September 2022
In this issue, learn about solutions for recruiting and retaining workers, updates from the Vermont Department of Liquor and Lottery, The CHIPS Act, the Elevate Vermont Technical Assistance Grant, and more.
Vermont Chamber News
Healthy Living Market Receives Outstanding Business of the Year Award
Since its inception in 1986, Healthy Living has embodied the values of the Outstanding Business of the Year Award. This honor is presented annually to a Vermont business that has exhibited outstanding accomplishments in sales, community involvement, employee relations, and recognition of its place in our environment. Congratulations, Healthy Living Market and Café!

Solutions for Recruiting and Retaining Workers
During the 2022 legislative session, the Vermont Chamber focused on the workforce crisis currently impacting Vermont’s businesses. While there is no easy fix, there are a variety of new or expanded tools for relocation, training, housing, and child care that are available for employers to use as workforce recruitment and retention tools.

VT Restaurants Struggle to Stay Open Amid Staffing Shortages
Amy Spear, Vice President of Tourism at the Vermont Chamber and Director of VTIR, was on WCAX discussing the ongoing labor force problems Vermont restaurants are facing.

"Visitors make up 40% of restaurant expenditures in the state. However rising wages, inflation, and short staffing resulting from the pandemic continue to cause problems. There are 581 restaurants still shouldering $120 million in need through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund program.”

Register Today for the 2022 Manufacturing Summit
The Vermont Chamber’s annual Manufacturing Summit offers an engaging, interactive, and content rich two-day virtual edition with a theme of “Rebuilding Supply Chains and Workforce through Content, Collaboration, and Contacts.”

News You Need to Know
Calculator Now Available for VEDA Short Term Forgivable Loan Program
VEDA will begin accepting applications on September 15 for the Short Term Forgivable Loan Program, which will provide assistance to businesses that continue to experience current and on-going economic harm due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To prepare, please review the FLP instructions and the FLP calculator tool to determine your eligibility and estimated tentative loan amount.

Updates from The Department of Liquor and Lottery
  • To-Go Cocktail Survey: In 2021, the Vermont Legislature added a clause to Act 70 that requires DLL to assess the economic impact of to-go alcoholic beverages on the licensees that were approved to sell. Please complete this two-minute survey to help provide a better understanding of the impacts on your business.
  • Credit & Debit Sales: As of August 12, spirits products can be purchased with a debit or credit card. If you run into issues during the transaction process, please email Rich Morey, the DLL's Director of Retail Operations, or call 802-828-4923.
  • Online Portal: The DLL Online Licensing Portal is now live. Please be on the lookout for a letter containing a code that will allow you to claim your account. If you do not receive a letter, please contact the DLL licensing team at 802-828-2339. All future communication will be via email, website, and the online portal, not via paper mail.
  • Warehouse Collection: The Warehouse Collection is comprised products that consumers ordered through their Special-Order Process but did not claim and provides licensees with the first opportunity to purchase. These are high-end brands with limited inventory, and are expected to sell quickly. View the collection here and place your order using the special-order form.
  • On-Premise Sales Program: This program provides discounted rates specifically for bars and restaurants. Sales flyers will be released monthly. See the sales program information for September. The Chamber and VTIR successfully advocated for this program.
  • Keep up with the Department of Liquor and Lottery on their website and follow them on social media:
  • Facebook: 802Spirits
  • Twitter: @802_Spirits
  • Instagram: @802Spirits
Register for DRM's Data Privacy Webinar
Join DRM on September 14 for a discussion on recent privacy laws, why they matter to you, and what you can do to keep your business in compliance.

Expanding Semiconductor Production with The CHIPS Act
The CHIPS bill invests $54.2B in subsidies to expand semiconductor production, which will power the growth of GlobalFoundries in Vermont and fuel the renaissance in US chip semiconductor manufacturing, strengthening our manufacturing and supply chains at home and ensuring our national security in the face of future geopolitical uncertainties.

Norwich University Dedicates Senator Patrick Leahy School of Cybersecurity and Advanced Computing
Norwich University dedicated the Senator Patrick Leahy School of Cybersecurity and Advanced Computing during the “U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy Cyber Symposium.” Formerly the School of Cybersecurity, Data Science, and Computing, the new name reflects Leahy’s longstanding support of cybersecurity education at Norwich University and in the state of Vermont.

Website Redesign Planning and Partner Selection Guide
After 25 years in web development and hundreds of RFPs, Propeller Media Works has seen what works and what doesn't. They're sharing resources that highlight the agency-side perspective to help companies better plan for these projects and choose the best team to be your long-term partner.

Elevate Vermont Technical Assistance Grant Application Now Open
Vermont’s first technology-based economic development program has launched, making targeted technical and scientific research assistance available to early-stage tech companies and established small businesses. Companies accepted into the Elevate Vermont program will receive one-on-one support from an expert advisor to apply for the federal grant programs. The application for Technical Assistance is now open and accepting submissions on a rolling basis until funding is depleted. Two additional applications will open in the coming months to provide even more support for companies.

Unique Entity ID Registration Assistance Available
As of April 4, 2022, the unique identifying number used across the federal government changed from the DUNS Number to the Unique Entity ID (generated by You may need a Unique Entity ID (UEI) to bid on government contracts or to apply for grants. Register for your UEI number and find additional details at . If you have any questions about how to proceed or need help requesting your UEI, please contact your nearest VT PTAC counselor for individualized assistance.

VCLF Launches Justice Forward Fund
The Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF) has launched the Justice Forward Fund (JFF), a new financing and business assistance resource for Black, Indigenous & Vermonters of Color. The JFF provides low- to no-cost loans up to $40,000 and free business development services to Vermonters traditionally, systemically, and generationally excluded from financial markets and services, including BIPOC Vermonters and New Americans.

Members in the News
This section features news about Vermont Chamber members and partners. Email Hazel Brewster with your news.

In Other News
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