Winter brings delicious comforts and exhilarating pleasures to Vermont. There’s no better way to celebrate the season than a well-planned visit to the Green Mountain State, using the Vermont Chamber 2003 Vermont Winter Guide and the Ski Vermont Map.The dynamic combination of the Guide and the Map points the way to Vermont’s hot spots, on and off the slopes. A variety of visitors will find the Guide invaluable, to learn where to feel the freedom of Vermont’s most thrilling trails, the best places to shop for everything from treats to antiques, and to locate the spas services winter bodies crave.The Vermont Winter Guide will help visitors dream, then help them take care of reality, knowing what to expect from the lodging they choose. At the end of the day, there’s nothing like slipping into an outdoor hot tub while relaxing at a Vermont country inn, legendary for hometown charm and hospitality. The listings in the Vermont Winter Guide will help you find your B & B, country inn, resort, or hotel; the Ski Vermont Map will bring you there.The Resources Section of the Winter Guide presents a portable library that will fit in any suitcase: Alpine and Nordic ski areas; snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding and ice fishing; maple sugarhouses, museums, and galleries; the Vermont Chamber Top Ten Winter Events, and more. Over highways and back roads, to resorts and beyond, choose entertainment from the Winter Guide to tickle any visitor’s fancy, then turn to the Ski Vermont Map to find the way.The 2003 Vermont Winter Guide, the Ski Vermont Map, and other Vermont information is available free of charge at 1-800-VERMONT or (802) 223-3443, or order information online free of charge from the Vermont Chamber website, www.vtchamber.com(link is external). The Guide tourism listings and editorial are also available on the Vermont Chamber’s website at www.vtchamber.com(link is external).
24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Financial fraud’s effect on your members extends much further than their pocketbooks.Nearly two-thirds of financial fraud victims admitted to serious issues with stress, anxiety, sleep, and depression, according to findings from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.“Fraud’s effects linger and cause distress well after the scam is over,” says Gerri Walsh, FINRA Foundation president.Beyond the psychological and emotional costs, nearly half of fraud victims reported incurring indirect financial costs associated with the fraud, such as late fees, legal fees, and bounced checks, the report indicates. Twenty-nine percent of respondents said they incurred more than $1,000 in indirect costs as a result of the fraud, and 9% declared bankruptcy.Because of the personal relationships you’ve developed with members, you can play a key role in helping them address this trauma—and avoid falling victim to these scams in the first place. continue reading »