April 2021
Community News & Updates
Welcome to the Community Newsletter for April 2021. Today's newsletter offers many ways to serve your community and support local businesses and organizations. We've also included the latest information on resources available to our community.

You'll want to take a scan through the newsletter, as there is certainly something for everyone.

Regards,
Rob, Maria & Amy
Chamber Events & News
May Webinar:
Using Social Media Effectively
Thursday, May 6th
8:30 - 10:00am
 
Join us May 6th to learn the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of Social Media. Whether you are just starting out or looking to get to the next level, your marketing strategy is critical to your success. We can help you find your voice and share it with your target audience.
 
April mixer attendees learned about local childcare issues
Cheryl Mitchell from the Early Care and Learning Partnership introduced us to their board members and showed a video collection from area childcare providers.
 
Jim Douglas won a sheepskin throw from Cheryl's sheep farm, and Joanie Praamsma won a gift bag of Vermont Cider Company ciders. The company name drawn for the Pot of Gold was Gaines Insurance Agency, but unfortunately they were not present to win.
Addison County Guide
We are working on the 2021-2022 edition of the Addison County Guide and hope members will be able to participate this year.  
 
The 64-page guide is a trusted resource for visitors and residents. Published in mid-June, the annual guide is a year-round resource to increase your visibility with both visitors and residents at an affordable price! Click the image at the right to view the online edition for 2020-2021. 
 
Addison County Chamber of Commerce members benefit with discounts at qualifying tiers! Details are available on our order formEmail June to Sign Up.
Job Openings
Community Opportunities
Kick Start Middlebury
Kick Start Middlebury is a new incentive program to recruit business to Middlebury storefronts and other spaces left vacant after downtown construction and the pandemic. Kick Start Middlebury is offering new or expanding businesses $20,000 toward start-up costs, as well as a substantial business support package of in-kind donations of graphic design services, printing, business consulting, retrofit needs and more worth thousands of dollars.

Everlasting Flowers: 
Botanical Models in New England Collections
Join Professor Ellery Foutch on April 29 at 7 pm for “Everlasting Flowers: Botanical Models in New England Collections,” a springtime talk presented by the Henry Sheldon Museum about the study of botany in New England at the turn of the 20th century. 

Vermont Adult Learning is moving to historic Marble Works District in downtown Middlebury
Vermont Adult Learning (VAL), serving Addison County since 1980, is moving to the historic Marble Works District in downtown Middlebury in June. VAL serves adults, aged 16 and over, providing basic education and literacy, high school completion, GED tutoring and testing, courses for English Language Learners, workforce readiness and development, and transition to post-secondary education. Their services are free.  
Red Cross Blood Drawings
April 23 - Friday - Vergennes - Victory Baptist Church 10:00am to 2:30pm
 
April 24 - Saturday - Middlebury - Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints 9:00am to 2:00pm

April 29 - Thursday - Middlebury - Counseling Services of Addison County - 10:00am to 2:30pm
 
April 30 - Saturday - Bristol - Holley Hall - 9:00am to 1:00pm
 
Run for Rokeby
May is National Preservation Month and Rokeby is asking you to join them in running or walking a 5K to support the on-going preservation of the historic Rokeby Museum.

No matter where you are in the country you can support the mission and preservation of this National Historic Landmark. Simply register for the race and anytime in May complete your 5K and upload your results to the race page. As a thank you for supporting the Museum they'll send you swag from the Museum! 

The Makery
The Makery is moving back to in-person classes! The Woodworking Lab will host people starting this Thursday, April 15 and the Sewing Lab will meet in-person starting May 6th. More information and registration is available for all classes at www.makeryatpahcc.org/events
Join the CSAC Board of Directors
Be a part of something big! Consider joining the Board of Directors at the Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC), Addison County’s designated mental health and developmental services agency. Learn more about CSAC, the board’s role, and how to apply.
Split/Screen April
The exciting online monthly movie series Split/Screen resumes with its April edition, coming up April 16-25. Co-presented by the Vermont International Film Festival [VTIFF] and the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival [MNFF].

Vermont Business Magazine
Gift Guide
Check out the latest VBM gift guide, featuring Vermont made products, including some from Addison County.

Digital Stages
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Bach: The Complete Brandenburg Concertos

Friday, April 23 at 7:30 PM 

The Middlebury Performing Arts Series celebrates the end of the 20–21 season with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing all six of J.S. Bach's beloved Brandenburg Concertos.

Hospitality Update
SBA Announces Official Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application and Guidelines - SBA just announced key details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RFF). To help bring jobs back and revive the industry, the American Rescue Plan, established the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA will administer the funds to the hardest-hit small restaurants.

Under this announcement, details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide are now available in English at www.sba.gov/restaurants or in Spanish at www.sba.gov/restaurantes. View the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) FAQs.

The Vermont Forward Plan is currently in Step 1, restaurants and bars will move to Universal Guidance in Step 2. View the latest travel guidance at the Department of Health website.

The certificate of compliance for lodging establishments is still required until travel restrictions are fully lifted.

Support Grows for Short-Term Rental Registry - The House Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs took further testimony this week on S.79 which contains a provision to establish a short-term rental (STR) registry. 
Recovery Resources and More
Housing Support Services - If you are struggling with your mortgage, rent, utilities and other housing expenses because of COVID-19, your local Home Ownership Center can help. They have HUD-approved counselors on staff and available to help you obtain the assistance you need to keep your home.

These housing counseling services, provided to any household affected by COVID-19, are a collaborative effort between the Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP) administering the Community Development Block Grant COVID (CDBG-CV) funds and the organizations who operate Homeownership Centers in Vermont: Champlain Housing Trust, Downstreet Housing and Community Development, RuralEdge, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, and Windham and Windsor Housing Trust.
Your location will influence which Homeownership Center can provide assistance to you. Find the Homeownership Center that covers your region.

Know Your Number$ - Know Your Number$ is a series of advisor/accountant-guided modules that introduces the basic financial statements and how to use them. The modules are short, with specific examples, and can be used as an introduction if you are completely new to the financials or as a review if you have a working knowledge you would like refreshed (no matter what sector or stage of business).

Vermont businesses continue to be encouraged to take advantage of the federal and sector-specific financial assistance programs currently available including:
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): The deadline has been extended until May 31st. The Vermont District Office of the SBA continues to offer two weekly webinars on First and Second Draw PPP loans and PPP loan forgiveness.
• Vermont Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) funding: A second round of sole proprietor grants, ranging from $1,500 and $10,000, are now open to qualifying sole proprietors on a first come, first served basis. Technical assistance resources at the grant program website.
Cultural Facilities Grants: Offered by the Vermont Arts Council, applications for awards of up to $30,000 to Vermont nonprofit organizations and municipalities to increase the physical capacity to provide cultural activities for the public are now being accepted through June 7th.

Save Our Stages (SOS) Grants - The CAA includes a new $15 billion grant program called Save Our Stages ("SOS Grants") through which the U.S. Small Business Administration will provide aid to struggling live venue operators and related businesses. The grants will offer a critical lifeline for the nation’s performing arts venues, movie theatres and museums. Read more about the program and eligibility
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