Updated Sector Guidance
Be sure to check back periodically for any new updates to sector guidance information on the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order. The newest updates will be marked in red.
Pandemic Information Webinar Series for Vermont Businesses
Please join the Vermont Department of Health and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development for a weekly webinar series focused on health and commerce updates for the business community.
- Wednesday, November 25, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
- Join online (Microsoft Teams)
- Join by phone: (802) 828-7667, Code: 47748146#
- Webinar slides
Technical Assistance Program Available
ACCD encourages all businesses to look into free technical assistance options now available through the Small Business Recovery Technical Assistance Program. Business support remains available in a variety of areas being provided by the state’s 12 regional development corporations, Champlain College, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Northern Community Investment Corporation, and the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.
Guidance Clarification for Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Grants
ACCD guidance had previously stated that all businesses receiving a Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Grant must spend the grant money by December 30, 2020. We are pleased to clarify that if a business obtains an Emergency Economic Recovery Grant for qualifying losses incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020, the awarded grant funds are not required to be spent by the business by December 30, 2020.
Virtual Town Hall and Job Fairs
The Department of Labor (DOL) continues to host Town Halls for businesses on unemployment insurance as well as virtual jobs fairs for a variety of sectors. The next job fair will be Thursday, November 19th, and features opportunities for Veterans and all Vermonters. On Monday, November 23rd, DOL will host a Virtual Town Hall for businesses with key updates and important information on unemployment insurance, including an open Q&A.
E.M.B.R.A.C.E. Grants Still Available
The Vermont Community Action Partnership and the Micro Business Development Program have come together to establish the Economic Micro Business Recovery Assistance for the COVID-19 Epidemic (E.M.B.R.A.C.E.) direct grant program to support the smallest Vermont micro businesses owned by an individual with a "household" income at or under 80% of state median "household" income. Grant monies remain available for this program; visit the program website for full details.
Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
Consider how the re-opening process and operational changes might impact compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The health and safety guidance provided by ACCD does not negate any obligations as outlined by the ADA. Refer to A Primer for Small Business for additional information.
Upcoming VT PTAC Webinars
Whether your business is new to government contracting or is a seasoned vendor, VT PTAC is offering a series of webinars featuring workshops and insights to help all businesses find pathways to government contracts.
Webinar: Diagnosing Your Business Health
Join a free, informational webinar Diagnosing Your Business Health, designed to help you ensure your business is on the right path. Presented by UVM and Dan Feliciano of OpEx90, the webinar will help business owners identify, rank, and prioritize the actions your business should take to improve its sustainability and profitability.
- Wednesday, December 16, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Vermont Everyone Eats Pays Restaurants to Help Feed Vermonters
Restaurants negatively impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to sign up for the Vermont Everyone Eats digital voucher program, powered by Localvore. The COVID-19 crisis has dramatically increased the number of Vermonters who are having difficulty accessing adequate food. Over 100 Vermont restaurants are already receiving $10 per meal from Vermont Everyone Eats. Funding for the program is still available to eligible restaurants on a first come, first served basis through the end of December.
PPP Forgiveness Webinar
The SBA Vermont District Office hosts a twice-weekly webinar to discuss Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30am – 12:30pm
- Join online
- Join by phone: (202) 765-1264; Code: 237511921#
Simpler PPP Loan Forgiveness Application for Loans of $50,000 or Less
To streamline the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness process, a simpler application for loans of $50,000 or less was recently released. More than 8,000 Vermont small businesses are eligible to use the new, simpler form. Download the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S.
Second Round of Hazard Pay Grants Available
The new round of hazard pay grants for essential workers launched on October 28, 2020 and funds will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. The first round was limited to essential workers in the healthcare sector. This new round of hazard pay grants expands eligibility to many additional sectors including lodging, traveling nurses, janitorial services, retail and food service, childcare, and more.
Agriculture Grants Support Resources
The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets continues to offer resources to those looking to apply for grants related to farmers markets, farm to school programs, dairy, and working lands initiatives. A new series of two-minute videos is now available to help guide applicants through the application process. Many of the programs have deadlines in early November.
Mask Mandate Signage Available
ACCD has available signage for businesses, organizations, and partners to help inform that masks are required in Vermont. The signage options also include posters to help explain why it is important to wear a mask and are part of the larger statewide mask education effort being coordinated through ACCD and the Agency of Human Services.
Restaurant Industry Survey
The Vermont Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Vermont Independent Restaurants, is conducting a short survey to continue to learn about the impacts of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry. Data collected will be used for continued restaurant relief and recovery advocacy work. The survey takes less than 3 minutes to complete.
Restart Plan Templates Available
The Work Smart and Stay Safe initiative requires businesses that closed for 7 days or more to adopt or create a sector-specific reopening and training plan before reopening. Restart plan templates are available and can help businesses establish best practices as they reopen and train employees on safety precautions and protocols.
PPE Survey for Businesses
Various Vermont business organizations have come together to launch a survey for employers to help quantify the use, demand (current and future), and supply of masks/face coverings around the state. Participation in the survey will help inform ongoing efforts to assist Vermont employers in securing the masks/face coverings and other PPE they need to operate safely.
Recovery Resource for Communities
The Local Support and Community Action Team, a committee of the Economic Mitigation & Recovery Task Force, is developing strategies to speed long-term community recovery. Their new website shares stand-out examples of best practices and other news in the Vermont community recovery.
Archived Q&A Webinars for Municipalities
Find previous question and answer webinars with Deputy Secretary Ted Brady that covered best practices, tools, and resources for municipalities. This event series was jointly hosted by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) and ACCD.
Resources for Vermont's Creative Sector
The COVID-19 outbreak brings particularly uncertain and challenging times for Vermont's creative sector, and the Vermont Arts Council is working to enable artists and arts and culture organizations to respond effectively. Visit the Council's COVID-19 Resource Page to find information about special funding opportunities, recovery and response events for the creative sector, and how to stay connected through virtual art experiences while social distancing, and more.
Mandatory Safety Training
All employees returning to work according to the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidelines, including those already working, must complete a mandatory training on health and safety requirements as provided by VOSHA, or another training program that meets or exceeds the VOSHA-provided standard. The Department of Labor has posted training materials in both online and printable formats. Completed training certificates should kept on hand by each employer.
Business Impact Assessments
ACCD wants to hear from all Vermont businesses impacted by the response to the COVID-19 virus. Please share these impacts via the ACCD Business Impact Form, which will help us assess the full impact as we work toward solutions.