In This Issue

Learn about new features to explore on our brand new website, Vermont Chamber member Chromas's new resource group promoting the success of women, and more in our September Commerce Connection.

September 2021
Introducing Our New Website

Our new website is live! Visit to learn how we are making Vermont the best place to live, work, and start a business. New features include:

Chamber President Meets With Senator Sanders

Vermont Chamber President Betsy Bishop met with Senator Sanders to discuss Vermont's labor shortage and possible solutions, with an emphasis on funding for refugee resettlement programs in Vermont and flexibility with worker visa programs.

2 Questions in 2 Minutes

In two minutes, learn about our partner organization The Vermont Futures Project and how they use data to help steer Vermont's economic path forward.

RRF Replenishment

The Vermont Chamber has been advocating for the replenishment of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Lt. Governor Molly Gray joined the call for replenishment, recently sending a letter pushing for it to the Vermont Congressional Delegation.

Apply for PPP Forgiveness 

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers are reminded to apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the covered period. The Vermont Chamber and other business organizations tirelessly advocated to prevent the Legislature from taxing 2021 PPP loans.

Add Your Voice to Discussions on Vermont's Future 

Thanks to remaining federal stimulus funds and a surge in state revenues, Vermont is in a position to make unprecedented investments in its economic future. The Legislature is gathering ideas at planned open discussions to inform policy and budgetary work. You are invited to weigh in.
Relocation Grants Now Available

Vermont's latest worker relocation grant program is accepting applications. ThinkVermont has program eligibility requirements and application information.


Chroma Technology and 89 North have announced the launch of ChromaWomen, an internal women’s resource group that celebrates and promotes the success of women.

One-Question Survey

The Vermont Chamber is surveying statewide employers on their plans related to mandating vaccines for employees, in light of recent Covid-19 news.
Member Spotlight

This month's Member Spotlight features The Vermont Country Store. In 1946, Vrest and Mildred Orton printed and mailed The Vermont Country Store’s first catalog of 36 items to 1,000 people on their Christmas card list. Inspired by childhood memories of his father’s general store in North Calais, Vermont, Vrest, a frugal Yankee at heart, insisted that what they sold must be useful, work and make sense. Today the company is owned by Lyman Orton and his sons Cabot, Gardner and Eliot, 7th and 8th generation Vermonters and 4th and 5th generation storekeepers who still hold true to this principle. The Vermont Country Store is known as The Purveyors of the Practical and Hard-to-Find, serving customers online at, through its catalogs, and in their two retail stores in Weston and Rockingham, Vt., that are open daily from 10:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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