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Front-line employees hazard pay grant applications to open for employers on August 4

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 4:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced that beginning Tuesday, August 4, public safety, public health, health care and human services employers whose employees worked to help mitigate or respond to COVID-19 may apply for hazard pay grant funds for their employees. The Front-Line Employees Hazard Pay Grant Program was established in Act 136 of 2020 using Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars to pay eligible employees who worked during the COVID-19 public health emergency from March 13 through May 15, 2020.

UVM Medical Center, CVMC, Porter submit FY2021 budget requests

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 4:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Last Friday, the Vermont-based hospitals of the University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center, Porter Hospital, and the University of Vermont Medical Center – submitted a collective fiscal year 2021 budget to the Green Mountain Care Board that charts a path to recovery, while meeting essential patient care needs and supporting employees with a slim, combined margin target of 2.2 percent. Vermont's community hospitals were required to file their proposed budgets to the GMCB by last Friday.

SBA recovery Webinars, Employee Ownership Conference Aug 18

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 4:38pm -- tim

SBA Vermont Learn about the unique benefits and challenges of employee ownership during a full-day virtual event August 18, featuring 15 informative workshops and a keynote by Blake Jones. The online event logistics will take place via Microsoft Teams with extensive support from the University of Vermont Conference and Events Services. The SBA Vermont District Office hosts a free daily webinar from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday to Friday to discuss Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness and other changes. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the SBA Vermont District Office hosts a free webinar from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays to discuss the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance, and any pertinent updates.

CCV expands options for high school seniors with extended early college deadline

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 4:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In response to uncertainties facing the Vermont high school class of 2021 as they plan for the future amid COVID-19, the Community College of Vermont (CCV) is giving students an extra month to enroll in its Early College program. Early College, supported by the Flexible Pathways Initiative created by Act 77, allows high school seniors to complete their last year of high school and first year of college simultaneously and tuition-free. CCV will now accept applications for fall 2020 until September 1st, a full month beyond its typical August 1st deadline. The new date is intended to provide students and families with more time and flexibility in making decisions for fall.

51 businesses named as Best Places to Work in Vermont 2020

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 3:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced the ranking of the top 51 Best Places to Work in Vermont 2020, at a virtual ceremony July 30, 2020.  These companies had the honor of saying they are a Best Place to Work in Vermont.

The awards program was created in 2006 and is presented in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management, Vermont State Council, (SHRM), the Vermont Department of Economic Development and Best Companies Group.

Vermont Airbnb hosts benefit from local travel

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 1:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As summer continues, families across Vermont are looking to their own backyards to safely get outdoors, taking to the road to see and stay in new nearby destinations that they may not have otherwise thought to discover. Along with providing a responsible way to enjoy a change of scenery, these local trips are ensuring that even more Vermont communities can benefit from tourism. In Vermont alone, Airbnb hosts statewide earned nearly $1.7 million from welcoming guests living within 300 miles during the month of June, and in many destinations, hosts have earned more welcoming local guests than they did in June 2019. The top trending destinations for local travel in Vermont -- with percentage increases in host income from nearby guests -- include: Killington (68%), Stratton (52%) and Stowe (32%).

Funding available for organizations through the Spark program

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 1:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Funding is now available for organizations and projects across the state of Vermont through the Spark Connecting Community second round of 2020 grant making. Spark awards grants in the range of $500 to $3,000 to further grassroots work that benefits the people and projects of Vermont communities. First-time grant writers are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. Thursday, October 15, 2020.

Former Governor Jim Douglas endorses Scott Milne for lieutenant governor

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 1:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Scott Milne for Lieutenant Governor campaign announced today the endorsement of former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas. Governor Douglas joins Governor Phil Scott and 38 currently elected Republican legislators to have endorsed Scott Milne for Lt. Governor ahead of the August 11th primary. Jim Douglas was governor of Vermont from 2003 to 2011.  

Economic Recovery Grant program expands eligibility to more businesses

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 12:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and the Department of Taxes today announced expanded eligibility for Economic Recovery Grants for Vermont businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the original eligibility criteria, a business was required to have at least one W-2 employee who was not an owner of that business. Starting today, August 3, businesses with at least one W-2 employee - now including those who are an owner - are also eligible and encouraged to apply.

Condos: Your Vote Is Your Voice – however you choose to exercise it

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 10:58am -- tim

by Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos I love voting. Going to the polling place to engage in the democratic process alongside family, friends, and neighbors is something I always look forward to. In fact, that is one of the reasons why I got involved in public service and ran to become your Secretary of State. Like so many other aspects of our lives, the COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for our elections process.