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Scott signs second business grants bill, allows mail-in ballot bill to become law

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 4:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott announced actions on the following bills, passed by the Legislature. Notable among these bills is H.966, the second part of the Emergency Economic Recovery Grants. Scott also chose to let S.348 bill become law without his signature. This is the vote-by-mail bill that the governor disagreed with in its process but had said repeatedly that he would not "stand in the way" of.

DFR: Vermont boasts lowest COVID-19 positivity rate in nation

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 3:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) today released its weekly COVID-19 data and modeling update for Vermont. Governor Phil Scott said: "As we see concerning outbreaks across parts of the United States, we are fortunate the Northeast continues to move in the right direction. Here in Vermont, between June 26 and July 1, our seven-day average test positivity was 0.4 percent, the lowest in the United States."

Sanders demands mandatory federal COVID-19 protections in airline industry

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 3:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In light of a “stunning lack of federal government action to protect passengers, flight attendants, pilots, and other aviation workers,” Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) wrote to the heads of the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration, demanding that they “take immediate action to mandate that airlines protect passengers and employees and put safety over profit."

Nine Vermont cultural organizations receive national grants

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 3:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced nine Vermont arts and cultural organizations will receive $629,154 in highly competitive direct grants through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to mitigate the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

VEC launches 'ChargeItUp' incentive for electric yard equipment

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 1:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) today announced the launch of a new electronic device incentive program in which VEC members who purchase certain types of equipment can be entered into a monthly drawing to win a $100 bill credit. VEC’s “ChargeItUp” program is a way for VEC members who buy electricity-powered tools such as yard care equipment and other devices that have been traditionally powered by fossil fuels, to have a chance to win the bill credit and share their experience with the equipment.

Additional Economic Recovery Grant Webinars July 3

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Join the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Department of Taxes for a discussion and presentation on the Economic Recovery Grants available for businesses starting on July 6, 2020. The Webinar will cover eligibility requirements, grant award calculation information, grant application processes, and what documents businesses will want to have prepared and on-hand when applying.

Ticklenaked Pond achieves important water quality improvement milestone

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine After many years of suffering from algal blooms, poor water clarity, and other challenges, Ticklenaked Pond will be removed from Vermont’s impaired waters list when the 2020 update is published in August. The Ryegate pond has experienced five consecutive years of water quality improvements and the upcoming delisting will make Ticklenaked Pond the first lake or pond in Vermont to be restored to EPA-mandated phosphorus reduction goals.

Brewers have can-do attitude to overcome COVID-19 disruptions

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For the first time in Vermont Pub & Brewery’s history, two of their flagship beers were brewed outside of the pub and are available in cans. Today, July 2nd – just in time for the holiday weekend – Vermont Pub and Brewery (VBP) will release cans of their Burly Irish Red Ale and Forbidden Fruit beer.

July 4 holiday impact on Unemployment Insurance claimants

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Labor would like to encourage regular unemployment insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claimants to file their weekly claims by 6 pm on Thursday, July 2 to avoid delays in filing for next week due to the July 4 holiday. Claimants who are unable to file their weekly claim by Thursday, July 2 at 6 p.m. can still file their claim on Friday, July 3, but will see a delay in payment. More details about the impact of the July 4 holiday weekend can be found below.

VT Foodbank's Farmers to Families food box program continues through August

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:57am -- tim

Vermont Foodbank This July and August, Farmers to Families food boxes containing fresh produce, dairy products, and chicken will be available at multiple daily food distributions throughout the state. To keep wait times to a minimum, reservations will be required for the distributions. To register and see the dates and locations, please visit or call 2-1-1 if you do not have access to the internet or are uncomfortable using it.

Leahy announces two federal Farm to School grants

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:03am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) on Thursday announced that the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) and Food Connects have received US Department of Agriculture Farm to School grants totaling $153,767. The grants will help Vermont farms increase their sales to local schools and promote lifelong healthy eating habits among Vermont’s students. Food Connects, based in Brattleboro, received $99,900 to increase local food purchasing, throughout Vermont and western New Hampshire. VAAFM received $53,867 to develop systems for tracking local food purchases by Vermont schools. 

Vermont economic recovery grants to benefit creative sector

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 10:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont's H.966 legislation provides economic relief to businesses and organizations using funds that Vermont received from the Federal CARES Act. This support is for eligible Vermont businesses and organizations who have suffered a 50 percent or greater reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and economic crisis in a single month from March 1, 2020 to September 1, 2020, as compared to the same period in 2019.