In This Issue

Learn about the Chamber's new podcast, an investment in Vermont's GlobalFoundries facility, Vermont Business Magazine's 2022 Best of Business Awards recipients, and more in April's Commerce Connection. We also share a feature that spotlights our member Vermont Teddy Bear Company.

April 2022
Introducing...
This spring at the Vermont Chamber of Commerce we’ve launched a new policy-focused podcast series entitled, “State to Main,” complementing our widely-read weekly legislative newsletter of the same name.

Each episode features a unique pairing of a Vermont Chamber policy advocate and a business leader to discuss the impact of top issues on Vermont businesses. “State to Main” highlights the areas where businesses need policy support to achieve economic recovery. Episodes focus on the role of each issue in combatting the statewide workforce shortage and are analyzed in a pandemic recovery context. The series will continue in the months ahead, with new episodes to be released every other week.

“State to Main” is made possible by our sponsor, AT&T.

Ep. 1 – WORKFORCE HOUSING

Megan Sullivan, VP of Government Affairs for the Vermont Chamber, and Annemarie Todd, VP of Human Resources for Sugarbush Resort

The pilot episode addresses the impact of the current housing market on employee recruitment and retention efforts, and the heightened responsibility felt by employers to facilitate suitable accommodations for their workforce. Policy opportunities are identified to address the immediate need for middle-income housing.
Ep. 2 – RESTAURANT RECOVERY

Amy Spear, VP of Tourism for the Vermont Chamber, and Chiuho Sampson, Chef/Owner of A Single Pebble


Episode two discusses the state of the Vermont restaurant industry following two years of operating during a pandemic. The conversation offers reflections on Restaurant Revitalization Fund replenishment, and the creation of the Vermont Independent Restaurants.
We're Hiring: Business Outreach Director

Do you love meeting new people, making connections, talking issues, valuing differences, and finding solutions? If the answer is yes, we invite you to apply for the Business Outreach Director position, an exciting career opportunity with the statewide Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

VT PoC’s BIPOC Small Business Assessment Survey Launches Today

Vermont Professionals of Color Network (VT PoC) announced today the launch of their new survey to assess the needs of small businesses owned by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in Vermont.

Comcast Increases Internet Speeds and Continues Expansion Across Vermont

Comcast has increased speeds for its most popular Xfinity Internet tiers, providing an extra boost for millions of residential customers across Vermont. It has also expanded its network to make its full suite of services available to more than 1,000 homes and businesses in 11 underserved communities in Vermont.

“We have committed to investing in and expanding our network to ensure that more residents and businesses across our region have the important broadband connections they need for their educational, professional and personal lives,” said Carolyne Hannan, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Western New England Region. “We are proud to connect these communities with fast, secure and reliable Internet service that is built to meet their needs today and into the future.”

Bigotry is Bad for Business Webinar
Listen to Bigotry is Bad for Business, a presentation by Curtiss Reed of Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity. Presented in partnership with Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR), Vermont Business Roundtable, Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance, and the Vermont Chamber, learn about Curtiss' campaign about the need to develop an environment of understanding and inclusion.

GlobalFoundries Invests in Vermont Facility

With a global chip shortage putting a strain on demand, GlobalFoundries recently invested $750 million in their Vermont facility. This is a vital step to combatting the microchip shortage, while also investing in Vermont.

2022 Best of Business in Vermont Recipients
VermontBiz announced the 2022 Best of Business Awards (BOB Awards) winners. This program celebrates the best Vermont companies in more than 100 categories, including everything from Best Hotel and Best Engineering Firm to Best Vermont Made Product.

Member Spotlight

When Bernie Sanders was photographed at the Presidential Inauguration in January 2021 in a pair of cozy handmade mittens, it took the internet by storm. In the months that followed, “Bernie Memes” proliferated and spread to every corner of the social media universe. The Vermont-based schoolteacher who sewed the famous “Bernie Mittens,” Jen Ellis, was subsequently inundated with requests for her trademark mittens. After Ellis realized that there was no way that she could meet the sudden demand, she reached out to The Vermont Teddy Bear Company and asked them if they could help her make the mittens. According to The Vermont Teddy Bear Company’s Creative Brand and Design Manager, Cassandra Clayton, this sparked the beginning of a wonderful partnership. “She showed us all of her secrets, and we founded the Vermont Mitten Company with her. It’s been a lot of fun working with her. She definitely goes out of her way to make sure that all of the mittens that we make are up to the ‘Bernie Mittens’ standard.”

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