Economic Development

DBE & Small Business Certification: Prepare Now for VTrans Expanded Infrastructure Funds

Program Format: Online Meeting (Live)
Training Topics: Government Contracting, Other, Woman-owned Businesses
Description:

Join VT PTAC and VTrans Civil Rights for an in-depth look at how to do business with the State of Vermont. This webinar will focus on working specifically with VTrans in light of new funding from the federal Infrastructure Act – expected to be substantial. This funding will create contracting opportunities for all kinds of Vermont businesses to participate.

  • The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program at the Vermont Agency of Transportation encourages and supports the participation of the companies owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in transportation contracts.
  • The VTrans Office of Civil Rights Small Business Program strives to promote business opportunities by enhancing the capacity and capability of small and underutilized transportation related consultants and construction and service contractors

Discussion topics include:

  • How VT PTAC can assist your business with government contracting opportunities
  • DBE Certification for small businesses and minority and women-owned businesses with VTrans Civil Rights
  • What is the VTrans Small Business Program?
  • Understanding the benefits of business certification.
  • Advantages of obtaining your certifications now!
  • New and expanded contracting opportunities associated with the Infrastructure Act 

Presenter: Bonnie Sanders
Platform: GoToMeeting

Register here

A link to the webinar will be sent to registered attendees before the event.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Mitigating and Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace

UPDATE: CDC and Vermont Department of Health Guidance

(Updated 12.30.21) On Monday, December 27th, 2021 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced the shortening of the recommended isolation time for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 from a 10-day isolation to a 5-day isolation, followed by 5-days of strict mask adherence.  The Governor’s COVID-19 response team has reviewed this new guidance and adopted the new CDC policy for Covid-19 isolation and quarantine while adding an additional layer of recommended protection.

In addition to the CDC guidance, the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) guidelines allow Vermonters to end isolation after 5 days if they have gone 24 hours without a fever and have two negative antigen tests performed at least 24 hours apart, beginning no sooner than day 4 of their isolation period. Continuing to wear a mask around others through day 10 is strongly recommended by both the CDC and VDH.

ACCD recommends all businesses implement these guidelines with their employees and customers as well.  ACCD acknowledges there is currently a shortage of antigen tests available. This testing supply will increase rapidly in the coming weeks. As a result, businesses may have to default to the CDC recommendation alone for the time being.

ACCD strongly recommends that when tests become more available, employers require employees to have two negative antigen tests performed at least 24 hours apart, beginning no sooner than day 4 of their isolation period to ensure they are not returning while infectious. This is the best way to mitigate further spread of COVID-19.

Businesses are strongly encouraged to read the full guidance on the VDH website. Businesses can also find additional resources here.

COVID-19 Decision Tree (Update 12.30.21)

The COVID-19 decision tree has been updated to help businesses navigate close contact and positive cases in the workplace and the update reflects the new recommendations above.  

Employer Vaccine Mandates and UI

The Vermont Department of Labor held a webinar on January 6th, to go over unemployment insurance and the impact of employer COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The webinar, FAQ's and guidelines can be found here.

Mitigating COVID-19 in the Workplace Webinar

The Agency of Commerce and Community Development hosted a webinar on December 20th, to go over recommendations to reduce COVID-19 disruption in the workplace. Officials from the Agency of Human Services, Department of Health, Department of Labor, and Agency of the Administration presented and then answer questions from businesses.

 recording of that webinar  archived webinar slides

 

Thursday, December 30, 2021 - 7:30pm

Trade Opportunities in Africa

Africa, a continent of over 1.3 billion people, includes many of the fastest growing economies on earth (6 of the top 10). The African Continental Free Trade Area is the world’s largest common market by geographical size and soon by population. Africa is on trajectory to supersede China in demographic growth by 2023 and is expected to double its population in the next 30 years. Companies not engaged in the African markets risk losing out on one of the 21st century’s great growth opportunities.

Join Vermont DED and ETC for this virtual mission to make the right connections for the African market!

REGISTRATION 

For a Pre-qualified match meeting email: Hilary DelRoss hilary.delross@vermont.gov by May 15, 2021

MISSION HIGHLIGHTS

Continent-Wide Networks:

Based in South Africa, Zurcom International has extensive networks all over the continent and will find the best business matches for your industry. The virtual mission, unlike an in-person trade mission, need not be limited to one or two countries. Mission participants are guaranteed a minimum of 4 pre-vetted, pre- qualified matchmaking meetings.

Targeted Industries:

  • Healthcare/Medical Devices/Hospital Architecture
  • Education (tech platforms)
  • Information Technology
  • Mining/Energy Equipment/Technical Services
  • Agricultural Technologies
  • Water/Energy Systems
  • Veterinary Services

COST & ELIGIBILITY 

$3,500 per company*

* STEP Financial Assistance Awards are available for SBA-eligible Vermont companies seeking new international sales with reimbursement up to $6,000. Vermont STEP will cover 75% of costs to eligible companies

To apply for a STEP Financial Assistance Award, companies must meet the U.S. Small Business Administration’s definition of small business, and manufacture or perform at least 51% of the covered good or service in Maine, and meet any other SBA guidelines for receiving federal grants.

 

For more information: Contact Hilary DelRoss, STEP Program Manager, Vermont Division of International Trade

 

                            

 

 

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 8:45am to Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 3:30pm

Cybersecurity Resiliency for Defense Contractors

New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration Cyber Resilience Workshop
In this free educational event, defense contractors will learn about the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) cybersecurity clause, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, and future Cybersecurity Maturity
Model Certification (CMMC) requirements. Importantly, defense contractors will gain an understanding of what is meant by cybersecurity resiliency, how to manage their risk, and what steps they can take to ensure they adequately protect all information and the future of their business.

Topics covered include:
• Understanding cyber resiliency and cybersecurity risk management
• Understanding the drivers of risk management outcomes
• DFARS Requirements including Protecting Covered Defense Information, Flow Down and Incident Reporting
• Understanding and Utilizing Security Guidance: NIST SP 800-171
• Future Requirements (CMMC) and Audits
• What specific steps you can take to ensure you remain eligible to do business within the DoD Supply Chain

Who Should Attend:
Owners, CEOs, COOs, CIOs, Quality Managers and IT professionals of manufacturers and other companies with contracts within the Department of Defense Supply Chain, whether you’re a prime, subcontractor to a prime, or in a lower tier.

Date & time: 

APRIL 1ST, 2020
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Check-in starts at 8:30 AM
Event at 9:00 AM

Location:

BEST WESTERN
13500 S Willow St.
Manchester, NH 03103
Free parking is available

For more information and to register.

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Selling to the Government 101 - Rutland

Businesses will learn the basics to compete for contracts with the government whether it is state, local, or federal while also learning about socio-economic small business programs that may give them an advantage when competing for federal contracts.

“Selling to the Government can be a complex process. This class will help Vermonters learn where to start and which tools are available to them to simplify the process,” said Elizabeth Adams, presenter and counselor for VT PTAC.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 14, 2019
TIME: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
LOCATION: 67 Merchants Row, 3rd Floor Classroom Rutland, Vermont 05701

For more information and to register for the event, please visit https://vtptac.ecenterdirect.com/events or call (802) 828-5237. Space is limited.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Selling to the Government 101 - Hyde Park

The Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VT PTAC) in collaboration with the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) invites businesses to attend Selling to the Government 101 on February 20, 2019 at the Green Mountain Tech in Hyde Park. Businesses will learn the basics to compete for contracts with the government whether it is state, local, or federal while also learning about socio-economic small business programs that may give them an advantage when competing for federal contracts. This free event includes 30 minutes of networking time.

“Government contracting can be challenging. This class provides businesses with information to navigate through the challenges and the tools and resources available to be successful,” said Joanne Spaulding, director of VT PTAC.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
9:00am – 11:00am
738 VT Route 15 West
Hyde Park, Vermont

For more information and to register for the event, please visit https://vtptac.ecenterdirect.com/events or call (802) 828-5237. Space is limited.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Understanding the System for Award Management (SAM) - Burlington

Join the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VT PTAC) for a hands-on workshop on registering your business in the System for Award Management (SAM). SAM is an official U.S. government website encompassing several agencies where companies can register to do business with the federal government and renew their entity registration annually. This training is offered in Burlington and Hyde Park.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone already doing business or looking to do business with the federal government to get hands-on assistance to complete this complex database. With this specific workshop, attendees have the flexibility to come and go during the time frame while our experienced counselors are on hand to guide them through”, said Joanne Spaulding, director of VT PTAC.

While the Federal Government is in shutdown and affecting some contract work, knowledge of the System for Award Management is essential to working with the Federal government.

WHEN: Friday, February 8, 2019                           
TIME: 10:00am – 2:00pm                                    
LOCATION: 585 Pine Street                                           
Burlington, Vermont   
                            

For more information and to register for the event, please visit https://vtptac.ecenterdirect.com/events or call (802) 828-5237. Space is limited.

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Understanding the System for Award Management (SAM)- Hyde Park

Join the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VT PTAC) for a hands-on workshop on registering your business in the System for Award Management (SAM). SAM is an official U.S. government website encompassing several agencies where companies can register to do business with the federal government and renew their entity registration annually. 

“This is a great opportunity for anyone already doing business or looking to do business with the federal government to get hands-on assistance to complete this complex database. With this specific workshop, attendees have the flexibility to come and go during the time frame while our experienced counselors are on hand to guide them through”, said Joanne Spaulding, director of VT PTAC.

While the Federal Government is in shutdown and affecting some contract work, knowledge of the System for Award Management is essential to working with the Federal government.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

10:00am – 2:00pm

738 VT Route 15 West
Hyde Park, Vermont

For more information and to register for the event, please visit https://vtptac.ecenterdirect.com/events or call (802) 828-5237. Space is limited.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

2nd Annual Innovation Spaces Conference

Program schedule:

8:45 a.m. - Announcing the ThinkVermont Innovation Initiative

9-10 a.m. - America’s Largest Seed Fund, the Federal SBIR/STTR Program:  What Small Business Owners Need to Know

Facilitator: Jeralyn Haraldsen, PhD, Grant Proposal Manager, University of Vermont

10-11 a.m. - Starting a Coworking Space in Your Business or Your Community

11-11:30 a.m. - Building Capacity in Vermont for Innovation Spaces—How the State Can Help

11:30-12:30 p.m. - Interactive Discussions on State Support of Innovation Spaces

The Innovation Spaces Conference is a ThinkVermont event sponsored by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Vermont Technical College, Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, and Paul Frank & Collins.

For more information, visit https://www.thinkvermont.com/2018/10/10/2nd-annual-innovation-spaces-conference/

To register, visit  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/second-annual-innovation-spaces-conference-tickets-51079658634

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:30pm

Act 250: The Next 50 Years - Burlington

The legislative commission on Act 250 has scheduled six public forums. The first one was in Springfield on June 27 at 6 pm. Here’s a list of the remaining meetings:

  • July 25, Royalton (Chase Community Center, Vermont Law School)
  • August 22, Island Pond (American Legion)
  • September 5, Rutland (Franklin Conference Center)
  • September 10, Burlington (Burlington Elks Lodge)

We encourage industry partners to attend a forum so that your presence is noted on record. Your attendance and submission of written comments and suggestions about process improvement are important. It is unlikely that there will be another opportunity in the near term to weigh in on such an important topic for Vermont.

We believe that your attendance and submission of written comments and suggestions about process improvement are essential. There will not be an open public forum opportunity.

The structure of these public forums includes a brief introduction to Act 250, followed by small group activities to draw out participants’ priorities for the Vermont landscape and the Act 250 process. For example, in one exercise participants will be asked to prioritize values such as Agricultural and Forest Productivity, Settlement Patterns, Economic Development, Public Trust, and Scenic Natural Beauty. In another, participants will be asked to grapple with access and voice, exemptions, jurisdiction, permitting and appeals.

The Commission’s Facebook page is, at present, the best source of specific information about the meetings.

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 6:00pm

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