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Vermont encourages supporting local producers during National Farmers Market Week

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 5:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This year, the annual campaign is centered around the essential role that farmers markets play in providing healthy local food access to everyone in our state during the coronavirus pandemic. Farmers Markets build prosperity among Vermont’s farmers and small businesses and help create healthy communities. Farmers market organizations are local food heroes! In the midst of a global pandemic, farmers markets — like all other small businesses — have been scrambling to continue operations for the farmers and communities that depend on them. Market managers across Vermont were able to quickly shift operations to ensure customer and vendor safety while continuing to serve the community. Always a hub for innovation, this season has highlighted the adaptability of farmers markets while emphasizing the need for investment in local food systems.

Coates: The imperative of treatment and incarceration alternatives in the age of COVID-19

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 3:49pm -- tim

Tricia Coates, Interim Executive Director, LUND For Claire, the pandemic has been harsh on her and her young children. Between juggling care for her children as a single mom already living in poverty before the pandemic, worrying about paying her bills because of reduced hours at work, and isolation from her support network, she sought relief in the drugs she hadn’t touched in three years.

Will Claire sink back into her addiction? Will she lose her job because of it? Will she lose her children? Will she lose her life?

Retreat Farm: A place like no other

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 2:28pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Right now, we all need a place to get away and unplug. Open space to run free, homelands to ground us, water views to rejuvenate our spirits. Filled with places to explore, learn, and unwind, Retreat Farm’s expansive property in Brattleboro is open and free to everyone. In addition to animals grazing on pasture and growing food to share with the community, the Farm has added a new labyrinth garden, arts installations, walking paths and trails, and interpretive signs about the history and nature of the property. Works by local artists Bob Boemig and Steve Proctor are yours to savor, with a sculpture by Miles Chapin and a tribute to Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason coming soon.

A florist spreads Sunshine during the Covid-19 crisis

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 12:47pm -- tim

by Amanda Kuhnert “This has been an incredibly trying time to be a small business owner,” said Nora DeMuth, owner of the Flower Basket in Hardwick. “I can’t remember ever needing to think through major decisions so many times and within such a short period of time like I’ve needed to do over the past few months.” The Flower Basket is known for its bright and cheerful floral arrangements made with locally grown flowers. But in order to stay open as an essential business during the Covid-19 crisis, this spring Nora quickly pivoted to offering more gardening-related supplies, such as seeds and vegetable plants.

OVRCC gathers for 63rd annual meeting

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 3:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce recently gathered for their 63rd Annual Meeting held at the Echo Lake Inn located just north of Ludlow along the Scenic Route 100 Byway in the Tyson Village of Plymouth. Innkeeper Tom Gianola was thanked for hosting & sponsoring the event. Gail Beardmore of Engel & Volkers in Ludlow was elected the incoming President of the Board. Former President Tom Gianola will remain on the executive committee serving as treasurer.

Chamber, REDC to merge to improve community development

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 5:38pm -- tim
More Efficient Organization Will Better Serve Region, Businesses

Vermont Business Magazine Two of Rutland County’s key community and economic development organizations have decided to merge. The boards of Rutland Economic Development Corporation and Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously Thursday to create a merged, streamlined organization to better serve their members and the greater Rutland region.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Mask mandate, retailers allowed 50 percent capacity

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 5:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As of tomorrow, August 1, people are required to wear a face mask or covering in public spaces any time it is not possible to keep a 6-foot distance from others who are not part your household. This includes both indoor and outdoor public spaces and group living settings (for example, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, apartment and condo complexes). Governor Phil Scott also announced Friday that retail operations can now operate at 50% capacity. Get more information from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

$500,000 VCAAP assistance now available to eligible Vermont agricultural fairs VCAAP

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 4:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) announced that the Agricultural Fairs Application opened today, Friday, July 31st, 2020, at 2 pm. The Coronavirus Relief Fund appropriations passed by the Vermont legislature includes $500,000 to provide financial assistance for eligible Vermont agricultural fair organizations who have experienced income loss, additional expenses, and event disruption as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Vermont Bond Bank launches first Infrastructure Month

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 2:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The need for infrastructure investment across the United States is a well-worn discussion point for policymakers and the media alike that is revisited every few months. To date, this has often materialized in infrastructure weeks that are long on promises but short on solutions. This coming August will be the Bond Bank’s first ever Infrastructure Month. The name was chosen to contrast the impossible with the possible through planning tools and data that can inform hard choices.

UVM announces extensive Coronavirus testing protocol

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 2:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont today announced a Coronavirus testing protocol that is believed to be among the most extensive among higher education institutions across the country. The protocol will begin at least five days prior to the date a student is planning to initiate travel to Burlington, and no later than Aug. 26 if the student is already in town. Students will then be tested upon arrival if moving into a residence hall, or on the first day of classes if they are living off campus. Students will be tested again after seven days, then weekly through September 18. Testing frequency for the remainder of the semester will be determined based on public health and medical analysis of the initial testing.

Tax Dept launches $2 million grant program for digitization of land records

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 1:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont's municipal offices that have been impacted by COVID-19 closures now have an opportunity to digitize their municipal land records, under a grant program created under Act 137 of 2020. The Vermont Legislature passed Act 137 of 2020 to distribute Coronavirus Relief Funds to various entities in Vermont. Sections 8 - 10 appropriate $2 million to assist municipalities in digitizing land records for online public access. The Agency of Administration, through the Vermont Department of Taxes, is responsible for distributing the grant funds.

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