In This Issue

Learn about the Vermont Chamber's advocacy around the federal vaccine mandate for large employers, how to submit your event to our Top 10 Events, and more in November's Commerce Connection. We also spotlight our member Freeman French Freeman, Architects.

November 2021
Submit Your 2022 Top 10 Event!

Applications for our 2022 Top 10 Events program are now open! Learn about our Top 10 Events program and submit your event here. The deadline to submit applications for all seasons is this Friday, November 5. Reach out to the Vermont Chamber's Emily Rivers if you have any questions.
Advocacy Around Vaccine Mandate

The U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA sent its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on the vaccine mandate for large employers (those with 100 or more employees) to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review. Since Vermont has a state plan, the Vermont Chamber is advocating for three important requests.

Urge Congress to Replenish RRF

Vermont restaurants are facing a long road to recovery and struggling to find workers, with industry employment still down nearly 7% from pre-pandemic levels. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) provided some relief but there’s at least $120 million in unmet need.

VFP Welcomes New Board Members & Turns 5 Years Old 

The Vermont Futures Project is excited to announce new Board Members while celebrating turning five years old. The organization was formally launched by the Vermont Chamber in 2016 as a research and education foundation to help lead economic prosperity for all Vermonters. A new video highlights their mission and values framework.

NEW 2022 Annual Inspiration Guide 

A new annual publication from the Vermont Chamber tells the story of the Vermont brand through compelling, authentic content that inspires visitors. With 300,000 copies printed and distributed, the Inspiration Guide amplifies businesses' stories and the Vermont brand. Ad space is available for our 2022 Inspiration Guide. Connect with our Advertising Sales Associate Megan Bullard to learn more.
SBA Processing EIDL Applications Now

The SBA began processing applications for additional loans of up to $2 million per property through its Economic Injury Disaster Loan program on October 8. They shared tips based on different loan scenarios, which we collected here.

Survey of Vermont Diners

To help Vermont restaurants and bars thrive, On the Fly Vermont is conducting a survey of Vermonters' dining habits. Please take and share their 5-minute survey about how you are dining this fall.
Darn Tough Opens Second Knitting Facility

Our member Darn Tough held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their second knitting facility in Waterbury, Vermont. Vermont Chamber Membership Engagement Director Sophia Yager attended the special ceremony.

Member Spotlight

This month's Member Spotlight features Freeman French Freeman, Architects. Founded in 1937, FFF is Vermont’s oldest architectural firm. They are best known for tackling Vermont’s largest projects, such as the Waterbury State Office Complex and UVM’s cutting-edge STEM buildings. But FFF delivers the same degree of attention and care to projects of all sizes, in every corner of the state. Their staff of 20 is currently working on projects in 25 Vermont communities, with the same common goal: To design beautiful, sustainable spaces that remain useful and relevant for decades to come. Visit Freeman French Freeman’s website to learn more!
New Vermont Chamber Members
Learn about our new members Fox Creek Inn and The Daily Planet. Interested in being a Vermont Chamber member? Learn about membership benefits and join here.
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