March 2008 Press Releases
Business Awards - March 26, 2008
Committee Certifies Election Results
- March 11, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Contact: Ginny Colbert (802) 828-2148
Canvassing Committee Certifies Election Results
Statewide canvassing committee certifies results of Vermont’s presidential primary
Montpelier. The Statewide Canvassing Committee met at 10:00 a.m. today at the Office of the Secretary of State to review the election returns, certify the results of the presidential primary, and announce the winners of the presidential primaries.
The Statewide Canvassing Committee is composed of the Secretary of State and the chair of the state committee of each major political party or his/her designee. The official report of the canvassing committee is posted on the Secretary of State’s elections results webpage at http://vermont-elections.org/soshome.htm
OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE CANVASSING COMMITTEE
In accordance with the provisions of 17 V.S.A. § 2607, we have met and canvassed the returns of votes for the President of the United States cast at the March 4, 2008 Presidential Primary in Vermont as filed in the Office of the Secretary of State. (Winners = Bold*)
1. **Registered Voters 421,987
2. Total votes counted 196,576
3. Votes cast, Democratic Party 155,279 79.0%
4. Votes cast, Liberty Union Party 462 0.2%
5. Votes cast, Republican Party 40,120 20.4%
**This number is inflated due to statutorily mandated delay in removing names of persons who have moved to another voting district, but who have not notified the clerk in writing of the change. (National Voting Rights Act of 1993)
I. For PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:
A. Democratic Party
Hillary Clinton, New York 59,806 38.6%
John Edwards, North Carolina 1,936 1.2%
Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio 1,010 0.7%
Barack Obama, Illinois* 91,901 59.3%
Write-in votes 307 0.2%
Total votes counted (blank and spoiled not included) 154,960
B. Liberty Union Party
Brian Moore, Florida* 178 44.6%
Write-in votes 221 55.4%
Total votes counted (blank and spoiled not included) 399
C. Republican Party
Rudy Giuliani, New York 931 2.3%
Mike Huckabee, Arkansas 5,698 14.3%
John McCain, Arizona* 28,417 71.3%
Ron Paul, Texas 2,635
Mitt Romney, Massachusetts 1,809 4.5%
Write-in votes 353 0.9%
Total votes counted (blank and spoiled not included) 39,843
Contact Ginny Colbert: 802-828-2148
Release: March 13, 2008
New Business Starts Slow Down in 2007
Filings with Vermont's Secretary of State's Office show new business starts lagging in 2007
Montpelier. Secretary of State Deb Markowitz announced today that the number of new businesses registered with her office's Corporations Division during the year 2007 have declined as compared to prior years. As of January 1, 2008, there were registered in Vermont 16,561 Vermont corporations, 8,848 foreign corporations (out-of-state companies doing business in Vermont), 43,143 trade names (sole proprietorships), and 15,641 limited liabilities companies. Of these, 9,452 were newly formed in 2007. This is somewhat less than the 9,971 new businesses that registered in 2006.
Secretary of State Deb Markowitz said, “The slow down of newly formed business entities is a change from the steady increases we have seen over the past decade. It may simply be an anomaly or it may reflect Vermonters’ concerns about a potential recession or it could be a result of the contraction of the lending market.” Markowitz said, “Although 500 fewer new businesses registered in 2007 than the previous year, it is important to remember that this is considerably more than what we saw a decade ago.” In 1997 there were 7,235 new business registrations, which is over 2,000 less than in 2007.
"In past years we have found that our business-starts statistic is a good barometer of confidence within the business community,” said Secretary Markowitz. “The fact that we continue to have over 9,000 new businesses registering in the state is good news, but we should be watching carefully to see whether the slight decline is an aberration or the start of a new downward trend,” Markowitz said. According to Markowitz, corporate dissolutions are also up slightly. The 867 dissolutions in 2007 represent a small decrease from the 883 dissolutions in 2006.
The 9,452 new Vermont business starts in 2007 include businesses that have been formed as corporations, as limited liability corporations and those using a tradename. Markowitz said “We did not see a decrease in every form of business entity this year. This year we saw continued growth in new businesses forming as LLCs.” Markowitz said, “With the exception of last year, over the past six years the number of new LLCs has increased by about 300 a year,” said Secretary Markowitz. “In 2007 about 260 more new LLCs formed as compared to 2006.”
Markowitz said “The 929 new foreign corporations filed in 2006 represent a decrease of about 40 from the new filings registered in 2006.”
In addition to seeing a decrease in growth for certain for-profit enterprises, the Secretary of State's office also experienced a decrease in filings of new non-profit corporations. The 413 new nonprofit corporations represented 50 fewer filings than in 2006.
The Office of the Vermont Secretary of State licenses and registers foreign and domestic corporations, non-profits, LLCs, and tradenames and is the repository for Uniform Commercial Code filings. Information about the services offered by the Corporations Division, including registration forms and searchable databases, is available at www.sec.state.vt.us.
Secretary of State’s Office – New Business Registrations
Contact Ginny Colbert: 802-828-2148
Vermont Centennial Business Awards Ceremony
Secretary of State’s Office joins with Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce to honor Vermont’s oldest businesses.
Montpelier. The 2008 Vermont Centennial Business Awards ceremony will be held Thursday, March 27, at the Vermont Statehouse. A reception will begin at 4:30 p.m.; the ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m.
The Vermont Centennial Business Awards is a joint project of the Office of the Secretary of State, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine. The Vermont Centennial Business Award acknowledges Vermont’s oldest businesses for enriching our economic heritage. We also hope that this program will deepen our understanding of how Vermont’s businesses have enhanced our community life during the last hundred years. Governor Douglas is scheduled as the guest speaker. Awardees also have the opportunity to display historic artifacts from their businesses.
This year’s recipients are: