Hello Business Owners of the Deerfield Valley,

On Monday, Governor Scott said that while everything in our State continues to trend in a positive direction, he was extending the State of Emergency to July 15th. This will NOT have an effect any openings that have been permitted to this date. It does however allow his office to continue to open the State in intervals to assure the health and safety of our residents. You can see his press release on the extension HERE .

A decision has been reached by the Board of Diractors of our Chamber to postpone our annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration to July 2021. With the current guidelines and restrictions for mass gatherings, there was no safe solution to moving forward for with the event for 2020. We at the Chamber are working hard to formulate a plan for events and promote tourism through the 2020 summer and any updates will be shared with you all as soon as they are available.

We expect additional announcements on guidelines for businesses as the Governor speaks today and Friday at 11am for his normal press conferences. Be sure to check the VT ACCD Website regularly for updates on your specific sector.

The State House has passed Bill S.350, after it was passed by the Senate previously, to roll out $70 million in economic relief under the Governors Relief and Recovery Package. It has been acknowledged that this funding is not nearly enough, or close to what the Governor had originally proposed. Additional bills are currently being discussed to provide funding for businesses and we closely monitoring the situation.

Some updates since last week...

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Web Design, eCommerce & Digital Marketing
Webinar Today @ 9am

DVRT Restaurant Resource Call Today @ 10AM

VtSBDC Provides SBA Updates 801

New Quarantine Guidelines Effective 6/15

EIDL Portal Reopens for Small Businesses

PPP Flexibility Act is Now Law

Eco-Tique Reopening

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Previous Updates
Web Design, eCommerce, and Digital Marketing
(in two parts) with Julia Wilk of
Word and Webworks

Part One: Wednesday June 17th 9-10 AM
Part Two: Thursday June 18th 9-10 AM
Part one: Wednesday, June 17 9-10 a.m.
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You should come away from the first part of this workshop with actionable tips on how to improve the effectiveness of your website (or how to design a great one from scratch). This session will introduce user experience (UX) and conversion rate optimization (CRO) for websites. There will be plenty of time for Q&A about implementing and troubleshooting specific platforms or specific situations.

Part two: Thursday, June 18 9-10 a.m.
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Do you feel like you're not getting the results you want from your online presence? Bring your stories and we can talk about why. Part two will present an overview of digital marketing techniques before getting into the nitty gritty of how to make them work for you.

Please email julia@wordandwebworks.com if you have specific questions that you would like to see addressed in the workshop.

Julia Wilk is a web designer and digital marketer in Montpelier, VT . She loves working with entrepreneurs and her specialties include e-commerce, Wordpress, Facebook Ads, SEO and Tech Support.
Deerfield Valley Restaurant Owner Calls
Each Wednesday at 10am
We will continue holding calls each Weds at 10 am for restaurant owners as long as people are interested...

by popular demand we will meet again
TODAY Weds, June 17 at 10 am .

Call link is  HERE

Followup from last call: Recording is available to watch  HERE

*REMEMBER: If you would like to have Keith come visit your restaurant or consult over the phone, he is available AT NO CHARGE TO YOU! Contact him  via email  to set up what works for you!*
VtSBDC Provides SBA Update 801
Our good friend Deb Boudrieau of the VtSBDC has provided us with an updates to SBA lending in their document Updates 801. It includes information about changes to the PPP program and EIDL programs. You can see the most updated document HERE
New Quarantine Guidelines Effective 6/15
As previously announced, leisure travel to or from any county in New England or New York with less than 400 active cases of COVID-19 per one million residents can now be done without quarantine. ACCD and the Department of Financial Regulation will update the Cross State Travel Map weekly to monitor which counties are impacted. The map as well as the latest quarantine requirements and guidelines are available on the  Cross State Travel Information page .

A recording of the webinar ACCD hosted last week to help explain the coming quarantine changes as they relate to the lodging industry  is available online .
EIDL Portal Reopens for Small Businesses
To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the  Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal  to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19.

SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue. EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses. 

Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.
To apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, visit  https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/ .

PPP Flexibility Act is Now Law
The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) became law late last week. PPPFA makes several changes to the existing program, including extending the covered period from eight weeks to 24 weeks, extending the date to restore full-time employees from June 30 to December 31, and increasing the term of a loan to a minimum of five years, from two years. PPPFA also provides an additional provision that enables forgiveness to be determined without regard to a proportional reduction in employees. Our partners at the Vermont Chamber pushed for the changes included in the PPPFA in their advocacy with the congressional delegation.
Eco-tique Reopening this Saturday 6/20
Eco-tique is re- opening for the season this Saturday!  
Gift ideas for dad include: Simon Pearce Whisky Glasses,
Organic Wines, CBD bath bars for men, Vintage Cocktail Glasses
Badger brush shaving kits with natural soaps from The Rennsli Project
or a lovely piece of Artwork by Ann Coleman or Will Moses  
Make it special! 

112 VT Route 100
West Dover, VT
This Week's Specials from Shital's Indian Vegetarian
at The Austrian Haus
Previous Updates
If you have missed any of our previous updates to businesses, be sure to check out the News Section on the home page of VisitVermont.com . Here you will find all the important updates we've sent and links to videos of the Chamber COVID-19 Town Hall meeting and the sector specific calls that have already been held.
Don't forget to reach out to us if you have questions or concerns at any time, we are here to help. Contact the Chamber , Wilmington Works , or either of the Economic Departments of Dover or Wilmington for assistance.
Stay healthy and stay awesome, Deerfield Valley
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