The Vermont Family Business Initiative (VFBI) and the Coaching Center of Vermont have announced a partnership this week to assist Vermont family and privately owned businesses with transition, succession, and financial planning issues. The Coaching Center of Vermont joins Gallagher, Flynn and Company, and hmc2 Agency as current partners of the VFBI. The VFBI works with business owners and their successors to identify challenging transitional issues and develop strategies for successful business transition and strategic growth.Dann Van Der Vliet, Director of the VFBI, reflected on the new partnership, ‘We’re pleased that The Coaching Center is joining our efforts to assist family and other closely-held businesses in the state. Coaching is an emerging tool that many successful owners have utilized to implement change and execute their ideas more rapidly.’ According to a recent study, one on one coaching helped to increase productivity nearly 88%, as compared to 22% with just training alone. Since its inception in 2002, the Coaching Center of Vermont (CCVT), Inc. has been a leader in coaching and development ‘ both personal and professional. Located in the Champlain Mill in Winooski, the center comprises over a dozen professionally trained and credentialed coaches and is jointly owned by Liz Dallas and Lea Belair. In 2007 CCVT created the Vital Business division to better support businesses and organizations ready to grow their workforce by investing in their best talent. The division comprises additional coaches who specialize in business as well as strategic partners who offer their expertise in fields from finance to corporate wellness to career enhancement. Liz Dallas, founder of the Coaching Center states “The Coaching Center is committed to helping business owners succeed. This partnership with the VFBI represents a mutual opportunity for both parties to help business owners realize their full potential and expose a new generation to the benefits of coaching,” states Ms. Dallas.The Vermont Family Business Initiative is dedicated to supporting and strengthening the network of businesses that are family and privately owned. The VFBI serves family business owners, next generation leaders and key employees through a series of family business forums and affinity groups with peers in other successful family firms.For more information, go to http://uvm.edu/familybusiness(link is external)
Jordon Mutch has signed a four-year contract with QPR to complete his move from Cardiff. Press Association Manager Harry Redknapp has backed his third signing of the summer to reach “the next level” at the west London club. “Jordon’s a fine young player, with a big, big future,” said Redknapp. “He’s already shown what he can do at this level with Cardiff last season with a decent goals return – and this move will provide him with a great platform to take his game on to the next level. “He wants to learn and improve his game. He’s a good pro with a great attitude and this is a big opportunity for him at QPR.” Mutch fired seven goals and produced five assists for Cardiff in Barclays Premier League action last term, and admitted his delight at securing an immediate return to top-flight football. “I’m really delighted to be here, back in the Premier League,” he said. “I don’t see a better place for me than QPR at the moment. The club is heading in the right direction and I’m really excited about the season ahead. “I thought I had a good first season in the Premier League last year with Cardiff, so I was delighted when QPR came in for me and offered a route back to the top-flight. “I’m really happy to be here and hopefully we can do well this season.” The 22-year-old midfielder is expected to link up with his new Loftus Road team-mates on Thursday after Rangers agreed an undisclosed fee with the Bluebirds. QPR secured Mutch’s transfer after making an improved offer to Cardiff nearing the £6million-mark, Press Association Sport understands.