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Last Updated: April 15, 2021

COVID-19 Announcements

NVDA staff continue to work remotely. When staff are present in our offices they will follow VT Department of Health and CDC guidelines by wearing face covering and maintaining physical distancing. We will continue to keep you informed of updated COVID-19 news and announcements by posting information on our website and Facebook, and in NVDA's bi-monthly newsletters.


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H.681 contains temporary amendments to the open meeting law. Public bodies are authorized to continue to meet and do necessary business through remote means -- and without the physical meeting location. This will allow them to follow health and safety best practices during this pandemic and declared state of emergency. For more information, click here.

Governor Scott's Plan for Economic Recovery and A Roadmap to Reopen

On April 6th, Gov. Scott introduced a plan to strategically invest $1 billion in one-time money provided to the state, to jumpstart recovery from the pandemic and support long-term economic growth. VT Plan for Economic Recovery & Revitalization. His proposal calls for investing for key infrastructure needs including housing, broadband, water and sewer projects, climate change mitigation and economic development. In addition, he announced a plan to lift most Covid-19 restrictions by July 4th. He unveiled a four-phase schedule VT Reopening Plan for relaxing travel guidelines, loosening capacity limits, and eliminating gathering restrictions. This action ties reopening to specific vaccine milestones in the state. Masking and physical distancing guidelines will remain throughout the first three phases, but both are still encouraged after July 4.

Vaccinations in the NEK

Read the latest information on Covid-19 Vaccines in VT The webpage is updated regularly and the COVID-19 Dashboard is updated daily. Multiple sites are offering vaccinations: Make an appointment to get the Vaccine.

PPP Updates

The American Rescue Plan will allocate $7.25 billion for PPP including expanded eligibility to additional nonprofits and digital news services. PPP2 has been extended until May 31, 2021.
Paycheck Protection Program The PPP offers borrowers two applications: First Draw for new borrowers; Second Draw for any business that received a PPP in 2020. The Program continues to prioritize Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing billions toward job retention and certain other expenses through May 31, 2021. Community lending Institutions include Credit Unions, Farm Credit System Institutions, VEDA, and Insured Depository Institutions. If you want to apply for a First Draw PPP and your local lending institution is not offering these loans, call the Vermont SBA office at (802) 828-4422. Small business owners wanting to obtain a PPP loan should apply immediately as allocated funds may run out before the May 31st deadline.

PPP Forgiveness Webinars

SBA's Vermont District Office continues to conduct weekly PPP Forgiveness Webinars. Access information is provided below - join on your computer or mobile app. Need help? Contact Susan Mazza, Deputy District Director Susan.mazza@sba.gov
Tuesdays 11:30 am-1:00 pm Access Webinar or Call in 1-202-765-1264 and enter code 986 011 495#
Wednesdays 9:00-10:30 am Access Webinar or Call in 1-202-765-1264 and enter code 142 718 62#

EIDL Update

The American Rescue Plan will allocate $15 billion additional funds with loans prioritized for hardest hit businesses with fewer than 10 employees. The deadline to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for working capital to small businesses, sole proprietors, independent contractors and non-profits from a wide array of business sectors has been extended to December 31, 2021. EIDL Disaster Assistance - SBA


Resource Websites

Local Resources:

NVDA (www.nvda.net), NCIC (www.ncic.org), and the NEK Collaborative (www.nekcollaborative.org), are working to distribute information and guidance on the resources and opportunities available in the region. Reach out by phone, email or Zoom for information.

VT Department of Labor (DOL)

The DOL website contains important information for employees, employers, unemployment assistance, job openings and training opportunities. VDOL is available to assist businesses with virtual job fairs. For more information contact Kinsley Sicard at Kinsley.Sicard@vermont.gov.

VT Emergency Management

Connect to resources on the current COVID-19 emergency response in Vermont VEM website. Bruce Melendy is NVDA's Emergency Management Specialist and Regional Emergency Management Coordinator Bmelendy@nvda.net.

USDA Rural Development Resource Webpage

USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate steps to help rural residents, businesses and communities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit the website for updates on utilities and housing services. .

VT Manufacturing Extension Center

Vermont's go-to resource for manufacturing has a VMEC COVID-19 Resource webpage.

VT Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD)

Visit the website for Recovery Resources and information for businesses, communities, and individuals Here.



Business Webinars & Community Announcements

Webinar Series for Vermont Businesses

The VT Department of Health and the Agency of Commerce & Community Development hold a weekly webinar on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm, focused on health and pandemic updates for the business community. Participants are invited to submit questions ahead of time for officials to address. Businesses joining the webinar by phone must enter their questions using this Weblink as only those participating via the Microsoft Teams platform will be able to ask real-time questions. If participants wish to submit anonymous questions they can do so on the same link questionnaire. Call-In Information: +1 802-828-7667 / Conference ID: 477 481 46# For more information on upcoming webinars visit the ACCD website which also offers recordings of previous webinars in the series. ACCD

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Webinar Series for Employers & Leaders

Science & Practices to Keep People Safe and Businesses Productive as Covid-19 Continues" is the title of the 12-week series to be held every other Wednesday from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. Although the sessions started on January 27th, employers and organizational leaders can join any time. The webinar series will end June 30th. Visit the DH ECHO website for the session titles and to register.

New England Workforce Network (NEWN) Virtual Conference

Fast Forward: Innovative Workforce Development in Changing Times, May 7, 2021 The conference is a collaborative effort with workforce professionals from all over New England. The theme this year reflects the turbulent time and the value of working together to plan effectively and act in concert with stakeholders in workforce areas. Find out more about presentations and breakout sessions. Early registrations will receive a special gift. NEWN Conference

Recovery Roadmap for Business Owners - VtSBDC

VtSBDC understands the challenging decisions business owners need to consider as they determine how and when to reopen. Flowcharts and resources have been designed to help navigate the process. Follow a step-by-step guide to reflect the current state of your business and create a plan for recovery, reinvention and reopening: Recovery Roadmap

VT Small Business Development Center

Experienced business advisors are available by email, phone or video conferencing. Do you need help constructing financial statements or application forms for disaster relief funding? VtSBDC will help you curate, decipher and disseminate information into manageable practical steps tailored specifically for your business - all at No cost. Contact: Ross Hart, VtSBDC Area Business Advisor Rhart@vtsbdc.org (802) 535-4240 (cell) or Heidi Krantz HKrantz@vtsbdc.org.



Funding Opportunities

Recovery Grant for the Arts

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) grant program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues to be administered by the SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance. The program has not yet opened for applications, but the website has important information about eligibility and the application process.

VT Farm Fund (VFF) Loan Programs

A straightforward low interest loan program for Covid-related needs or for regular Business Builder loans. The VFF offers no-hassle, friendly-term loans to local farmers and food producers for capital improvements, infrastructure projects, or business growth for food related businesses. Find out more www.vtfarmfund.org Questions? Contact Kate Stephenson (802) 560-3099.

Northern Forest Center Grants for Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure

Funding for the Northern Forest Destination Development Initiative provides grants for outdoor recreation infrastructure development that builds destination appeal and related economic opportunity. $200,000 is available provided by the Northern Border Regional Commission. An additional $100,000 is available for projects in the NEK through separate NBRC funding to NVDA. Applicants can apply to both grant opportunities through one application. Visit the website for complete information.

St. Johnsbury Rental Housing Improvement Grant

The Town of St. Johnsbury is accepting applications for grant funding for improvements to rental housing units. Landlords are encouraged to invest in Universal Design modifications to St Johnsbury rental housing property that will result in a more livable, marketable environment for everyone. Applications for the competitive grant program are due April 30th. Projects must meet specific criteria and require a 1:1 cash match. For more information or to download an application, visit www.stjvt.com or call (802) 748-3926 ext. 5.

VT Farm Fund (VFF) Loan Programs

Straightforward low interest loans for Covid-related needs or for regular Business Builder loans. The VFF offers no-hassle, friendly-term loans to local farmers and food producers for capital improvements, infrastructure projects, or business growth for food related businesses. Find out more www.vtfarmfund.org Questions? Contact Kate Stephenson (802) 560-3099.

Northern VT Recovery Loan Fund (NVRLF)

This revolving loan program, serving Northern Vermont businesses and organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19, is designed to support business owners from Caledonia, Essex, Orleans, Franklin, Grand Isle, and Lamoille Counties. The fund provides flexible terms and low-to-no-cost debt financing, along with business coaching services. Loans are available to businesses across multiple sectors including manufacturing, tourism, agriculture, forestry & wood products, education & early care, nonprofits, and other drivers of rural economic development. For more information on NVRLF and other Vermont Community Loan Fund lending programs, visit the website.

NVDA Revolving Loan Program

The Northeastern Vermont Development Association has a limited amount of loan funds available for businesses in Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties. Funds may be used for the purchase of real property & equipment, working capital, and feasibility studies. Normal lending guidelines and rules apply. For more information, contact Judith Butson at jbutson@nvda.net or (802) 748-1222.

NCIC Revolving Loan Program

Northern Community Investment Corporation has extensive revolving loan programs targeted for helping NEK employers. Contact Aaron Krone, NCIC Business Resource Manager, akrone@ncic.org Tel: 802-748-5101, ext 2021