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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.

Green Lantern Solar and Bee the Change partner again

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 4:03am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Lantern Solar and Bee the Change have teamed up on a second New Haven solar project to plant and maintain pollinator-friendly ground cover.  The roughly 4.5 acre site will feature dozens of species of plants designed to attract species of pollinator insects and other beneficial bird species. This project follows up on a successful 2017 pollinator program that was completed by Green Lantern Solar and Bee the Change at a different array in the town.  That project has a completed “Scorecard” from the University of Vermont’s “Pollinator-Friendly Solar Initiative” and is featured on the UVM Agricultural Extension’s website.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Two new cases, VT one of top four states for testing

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 5:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is reporting today two new cases of COVID-19, one hospitalized and no deaths. According to a Harvard study, Vermont was one of only four states doing enough testing to subdue the coronavirus. Public health officials agree testing is critical to bring new cases down to a low enough level to allow everyday life to return to some semblance of normalcy. (The other three states were Alaska, Montana and Hawaii.)

Statement from Mayor Weinberger on activity at Burlington bars

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 5:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Four Burlington bars received written warnings from the State for violations of the Governor’s orders this past weekend. Those orders include limiting indoor operations to 50 percent capacity, having all patrons seated, prohibiting seating at the actual bar, properly spacing tables, limiting outdoor operations to a maximum of 150 people, having a designated health officer on site, and complying with other requirements.

AG reveals impact of Legal Community Fighting Hunger Food Drive

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 5:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Following the close of a two-week collective effort, Attorney General T.J. Donovan, Elizabeth Novotny, President of the Vermont Bar Association, and John Sayles, CEO of the Vermont Foodbank, announced the positive impact of the Vermont Legal Community Fighting Hunger Food Drive. For the past three years, the Vermont Foodbank, the Vermont Bar Association (VBA), the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), and many other law offices throughout the state have run the Lawyers Fighting Hunger Food Drive during Hunger Action Month each September.

Speaker calls on governor to sign the coronavirus relief funds package immediately

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 5:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont House Speaker Mitzi Johnson released the following statement: “Vermonters and Vermont businesses need relief now. The Coronavirus Relief Funds Recovery Package - H.966, H.965, and S.351 - were delivered to the Governor’s desk on June 30th. Vermonters need him to sign the bills now to ensure the money reaches the people and businesses that are waiting for it..."

State to launch business recovery grant program July 6

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 3:48pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), and Department of Tax today announced Vermont’s Economic Recovery Grant Program will launch on July 6. The grant program was first proposed by the Administration in May and amended by the Legislature. It utilizes federal CARES Act funding to provide direct cash grants to Vermont businesses who have seen lost revenue because of COVID-19. The first wave of money is largely directed toward restaurants and retail, which were hardest hit by the COVID-19 shutdowns that began in March.

BSD Superintendent Flanagan announces 100 Day Entry Plan

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 1:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On July 1, Superintendent Tom Flanagan launched his first day in the Burlington School District (BSD) by announcing an ambitious 100 Day Entry Plan, focused on bridging opportunity gaps in equity, empowering student engagement, and deepening community learning. Phase two, the heart of the plan, will extend 100 days—from July 1 to October 9. Some activities include, but are not limited to, an equity and race workshop series for District and school leadership, a review of the BSD special education program, town hall meetings to engage families and the community, and the establishment of a professional development plan in collaboration with the BEA.