Community Capital is one of 41 organizations nationwide to recieve a Technical Assistance Award from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s CDFI Fund. CDFIs – Community Development Financial institutions – are specialized organizations that respond to financial gaps in their local markets.Totaling $50,000, this grant will be used by Community Capital over the next two years to fund a variety of activities that will improve Community Capital’s ability to offer flexible and affordable financing and technical assistance to new and growing businesses that do not yet have access to traditional bank financing.Specific activities include: a tri-county market assessment for Orange, Lamoille, and Washington counties to identify unmet demand for alternative commercial financing, an internal organizational assessment conducted by CDFI industry leaders, board and staff training, strategic planning, and technology upgrades.Founded in 1995 as the Central Vermont Revolving Loan Fund, Community Capital has lent over $1.5 million in flexible and affordable loans to 58 micro and small businesses that are not yet able to qualify for a traditional bank loan. Almost half of those businesses have in turn benefited from over 1,000 hours of specialized post-loan business counseling, a unique program available only to borrowers of Community Capital.Other funding for Community Capital comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Vermont Community Development Program, and a variety of local bank and other private donations. For more information, contact Emily Kaminsky at 802-479-1053, ext. 263. Or, visit our website at www.cvcapital.org(link is external). Community Capital is a partner of Central Vermont Community Action Council.
Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster From survivor’s guilt to the action girl, Doctor Who‘s cup runneth over with repetitive motifs.Each week, I’ll tackle another trope, examining its use, effectiveness, and relevance to the long-running BBC show. See if you can spot this one.One of these things does not belong… (via BBC)UNUSUALLY UNINTERESTING SIGHTMeaning: Something blatantly unusual, yet nobody seems to notice it.Usage in Doctor Who: No one uses blue police boxes anymore.The police box played an important role in Great Britain through the late 1960s/early ’70s.A communal call box for use by lawmen and the public, its telephone was hidden behind a hinged door, allowing people to make calls from outside; the interior served as a miniature police station.Popular in the mid 20th Century, the receptacle was eventually phased out by the introduction of personal radios.So why, then, does no one throughout all of space and time ever question the random appearance of a blue police box?Rose and the Tenth Doctor hurry into the conspicuous TARDIS (via BBC)“There’s no police boxes anymore, so doesn’t it get noticed?” Mickey Smith, Rose’s boyfriend and short-lived companion, intuitively asks in season one episode “Boom Town.”“Let me tell you something about the human race,” the Ninth Doctor counters. “You put a mysterious blue box slap-bang in the middle of town, what do they do? Walk past it. Now stop your nagging. Let’s go and explore.”The character makes a more convincing argument in season three when the Tenth Doctor explains that the TARDIS is equipped with perception filters, which averts attention from an object; normal beings subconsciously want to look away from the time machine.“It just shifts your perception a tiny little bit,” he tells Martha and Jack, handing them each an enchanted TARDIS key. “Doesn’t make us invisible, just unnoticed.”Rigsy’s flowery memorial to Clara (via BBC)The filter, however, doesn’t always work: In “The Fires of Pompeii,” the box is mistakenly sold to a local marble merchant as a piece of “modern art.”Speaking of unusually uninteresting sights, the Doctor’s rotating wardrobe of two outfits (and some period costumes when necessary) is more often than not glossed over by passersby, acquaintances, and even his traveling companions.Would you not be at least slightly curious if you saw a tall, lanky man wearing suspenders, a bow tie, and a fez perched atop his perfectly coifed hair, strolling through 19th Century London? I thought so.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.