In This Issue

Learn about the launch of our second Virtual Policy Series, hear how employers across the state are embracing change, and more in our March Commerce Connection.
We also spotlight our member Blood’s Catering & Party Rentals.

March 2021
Vermont Employers Embracing Change

As we approach the first anniversary of Covid-19’s arrival in our state, an op-ed from Vermont Chamber President Betsy Bishop explores how Vermont employers embracing change and features reflections from our members. 

Racial Diversity & Equity Data Sets

Addressing racial diversity and equity is a top priority to build a future for Vermont that is inclusive and equitable for all people. To make meaningful change starting with data, The Vermont Futures Project compiled racial diversity and equity data sets with support and guidance from the University of Vermont Center for Rural Studies.

Broadband Access & Needs

Vermont Chamber President Betsy Bishop joined Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray and panelists from VPIRG, Vermont Medical Society, AARP Vermont, and Vermont Principals' Association for a discussion on broadband access and needs in Vermont. Several news outlets reported on the event, including WAMC, WTEN, and The Caledonian Record.

Weigh in on Vermont's Future

The Vermont Council on Rural Development is interested in learning your thoughts to drive a successful future for our state. The Vermont Chamber supports this work through our foundation work at The Vermont Futures Project. This survey is an opportunity to express your highest priorities and emerging needs. We encourage you to share your thoughts as a business by taking extra time to provide input beyond a “yes” or “no” answer.

Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program

Resident-driven groups in small cities and towns are invited to apply for start-up funding to implement the Community Heart & Soul model.

Okemo Mountain Resort Makes Forbes List

Congratulations to our member Okemo Mountain Resort on making Forbes' list of the country’s most desirable ski-in, ski-out accommodations.

Employers of Cancer Survivors

Chamber member Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center Community Outreach and Engagement Team is hosting an upcoming meeting of employers in New Hampshire and Vermont who have experience with cancer survivors returning to work during or after cancer treatment.

SBA Accepting Applications for 2021 Vermont Emerging Leaders

The Small Business Administration is accepting applications for the 2021 Vermont Emerging Leaders Program which will be held virtually and is slated to begin in April. Emerging Leaders is an intensive executive-level series intended to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses in America’s underserved cities and rural areas.

Member Spotlight

This month's Member Spotlight features Blood’s Catering & Party Rentals. Voted the Upper Valley's Best Caterer every year since 1999, Blood's is the region’s premier source for all your catering, bar, and party rental needs. Their mission is simple: serve delicious, exquisite food that guests will be raving about long after your event. Through three generations of the Blood family, they pride themselves on their superior service and high-quality products.
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