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Last Updated: May 14, 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.

PPP Updates

The American Rescue Plan will allocate $7.25 billion for PPP including expanded eligibility to additional nonprofits and digital news services. Note: PPP2 has been extended until the end of May 2021. The SBA is reporting that the current PPP round is reaching smaller borrowers (small businesses) with 94% of all loans going to businesses with 20 or fewer employees. The VT SBA District Office will help anyone interested in the PPP program. Visit http://www.sba.gov/vt or call (802) 828-4422.

Treasury Guidance on Eligible Uses for State/Municipal Funds

The U.S. Treasury released guidance and their interim final rule on the State and Local Funds that Congress included in the American Rescue Plan. Details can be found on the website below, with more information coming to local and state governments about registering with the Treasury to receive funds: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/SLFRP-Fact-Sheet-FINAL1-508A.pdf

Monday, May 17th @ 6:30-8:00 pm

NVDA and VLCT are hosting a Zoom meeting for municipalities on how to access ARPA funding and how the funds may be used.(The event will be recorded.)
Join NVEDD Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86494959079?pwd=Ym90NEpzSnp6RnQrYkxIRVcyVEdndz09
Meeting ID: 864 9495 9079
Passcode: 537553

Tuesday, May 18th @ 1:00-2:30 pm

VLCT will offer an Intro to Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for VLCT members and affiliates only. Register to attend: https://www.vlct.org/event/intro-coronavirus-local-fiscal-recovery-funds

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 SBA is reporting that the current PPP round is reaching smaller businesses with 20 or fewer employees. Community lending Institutions include Credit Unions, Farm Credit System Institutions, VEDA, and Insured Depository Institutions. The VT SBA District Office will help anyone interested in the PPP program. Visit http://www.sba.gov/vt or call (802) 828-4422.

Weekly SBA PPP Webinar Schedule

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

he 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. SBA Disaster Assistance - EIDL

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, and walk-in opportunities are available too: Make an appointment to get the Vaccine.

Disaster COVID-19 Business Lending & Grants (State & Federal)

Click here for the updated worksheet.


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.

VtSBDC Recovery Roadmap for Business Owners

VT Small Business Development Center (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



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.

VT Emergency Management: Effective Facilitation Course

VEM has scheduled a virtual Effective Facilitation Course, May 26-28, 9:00 am-12:00 pm each day. This is a highly sought after course, with limited seating. Priority will be given to Local Emergency Management staff. Upon registering, everyone will be wait-listed to determine if they are in a priority group. Registration confirmation will be sent at least 3 weeks before the course. Registration and additional details are available in the Learning Management System.

Seat at the Table - Caregiving during Covid-19 & Paid Family & Medical Leave

Monday, May 17th, 12:30-1:30 pm
This Zoom event, hosted by Lt. Governor Molly Gray, aims to amplify the experiences of parents, families, and employers in meeting caregiving needs during the pandemic, and to build support for a national paid family and medical leave strategy that supports a stronger and more equitable recovery for the state. Register: https://ltgov.vermont.gov/seatatthetable

Weekly Webinar 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

Important Notice from PTAC for Vermont Businesses

Companies with a SAM registration expiring before 5/30/21 should renew now! The SAM.gov registration is transitioning away from using a DUNS number to a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) on May 24, 2021. Companies with an active SAM registration will not need to request a UEI as one will be assigned automatically. The same is NOT true for companies renewing an expired registration. Avoid delays and frustration by contacting a VT PTAC Counselor for assistance with your SAM renewal now. Brenda Plastridge, NEK Procurement Counselor Brenda.Plastridge@vermont.gov. Visit the website http://ptac.vermont.gov.

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

Healthy Communities Grant Program

(application deadline: May 20) The program funds work directly with communities to support EPA's mission to reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health and improve the quality of life. Private businesses, federal agencies and individuals are not eligible to be grant recipients, but they are encouraged to work in partnership with eligible applicants on projects. Questions? Contact Katie Marrese, Marrese.Katie@epa.gov (617)918-1658.

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) program, administered by the SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance, includes $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross revenue. Visit the website for important program details and to apply. SVO Grant

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Eligible restaurant businesses may receive a tax-free federal grant equal to the amount of their pandemic-related revenue loss, calculated by subtracting 2020 gross receipts from 2019 gross receipts. Visit the website for Information about the application process What you need to know: RRF and to register Application Portal. The portal will help you calculate your eligible award amount, monitor status, and interact with the SBA.

Grants for Sole Proprietor Businesses Still Available

Applications for this round of funding through the VT Community Development Block Grant program that opened April 5th will run until May 26th. Eligibility includes both Sole Proprietors with no W2 employees, and S-Corp owners with no W2 employees. Visit the program website to learn more. All applications must be submitted online. Sole Proprietor Stabilization Program

Technical Assistance Grants

Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC) offers cost sharing grants for professional services that businesses may not otherwise be able to afford. Eligible activities can include training, graphic design, website development, marketing assistance, preliminary engineering & architectural services, financial management assistance, and business evaluation assistance. For more information contact Aimee Quimby (802) 748-5101 x2019 Aquimby@ncic.org.

New Round of VT Business Recovery Grants Available Soon!

The Agency of Commerce received $10 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to provide grants to businesses that have not received prior State or Federal financial assistance. To view guidance clarification click here. Further information regarding launch date, application portal, and FAQs will be posted soon. The application portal will be live in early June, 2021.

NEK Special Loan Program

he VT Economic Development Authority (VEDA) is offering low interest loans under its Small Business Program to growing qualified businesses in Essex, Caledonia and Orleans Counties. The NEK Program can make loans of up to $150,000 for fixed asset acquisition or for working capital purposes. Visit the website or contact Thomas Porter (802) 828-5460 Tporter@veda.org.

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