What do Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Cabot Creamery, and Wild Apple Graphics have in common? These outstanding businesses have all received the Deane C. Davis Award for their meaningful commitment to employees, community, corporate productivity, and the environment.Nominations are now being accepted for the Thirteenth Annual Deane C. Davis award, co-sponsored by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine. The winner will be unveiled at the May 21, 2003 opening ceremony of northern New England’s largest business-to-business trade show, the annual Vermont Chamber of Commerce Business and Industry Exposition (EXPO). Three award finalists are profiled in the May issue of Vermont Business Magazine.Nominations may come from the business itself, another business, a government agency, or an interested individual. Named after former Governor Deane C. Davis (1900-1990), the prestigious award reflects a simple yet meaningful tenet that Davis brought to the Governor’s office: business and satisfied employees enhance the economy and help the environment.The award criteria reflect four “Principles of Excellence”: 1) Continued growth in number of employees and/or sales; 2) Commitment of company resources, including employees, to community projects; 3) Recognition of Vermont’s environment as a natural and economic resource; 4) Creation of a positive work environment for all employees.Nominated businesses must have been headquartered in Vermont for 10 years.Perhaps the suspense makes the award even more special: even the finalists do not know who wins until the morning the Conference opens. The Vermont Business and Industry EXPO Selection Committee nominates the three finalists, then quietly selects the recipient.Contact Curtis Picard at the Vermont Chamber ([email protected](link sends e-mail), (802)-223-3443) with any questions or to receive a nomination packet. The application is also available on line in PDF format on the EXPO website, www.vtexpo.com(link is external). The application deadline for the Deane C. Davis award is March 7, 2003.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday in Paris that a China-EU investment deal could be reached by the end of the year.His remark came against a backdrop of persistent diplomatic tension between Beijing and the United States.Wang said Europe and China had a responsibility to work for “a more stable world” that would benefit from an agreement that has been in the works for several years. “We have the possibility to conclude one by the end of the year. We each need to take a step towards the other,” the minister told a conference organized by the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI).Wang is visiting European capitals to reinforce ties as relations with the US remain tense. Chinese and European experts have been working for seven years on a deal to protect foreign investments, reinforce respect for intellectual copyrights, end obligations to transfer technology and subsidies for Chinese public enterprises.The US is also trying to establish more balanced economic ties with China, but those efforts are struggling to make headway. In June, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said that work on an agreement with the European Union had become “difficult” and warned: “We need more ambition on China’s part to wrap up an agreement by the end of the year.” Topics :