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AG and coalition win preliminary injunction to protect food assistance

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 4:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan today announced that the US District Court for the District of Columbia has enjoined the Trump administration from unlawfully cutting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, known in Vermont as 3SquaresVT. In the lawsuit, a coalition of 20 states and New York City challenged a new US Department of Agriculture rule that would have pushed nearly 700,000 struggling Americans, including 200 Vermont families, out of the SNAP program.

VBSR: Helpful business COVID-19 Webinar series featuring Welch, Let's Grow Kids, more

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 4:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announces a series of webinars connecting businesses dealing with the impacts of the novel coronavirus to resources and best practices relating to available funding, childcare options, employee support resources and virtual workplaces. These webinars are free for VBSR members, and $20 for non-members. 

Vermont Legal Aid service update

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 4:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Following the Governor’s State of Emergency declaration on March 14, 2020, Vermont Legal Aid will continue to serve its clients via telephonic and electronic means.  While we have discontinued in-person access to our offices, clients may still contact our intake helpline at 1-800-889-2047 to receive assistance.  Clients with a legal or benefits problem related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak also may receive assistance by going to

Makers of Barr Hill Gin share company spirit with workers

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 4:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont-based distillery Caledonia Spirits remains committed to its 72 employees. Although Caledonia Spirits is New England’s largest distillery, it’s still a local business in an industry that is being hit incredibly hard by COVID-19. In fact, the vast majority of companies in the wine, spirits, and beer industries have had to lay off workers and cut production by now. But Caledonia Spirits has put its people first, paying them full compensation and benefits through these uncertain times and committing to doing so through at least April 5.  

Department of Taxes releases guidance for upcoming tax due dates

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 2:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Scott has directed the Commissioner of Taxes to exercise his authority to provide relief to Vermont businesses who owe Meals and Rooms Tax or Sales and Use Tax until further notice. Many of our local businesses find themselves unable to meet the March 25 and April 25 filing deadlines due to the implementation of mitigation steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. Taxpayers who are unable to meet the deadlines will not be charged any penalty or interest on these taxes for late submissions.

Wi-Fi Hot Spot Map to help Vermonters access Internet during COVID-19

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 12:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the Vermont Department of Public Service has released an interactive Public Wi-Fi Hot Spot Map to help Vermonters connect to publicly available internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The map includes the location of the Wi-Fi hot spots and pertinent information about how to access them, including places where users can access Wi-Fi from outside the building or in a parked vehicle to encourage social distancing.

Letter from the Vermont Business Roundtable in response to COVID-19 outbreak

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 12:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Roundtable We believe that limiting the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis is the most important step we should take at this time. Doing so will reduce the public health threat that must be addressed before our economy will be restored – at the state and national levels – to a new normal. Our extremely talented health care professionals and institutions are working in a coordinated fashion to serve the public. Their request of us is straightforward: 1) prepare for the long term, this won’t disappear in two weeks; 2) stay home; and, 3) for those who can’t stay home, to maximize healthy and sterile protocols. We urge all Vermonters to honor their requests. We can flatten the severity and duration of this outbreak to the benefit for everyone, if we respect the social distancing guidance of health care professionals.

Heavy wet snow could cause scattered power outages Monday PM

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 11:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) is prepared to respond as quickly and safely as possible for customers as forecasters predict potential scattered outages due to a storm bringing in the possibility of several inches of heavy wet snow to Vermont. GMP tracks multiple forecasts to be able to most effectively respond for customers during evolving weather situations, and now with COVID-19, also made operations adjustments to increase safety for crews and customers including social distancing. GMP is also encouraging customers to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from crews, following CDC social distancing guidelines for health and safety.

President Garimella communication to UVM students, faculty and staff

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 9:14am -- tim

University of Vermont This communication went out to UVM students, faculty and staff at 8:05 Monday morning. In his message, UVM President Suresh Garimella said that while remote instruction will continue, all students, whether they are staying in dorms or off-campus, should return to their homes. If they are unable to return home, they should contact the Office of Residential Life immediately for further guidance.

State of Vermont guidance for businesses

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 9:00am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The most recent amendments to Governor Scott’s emergency declaration include: All close-contact businesses are required to close by 8 pm on Monday, March 23, including gymnasiums, fitness centers and similar exercise facilities, hair salons and barbers, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors; Updated community mitigation measures further restrict the size of mass gatherings to 10 or less; All non-essential adult elective surgery and medical and surgical procedures, including all dental procedures, are ordered to be postponed in the safest but most expedient way possible.