SBA Loan Clinic July 6

The Small Business Administration is hosting a free webinar at 12:00 on July 6 about its guaranteed loan programs. SBA guarantees loans making it easier for small businesses to get the funding by reducing lender risk. Funds can be used for most business purposes, including long-term fixed assets and operating capital. Amounts range from $500 […]

Federal Agencies Regulatory Agenda

Last week, the Biden Administration published its “Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” (click here), the biannual report on actions administrative agencies plan to issue in the near and long term. Although the Agenda tends to be aspirational, it provides important insights about proposed regulatory and deregulatory actions, as well as broader priorities, at […]

Workforce Training Grants Available to On-Board and Upskill Staff 

The Vermont Training Program (VTP) helps fund innovative solutions to today’s workforce challenges.  VTP grants can cover up to 50% of expenses related to training and up-skilling staff, including employee wages for time spent training on the job. Training can be on-site or through an outside provider and funds can even be used to establish […]

Trade Updates from A.N. Deringer | Member Contribution

The following is provided by AIV member A.N. Deringer: Rail Congestion in Canada’s Supply Chain Rail hubs and local warehouses in Toronto and Montreal are suffering congestion problems due to a shortage of drayage capacity for receiving cargo from Prince Rupert and Vancouver. As a result, West Coast ports are feeling the pressure, with rail […]

Enforcement of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA)

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), which bans any articles made wholly or in part in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), went into effect June 21.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently released its enforcement strategy for the UFLPA. Click here. Among other strategies, CBP will utilize the Department of Labor’s List […]

Export Grants Available to Increase International Sales and Marketing | State Trade Expansion Program

ACCD grant funding is available to help small businesses increase export sales by reaching international customers. Watch a video (click here) to learn how four Vermont companies have used the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) to support their sales and marketing activities. Vermont exporters and potential exporters can benefit from leveraging activities such as participating in […]

Preliminary Feedback Requested on Updates to Wetlands Maps, Follow Up Engagement Encouraged 

DEC’s Wetlands Program has posted draft Vermont Significant Wetlands Inventory (VSWI) updates and associated materials (click here) for preliminary feedback from interested parties, such as developers proposing construction activities near a wetland.  Potential changes will include adding wetlands not currently depicted and revising the locations of existing wetlands to improve accuracy. The Program would like […]

Reminder | Review and Feedback, Questions on New Tax Laws Impacting Vermont Manufacturers and Other Businesses

As noted at the end of the session, the Legislature has passed legislation implementing several long standing priorities to improve the tax environment for manufacturers and other businesses in Vermont that AIV has been leading efforts on over recent years.  S.53 includes provisions adopting single sales factor apportionment for corporate income tax liability as well […]

Trade Updates and Webinars | Member Contribution

The following are provided by AIV member A.N. Deringer: Upcoming Webinars Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Webinar Part 1.  June 8, 2:00 pm. For more information and registration, click here. Technological Modernization Activities Within Customs’ 21st Century Framework with CBP.  June 15, 2:00 pm. For more information and registration, click here. COVID-19 Exclusions from Section […]