs at the 5% level will begin on Monday, with monthly increases as per schedule. The higher the Tariffs go, the higher the number of companies that will move back to the USA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2019 Five-percent tariffs on all Mexican imports are set to go into effect on Monday.They will gradually increase before topping out at 25-percent.Trump suggested that the higher the tariffs go, more companies will begin moving back into the U.S.It is possible that Mexico will agree to build and pay for Trump’s wall to avoid tariffs, according to reports.